Marche is located in the central part of Italy and faces the Adriatic Sea to its East. It is a hilly area of having some river valleys and a small narrow coastal area. The region is divided into five provinces named Ancona (AN), Ascoli Piceno (AP), Fermo (FM), Macerata (MC), Pesaro-Urbino (PU). As the area of Marche is in Italy’s east-center, it is usually also called the ‘calf’ of the Italy’s boot.
The population of Marche is about 1.5 million and the area of the region is 3,743 sq. miles. The coastal strip is about 173km long and other than that the region of Marche is hilly. The people of Marche are often called ‘marchigian’ and they like to live in small centers. They have a well established network of skilled crafts like textiles, leather, handmade paper and musical instruments. They are hard working people. The place best know for its musical instrument industry is Castelfidardo and Fabriano is known for its quality paper industry. Marche is the fourth biggest region in Italy for its fishing whereas agriculture also helps in retaining the region’s economy. The major cultivation in Marche is of vegetables, olives trees and vineyards.
The areas of Recanati, Cingoli, Jesi, Camerino, San Leo and Fermo offer to discover the charms of small countryside, it seems like the time is peacefully passing and its a pleasure to immerse in such experience of the simple life. Urbino, which is a bigger town of the region of Marche, shows the court of the Duke of Montefeltro in the 15th century. Ancona has a beautiful sea port and various seaside resorts have opened up recently as tourist attractions. Ascoli Piceno has a beautiful main square. For nature lovers and people with adventurous spirits, the Frasassi caves, the Monte Conero, the Furlo Gorge and the Sibillini Mountains are not to be missed at all. Macerata is famous for its open-air opera festival which is held annually and if you are looking for busier areas of the coastline then San Benedetto del Tronto, Gabicce and Senigallia are some of them.
Some of the other festivals worth a mention that make Marche a festive and colorful small region are Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, Fano Jazz by the Sea in Fano, Festival Internazionale Inteatro – contemporary theatre festival in Polverigi, Early Musical Festival in Urbino, International Piano Competition in Senigallia and the International Theatre Festival in Amandola. Come and enjoy March and its beautiful different colors that it offers, the only problem is, you might want to stay there forever!