Visit and discover Le Marche with your hosts at the Cantinone

Essentials - what you should see on your visit in Le Marche

Why Le Marche?

Travellers who want the best of central Italy are now heading for Le Marche, the third region, alongside Tuscany and Umbria, that makes up central Italy. It is pronounced "lay markay", is plural (Le Marche) and is sometimes translated into English as "The Marches". The region lies on the eastern side of central Italy, between the Adriatic Sea and the high Apennine mountains and much of it remains unspoilt by the ravages of mass tourism. While the Adriatic coast has been a destination for seaside holiday makers for decades, few venture far from the beaches. Inland, perhaps more so than anywhere else in central Italy, you will find places where time really has stood still. Compared to the neighbouring central Italian regions, here in Le Marche culture comes in more easily digestible proportions but quality and richness of its treasures, as you will discover in Urbino, is of the very highest level.

Whether you want to admire masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, trek across wild uncharted mountains or hunt out the best of the catch in a Mediterranean fishing port, Le Marche has enough to keep you busy for years. And you will rarely have to jostle with hordes of other foreign tourists.

Many visitors who come to Le Marche are looking for a taste of the "real" Italy, unsullied by mass tourism, yet welcoming to foreigners - if that's what you want, you won't be disappointed.

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Map of Le Marche in Italy

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Why the Cantinone B&B and Apartments?

The Cantinone Bed and Breakfast and Holiday Apartments are located in the centre of the region of Le Marche, making it very easy to visit the seaside, the mountains, historic towns to the north like Urbino and to the south like Ascoli Piceno. From our central location it is very eay to visit to the north or south within a day, always returning to your room or apartment for a relaxing swim or to enjoy eating on the terrace after a day's sightseeing.

Visiting the region's principal towns for the Cantinone B&B is very easy, to the north Urbino and Pesaro are our favourites. Urbino is a jewel of a renaissance city and remains little changed from the days when Duke Federico of Montefeltro set up his celebrated court here in the second half of the 15th Century. Pesaro is both an appealing seaside resort and a thriving commercial town, with good shops, fine beaches and great fish restaurants.

The Provinces and Main Cities in Le Marche

The Provincial city of Ancona (this is the province where the Cantinone Holiday Apartments are located) is the administrative capital of Le Marche is Ancona, a city with less obvious attractions for the tourist than at first apparent. Explore Ancona on foot, and you may find you enjoy the salty charm of this bustling sea port. It's also one of Italy's principal ferry ports with boats to Croatia, Greece and Turkey.

just an hour's drive south through beautiful countryside and you will reach another of the region's main centres at Macerata, a dignified town, famous for its annual outdoor opera festival and capital of the province of Macerata.

The alluring hilltown of Fermo is the capital of the recently-created province of Fermo and boasts a fine historic centre and outstanding main square. There are 2000year old cisterns to visit here, built by the Romans.

The provincial capital of Ascoli Piceno lies at the southern end of Le Marche. This beguiling old town is well worth at least an overnight stay. Its travertine-paved main square is one of the most beautiful in Italy. Ascoli Piceno is easily visited in a day outing from the Cantinone Bed & Breakfast and Holiday Apartments.

Map of Le Marche Provinces showing the Cantinone

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Marche countryside green fields

When is it best to go to Le Marche?

There is something to do in Le Marche year round. There are mountains to ski on, or trek over. While it can be hot between mid-July to mid-August, it is rarely overcrowded and here in the hills before the mountains the breezes are cooling.

May, June and September are the ideal months to tour Le Marche if you don't like the heat. In these months the landscape is clothed in spring green or the first tints of autumn, any rain tends towards brief showers rather than endless drizzle, and it's usually possible to visit towns without searching for a parking space. Some of the best festivals are held in spring, early summer and in autumn.

The wettest seasons are mid-February to mid-April and mid-October to mid-December when days of grey mist and rain can set in up in the mountains. It can also be cold in midwinter, particularly when the northerly tramontana winds blow.

Fabriano Comune in Piazza Del Comune

Where to Go in Le Marche, What to Do

Whether you want to admire masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, trek across wild uncharted mountains or hunt out the best of the catch in a Mediterranean fishing port, Le Marche has enough to keep you busy for years. And you will rarely have to jostle with hordes of other foreign tourists.

Many visitors who come to Le Marche are looking for a taste of the "real" Italy, unsullied by mass tourism, yet welcoming to foreigners - if that's what you want, you won't be disappointed.

Your holiday in Marche starts here...

Find your holiday accommodation - perfect for the whole family - at Cantinone Bed and Breakfast and Holiday Apartments. Cantinone is an eco-friendly B & B - we offer luxury at a budget price and are committed to green practices like recycling, using local and organic food, and renewable energy.

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How to get to Le Marche and the Cantinone

Getting there: You can reach Le Marche from abroad by air, rail, car or by ferry. We have had guests who cycled to Le Marche, and we know a Dutchman who walked here from Holland.

From within Europe arrival is easiest by car or by plane. The Cantinone is 35kms from Ancona / Falconara Airport which is served by direct flights from London Stanstead, Dusseldorf (Weeze), Brussels Charleroi, Trapani, Munich, Timiaroa (Romania), Madrid and Tirana. Full details on the Ancona Airport site.

Once in Le Marche you can get around by rail for timetables visit the official web site of Italian Railways. But by car by far is the easiest way of discovering Le Marche, and all major car rental companies are at the airport and the Railway Station in Ancona. Also available are taxis which you can reserve by telephone or find in ranks by the station or by the main squares in the towns. For long journeys in country areas it is possible to agree the price beforehand. The Cantinone is also served by a bus route at the door (for timetables and routes please visit: Local Bus Timetables. The bus passes the Cantinone 15 minutes after leaving Apiro.

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