1 Urbino

“Ideal city” and art capital created by Federico da Montefeltro, the ultimate Renaissance man.

2 San Leo

This spectacular ancient town on a rocky outcrop is a landmark for miles around.

3 Conero Riviera

A coastline of white cliffs and turquoise seas ideal for walking, cycling and swimming or just working up a tan.

4 Grotte di Frasassi

Get under the region’s skin at these impressive, publicly accessible caves bristling with outlandish stalactites and stalagmites.

5 Loreto

Experience religious fervour within the Santa Casa, allegedly Jesus’ childhood abode, miraculously carried from Nazareth by angels.

6 Macerata

Catch some open-air opera in this attractive old university town surrounded by pretty countryside.

7 Monti Sibillini

Take to the hills in this hiker’s mountain paradise.

8 Ascoli Piceno

A relatively undiscovered town of interesting food and architectural gems in southern Le Marche.

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