Marche, that borders with Abruzzo in the south, with which it shares several traditions, and Emilia Romagna in the north is a hilly and largely mountainous central Italian region with lovely beaches with golden sands and is a region somewhat varied in climate due having the Apennine mountains to the west and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Marche is an all year round destination and it is still very little known outside Italy.
Marche is a small region with small cities, and the most picturesque is Urbino, 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, easily found in restaurants along the coast, and black truffle and more meat specialities, mainly pork, 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.