Lands in Le Marche
Travelers who want the best of central Italy are now heading for Le Marche, the third region, alongside Tuscany and Umbria that makes up the area. The region lies on the eastern side of central Italy, between the Adriatic Sea and the high Apennine mountains. Much of it remains unspoiled by mass tourism. The Adriatic coast has been known as a sun and beach mecca for years. However, inland, perhaps more so than anywhere else in central Italy, you will find places where time really has stood still.
Le Marche is treasure chest rich in history, nature, art, folklore, and culinary traditions.
Here you will find innumerable picturesque towns and villages in their splendid isolation high up in the hills overlooking the valleys. The area is today still relatively undiscovered. The territory is off the beaten track for tourists but not completely remote or inaccessible. The road infrastructure is well organized and you can reach the region from a number of places, including many airports such as Forli, Remini (100 km) and Ancona (120 km). The Autostrada (A14 Bologna-Bari) has convenient exits.
La Tavola Marche has chosen this area for its unassuming character, its medieval history, and the unspoiled countryside with its delicious history of food. The more you experience Le Marche, the more you will experience a land of great historical, cultural, and gastronomic riches as well as a land of rare natural beauty.
What better place to share a love for food than the beautiful region of Le Marche with a perfect balance of coastal fruits of the sea, intensively farmed midlands, and the wild harvest of the mountains. Along the coast, seafood is abundantly available. Inland and north from the coast, game flourishes. Truffles grow happily on the roots of old oaks. In addition, wild boar, which ends up in marvelous ragu and sausages, fatten on the acorns of this ancient forest. Between the mountains and the sea, there are gently rolling hills rich in farro and wheat, peaches and plums, tomatoes, garlic, fennel, basil, lavender, and rosemary. On the farms, pigs, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and cattle all fatten on the grasses of Le Marche. This variety typifies the region and why it is the perfect place on earth.
The area is predominantly pork, cheese, mushroom, and truffle country. Most villages and towns host a weekly market that is an invaluable source for buying fresh food at more competitive prices. The Le Marche region produces a large range of wine, including 13 varieties of DOC designated wines. If you appreciate good, wholesome food, you will discover many gastronomic pleasures at La Tavola Marche.
Neighboring Villages of Ducal Lands in Le Marche, Tuscany & Umbria
Sant'Angelo in Vado
, with its impressive Cathedral and Reason's Palace, is worth visiting. It is known as the Truffle Capital (along with Aqualanga) and hosts an international white truffle festival every autumn.
The Via Flaminia
leads all the way from Rome to Fossombrone
, whose churches are filled with works of art, the monumental Library, museums, Ducal Palace, and the Renaissance High Court. Close by is Fermignano
, home of Bramante, and with extremely interesting and beautiful Roman bridge and medieval tower. Continuing along this path will lead to Urbania
with its seven bridges, museums, and numerous churches. The 14th century village has almost intact fortifications. Its history of ceramic production was once renowned and today they still make splendid majolica and wrought iron crafts. Nearby Mercatello sul Metauro
conserves its past with houses and lovely lanes dating back to the Middle Ages. The Church of San Francesco holds a real anthology of 14th-17th century paintings from central Italy.
remains one of the most important towns in the Marche - indeed in Italy - for the tourist in search of great Italian art and architecture and its beguiling streets well reward the curious traveler. Since 1998, its centro storico has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For the second half of the 15th century, Urbino's windy hill was the setting for one of the most illustrious courts in Europe. Duke Federico da Montefeltro
gathered around him the greatest painters, poets, and scholars and housed them in one of Italy's most beautiful Renaissance palaces, a palace that still stands as an eloquent memorial to this quintessential Renaissance man.
typical medieval city with houses and palazzi still intact, can be reached by car in 30 minutes. The castle of Gradara
, San Marino, Cagli
are all close by, easily reached by car and well worth a visit. Piobbico
, with the impressive Brancaleone Castle, Apecchio
with the Ubaldini Palazzo and annexed fossil museum full of interesting finds and curiosities, and Sant'Angelo in Vado are close by and provide interesting itineraries. All of these small, inviting towns, where the ancient traditions of the typical umbro-marchigiano culture are still alive, offer typical, characteristic restaurants where the visitor can enjoy the local, traditional specialties