• Ancona
  • Ascoli Piceno
  • Fermo
  • Pesaro
  • Urbino

Le Marche (called also just Marche) is known for its extensive cultural heritage and it’s an art-lovers go-to place to visit. Many ancient civilizations have lived in this territory and left  remains for us to visit and study.

Most of these remains are well-preserved. With ancient art and architecture you can truly get a sense of ancient life.

The following is a list of the 5 best cities for art-lovers in the Le Marche region.


The capital of the Marche region is Ancona and it’s the first on our list of cities for art-lovers. Characterizing this area are historical and religious treasures like ancient churches, Roman ruins and baths.

Ancona is often called an open-air museum due to its extensive history and well-preserved artifacts. The oldest piazza is the Piazza del Plebiscito, nicknamed Piazza del Papa (Pope Square) due to its famous statue of Pope Clement XII.

This city also stands out due to its large Imperial Age amphitheater and its grand cathedral.

Ancona, Marche, Italy for art-lovers

Ascoli Piceno

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.

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.

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.

Quintana of Ascoli, Marche, Italy for art-lovers
Photo by MasmarAP at Wikimedia Commons, CCA-SA 4.0


Fermo also has a historical reenactment in August, called “Cavalcata dell’Assunta”.

It takes place during the famous Ferragosto holiday, on August 15. This city is divided between the old and new sections. The historical area features the 16th century Palazzo degli Studi and Palazzo dei Priori.

Also, there is a theater built in the 18th century, where you can experience many musical and theatrical performances throughout the year.

These historical reenactments are magnificent performances, making these cities noteworthy to visit.

Flags of Fermo, Marche, Italy for art-lovers
Photo by Manuel M at Wikimedia Commons, CCA 3.0


The city of Pesaro is characteristic for its many cultural and historical artifacts and for its famous architecture.

However, the bronze statue by Arnaldo Pomodoro from 1998 is one of the city’s main attractions. Additionally, every year Pesaro hosts the Rossini Opera Festival, or ROF.

The festival takes place in the Rossini Theater which is one of the main jewels of the city. You should also check out the cathedral and the San Giovanni Battista Church.

Sphere Giò Pomodoro, Pesaro, Marche, Italy for art-lovers
Photo by Diego Baglieri at Wikimedia Commons, CCA-SA 4.0


The last on the list is the city of Urbino. The Galleria Nazionale delle Marche features works by Piero della Francesca and Raphael, situated in the Palazzo Ducale.

Moreover, the place is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it’s full of Italian Renaissance art. Throughout the ancient streets of the city, everything seems to have an aura of the Renaissance.

Symbolic references and architecture will fascinate any art-lover. Today, it’s also a university town and its streets are filled with students.

Palazzo Ducale Urbino, Marche, Italy for art-lovers
Photo by sailko at Wikimedia Commons, CCA-SA 3.0


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