Marche Holidays in 2016

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Marche at a Glance

Marche is a region in the centre of Italy on the Adriatic Coast. The region is home to gorgeous Adriatic beaches, ancient villages and rolling, sloping countryside. Marche consists mainly of mountainous hilly regions and the majority of the larger cities are situated along the coast, with the historic focus of the region having been on the port of Ancona and other seaside resorts.

Marche Highlights

  • The Apennines are the range of mountains that make up the backbone of Italy and run through the Marche region. These provide the area with plenty of trails and paths making it an ideal destination for walkers and hikers.
  • The coastal towns also boast some of the most beautiful beaches on the eastern coast of Italy; many have achieved blue flag status for cleanliness. Marche is a particularly unspoilt region of Italy, making it a perfect holiday destination.
  • Fermo is a beautiful mountain town in Marche and home to a large concentration of Roman ruins and buildings as well as a number of other important sights.
  • Ancona is an important Adriatic port and the capital of the Marche region, the beautiful town has spectacular views of the surrounding areas and the Adriatic Sea.
  • Fano is a popular seaside resort on the Adriatic coast that is home to a number of beautiful sandy beaches as well as secluded coves and bays.
  • Ascoli Piceno is one of the oldest towns in Italy and home to a fascinating array of buildings from the medieval period.
  • The Marche region is well known for its spectacular beaches along the Adriatic coast. There are a number of seaside towns which have developed into modern coastal resorts offering all the amenities of a 21st century resort. There are plenty of beaches that are perfect for swimming as well as a number that specialise in a variety of water sports.
  • The Apennine mountain range that dominates the region is the ideal place for hiking and trekking as there are plenty of paths and trails stretching through the mountains and hill of the region. There is no better way to experience Marche than exploring its many hillside villages and towns.

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Marche Beach Holidays

Top beaches

If you are looking for a quiet holiday on the beach, and one that isn’t going to break the bank, then Fano is exactly what you’re looking for. This beautifully clean beach is relatively free of crowds, and there is no beach fee. The beach is separated into two sections: Spiaggia Sassonia and Spiaggia Lido. Spiaggia Lido is all sand and has rows of umbrellas to lounge beneath; it is the livelier of the two. While the other side, Spiaggia Sassonia, has a pebbly beach, and a wide promenade. Ancona has a beautiful sandy coastline, with spectacular views and easily are some of the beast beaches in Italy.

Water Sports

If you are looking to get a little adventurous on your holiday to Marche, then look no further than Civitanova. Here you’ll find windsurfing and kite surfing for hire, as well as jet skis. If you are interested in hiring a boat, then the Porto San Giorgio is the place you are looking for. But, most of the major resort locations will have facilities to rent water toys, and if not, the staff will certainly point you in the direction of those that can.

Quiet Spots

Fano is a great location if you are looking to escape from the crowd this holiday season. With terrific coves, and little inlets to conceal yourself from the whooping youths, you’ll be able to watch the beautiful Adriatic Sea rolling before you, and hear nothing else.

Hotels

When you’ve booked your beach holiday, there are a few caveats that are necessary when considering a hotel, and proximity to the beach is at the top of that list. So, if you are looking for a reasonably priced hotel on your beach holiday to Marche this summer, why not book yourself in at The Majestic Hotel. There is no better position that the Majestic’s, as it rests directly on the sand in Pesaro. The rooms have all of the amenities you could ask for, and in this case beach holidays are a lot like buying a house: location, location, location.

Marche Couples Holidays

Attractions

The Apennine Mountains dominate the backdrop of much of Marche. If you are interested in venturing out, you won’t be disappointed. With guided tours around the stunning mountainous regional parks. But, don’t forget, a trip to Marche is as much a beach holiday as anything else. With amazing blue flag beaches up and down this stunning coastline, you’ll find wonderful beaches in Ancona, Fano, Pesaro, Gabicce Mare and San Benedetto del Tronto.

