Marche amazes with 180 km of gorgeous coast
Marche has long been considered one of Italy’s most popular tourist destinations. This area has a lot of attractive features: the numerous beautiful old towns and the magical seaside resorts, the pleasant climate, the developed tourist infrastructure and of course, the numerus of wine activities. The region is also an ideal place for a great beach holiday. At the 180 kilometer long coast you are spoiled for choice which your favorite place will be.
Places – top 3 to visit if you are in Marche
1. Ancona – between sky and sea
Ancona, an elegant city with a refined and enchanting charm, has been an important hub of commercial activity since ancient times and today it is a crossroads of stock exchanges, thanks to its prestigious marina.
How about a stroll through the old town right after the harbor? Via the central Piazza del Plebiscito, which invigorates you for an aperitif hour, you will pass churches worth seeing up to the Pinacoteca Comunale in the Palazzo Bosdari with masterpieces by Titian and Lorenzo Lotto. The route takes you as well to the imposing medieval San Ciriaco Cathedral.
The building with the façade in white and pink marble perched on the top of Monte Guasco overlooking the city. Once up here was the Acropolis, the remains of which are still visible today.
2. Urbino – and its historic center
Urbino is a popular destination for guests from all over the world for its magnificent sights. The most beautiful building in the city is the imposing 15th century Palazzo Ducale.
The Italian city was founded in the 6th century and gained great prominence, especially during the Renaissance. Urbino is a UNESCO World Heritage Site thanks to its many beautiful churches and imposing architecture. Those who spend their holidays in the city can take leisurely walks through the picturesque old town and enjoy its historic atmosphere. The numerous small cafes and restaurants in the city invite you to relax while enjoying the view of the impressive buildings and the idyllic landscape in the surrounding area.
3. Ascoli Piceno – the unknown place in the Marche
Many remains and buildings of the Roman era can be visited here. In the Piazza del Popolo of Ascoli Piceno, the life of this small but charming city takes place. On the piazza, there is the Church of S. Francesco, a Gothic building that began in 1258 and was completed in 1549. The Loggia dei Mercanti (The House of Merchants) from the 16th century was built by the then most powerful merchants guild of wool merchants. The Palazzo dei Capitani is also located in Piazza del Popolo and was built in the 13th century. He served primarily as the seat of the city civic, following the council of elders and later as the seat of the papal governor.
Food and Drink – top 3 to try in Marche
A culinary variety
The kitchen of Marche is namely for Italian conditions as relatively complicated. While the kitchens of the neighboring regions are actually convincing due to the natural simplicity of the recipes, the kitchen in the Marche is more refined. This is reflected above all in various fillings: from suckling pig to mussel and olive, nearly everything is filled pretty much. And for the Olive, we’re at one of the most important products in Marche: in addition to the DOC seal-bearing Cartoceto oil, there are seven other PAT-labeled olive oils.
1. Porchetta – grilled Italian roast pork
Sovereign dish of the country kitchen of the brands is the porchetta (a kind of roast suckling pig), which may be not missing at any village feast. You can often find them in busy streets along the roadside: the simple stalls offer thick slices to home-style bread; a good opportunity for a rewarding snack. The porchetta is first boned and then filled with spices (including garlic and wild fennel seeds); then they are doused with wine. Traditionally, it is cooked on a spit in the open air, slowly making the meat slowly clay-colored, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside. But even when cooked in the oven, the result is excellent; and if you have a wood-burning stove lined with branches of pines, holm oaks and oaks, the meat becomes even more fragrant, with an incomparable taste.
2. Truffles – the white Gold
In addition, the province of Pesaro is the largest Italian producer of truffles, especially the high-quality white truffle, in direct competition with Alba. The truffle capital of the Marchen is Acqualagna. It is located between Pesaro and Urbino, where a famous market is held. The overly fragrant tubers (white, black, gray, purple, hazel and earthy) are therefore a common ingredient in local gastronomy and give many dishes power and peculiarity.
3. Pasta from Campofilone – where the world-famous pasta is produced
The pasta from the pasta town of Campofilone has a long tradition and experience in the production of high-quality egg noodles. For the production only selected durum wheat from the Marche is used. For 1 kg pasta 20 fresh eggs from free-range chickens are used. – no water! In the processing phase, the durum wheat semolina and fresh eggs are mixed with a special machine, which is set at the lowest speed. During this long time, the dough becomes very homogeneous. In the next step, every noodle shape and size will be cut. The sliced pasta is hand-laid on special paper sheets for pre-drying. Also, the pasta is packed with these papers to preserve shape and the natural taste. The finished pasta is then laid out in drying chambers for at least 48 hours and dried. If you plan a trip to Marche, to taste the pasta from Campofilone is a must!
