ExcursionsLe Marche is par excellence a region where you can enjoy the real Italy. In a relatively small area almost everything is at hand and you don't have to stand in long queues for musea or walk over the heads of other tourists to get anywhere. You can fill in your holidays actively or relaxed or just do nothing at all...
With hikingboots, bicycle or golfclubsFor nature lovers there are a variety of lovely (long distance) walks to choose from: fields bursting with sunflowers, the woods in nearby areas, or one of the nature parcs. In addition the area offers many caves that are well worth a visit, like the fascinating sinter-caves of Frasassi.
Sports enthusiasts can choose from golf (Sirolo and Catolica), to cycling through the hilly landscape, or a few hours of paragliding (Sibillini) and seeing this beautiful area from an entirely different view. Along the entire Adriatic coast there are many beautiful sandy and pebble beaches and scenic beaches beneath the cliffs. The beaches between Pesaro and Marotta are particularly ideal for children, as the water there is safe and shallow.
From opera to medieval tournamentsThe whole region is steeped in culture. There are beautiful squares, countless museums, churches, castles and monasteries. Special are the castles of Gradara, Mombaroccio, Frontone and Mondavio and the convent Eremo Fonte Avellana. Also special is the Palazzo Ducale di Montefeltro in Urbino. The writer Dante Alighieri and the painters Piero della Francesca (15th century) and Raffaello Sanzio (16th century) worked and lived in this area. Many of frescos by Della Francesca can still be admired in their original surroundings.
From April to December there are varies music and theatre festivals. During the summer months you can enjoy for example the worldfamous Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, or the Opera Festival in Marcerata, or more modern music festivals in Fano and Senigallia. In lots of older towns there are also medieval tournaments (palio's) in the summer.
Good food and drinksAlso the local wine and food festivals are not to be missed. In every village and town there are 'Sagre' and 'Fiere', almost every weekend from Easter until in December. In spring for example there are Sagre with themes like: Fave (beans) and Lumaca (snails), in Autumn the Chestnut, Olives and the 'Novella' (the Italian 'Beaujolais primeur') are in the picture.
Often a event like this end with spectacular fireworks.
But you can also choose to do absolutely nothing...
and just relax and enjoy the quiet, the nice weather and the beautiful sunsets.