The Marches is a relatively unknown and thus unspoiled province in Mid-Italy, situated between the Apennine mountains and the Adriatic sea.
The landscape is scattered with medieval towns on as many hilltops, with a wide variety of flora and fauna. Wine and olive yards, corn and wheat fields adorn the sloping hills, which are excellent for wandering, hiking, cycling and horse riding.
Exploring the region by car opens up further possibilities and the area is a paradise for motorcycle riders. In every village there is culture to be found: castles, abbeys, convents, churches and museums.
The Marches region is famous for its ceramics. The coast offers a variety of sand or pebble beaches and idyllic bays around Ancona.
Many cities have contained their authentic character. Urbino, especially, is a cultural gem. Other beautiful places include Ascoli Piceno, Loreto, Cagli, Senigallia and Fano.
The Frassassi caves are awesome. The ancient towns of Perugia and Assissi can be reached within a two-hours drive by car, via a wonderful route through the Appenines.
In springtime and summer you can enjoy concerts and opera, which are not only organised in the big cities but also in smaller places. August is the month of the village festivities and feasts, when the usually quiet fishing harbours can be very lively in the Italian way.
The cuisine of The Marches offers a wealth of local dishes. Of course, fish is a speciality along the coast and Acqualagna truffles are famous. Beautiful DOC wines (Verdicchio, Vernaccia, Rosso Conero) can be enjoyed at many enoteca's.
In the area of Lucertola, prices are still reasonable.
In short: from Lucertola there is lots to be enjoyed by lovers of culture and the sporty ones amongst us. When we write the word "Relax", it is with a capital R. However, if you decide to go for the busy and exuberant nightlife, you will not have to go far. For more information see the "Links" page...