Come and Explore Magical Marche ….

and everything our beautiful region has to offer. From poetry to paintings, opera to osteria's, hilltop towns and villages, markets and museums. Something for all the family. Have a look at this wonderful Le Marche Video to learn more!

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Three European hotspots | The Sunday Times

Three European hotspots Tim Palmer explores a trio of less familiar European destinations for buyers who want a bit of buzz to go with their sunshine Raise the roof: Budva’s old town (Alamy) Ascoli Piceno […]…

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A wonderful mention in The Times newspaper yesterday for our beautiful Ascoli Piceno and Le Marche. And the article only features 3 places in the whole of Europe!

 

Come and find out for yourselves how special it really is. Whether you are looking for property or just coming for a well deserved holiday, to sip appetitive in the stunning Piazza Del Popolo at the famous Meletti Cafe, we are only 25 minutes away.

 

So a stay at The Hideaway is perfect for exploring Ascoli and all its surroundings.  http://hideawaylemarche.com

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Marche Owners Direct Holidays – The Place to Book Your Marche Holiday

Marche Owners Direct is the holiday website to find your Le Marche farmhouse, apartment or villa rental where you can book directly in confidence wiith the owner & get special offers.

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We can highly recommend Marche Owners Direct, set up by three passionate holiday home owners who love and live Le Marche. They can help you arrange your perfect Italian holiday to Le Marche with confidence, booking directly with the owner. You will never have to pay a booking fee, or commission, and definitely no ‘added extras’. Marche Owners Direct is different – They are a community of holiday accommodation owners in Marche, Italy working together to tell the world more about the wonderful area. Many people are familiar with other parts of Italy such as Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio but Marche is lesser known – but Marche Owners Direct want to change that and help you get to know an area where there certainly is something to please everyone. With their properties, you are dealing direct with the owner not an agent – someone that knows and loves their area. They provide up to date availability through this site and access to property owners individual websites. You can also find lots of useful information about where to dine and what to see in the area to make the most of your holiday time in Marche. Have a look today. You won’t find a more caring, passionate group of people, with one aim, to provide you with the best holiday experience in Le Marche ever!

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Ascoli Piceno, the Le Marche Travertine Town, on “Visit Ascoli”

Visit Ascoli.it – A unique way to communicate our territory
This is a web publishing project, aiming to communicate our city and its peculiarities to an international audience: this is Visitascoli.it, a brand new website to promote tourism strongly wanted by the municipality of Ascoli Piceno with the aid of professionals and experts that contributed proactively to the story and to the creation of contents. Not simply an “online travel guide” then, but a place in which better know the city of Ascoli Piceno and its beauty: history, art, architecture, food and wine, nature. Visitascoli.it is also a useful tool, which helps to live and discover more easily the city that makes the stay more pleasant for tourists.

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The quiet charm of Le Marche: Montefortino.

Montefortino is an ancient mountain stronghold that sits in the shadow of Monte Sibilla, on the Natural Park of the Sibillini mountains.  This medieval village has picturesque streets, beautiful landscapes and architectural treasures: palaces, shrines, churches and ancient towers. […]

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Just one of the many beautiful hilltop towns and villages to explore whilst staying in our wonderful area.

Surrounded buy the stunning Sibillini Mountains, you will also find the nearby town of Amandola where you can relax in the piazza after a day’s hiking or strolling in the mountains.

So much to see and do, so make Le Marche you summer holiday destination for 2015. http://hideawaylemarche.com

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The Hidden Away Hideaway of Le Marche

1. From The Pool

Everyone has heard about Tuscany, The Amalfi Coast, Venice and Rome to mention a few of the well known holiday hot spots of Italy but if you want a real get-away then the unspoilt, beautiful Le Marche area in Italy is certainly the place to be heading this summer. Many Italians have not even been here yet to sample the delights of all that this wonderful region has to offer, so you can even beat them too it.

Tucked away in a little valley between Amandola and Comunanza, Mark and Sarah created a perfect environment for your relaxing holiday to Le Marche. Hidden in a beautiful wooded valley surrounded by nature, the three well equipped self-catering apartments are set in 2.5 acres of gardens & countryside and provide the ideal base for exploring. After a busy day, there are hammocks to laze in, a circular above-ground 5.5 meter swimming pool to dip in, games to play, bbq area, herbs & veggies to use from the garden & much more.

