Le Marche is known for its extensive cultural heritage. Many groups of ancient peoples have come through this territory and left pieces along the way. Much of which have been well-preserved. With the ancient art, architecture, and archeology you can truly get a sense of ancient life. The following is a list of the 5 cities for art-lovers in the Le Marche region, rich of these elements.
The capital of the Marche region is Ancona and is the first on our list of cities for art-lovers. Characterizing this area are the historical and religious treasures like ancient churches, Roman ruins and baths. It is often referred to as an open-air museum given its extensive history and well-preserved artifacts. The oldest piazza is the Piazza del Papa with its famous statue of Pope Clement XII. However, its real name is Piazza del Plebiscito. A large Imperial Age amphitheater also draws attention to this city in addition to its large cathedral.
Don’t miss the historical reenactment in this city in August, called the Quintana Cavalluccio Torneo! Ascoli Piceno is also known as “the city of a hundred towers” based on its ancient bell and royal towers throughout the city. Historically famous San Francesco Church and Caffè Meletti are lovely stops during your visit. Additionally, situated in the city center is the Renaissance Piazza del Popolo and all the main sites. The Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo now functions as the town hall. It sits directly in this piazza along with the aforementioned gems of the city.
Also featuring a historical reenactment in August is Fermo, titled “Cavalcata dell’Assunta.” It takes place on the famous Ferragosto holiday, August 15th. The old and new sections divde this city. The historical area features the 16th century Palazzo degli Studi and Palazzo dei Priori. Also, from the 18th century, there is a theater where you can experience many musical and theatrical performances throughout the year. These historical reenactments are magnificent performances, adding these cities to the list of cities for art-lovers.
The city of Pesaro is characteristic for many elements related to culture and historical artifacts and architectural structures. However, the main bronze statue by Arnaldo Pomodoro from 1998 is one of the city’s main representative sites. Additionally, every year Pesaro hosts the Rossini Opera Festival, or ROF. It takes place in the Rossini Theater which is one of the main jewels of the city. You should also check out the cathedral and San Giovanni Battista Church.
The last on the list for art-lovers is the city of Urbino. The Galleria Nazionale delle Marche features works by Piero della Francesca and Raphael, situated in the Palazzo Ducale. This UNESCO World Heritage site is a mecca of Italian Renaissance art. Throughout the ancient streets of the city, everything seems to have an aura of the Renaissance. Symbolic references, architecture, and light effects will fascinate any art-lover. Today, it’s a university town also, filling its streets with students.