Le Marche, pronounced Lay Markay, is the best of central Italy, a region overflowing with the very best of Italian food and wine. (Well we would say that wouldn’t we?)

It lies between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine mountains on the eastern side of central Italy and much of it remains unspoiled by the ravages of mass tourism.

The Adriatic coast has long been a mecca for sun worshippers but few venture far from the beaches. So inland, perhaps more than anywhere else in central Italy, you’ll find places where time really has stood still.

Many tourists visit Le Marche for its natural beauty and most of the spectacular mountain areas remain untouched by the worst excesses of the 21st century. Some of the most impressive mountain scenery lies to the south of the region in the Monti Sibillini, whose peaks are often covered with snow until late spring.

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