Marche – Borghi, hills and sea

  • 9 Days
  • Marche
  • Cultural, Naturalistic

Description

Marche is the only region whose given name has a plural form in the Italian language. This reflects the richness of this region which stretches between the Appennini mountains and the Adriatic Sea. Beautiful centres of art, ancient little “borghi”, enchanting views and magnificent architectures, all hidden among the slopes of its hills. Travel inland of the Marche Region means to get in touch with a very traditional life style, the green hills are dotted by small rural villages rich in local history, art, literature memories and traditional myths. 

 

What to Expect

In the Marche region, culture, amazing landscape and great food meet. Travel inland of the Marche Region means to get in touch with a very traditional life style, the green hills are dotted by small rural villages (Borghi) rich in local history, art, literature memories and traditional myths. This journey shows us the entire Marche region: the seaside where there is Mount Conero promontory, through the green hills until the Sibillini Mountain range. The cultural aspects of this region are well visible in its cities: the renaissance style of Urbino, the spiritual Loreto, the poetry of Recanati, the medioeval Fabriano, the elegant Ascoli Piceno, the roman ruins of Urbisaglia.

  • Ancient "borghi"
  • Etnography
  • Cultural heritage
  • Local gastronomy

Itinerary

Day 1 - Ancona – Senigallia

Arrival in Ancona and transfer to the hotel in Senigallia. Overnight.

Day 2 - Senigallia - Urbino – Urbania – Piagge – Senigallia • Fascinating Urbino and surrounding areas (165 km)

Transfer to Urbino, the historical city center is World Heritage listed since 1998. We visit the Palazzo Ducale, which is now the Galleria Nazionale where there are a number of paintings from well-known Italian Renaissance artists such as Raffaello, Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello e Tiziano. We continue visiting the birth home of Raffaello Sanzio (1483) where we can see copies of his masterpieces. In the afternoon we move to the nearby Urbania, known in the past as Casteldurante, now famous for its ceramics which is a tradition dated back to the medieval time. Here we visit the town center. Then we move to the nearby Piagge to see the grotta dell’Ipogeo- Ipogeo Cave. Discovered in 1996 by the Italian Architect Gabriele Polverari, it appears like an underground basilica where probably early Christians followers gathered in the 1st century AD to escape persecution by the Romans.

View of Urbino, Marche

Day 3 - Senigallia - Frasassi cave – Fabriano - Pergola – Senigallia • The Karst Cave system of Frasassi and the birth town of paper: Fabriano (145 km)

We start the day driving to Genga to visit the Frasassi Cave, one the most important karst cave system in Italy and the world. We will be lead through the Caves that is so large that could fit in an entire Basilica as big as the Milan Cathedral: “The Duomo”! After the visit we drive to Fabriano, the town where paper and watermarked papers become an art. Here we visit the museum on this traditional art that developed in Fabriano from the XIII century. This is a well preserved medieval city and we will have the opportunity to learn how to make our own paper as well. In the afternoon we will visit the historical Borgo Pergola and its small archaeological museum where there are the “Bronzi Dorati” the only bronze statues of its type left in the world from the Roman Empire (50-30 B.C.). Inside the Frasassi Caves, Marche

Day 4 - Senigallia – Conero Riviera – Camerano – Potenza Picena • The seaside and the mystery of the underground city of Camerano (80 km)

Today we drive southwards to Ancona which was established in 387 b.C. by the Greeks settlers of Syracuse and since then it is the larger Port on the Adriatic Sea. We start the visit from the Duomo di San Ciriaco an amazing Roman-Byzantine cathedral located on the top of the “Colle Guasco” overlooking the sea. We continue visiting Piazza del Plebiscito, the Church of San Francesco and the Church of San Domenico, where we can see painting from Tiziano and Guercino.
We then board a boat to see the Riviera del Conero which includes Mount Conero (the first Natural reserve of the region established in 1987). From Portonovo Bay with its crystal clear water, we can see ancient treasures such as the Napoleonic Fort, The Clementine Tower, and the Romanic Church of Santa Maria. We will disembark the boat to visit the Camerano caves, an underground labyrinth where we can listen to a short classical concert. We drive to Potenza Picena, check in at the hotel, dinner and overnight.View of the Monte Conero, Marche

Day 5 - Potenza Picena – Loreto – Castelfidardo – Recanati – Potenza Picena • The majestic basilica of Loreto and the poetical landscape of the birth place of the Leopardi (40 km)

Today we drive north towards Loreto where we visit one of the most important basilica in the world. The basilica is a Late Gothic structure known for enshrining the house in which the Blessed Virgin Mary is believed by Catholics and local traditions, to have lived in and received the visit by the Angel. Inside the holy house there is the precious statue of the virgin Mary carved in Lebanon Cedar wood which gives the dark color from which the name of the “Black Madonna of Loreto”. After the visit we drive to Castelfidardo, where the accordion was invented. In the afternoon we reach Recanati, the native village of the Poet Giacomo Leopardi. Here we visit the places that inspired the poems of this Italian literature master.

