The region of the Marches in central Italy offers diverse natural beauty and rich culture and history. The area set against a backdrop of majestic mountains, is a collection of cliffs, caves and gorgeous beaches. There are plenty of well-equipped seaside resorts that have been welcoming visitors since the 19th century.
Its beautiful cities reveal a rich and varied history. Ascoli Piceno with its Piazza del Popolo and Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo. Ancona the ancient port town once known as the gateway to the east offers interesting Medieval churches and buildings as well as a great beach. The historic town of Urbino is a great example of architecture from the Italian Renaissance period and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The region offers wonderful cultural events such as the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro which attracts hundreds of music lovers from all over the world each year in August.
For religious tourism the region offers one of the most important Catholic pilgrimage sites, Santa Maria di Loreto.
The provinces of the region are: Ancona ( capital), Ascoli Piceno, Fermo, Macerata, Pesaro and Urbino.