Wine – top 3 to know about wines from Marche
Behind a fertile hill country with nearly 18,000 hectares of vineyards, the region is located in the middle of the country, bordered by Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio and Abruzzo. Here viticulture is ancient, both the Celts and the Etruscans cultivated wine here, later, of course, the Romans.
1. Wine Highlights
The Italian region of Marche comprises nearly 18.000 hectares of vineyards spread over four provinces with 13 DOC zones, five DOCG zones, and one IGT and has a total production of about 1.6 million hectoliters of wine. The best known are the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and the Verdicchio di Matelica. It is a fresh, fruity wine with powerful acidity and often with a typical almond taste on the finish, especially in recent years, the quality has increased enormously and instead of formerly rather light wines, you have no now higher-quality wines with a certain finesse. Also increasingly interesting is the almost forgotten variety Pecorino, from the fine-fruity, very pleasant to drink wines are prepared.
Partially outstanding red wines come mainly from the southern areas of the Marche. The most important red wine of the region, which deserves more attention, is the Rosso Piceno, Piceno must contain at least 60 percent Sangiovese, while the Rosso Cònero is predominantly, often even varietal, from the Montepulciano variety. Tenuta di Tavignano uses to work with this grape variety. Montepulciano is considered a characteristic vine that produces berry fruit, dense and velvety wines and can compete in particularly good years with the more expensive red wines from Tuscany.
As a special feature, the Marche finally have two spumanti, the Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, and the Verdicchio Pian delle Mura.
2. Grape varieties
In the Marchen, half of white wines and red wines are produced, and the same applies to the distribution of grape varieties. Nevertheless, there is a particularly important grape variety: Verdicchio. The autochthonous white grape Verdicchio provides the basis for the eponymous wine, the most famous drop in the region. You can try the wines from this grape variety in La Quercia Scarlatta Winery.
3. Style of wine
The warm Mediterranean climate and the limestone soils from marine sediments – similar to Tuscany – are actually good conditions for viticulture. So, Rosso Conero is the very well known red wine of the Marche. In this, the Montepulciano sets the tone, with a small portion of Sangiovese at its side.
For the top wine of the region, which is called only Conero, the winemakers put 100 percent on the benefits of Montepulciano with its strong and gripping tannin and the relatively delicate berry fruit flavors.
These plants prove that the often despised Montepulciano grape variety brings similarly good results as the Sangiovese when lovingly treated. Its characteristics make the wine a perfect companion for grilled meat.
The wine grows on the sea, on the slopes of Monte Conero near Ancona, where the spectacular cliffs and lush greenery above the turquoise blue sea form a picturesque backdrop.
North of Ancona also grows the red wine specialty Lacrima di Morro D’Alba. Its own is a distinctive, spicy fragrance that harmonizes with taut tannins. The grape variety Lacrima (tear) from the surroundings of the village Morro d’Alba is dedicated to only a few wineries. But what they generate is very exciting and provides an aha-experience even with experienced wine drinkers. He is very good as a dry wine, but also as a red sweet wine. Do not hesitate to enjoy a glass of wine made with the Lacrima variety relaxing in the SPA of Filodivino Wine Resort & SPA!
From the Vernacchia grape, excellent Spumante are produced according to the traditional method of bottle fermentation – Metodo Classico.
Nature – top 3 to visit in Marche
Multifaceted nature: hiking, visiting stalactite caves and impressive gorges
If Italy is a boot on the map, the Marchen represents the upper part of the calf. A calf that consists partly of coastal and mountain regions and inspiring cities in the hinterland. The central Italian region between the Adriatic and the Apennines is perfect for stressed-out contemporaries looking for a retreat to escape. Several nature parks invite you to do so.
1. The caves from Frasassi – breathtaking natural spectacle
The caves of Frasassi are located in Genga, near Fabriano. This beautiful cave was first discovered in 1971. The colors are very well preserved, making them one of the most spectacular caves in Europe. Entering these caves is like immersing yourself in a new, adventurous world of colors, sounds, and lights. It almost feels like being in a landscape of HC Andersen’s The Snow Queen. There are guided tours through the caves during the day. Approximately every two hours. The tour lasts about 75 minutes.
2. The Furlo canyon – a canyon with emerald green water
This impressive gorge and nature reserve, crossed by the Condigliano river, is one of the most impressive examples of the river engraving of the entire Apennines. With the opportunity for hiking and mountain biking, the Gola del Furlo offers insights and naturalistic riches of great geological interest. This excursion can also very well be combined with a visit to the city of the old Renaissance city of Urbino.
3. Monte Catria – hiking in Marche
Monte Catria is a mountain in the central Apennines in the province of Pesaro and Urbino. The highest peak is 1,702 meters above sea level. It is a limestone massif that originated about 200 million years ago. The most beautiful mountain impressions offer you, so to speak, on the doorstep of Urbino, around the Monte Catria. An experience is a spring hike over the flower-covered mountain meadows. A cable car takes you up the mountain.