 

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From rambling or skiing in the Sibillini Natonal Park, to the beautiful beaches of the Adriatic and everything in between, there really is so much to see and do. Picturesque hilltop towns & villages, opera & festivals, museums & churches, restaurants & markets, history & art, tradition & culture are all around. There’s something for everyone in the delightful Le Marche region of Italy.

Entitled “The Gateway to The Sibillini’s”, the nearby town of Amandola has a beautifully porticoed main square where you can sit outside one of the cafes & enjoy a coffee before wandering up through the old town’s cobbled streets to view the stunning Sibillini National Park. Slightly further afield, the attractive medieval spa town of Sarnano is a delight to explore and has many good restaurants and cafes. From here you can reach the ski resorts of Sassotetto, Madellana and Pintura and have a great day out on the slopes. You can also have fun here in the sun too, with mountain walks across the flower-filled meadows in Spring and Summer. Autumn brings the stunning shades of colour and is a photographer’s delight.

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The Monti Sibillini National Park covers nearly 2 million acres with some of the highest mountains in the Appennines, (Monte Vettore being the highest at 2,476m). Here the park offers walks of all levels to some of the most delightful yet least discovered areas in the whole of Italy. Ancient hilltop villages are perched upon craggy cliffs waiting to be explored, deep gorges with icy waterfalls, wild flowers of every possible colour and wildlife all around. From the huge expanse of the Piano Grande, a vast natural plain surrounded by mountains to the Gola di Infernatio with it’s stunning waterfalls & sheer rock faces, to the high mountain lake Lago di Pilato, where according to legend Pilate’s body was dumped.

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Legend tells us how Pontius Pilate, whilst awaiting execution, asked that fate decided his final resting place.

His corpse was sent unescorted from the gates of Rome on a wagon. The oxen made their way to the Sibilline Mountains, straight up to the lake, where they dived in & disappeared. Small rare shrimps turn the lake pink in the summer months – some say it represents the blood of Pilate!

Then there is the chance to visit local markets, shops & restaurants where you will find the traditional cuisine is delicious & wine inexpensive. Dezi, one of the local wine producers has even won best vineyard to the year for the whole of Italy and one of the local pizzerias has won the award for best pizza maker in the whole world!

The many year round festivals are great fun, from the Medieval Palio to truffle festas, nativities, harvest festivals & many more.
Opera lovers will be please to hear that the beautiful Sferisterio in Macerata is home to the local opera and stunning performances can be seen every July and August. There are ballets and plays at other times too. Well worth a visit and with tickets as low as €15.

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Further afield, there are day trips to discover the fascinating towns of Servigliano, Ascoli Piceno, Offida, Norcia, Assisi & Loreto (to name a few) plus the varied beaches of the Adriatic, all just a short drive away. Museums & churches, art & history are just waiting for you to explore within easy reach. Famous artists such as Crivelli and Raphael all have stunning works in Le Marche.

There is the opportunity to take part in cookery lessons whist in Le Marche and learn how to prepare traditional Italian dishes and pasta or eat the region’s famous local white and black truffles. The amazing fresh porcini mushrooms are definitely worth trying. Le Marche really is a gourmet’s delight.

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Le Marche is also home to many famous brands including Armani, Tods and Prada. While here, it would seem silly not to take the chance to visit one of the many the factory outlet shops and find yourself a real bargain. There are local shoemakers making famous hade-made shoe and bags and many artesian outlets, including a wonderful copper-makers specialising in beautiful cookware in Comunanza which has been in operation for seven generations.

So, if you are looking for a tranquil place full of legends & history, where by day you are surrounded by beautiful scenery & eagles circle overhead & by night the fire flies dance in the darkness of a summer evening, look no further. Welcome to Le Marche.

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Welcome to Magical Marche

A place for you to discover all about our wonderful Le Marche region.   Le Marche has: • 180 km of coastline • 500 piazzas • 1000 important monuments • 34 archeological sites • 315 antique libraries housing over 4 million volumes • 72 historic theatres • 200 churches which the majority are of Romanesque architecture • 183 religious shrines • Largest number of museums and galleries in Italy: 342 • 2 national parks (Monti Sibillini, Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga), • 4 regional parks (Monte Conero, Sasso Simone and Simoncello, Monte San Bartolo, Gola della Rossa and Grotte di Frasassi), • 5 nature reserves (Abbadia di Fiastra, Gola del Furlo, Montagna di Torricchio, Ripa Bianca and Sentina), • 26 cities facing the Adriatic Sea So come along and enjoy. There really is something for everyone.