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Full of interesting and characteristic places, many small towns laid out on rolling hills.

Marche region is one of the most peaceful Italian regions. In about an hour you go from sea to mountains and it is this characteristic that make this region really charming.

Maybe watching the Giro d’Italia on tv you can’t catch this particular aspect, but if once you come to Marche region you can realize what I am telling you.

You can start your itinerary from Macerata Feltria, which is very interesting due to its typical streets, lanes and the castle ruins located on a rise.

Next stop is in Pietrarubbia to see the fortified ancient centre with the castle ruins and then in Frontino, to visit the Convent of Montefiorentino.

Shortly afterwards, you reach Carpegna, famous for its prosciutto (cured ham). Awarded the DOP this type of ham is considered the best of the entire region. Carpegna is also the base of the Regional Park of Simone and Simoncello, an important natural reserve, rich of woodlands, grazing land and amazing viewpoints.

Continuing toward the coast it’s worth a visit Urbino, located in province of Pesaro-Urbino.

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A sunset over Palazzo Ducale in Urbino stands out the colour of the walls

Its named the city of Reinassance, thanks to its inestimable treasure trove of art, culture and history. An absolute must is a visit to Palazzo Ducale where is situated the Marche National Gallery. Here are preserved different masterpieces of important Italian artists like Raffaello, Tiziano, Piero della Francesca, Paolo Uccello etc.

Remember to stop at Raphael’s Birth-House: here Raffaello was born in March 28, 1483 and spent the years of his youth, working and training at his father’s workshop.

After the visit of Urbino I suggest you to spent some hours in Acqualagna, the capital of truffles.

Every year in October there is the the National White Truffle Exhibition, the most important event in Italy for the sale of truffles, here are concentrated two thirds of national production with a quantity that varies from 600 to 700 tons per year.

Eleonora

I'm a Italy lover, mom of two, living in central Italy and I love travelling. I have a degree in Tourism economics and management and now I'm a consultant helping businesses working in tourism.

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