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Le Marche is a region to discover and to experience. It has been defined by Guido Piovene as, “The only Italian region in the plural” and also, “Italy in a region” (alluding to the innumerable environmental, landscape and artistic aspects) whilst Cecco D’Ascoli affirms it as being, "The countryside of the Sweet Hills"..

A multifaceted setting that forms a veritable territorial mosaic: from the sea, with the soft and sunny beaches of San Benedetto del Tronto (circa 10 minutes) and Grottammare (circa 10 minutes) to the green hills, through to the majestic and magical chain of the Sibillini Mountains, without forgetting the many ancient hamlets and towns famed for their art and history (such as Acquasanta Terme, Loreto and Macerata) that forge the sensation of being in the midst of remote times and events, national parks, nature reserves, sacred sites and even new shopping structures. .

Acquaviva Picena (ca. 5 minutes)

Dominated by the imposing Fortezza (Fortress), the historic hamlet is accessed through a Gothic gate from the 1400s. Its medieval traits are preserved through the remains of castle walls, ancient houses and towers. In the historical nucleus is the church of San Rocco with its Romanesque façade. Well preserved is the Rocca, one of the most interesting strongholds of the region, having been built in the 14th century. In the summer, it hosts Sponsalia, the historical re-enactment of the marriage of the daughter of Rinaldo degli Acquaviva that occurred in the year 1234 AD, with games, medieval dances and a wedding banquete.

Ripatransone (ca. 10 minutes)

Known as the city of olive oil and wine, it is an evocative historical village, characterised by the warm shades of the brick. It is famed for its medieval panoramas and vistas, including the narrowest alley in Italy, a truly slim stretch of 43 cm enclosed between two houses. To visit is the Cathedral Basilica, Palazzo del Podestà, Teatro Mercantini, Pinacoteca Comunale and the Museo della Civiltà Contadina. .

Ascoli Piceno (ca. 30 minutes)

The silhouette of Ascoli Piceno emerges, distinguished by its towers, spires, domes and palaces, in a valley created by the base of the Tronto and Castellano rivers. The houses, mansions, churches, even the pavements of the piazzas are all in travertine, which gives the city an extraordinary unity of style and an elegant, austere tone that is simultaneously luminous, creating fascinating contrasts with the blue sky and the surrounding green.

Its Piazza del Popolo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, is the drawing room of the Ascoli locals. The pizza is overlooked by the historic Caffè Meletti, famous for its “Anisetta” liquor and for its décor, all in pure Liberty style, the Palazzo dei Capitani and the Church of San Francesco.

Fermo (ca 30 minutes)

An ancient and splendid city that emerges just 6 km from the sea in an elevated position on the Sabulo hill. Sites to visit include the Piazza del Popolo and the Cisterne Romane – imposing constructions from the 1st century A.D., consisting of 30 interconnected rooms that served as a reservoir to store and distribute water to the entire city. There is also the Teatro dell’Aquila and Piazzale del Grifalco..

Civitella Del Tronto (ca. 40 minutes)

Included amongst the “most beautiful villages in Italy”, it stands majestically on a rocky travertine cliff on the road connecting Ascoli to Teramo. Dominated by the Fortezza (Fortress), the last proud and heroic bulwark of the Bourbons of Naples and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, it is considered one of the most imposing military engineering works of Europe, being over 500 metres in length and more than 25,000 square metres in surface area..

Offida (ca. 15 minutes)

An ancient medieval hamlet, listed amongst the most beautiful villages in Italy, at its heart is the Piazza del Popolo (Piazza of the People). It is overlooked by the beautiful Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall) built in terracotta, and La Collegiata, an 18th-century church with three naves, rich in precious paintings and plastering. Of particular interest and beauty is the Templar Church of Santa Maria della Rocca that stands imposingly on a small hillock in a solitary and majestic position. It is a magnificent example of a Romanesque-Gothic church with single nave, built in terracotta and reconstructed in 1330 on the same site where once existed a small church from the year 1000. For centuries, Offida has been one of the three most important centres in the world for the art of bobbin lace production. Still to this day, wandering through the alleys of the ancient village, it is possible to come across Offida women who, sitting on the stoop of their home, are working on precious bobbin lace. By way of testimony to the ancient wine tradition, cultivated for centuries in the territory, Offida hosts within the evocative rooms of the former Convent of San Francesco, “L’ Enoteca Regionale”, a lively and dynamic centre of initiatives connected to wine..

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