Le Marche, the region that's known as the "real" Italy.
Ancona is the capital of the Marches region and lies on the promontory of Monte Conero directly facing the sea. Founded by the Greeks, the city experienced remarkable development when the emperor Hadrian extended the then-small port, known for its great strategic importance for the traffic across the Adriatic.
Marche or the Marches is one of the twenty regions of Italy. The name of the region derives from the plural name of marca, originally referring to the medieval March of Ancona and nearby marches of Camerino and Fermo. Marche is well known for its shoemaking tradition, with the finest and most luxurious Italian footwear being manufactured in this region.
The region is located in the central area of the country, bordered by Emilia-Romagna and the republic of San Marion to the north, Tuscany to the west, Umbria to the southwest, Abruzzo and Lazio to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Except for river valleys and the often very narrow coastal strip, the land is hilly. A railway from Bologna to Brindisi, built in the 19th century, runs along the coast of the entire territory. Inland, the mountainous nature of the region, even today, allows relatively little travel north and south, except by twisting roads over the passes. The Umbrian enclave of Monte Ruperto (a subdivision of the commune of Citta di Castello) is entirely surrounded by the Province of Pesaro and Urbino, which constitutes the northern part of the region. Urbino, one of the major cities of the region, was the birthplace of Raphael, as well as a major centre of Renaissance history.
Our Farmhouse villa in Le Marche is set in the beautiful rolling countryside just 15 minutes from the historic local town of Fermo and 20 minutes from Porto San Giorgio on the Adriatic coast.
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