Activities

Whether you are looking to spend your holiday on the beach, relaxing and taking it easy, or you are hoping to get lost in the splendid villages across Marche, you can. The countryside is set in a picturesque setting of rolling green hills and medieval villages. Explore Urbino, where the Renaissance was born, or disappear into the coves and inlets on the beach at Fano. There is something for every traveller in Marche.

Nightlife

From club scene to small pubs, little rustic restaurants to large, city centre gastropubs, Marche has it all. There is a wide assortment of clubs in Ancona, but they largely differ from other European cities. They begin early, and don’t last as long. For a late night, travel to Falconara or Senigallia where the clubs run much later. For great, simple bars and rustic restaurants, then visit Ascoli Piceno. This lovely old town moves at a pleasantly slow place; so for those looking to relax, make this you place to unwind at the end of the day.

Hotels

When you’re looking to get away with someone special, your accommodation means a lot. If you are looking to base your trip out of Ancona, then look no further than the G Hotel. But, if you are looking to step out a little to explore the beautiful east coast of Italy, then book your stay at the Grand Hotel Michelacci.

Marche Exploring Holidays

History

A trip to Marche wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the wonderful, medieval towns that dot the Italian countryside. Some of the more worthwhile towns to visit are Treia, Camerino, Cingoli and Jesi. A visit to Urbisaglia is a must, as it is home to Marche’s best-preserved roman ruins.

Festivals

Much like the rest of Italy, Marche has festivals that are special to this region. During July and August, visit Macerata to see the second largest open-air opera festival in Italy, second only to the one in Verona. For something truly unusual, visit Mondavio during the middle of August, for the Wild Boar chase, tradition continued from medieval times. Or, possibly even more strange is the ugly competition in the village of Piobbico every September.

Activities

For a real treat, places like Fontechiara, in Marche, provide cookery lessons where you learn to source, and prepare you own Marche cuisine. But, what would cookery courses be without learning what wine pairs best with what? Get away from the crowds and sample wine, and great food in the picturesque countryside of Marche, and learn skills that allow you to bring this holiday with you wherever you go.

Fermo

Fermo is a stunning mountain town, home to some of the most stunning architecture in southern Marche. The 13th century cathedral is home to a treasure that might be of particular interest to British tourists, which is an Arab-Spanish embroidered cope that is said to have belonged to Thomas á Beckett, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The Roman pools, which are underground the town, are wonderfully preserved. Also warranting a visit are the monuments of the city. The piazza de Popolo and the grand statue of the Bishop of Fermo, who became Pope Sixtus V, are examples of the long, and rich history of the town.

Marche Family Holidays

Attractions

A family holiday to Marche is hard to improve upon. With beautiful beaches that run the length of the region, several of which are European Blue Flag award winners, you will get the relaxation you’re looking for, while the kids find all of the entertainment they wanted with kite surfing and windsurfing available in places such as Porto San Elipido and Civitanova Marche. Port Ancona also offers terrific days out, with a stunning cathedral, Mount Conero and immaculate beaches.

Activities

With such close proximity to the Apennine Mountains, there are no shortage of trails and hiking paths to wander. The Colle San Bartolo Regional Park offers guided tours of the spectacular wildlife of the region. But, if you’d rather forget the mountains, there are a number of beautiful coastal villages to explore. Fano, home to two lovely beaches, has a promenade with quaint shops to explore.

Nightlife

When in Ancona, try Ulderico, where you’ll find traditional seafood dishes, such as brodetto, a fish stew with 13 different species of fish. Also, try the clams as they are sourced locally from the ocean just outside the restaurant door. Also, surprisingly, you’ll find some absolutely fantastic Spanish cuisine in this region, so if you come across a Spanish restaurant, pop in, and you won’t be let down.

Hotels

This beautiful region on the east coast of Italy offers a wide range of destinations for you explore, or base your stay. If you are looking to spend you time with the city as your base, then stay at the lovely Grand Hotel Passetto, a short walk from the historic centre. But, if you’re looking to spend your holiday relaxing on the beach, then look no further than Hotel Savoy in Pesaro.