Welcome to Le Marche
It's inland where Le Marche really shines. Urbino, Raphael's hometown, presents a smorgasbord of Renaissance art and history up and down its vertical streets. Pale but lovely Ascoli Piceno has beauty and history in bounds and is one of the region's coolest and trendiest cities. Equally walkable is Macerata, with a famous open-air opera theatre and festival. Covering its western reaches, and bleeding over into neighbouring Umbria, is the wild and wonderful Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini. Although the park's towns and villages suffered greatly in the 2016 central Italian earthquakes, the area is slowly rebuilding and rebounding.