One of the distinctive elements of the Marche is its coast, which extends for 180 km from the Gabicce Mare headland to the mouth of the Tronto River. For years, this coast was awarded Europes Blue Flag, a distinctive sign of the attention it pays to the quality of its waters and protecting its marine environment.
Its coastline alternates beautiful gravel, rock and sand beaches
The well-known seaside resorts of Gabicce Mare, Fano and Pesaro characterised by wide sandy beaches are ideal for the younger guests. Specifically, Pesaros coast is 5 km long and has equipped seaside amenities and quality services.
The city is well-known for its production of majolicaware (which was developed in the 16th century), but also for other typical handicrafts such as embossed and enamelled copper, wrought-iron products, the goldsmiths art and briar pipes.
Senigallia is on the way to Ancona and is now well-known throughout Europe for its velvet beach; 13 km of very fine sand ideal for holidaying families with children which obtained Europes Blue Flag for 12 consecutive years. Tourist amenities include services and equipment for families, quality hotels and typical genuine cuisine. Senigallia boasts the 1853 inauguration of the Stabilimento Idroterapico di Bagni Marini (Bagni Marini hydrotherapeutic establishment) one of the first on the Adriatic Coast. In addition, its geographical location between two rivers forming two marvellous valleys (Misa Valley and Cesano Valley) allow it to benefit from a particularly mild climate with temperatures as high as 18°C - 22°C as early as March. This makes this resort particularly loved by families, even in low season.
Senigallia is a good starting point for interesting nature and cultural tours. We recommend Corinaldo and its fortifications, judged to be one of the most beautiful medieval towns in Italy, Rocca di Mondavio fortress and its wax museum, the Grotte di Frasassi (Frasassi caves), which are the most beautiful in Europe, and Fratterosa with its terracotta handicrafts. The area of Jesi and Morro DAlba is also worth visiting, as it is home to Verdicchio wine and boasts numerous wine-producing cellars that sell it directly to visitors. There is also the Loreto Sanctuary or the historic and charming medieval small towns of Gradara and San Leo. However, the city itself is also worth a detailed visit, starting with its old town centre enclosed by 15th-century walls. Tours must include the 8th-century cathedral, Rocca Roveresca fortress, the Doges Palace and the Fontana dei Leoni or Fountain of Lions in Piazza del Duca, in addition to the Fontana del Nettuno or Neptunes Fountain (symbol of the city).
The Church of S. Maria delle Grazie is on a hill just three kilometres from Senigallia. This church contains a painting by Perugino. It is also worth taking a tour of the Suasa Senonum Archaeological Park.
Mount Conero rises south of Ancona and is just 35 km from Senigallia; this headland of extraordinary beauty overlooks the blue Adriatic Sea. This is the beginning of the most unique section of the Adriatic coast in the Marche area. Also known as the Riviera of the Conero, it encloses white bays which often times can only be accessed by boat or along paths forged in the Mediterranean scrub.
Moving on to the border between the Province of Pesaro and Tuscany and completely changing scenery is the town of Carpegna. The town rises at the foot of the homonymous mountain (1,400 metres ASL) with its pinewood and the cliffs of the Sasso Simone and Simoncello rocks (1,204 m and 1,221 m ASL), which are home to the Sasso and Simoncello Regional Park. The town is the ideal place for families looking for peace, relaxation and strolls in direct contact with nature, but also for the flavours of the areas typical cuisine based on mushrooms and truffles.
The Sasso Simone and Simoncello Park located in the heart of Montefeltro is one of the natural marvels offered by this region containing various protected areas, which constitute 8% of the regional territory. The natural park can be visited on foot, on horseback, by mountain bike or also by taking interesting guided tours. The ruins of a Benedictine abbey and a fortress built by the Medici family are absolutely worth seeing.
The region also meets the needs of mountain enthusiasts. In the winter, the Mount Carpegna hermitage is a ski resort with facilities suited for anyone looking to participate in snow sports, while the summer is perfect for horseback riding, hiking and trekking. The Vergine del Faggio Sanctuary is also worth touring. It was named after an ancient legend and houses a wooden statue of the Madonna.
Good food enthusiasts and delicacy experts will find the area of the Marche is just what they were looking for. The region offers various typical dishes, such as porchetta alla marchigiana (local roast sucking pig) or arrosto alla ghiotta also known as leccarda (traditional roast meat dish). However, fish reigns. S. Benedetto del Tronto is one of Italys leading fishing capitals. Brodettoor fish soup made with cuttlefish, smooth dogfish, cod and grey mullet is guaranteed anywhere along the coast in the Marche.
Typical products in the Marche include the truffle and its capital is certainly Acqualagna in the Province of Pesaro, where it can be tasted anytime during the year. Other typical products in the Marche include formaggio di fossa typical cheese produced in Talamello and SantAgata Feltria in the Province of Pesaro and olive allascolana (green olives stuffed with mixed meat and cold cuts. Pan pepato is a spicy yet sweetish country-style bread, while other dishes include coppa marchigiana (local pork neck salami), cotechino from San Leo (type of pork sausage), prosciutto and salami from Montefeltro and soppressata from Fabriano (dry-cured salami).