TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL
LE MARCHE VILLAGES
- Province of Ancona: Corinaldo
- Province of Macerata: Cingoli
- San Ginesio
- Province of Fermo: Moresco
- Province of Pesaro-Urbino: Gradara
- Province of Ascoli Piceno: Grottammare
You may think that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. However, some places are just objectively beautiful no matter who visits them. Such is the case in the Italian region of Le Marche, and this makes it quite difficult to rank Le Marche villages based on their beauty.
The elegance and beauty of the region as a whole is magnificent. However, there are certain places that really stand out in this picturesque region.
With this in mind, we have compiled a list of the 10 most beautiful Le Marche villages.
Province of Ancona
First, is one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, which earned the Orange Flag from the Italian Touring Club.
If Ancona is one of the most beautiful areas in the country, it has to stand out within the region as well. In the province of Ancona is found the village of Corinaldo. This medieval town’s narrow streets pull you in and make you completely lose your way.
It has a lovely historical center. La Piagga, one of the most beautiful staircases in Italy, is a must see.
Also the Festival of Witches, which is held in Corinaldo every year on Halloween, earned this village its Orange Flag. This event encourages hundreds of visitors and locals alike to celebrate together.
Province of Macerata
Next, is a village better known as “the Balcony of the Marches.” Cingoli is on the summit of Mount Circe and it has an incredible view, especially in the appropriate weather.
Every year, in July, the city of Macerata hosts a historical reenactment called “Cingoli 1848.” This just adds to the already intense medieval atmosphere in the village.
The city is surrounded by elaborate churches and museums. Also, the historical city center as a whole is breathtaking.
The medieval town of Sarnano also holds a historical reenactment each year, which takes place in August and is called the “Castrum Sarnani.”
Sarnano is a tiny village with a web of ancient streets and alleyways. The narrow streets sometimes give way to magnificent views of the hills and forests. For the best panorama head to Piazza Alta.
Throughout the city, you will run into stairways and piazzas that will leave you breathless.
Furthermore, Sarnano is also known for sports such as mountain biking, skiing and trekking. Here, you also have access to hot springs.
This village is noteworthy for its art and has various works mainly from the medieval period. The works of Simone de Magistris, Pomarancio, and Pinacoteca Scipione Gentili are all well worth the visit.
Also, around July and August, San Ginesio hosts the International Folklore Festival, exploring the many local traditions. This event is a great addition to a holiday spent exploring Le Marche villages. Also, don’t miss the dwelling of San Liberato, an ancient martyr who became a saint.
Province of Fermo
This castle sits in the Aso Valley, on the top of a hill. Plus, in October, the Festa del Braciere takes place inside the structure, when the villagers light a tall bonfire inside the castle. This event is a unique way to experience the local customs.
Moreover, the village has many well preserved medieval buildings. Its original walls, city gates, and towers are all still intact.
During August, this city holds yet another historical reenactment. The main square in the historical center has an atmosphere that is sure to amaze you.
In addition to these attractions is the famous prison camp from 1915. It is surrounded by gorgeous old castle walls.
Province of Pesaro-Urbino
Next, is a small village famous for the love story of Francesca and Paolo, linked to its incredible castle. Consequently, the theme of love is present all over the province.
The walls of Pesaro–Urbino are majestic and romantic. And if you are a romantic person, you will especially love the “Gradara d’Amare” festival held every year in February as well as the “Path of Lovers” within the city.
This village is inside the Sasso Simone and Simoncello Natural Park.
Frontino is nestled in a valley near the Mutino River and Mount Carpegna. The views from this place will blow you away.
Plus, the towers, streets, and city walls will make you feel as if you were inside a fairytale; this is truly one of the most beautiful Le Marche villages.
Finally, Frontino hosts the “Festa del Tartufo Nero” (festival of the black truffle) every year in August. This is a must-see for foodies and for lovers of black truffles!
Province of Ascoli Piceno
Grottamare also hosts a festival every year in August. However, unlike the other villages, Grottamare holds a comedy festival. If you’re looking for something different then this is definitely worth seeing.
Aside from the festival though, Ascoli Piceno is an amazing place to visit, especially in the summer.
Furthermore, the village is a seaside town on the Adriatic coast on the Riviera delle Palme. It has tropical palm trees and a calm, relaxing atmosphere.
Also, it has well-preserved ancient structures.
Lastly, is the village of Offida. If you’re traveling to the region of Le Marche, you can’t miss this village.
Moreover, in January and February, there is the “Carnival of Offida” which gives visitors a chance to witness local customs and to visit all the main attractions of the village.
Make sure you try the local cuisine and you visit the museum of bobbin lace, which displays traditional art of Offida. Also, check out the Monument of the Merlette.
Enjoy views of the Tesino and Tronto Valleys from this city as well.