"Marche: charming gem in middle Italy :)" Top 5 Page for this destination Marche by Trekki
Marche Travel Guide: 616 reviews and 1,791 photos
Italian region Marche captured my heart - forever. It took some time until I fell under its spell but ever since I cannot get it out of my thoughts when I am not there, driving around, wandering around, exploring, meeting people, finding something extraordinary.
It is a magic region. A region full of spiritual places!
And I have only seen parts of it!
So how did this all happen, what will follow and what are the consequences?
Until mid 2012, Umbria was my favourite region in Italy, especially due to my tight connections to beautiful Gubbio and the people. Umbria, the “green heart of Italy”, had captured my heart since 2008, but quite quickly I realised that it was less the western part of Umbria, but more the mountain regions, or the western part of Appennini (Apennine Mountains) which I like so much. I addition, anytime I drove from Ancona Airport to Gubbio, I saw the rolling hills, the olive and wine groves left and right of the highway and the villages high on the hilltops, before the road cuts into the Apennine Mountains. And I always thought that I should discover more of the region, apart from what I saw already during my first trip in mid 2008 (Fabriano, Grotte di Frasassi, San Leo and Urbino).
Finally in May 2011 I managed to do a short roundtrip through eastern Umbria and western Marche. Although this was only for five days, it was a beautiful and enchanting trip which inspired me to explore even more of the region. Those days Marche’s provinces of province Ancona and province Macerata were the ones I visited, especially the parts closer to Appennini (and not the beaches). Here I found more of these the rolling hills with farmland and thus delicious produces, countless little charming villages, often on hilltops. Or found spectacular canyons and gorges flanked by steep walls. Hidden gems are around every corner, be it a church, a hermitage, a cave or remains of ancient settlers. Imagine this with a very much diversified cuisine, friendly locals and marvellous events – you will believe you have found another paradise.
In May and June 2012 I spent more time in this magnificent region, in the villages of Corinaldo and Pascelupo to be precise. From there I drove through more enchanting landscapes, visited lovely little museums, countless churches and abbeys, gorges and charming villages.
And lost my heart ... forever....
My most favourite "sight" was Badia di Sitria, in the region of Monte Cucco. A place full of spirituality and energy.
But it will take me a while until I will write about my recent trip. Please be patient.
In the meantime, enjoy what I have written so far and get inspired too :-)
As for single destinations in Marche, I have written about the following towns:
Santuario di Macereto,
[Status: as of January 2012] More to follow one day.
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