Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Ancona

Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche

Housed in the beautiful 16th-century Palazzo Ferretti, where the ceilings are covered with original frescoes and bas-reliefs, this museum presents a fascinating romp through time, from the Palaeolithic period to the…
Top Choice Piazza in Ascoli Piceno

Piazza del Popolo

The harmonious and simply lovely Piazza del Popolo has been Ascoli's salotto (sitting room) since Roman times. The rectangular square is flanked on the west by the 13th-century Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo. Built…
Palace in Urbino

Palazzo Ducale

A microcosm of Renaissance architecture, art and history, the Palazzo Ducale contains the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Museo Archeologico and Museo della Ceramica. The museum triptych is housed within Federico d…
Museum in Ascoli Piceno

Pinacoteca

Gathered around a tree-shaded courtyard, the second-largest art gallery in Le Marche sits inside the 17th-century Palazzo Comunale. It boasts an outstanding display of art, sculpture and religious artefacts; there a…
Museum in Macerata

Musei Civici di Palazzo Buonaccorsi

Macerata's museums cluster in the Musei Civici di Palazzo Buonaccorsi. The collections are spread over three floors.
Cathedral in Ascoli Piceno

Duomo della Città di Ascoli Piceno

Topped by a pair of mismatched towers, Ascoli's duomo was built in the 16th century over a medieval building and dedicated to St Emidio, patron saint of the city. In the Cappella del Sacramento is the Polittico, a p…
Basilica in Loreto

Basilica della Santa Casa

While the original basilica started in 1468 was Gothic, Renaissance additions (including some savvy engineering by Bramante) have made today’s imposing Basilica della Santa Casa an architectural masterpiece. Inside,…
Cathedral in Ancona

Cattedrale di San Ciriaco

A stiff but scenic climb up from the old town, Ancona's perkily domed cathedral commands sweeping views of the city and port from its hilltop perch. Guarded by two marble lions, the cathedral sits grandly atop the s…
Museum in Urbino

Galleria Nazionale delle Marche

The Galleria Nazionale delle Marche lodges in the striking Renaissance Palazzo Ducale. A monumental staircase, one of Italy's first, leads to the piano nobile (literally 'noble floor') and the Ducal Apartments. Pie…
Church in Ascoli Piceno

Chiesa di San Francesco

This beautiful church was started back in 1262 as an homage to a visit from St Francis himself. In the left nave is a 15th-century wooden cross that miraculously made it through a 1535 fire at the Palazzo dei Capita…