Near Ancona: do you have time to visit?
Le Marche is a surprisingly varied region filled with artistic and natural beauties: history-rich cities, gently-sloping hills and wild beaches.
Sirolo overlooks the Adriatic Sea and its surroundings are part of the Conero Regional Park, which features wonderful beaches, such as Urbani, Sassi Neri, San Michele, Le Due Sorelle, dei Lavori, dei Forni, dei Gabbiani and dei Frati.
Like Sirolo, Numana is a small coastal town on the Adriatic Sea and its surroundings too are part of the Conero Regional Park. If you stop by, make sure you visit the State Antiquarium, which displays finds from Roman tombs, the Santuario del Crocifisso, the Palace of the Bishops, located in the town square, the Tower, the aqueduct and one of the most busy streets of Numana, La Costarella.
If you love art, visit Recanati, where you can find Casa Leonardi, itself worth the trip, and Loreto and its Sanctuary.
Recanati is located just 40km from Ancona and about 8km from the Sanctuary of Loreto.
It stands on the top of a hill between the valleys of the rivers Potenza and Musone. From here, you can see Mount Conero.
Recanati is famous for being the birthplace of poet Giacomo Leopardi: Palazzo Leopardi, where he was born, overlooks the piazza mentioned in one of his most beautiful poems, dedicated to his muse Silvia.
The Frasassi Caves are located near Genga, in the Regional Natural Park of the Gola della Rossa and Frasassi, the first of which was discovered in 1971 by speleologists from Ancona, hence its name, Abisso Ancona, a huge cave open to the public. Marvel at the otherworldly sight of stalagmites and stalactites!
Ready to immerse yourself into the Renaissance? It’s time to visit Urbino, a city rich in history and culture.
Urbino is a town 100km north of Ancona, south of Montefeltro, whose historic center is a World Heritage Site. Seat of one of the most prestigious courts in Europe during the Renaissance, Urbino is a beautiful city rich in history, art and culture, filled with landmarks, monuments and sublime examples of religious and military architecture.
Macerata is the capital of the eponymous province. The city lies between the rivers Potenza to the north and Chienti to the south.
One of the highlights of Macerata is the Sferisterio, an open-air theater with perfect acoustics, according to singers and conductors, located in the historic center. In summer, the Sferisterio hosts cultural festivals, such as Musicultura.
Macerata is also the starting point of the annual pilgrimage to the Basilica of the Holy House in Loreto.
Loreto is an important Catholic pilgrimage site. The town hosts, in the Basilica of the Holy House of Nazareth, the house where, according to tradition, the Virgin Mary was born, lived and was announced the birth of Jesus.
Loreto sits on top of Mount Prodo, surrounded by a beautiful countryside, that offers a magnificent panorama over the sea, Mount Conero and the Apennines.