Travel and Culture in Marche
If you are interested in attending an Italian language
course in the Marches, we will be glad to help you in your decision
by giving you some useful information:
WHERE ARE THE MARCHES
The Marches are situated in the central-eastern area of the Italian peninsula and extend in the territory for 9694 Km. The region is delimited by the Appennines to the West and to the East by the Adriatic Sea, that washes the coast. Moreover, the Marches border to North-West with Emilia Romagna and the Republic of San Marino, to the West with Tuscany and Umbria and to the South with Latium and Abruzzo.
WHAT IS THE TERRITORY LIKE ?
The regions territory is hilly for 69% and mountainous for
31%, while the flat areas are present near the coast, but only with
a 10% percentage. Right because of the predominance of hills and
mountain, the Marches are called a high region, but
also a young region because of their geologic configuration.
Mount Vettore is the highest peak in the region (2476 mt) and the principal rivers, which are generally torrential streams, are the Tronto and the Metauro.
The most important lake in the region is Lake Pilato, of glacial origin, situated at an altitude of 1954 metres. The other lakes of the Marches are not very big and have got an artificial origin as the lakes Caccamo, Grazie and Fiastra.
Ancona is the most important centre of the region and it is also its regional capital, while the most populated towns are: Pesaro, Fano and Ascoli Piceno. The inhabitants of the region are about 1.469.000, with a density of 152 inhabitants per square Km.
Finally, from the productive point of view, the economy from the Marches has developed particularly in the last decades, especially in the industrial and in the tertiary industry sectors. The agricultural products that are mostly cultivated here are wheat, vegetables, fruits, olives and grapes, while the paper industry is the most flourishing industrial activity.
HOW CAN YOU REACH IT ?
If you want to reach this region by plane, you can arrive in Aerdorica
airport, in Ancona-Falconara, from where both national and international
connections are possible.
If you are travelling by car from the North, you have to drive along the A14 motorway that goes along the whole coast of the Marches, passing through Pesaro, Fano, Senigallia, Ancona and Civitanova Marche.
The railway line is Bologna-Ancona-Pescara-Brindisi that goes along the coast as far as Apulia.
WHAT DOES IT OFFER?
The region offers a varied and rich territory from the cultural and naturalistic points of view. Along the coasts you can find numerous seaside resorts: the popular beaches of Gabicce Mare, the Conero promontory (South of Ancona), that is characterized by a charming landscape with many bays and coves. The coast road of the Marches ends where the sand coast of San Benedetto del Tronto begins, which marks the border with Abruzzo.
Moreover, the whole territory of the Marches is extremely interesting not only from the touristic point of view, but also scientifically, because of its geologic structure and the presence of peculiar karst phenomena. The Frasassi Grottoes are a beautiful and meaningful example, near the abbey in San Vittore delle Chiuse, with their Grotta del Vento (the Wind Grotto), which is 120 mt high and all the charming galleries that wind in the subsurface.