Experience a beloved piece of Central Italy that few tourists ever see by escaping to one of our Marche vacation rentals! This astoundingly diverse region, bordered by the azure waters of the Adriatic Sea and the peaks of the Apennines, is home to towering mountain ranges, sand and pebble beaches, and medieval villages—all of which you can experience in peace and tranquility, away from the bustling crowds that characterize other more tourist-heavy regions in Italy.
The port city of Ancona, founded by the ancient Greeks and dramatically expanded by Emperor Hadrian, serves as the regional capital of Marche. This bustling commercial gateway is home to roughly 100,000 residents and several historical monuments, such as the medieval Cathedral of San Ciriaco, which was built on the site of an ancient Greek acropolis.
Stretching from Pesaro in the north to San Benedetto del Tronto in the south, Marche's 100-mile Adriatic coastline is known for its sun-soaked beaches and dramatic seaside vistas. In search of swimming and sunbathing? Try the northern resort towns of Pesaro and Fano, or stroll along the "velvet" golden sand in Senigallia. Looking to reconnect with nature? Hikers and boaters will find opportunities aplenty on the untouched trails and beaches of the Conero Riviera.
Just beyond the southern reaches of the Conero Riviera is the town of Loreto, one of the most revered places of pilgrimage in the Roman Catholic Church. According to Catholic belief, Jesus Christ spent his youth with the Virgin Mary in the town's Basilica della Santa Casa.
In search of natural history? Guests at our Marche vacation rentals can head inland to the Grotte di Frasassi, an awe-inspiring series of caves that may date back as far as 1.4 million years. Included in this 11-mile underground network is the 787-foot Cave of the Great Wind, one of the largest caves in Europe, as big as the great Duomo di Milano in Milan.
And because no trip to Italy is complete without a dose of Renaissance beauty, don't miss out on a visit to the hilltop town of Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the birthplace of the great Renaissance painter, Raphael.
From the peaks of the Monti Sibillini to the cool waves of the Adriatic, our Marche vacation rentals provide guests with an unforgettable blend of some of the most fascinating cultural, historical, and natural landmarks in Italy.
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