Picture sandy beaches, medieval castles, beautiful countryside and fine wines. There’s not much more that you could want from an Italian getaway and a trip to the pretty region of Marche on Italy’s east coast is the perfect way to sample them. Marche is not one of Italy’s most well-known holiday hotspots, yet that can make it even more appealing. You’ll find mountain villages and cute beaches untouched by the tourist trade.
Culture vultures will particularly enjoy a holiday to Marche. There’s boatloads of history and culture here. You’ll come across towns and villages packed with Roman remains and buildings dating back to the middle ages. Pop into the Roman museum at Abbadia di Fiastra and you can learn more about the area’s past. You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy the towns of Marche though. The popular spot of Ascoli Piceno, in particular, is a brilliant spot to explore. Head into Ascoli Piceno from the striking main square and you’ll find plenty of small shops to bag a souvenir.
Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy a holiday in Marche. The area’s countryside is full of underground caves, towering mountains and green forests to explore. If you’re looking to take things a little easier, then there are plenty of beaches to relax on in Marche too. You can work on the tan either side of a leisurely lunch of grilled seafood and white wine.
The popular town of Ascoli Piceno is like a time warp back to the middle ages. It’s one of the main attractions in Marche and you’ll soon see why. Start at Ascoli Piceno’s main square of Piazza del Popolo and then head off into the old town area. It feels as if it has hardly changed for centuries. If you visit Ascoli Piceno during the summer, you can also enjoy the town’s medieval festival, complete with jousting and an array of colourful costumes.
If you’re looking to take it easy on the beach during your Marche holiday, then Pesaro is a great spot for sun worshippers. As well as the fine golden sands and the lapping waves of the Adriatic, there’s a pretty old town to explore in Pesaro. Culture vultures can also learn more about the composer, Rossini, here as Pesaro was his hometown.
Those looking for another injection of history in Marche can head to the old town section of Ancona. This area is dominated by Ancona’s Cathedral of San Ciriaco. It’s a white and pink coloured beauty. If you fancy a stroll, then Ancona’s port is an interesting spot for a wander. But many base themselves in Ancona to explore the surrounding countryside and beaches either side of the city.
There are historical attractions spanning thousands of years in Marche. There’s so much to learn that you’ll feel like you’re back at school. Visit the Roman ruins at Urbisaglia, or learn more about the era at the museum of Abbadia di Fiastra. Make sure you also visit Urbino’s Ducal Palace. If you’re an art lover, check out the renaissance designs and paintings here.
They’re not for the claustrophobic, but Marche’s Frasassi Caves are a brilliant adventure under the earth. Found near the town of Genga, you’ll see some eye-catching underground scenery on a trip to Frasassi. Guides take you around a mile-long trail through the caves. The silence is eery in places, but it’s a comfortable stroll.
If you’re into outdoor pursuits, then you’ll have a top time in Marche. Head to the Sibillini Mountains and you’ll be at the centre of the action. There are plenty of trails here for hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. You can even have a go at paragliding and hang gliding. The winds are perfect for flying through the air and there’s a school just above the San Liberato Monastery.
Beaches in Marche
Holidaymakers looking to simply relax and work on their tan will find the perfect surroundings in Marche. There are more than 20 Blue Flag beaches in the region. These include long stretches of golden sands, along with pebbly beaches found near the towns. One of the most popular resorts is San Benedetto del Tronto. It’s perfect for families. If you’re looking for something a little quieter, try the secluded beach of Mezzavalle.
Foodies will enjoy Marche just as much as lovers of the great outdoors. There’s tons of great Italian grub to get your taste buds around here. Seafood plays a major role on the menu. One of the most popular dishes is brodetto; a classic fish stew. There are also treats such as fried stuffed olives and a classic baked pasta dish called vincisgrassi. It’s similar to a lasagne, with lots of wild mushrooms and prosciutto ham. You won’t have any trouble finding a good tipple to go with your food. Marche is a thriving wine-making area, with several outstanding whites to try.
Restaurants in Marche
The size of your wallet will not stop you enjoying delicious Italian cuisine in Marche. There’s restaurants to suit all budgets here. You can enjoy a tasty slice of pizza at the local pizzeria, or if you’re looking to splash the cash, enjoy a platter of fresh fish next to the coast.
There’s a little bit of everything to enjoy on a holiday to Marche. It’s the perfect Italian getaway, with sun, sea, sand, history, countryside and, of course, great food and wine. Booking with easyJet holidays is the hassle-free way to get to this must-see destination. You’ll even save yourself some spending money when you book a hotel and flight together with easyJet holidays. Take a look at our Marche destination guides for more inspiration.