Outside of the Loreto's cathedral, Marche

Day 6 - Potenza Picena –Sibillini Mountains (Lame Rosse trekking, about 3,5 h) - Urbisaglia – Abbey of S. Maria di Chiaravalle di Fiastra– Ascoli Piceno (120 km)

Today we will walk on a spectacular trekking track in the Monti Sibillini Park. We drive inland towards Lake Fiastra, a manmade lake dated back to the 50ies in the norther part of the Park. From here we follow the Lame Rosse track, known also as the Grand Canyon of the Marche Region, it is a 7 km return track with about 200 mt climb amongst unusual rock formations, pillars ad pinnacles. After the walk we drive to the nearby town of Serrapetrona, the birthplace of the Vernaccia, a spumante wine made from the Vernaccia Nera grapes. We will taste this regional wine in a selected winery.
We continue the day visiting Urbisaglia, and the archaeological site of Urbs Salvia, the birthplace of some leading figures of the Roman Empire. The decadence of this town is described by the poet Dante Alighieri (1265–1321) in his Divine Comedy. After a walk through this roman style town, we visit the Archaeological museum. We drive to Abbey of S. Maria di Chiaravalle di Fiastra and then we reach Ascoli Piceno.

View during the Lame Rosse track, Marche

Day 7 - Ascoli Piceno – Offida - Ascoli Piceno • From the fashionable Ascoli Piceno to the ancient historical village of Offida (50 km)

The long history of Ascoli, is still quite well visible today in the many roman monuments such as: the Theatre, the Augustus Bridge, churches, old houses and towers. Piazza del Popolo is possible one of the best central square in Italy and S. Francesco Church.
In the afternoon we drive to Offida, part of the Club “The most beautiful village of Italy” and we visit the city center: perfectly preserved and surrounded by the traditional perimetrary walls. We stop to visit a local winery where we can taste the local Pecorino and Passerina wines. Return to the hotel for overnight.

Main square of Ascoli Piceno, Marche

Day 8 - Ascoli Piceno – Fermo – Mogliano – Monte San Giusto – Ancona • The rennaissance in Fermo and the masterpiece of Lorenzo Lotto in the historical “borghi” of Mogliano e Monte San Giusto (175 km)

This morning we drive north to Fermo where we visit Piazza del Popolo with its typical archways. We continue visiting the Sala del Mappamondo (Room of the Globe), which is in the Priori Palace, here there is a unique wooden book shelve which makes this library absolutely unique and, in the middle or the room, there is a historical “globe”. We visit the archaeological sites of the Roman cisterns dated back to the 1st century. In the afternoon we visit the “borghi” of Mogliano and Monte San Giusto where we can see two incredible paintings of Lorenzo Lotto. We end the day in Ancona.

Rose window of the Duomo in Fermo, Marche

Day 9 - Ancona – departure

Transfer to the train station or airport.

Price Includes

  • Transfers from/to airport
  • Transport by minibus
  • Overnight in hotel in BB treatment
  • 1 Lunch, 3 dinners
  • Taste of local wines
  • 1 afternoon snack with typical regional products
  • Entrance fees
  • Local taxes
  • Local guide

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • All the meals not specified in the program
  • Tips
  • Personal expenses
  • Everything not specified in "the quote includes"
  • Transport to / from Ancona

FAQ

When can I travel ?

From April to October. 

How much does it cost ?

On request – quotations from 2 to 12 pax.

For further information on the price or a tailor-made quotation please contact us at info@out-of-italy.com.

How's the climate ?

The Marche region has a Mediterranean climate. This itinerary is primarily operated in the summer months the average temperatures are 28 – 30 ° during the day a bit cooler in the evening night especially when on the hills.

Are meals included ?

Daily breakfast, 1 lunch, 3 dinners, 1 afternoon snack with local products and taste of local wines. 

Which transportation will be used ?

Minibus or bus according to the number of passengers. From 2 to 4 – Minibus – 8 Seats. From 5 to 11 pax – 20 seater bus. From 12 to 14 pax – 30 seater bus.

What type of trip is this?

It is a dynamic trip quite packed with visits and excursions, however the transfer via road are not long. The visit to the Frasassi Cave it is partially in the dark and in narrow tunnels. The short trekking in the Sibillini Mountains it is not difficult nor strenuous. Trekking shoes are required.

What is "borgo"?

The literal translation of Borgo in English would be “Hamlet” or “Village“ but these words do not fully explains the meaning of “Borgo” is.
A “Borgo” is a fascinating, ancient, small Italian town, generally fortified and dating back to the period from Middle Ages to Renaissance. Walking in a “Borgo” is a step back in time, a walk through history, a typical Italian experience.

For logistics or technical reasons, the itinerary can be run with some amendments on the sequence of the visits and excursions.

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