Overlooking the Adriatic Sea in central Italy, with little more than a million and a half inhabitants distributed in five provinces of Ancona, the capital city, Pesaro and Urbino, Macerata, Fermo and Ascoli Piceno, a town just over four and more than five thousand inhabitants, Marche, always "door of the east" of our country, are the only Italian region in the plural.
Characterized by the presence of the Apennines, which gently slope along valleys parallel to the sea. The region is characterized by the rare beauty that has made it a land of great personality, by Giacomo Leopardi Raphael, by Giovan Battista Pergolesi, Gioachino Rossini, Spontini Gaspare Father Matteo Ricci to Frederick II, who were born here.
GradaraThe Gradara and its fortified village is one of the best preserved medieval structures in Italy. The two walls that protect the fortress (the outermost of which stretches for almost 800 meters) makes it of great historical and architectural interest. As well as the keep, the main tower overlooking the entire valley. The successful location of the stronghold has transformed, since ancient times, a crossroads of traffic and people. Gradara was one of the main theaters of fighting between the militias of the Papal States and the turbulent families of Romagna and Marche and inextricably linked to the love story of Paolo and Francesca, immortalized in Canto V of Dante's Inferno.
FrasassiFrasassi caves are underground karst caves that are located in the municipality of Genga, in the province of Ancona. The cave complex falls within the Regional Natural Park of Gola della Rossa and Frasassi. The complex is formed by a series of caves, the first of which can be visited by the current input is the Ancona Abyss: has an area of 180 x 120 m and a height of 200 m, is so large (more than 2 million m3) than inside it could be smoothly Milan Cathedral. Since 1972 it is under the protection of Frasassi Consortium, consisting of the municipality of Genga and the Province of Ancona, in order to safeguard and enhance the usability and scientific tourism.
AnconaOverlooking the Adriatic Sea, has one of the major Italian ports. Art city with an old town full of monuments and a thousand-year history, is one of the major economic centers of the region, as well as its main urban center in size and population. Towards the sea, the city stands on a promontory shaped like a bent elbow, which protects the largest natural harbor in the central Adriatic. The Greeks of Syracuse, who founded the city in 387 BC, they noticed the shape of this promontory, and for this reason called the new city "ANKON", which in greek means elbow. The Greek origin of Ancona is remembered by the epithet with which it is known as "the Dorian city".
JesiIt is a town of long and important industrial traditions, which have led, since the late nineteenth century, the name "Milano of the Marche". As evidence of its glorious past, which has seen too little capital of the "Respublica Aesina", retains an old town with interesting monuments, still surrounded by a wall of the fifteenth century intact. Since medieval times is one of the most important and active in the region. It is the third-largest city after the capital of the province of Ancona and Senigallia.
CorinaldoCorinaldo, a small but charming village that was the birthplace of Santa Mara Goretti, located a few miles from Senigallia, it is still a place untouched, surrounded by green hills. Protected by its medieval walls, rich in art and tradition, faith and culture ... is an ideal destination for a day trip. Awarded by the Italian Touring Club with the "orange flag"stands for quality of life and environment, earning the "green flag of agriculture" was appointed, in 2007, the most beautiful village in Italy.
UrbinoUrbino was one of the most important centers of the Italian Renaissance, which still retains full advantage of the architectural heritage, since 1998, its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage. The Roman city of Urvinum Metaurense became an important center during the Gothic Wars in the sixth century. He was then taken in 538 by the Byzantine Belisarius, removing the Goths, and was frequently mentioned by the Byzantine historian Procopius. It then passed into the domain of the Lombards, then the Franks. The king of the Franks Pippin presented Urbino to the State of the Church. However, independent traditions were expressed in its commune, until, around 1200, came under the rule of the nobles who were fighting each other in the near Montefeltro..