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Cities for Art-Lovers in Le Marche

Sferisterio, Macerata, Marche, Italy
Sferisterio, Macerata, Marche, Italy

CITIES FOR ART-LOVERS IN LE MARCHE

  • 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.

Ancona

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

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

Pesaro

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

Urbino

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

Top 10 Most Beautiful Le Marche Villages

Monterubbiano, Fermo, Marche, Italy
Monterubbiano, Fermo, Marche, Italy

TOP 10 MOST BEAUTIFUL
LE MARCHE VILLAGES

  • Province of Ancona: Corinaldo
  • Province of Macerata: Cingoli
  • Sarnano
  • San Ginesio
  • Province of Fermo: Moresco
  • Servigliano
  • Province of Pesaro-Urbino: Gradara
  • Frontino
  • Province of Ascoli Piceno: Grottammare
  • Offida

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

Corinaldo

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.

Pozzo della Polenta, Corinaldo, Ancona, Le Marche villages, Italy
Photo by Caludio.stanco at Wikimedia Commons, CCA-C 4.0

Province of Macerata

Cingoli

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.

Cingoli Municipio, Macerata Cingoli,Le Marche villages, Italy
Photo by Alessandro Vecchi at Wikimedia Commons, CCA-C 3.0

Sarnano

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.

Sarnano, Marche, Italy
Photo by Common man at Wikimedia Commons

San Ginesio

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.

San Ginesio, Macerata, Marche, Italy
Photo by Alessandro Vecchi at Wikimedia Commons, CCA-SA 3.0

Province of Fermo

Moresco

The town of Fermo is best known for its castle which offers a view of the region, and from which you can even see some of the neighboring region of Abruzzo.

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.

Moresco, Fermo, Marche, Italy

Servigliano

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.

Servigliano, Fermo, Le Marche villages, Italy
Photo by at Serviglianoonline

Province of Pesaro-Urbino

Gradara

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 PesaroUrbino 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.

Gradara, Le Marche villages, Italy
Photo by Nazareno Balducci at Wikimedia Commons, CCA 3.0

Frontino

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!

Frontino, Marche, Italy
Photo by Toni Pecoraro at Wikimedia Commons

Province of Ascoli Piceno

Grottammare

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.

Grottammare, Marche, Italy
Photo by Jacopo presunto at Wikimedia Commons, CCA-C 2.5

Offida

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.

Offida Carnival, Marche, italy
Photo by pizzodisevo 1937 at Wikimedia Commons, CCA-SA 2.0

Read The Magic of Le Marche

Beautiful Central Italian Cities

Siena, Tuscany, Italy
Siena, Tuscany, Italy

From north to south, Italy is a lovely country for a number of cultural, historical, and natural aspects. Not to mention the food! The central regions of Italy are open-air museums, showing off the historical depth of this fantastic land. Below, you will find a list of some of the most beautiful central Italian cities.

TUSCANY

LUCCA

This first small town is well worth the visit! It’s saturated with cultural artifacts and historical sites and even large cities in the vicinity cannot compete. It is quaint and ancient. Lucca is a beautiful central Italian city that will take you back in time after a leisurely stroll through its ancient walls.

Central Italian City - Piazza dell'Anfiteatro, Lucca, Tuscany
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FLORENCE

How could we not mention this cultural hub that is so loved by tourists all year round. This beautiful central Italian city is something you must see during your lifetime. Florence is the capital of Tuscany. It features the famous Ponte Vecchio, literally “old bridge”, and the Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral. It is known for its artisan shops of goldsmiths, shoe shops, and leather goods. The Uffizi Gallery features work from Michelangelo, Bottecelli, DaVinci, Raffaello, and Caravaggio.

Central Italian City - Florence, Tuscany
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LE MARCHE

URBINO

The city of Urbino is the birth place of the artist Raffaello Sanzio. His home is located in the historical center and features artisan style shops all around. The fortress of Albornoz is a famous site of this town, offering panoramic views of the city. The rolling hills of Urbino, in the Le Marche region, are sure to captivate you.

Central Italian City - Urbino, Marches
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ANCONA

Still in the region of Le Marche, we venture over to its capital city. With only 100,000 inhabitants, the small city of Ancona is recognized for its royal history. Structures and ruins from ancient Rome are scattered all over the city. The amphitheater built in the first century AD and the Arch of Trajan are must-see.

Central Italian City - Ancona, Marches
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UMBRIA

PERUGIA

The central Italian city of Perguia is the capital of a different region, Umbria. This city hosts one of the oldest and most important libraries in Italy, the Augusta Library, which is home to around 375,000 different documents. Additionally, Perugia has the National Gallery with works of art by Perugino, Pinturicchio, and Piero della Francesca. Special events like the Euro chocolate festival and the Umbrian Jazz Festival are important activities. Also, the city hosts many other university campus events throughout the year.

Central Italian City - Rocca Paolina, Perugia, Umbria
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LAZIO

VITERBO

Viterbo is an entrancing town with Medieval aspects that will transport you back in time. Churches, towers, castles, piazzas, and buildings of historical value are incredibly still intact. The historical center of this central Italian city has monuments and art that will blow you away and make you feel as if you were back in Medieval times. Viterbo was the ancient capital of Tuscia, an ancient Etruscan area.

Central Italian City - Viterbo, Lazio
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