Marche is a hilly and largely mountainous central Italian region, but it also has some lovely beaches with delightfully golden sands and is a region that is somewhat varied in climate due to its location with the Apennine Mountains to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the east, it is a region that can be an all year round destination. Marche borders with Abruzzo in the south, with which it shares several traditions, and Emilia Romagna in the north and it is very little known outside Italy.
Marche is a small region with small cities, and the most picturesque is Urbino, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site steeped in Renaissance culture and harks back to the medieval period with its fascinating buildings and world famous university. An event worth visiting for all Jazz lovers, it is the biggest of its genre in Italy, is the Ancona Jazz Festival that features every year some of the best jazz players in the world.
The food of this region is varied and flavourful with fantastic dishes such as the Brodetto, which is a type of fish soup composed of over fourteen different types of fish and truffle, easily found in restaurants along the coast and more meat specialities found on the inside, closer to the mountains.
Marche is a relatively big wine producer with plenty of wines, mainly whites, Verdicchio is their most famous white wine, and reds, including the Rosso Conero and the Lacrima di Morro d’Alba. Plenty of international grapes, from cabernet sauvignon to merlot to syrah are also grown in the region.