Weddings in Italy The Marches (Le Marche) Wedding venues
Le Marche is one of the 20 Regions of Italy. In English, this region is known as The Marches. Le Marche is located in the Central area of the country, bordering Emilia-Romagna and the republic of San Marino to the north, Tuscany to the north-west, Umbria to the west, Abruzzo and Lazio to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Except for river valleys and the often very narrow coastal strip, the land is hilly. In the nineteenth century, a railway from Bologna to Brindisi ran along the coastline of the entire territory. Inland, the mountainous nature of the region, even today, allows little travel north and south, except by rough roads over the passes.
The coastal area is 173 km long and is relatively flat and straight except for the hilly area between Gabicce and Pesaro in the north, and the eastern slopes of Monte Conero near Ancona.
Provinces: - Ancona - Ascoli Piceno - Macerata - Pesaro and Urbino
The main towns
Here is a rundown of the largest towns in the region - click on the names to get a full "guidebook" entry for the place or go to the places index or the clickable Marche map:
Of the region's principal towns, Urbino is our favourite. This jewel of a renaissance city 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.
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.
The administrative capital of Le Marche is Ancona, a city with less obvious attractions for the tourist. Give it time, however, 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. Another of the region's provincial capitals, Pesaro is both an appealing seaside resort and a thriving commercial town. Good shops, fine beaches and great fish.
Another of the region's main centres is 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. Many of the smaller inland towns are well worth visiting and most make a good base for touring. These include , Cagli, Camerino, Cingoli, Jesi, Offida, Recanati and Sarnano.
In the historical centre we find The Rossini Theatre and the Rossini’s birthplace.
The famous musician was born here in 1792 and today the building is a museum which houses collections of prints and portraits. The state music school, The Conservatorio di Musica “G. Rossini” is today recognized as having University Status and can boast a prestigious historical curriculum and is among the oldest conservatories in Italy (courses were begun in 1882). Among his directors we should quote Pietro Mascagni and Riccardo Zandonai.
The town of Pesaro has important historic and artistic heritage: libraries, museums, theatres, churches and noble Villas, but also new cultural centres like Centro Arti Visive Pescheria and the San Giovanni multi-medial library
City of the Renaissance and capital of the famous Montefeltro family’s dukedom.
Urbino has been birthplace of eminent people as Bramante, Barocci and Raffaello Sanzio, one of the greatest Italian artists.
Thanks to the refined cultural background of Federico da Montefeltro, Urbino became an important cultural place which housed the best artists of the time. Today its prestigious masterpieces are housed in its various museums like The Ducal Palace, The Museo Diocesano Albani, the Church of Sant’Agostino and the House of Raphael.
It is the most little Republic in the world, with its about 25.000 inhabitants and 61 km.
It is a medieval village with its small houses, picturesque lanes, and the monuments of the historical centre situated on the Titano Mountain at the weight of 750 metres. Places of interests are the Government Palace, the Church of San Francesco and various museums.
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