"Just wander and lose yourself" Top 5 Page for this destination Marche by toonsarah
Marche Travel Guide: 617 reviews and 1,803 photos
It has beach resorts, great scenery (the Apennines run down its western fringes) and lots of attractive little towns, many perched invitingly on a hill-top overlooking the plains below. What it lacks, perhaps, is an obvious “draw” – no single destination stands out as a must-see, and none of Italy’s famous great cities is located there.
But maybe this disadvantage is also one of its strengths? No need here to feel you must tick off certain sights, or devote lots of your time to one place. Marche is a region in which to wander and lose yourself: follow the tantalising glimpse of a pretty hillside town or an intriguing church campanile spotted apparently in the middle of nowhere; turn off the main road just to see where this track may lead; head for the mountains and follow the rivers along their spectacular gorges.
If you want to base yourself in a town, Fabriano on the western side is a good possibility – an interesting museum, some old churches and other architecture, and small enough to mean that in a day you will have seen its sights and be ready to explore.
I was also surprised by how much I liked Ancona, on Marche’s coast. It may be less good as a base as it’s at some distance from the most scenic areas, unless it’s mainly the beaches you are here to explore (and even then, a seaside resort base would be the better choice). But Ancona makes a great entry point, having both port and airport, and also merits a couple of days, maybe at the start or end of your trip.
Having seen a little of Marche in 2012, touring with my friend Ingrid (VT's Trekki) in the couple of days before the VT Euromeeting in Bergamo, I was keen to see more. So in the next year I returned for a longer visit and we spent much of my week in Italy staying in and exploring the region. Most of my tips on this page now relate to that visit.
Some of these tips also appear on other pages, but I’ve repeated them here as I want to encourage others to consider Marche as an “off the beaten path” option for a holiday in Italy.
- Pros:Unspoiled and uncrowded
- Cons:Less tourist infrastructure than some other regions
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