Bordering Umbria to the east,  Le Marche (meaning border) occupies the part of central Italy that lies between the Appenine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea – a charming mix of old hill towns, hill country and  long sandy beaches.  Le Marche’s hilly interior offers a real experience of unspoilt Italy.  Especially beautiful are the snow capped peaks of the Sibillini mountains 

The region’s historical peak was reached in the 15th century under Frederico da Montefeltro, whose court at Urbino became one of Europe’s most important cultural centres.


Le Marche’s regional cuisine encompasses truffles and robust cheeses of the mountains, tender hams and salami’s, olives stuffed with meats and herbs, fish and fish  soup are found along its long sandy coast.   The best known wine of the region is the dry white Verdicchio.