Marche Travel Guide
Where is Marche located?
Stretching from the central Apennine to the east coast of Italy, the Marche region faces the Adriatic sea. The surface of this region is mostly hilly and mountainous, with expanses of vineyards flanking river valleys.
Why is Marche called Marche?
The name “Marche” derives from the Germanic word “mark,” meaning “border.” The region was named this way because it marked one of the borders of the Holy Roman Empire.
What to see in the Marche?
- Urbino: the hometown of renaissance artist Raffaello, housing architectural landmarks such as the Ducal Palace with the “Città Ideale” (ideal city) painting.
- Monte Conero: Spectacular rocky cliffs on the Adriatic coast.
- Ascoli Piceno: a charming medieval town.
- Loreto: Basilica della Santa Casa, an important pilgrimage site.
- Frasassi Caves: One of the largest and most fascinating cave complexes in Europe.
- Ancona: medieval Cathedral of San Ciriaco and one of the largest harbors of the Adriatic coast.
- Pesaro: the hometown of famous composer Gioacchino Rossini.
- Macerata: The Sferisterio arena, famous for concerts and operas.
- Monti Sibillini National Park: Hiking and awe-inspiring landscapes.
- Recanati: the hometown of renowned poet Giacomo Leopardi.
- Jesi: the hometown of Emperor Frederick II, also housing Palazzo Pianetti, a late-baroque wonder.
What are the traditional dishes of the Marche?
Olive all’ascolana (fried olives stuffed with meat) are the standard-bearers of the cuisine of Le Marche around the globe.
Other renowned dishes include Vincisgrassi, a regional variant of Lasagne from Emilia Romagna with chicken giblets, and pollo in potacchio (roasted chicken with tomatoes and rosemary).
The town of San Benedetto del Tronto in Southern Marche houses one of Italy’s largest fish markets, so fresh seafood is the main ingredient in many recipes. Each coastal town has a different take on the Adriatic brodetto (fish soup).
Moving to the Apennine, Sopravvissana sheeps have tender meats perfect for roasting, and also give milk for fresh and aged sheep cheese.