Itineraries in the Marches

THE MARCHE REGION AND ITS HISTORICAL, ARTISTIC, NATURAL, GASTRONOMIC AND TRADITIONAL HERITAGE

With its natural scenery of incomparable charm, its urban landscapes that have evolved through the centuries, its captivating cuisine, its regional shoemaking tradition accessible via regional outlets including the most prestigious brands on the international scene, and much more, Marche (the Marches) is a region that is just waiting to be discovered!

When you arrive in Porto San Giorgio, especially if you berth at the Marina, you cannot help but indulge yourself in a reinvigorating day to explore the region, its atmosphere and its flavours. Marche's artistic heritage has its roots in the Middle Ages, with architecture ranging from Romanesque to Gothic Cistercian and paintings dating from the thirteenth century to the Renaissance work of Raphael, Crivelli and Lorenzo Lotto. In the towns and cities - often still surrounded by their ancient walls – you can find old commercial centres, administrative buildings, squares accessed by ancient Roman roads, palaces and spiritual places; all evoking the charm of history, which is often the history of capitals of small erstwhile republics. Urbino, with its Renaissance architecture, and Ascoli Piceno, with its historic centre built entirely in travertine, are World Heritage Sites and are among the most visited destinations.

Marche also has an abundance of natural protected areas, reserves and parks which are ideal for day trips and to escape the heat in summer. Within a few kilometres of Porto San Giorgio, there are numerous outlets where you can shop for clothing, leather goods and footwear produced by the most prestigious Italian brands, and wine cellars, restaurants and agritourism establishments where you can taste the wines and unmistakeable flavours of the world famous regional and Italian cuisine.

Here are some suggested itineraries.

 

NATURE TOUR - GRAN SASSO AND MONTI DELLA LAGA NATIONAL PARK

The region has a wealth of parks and fascinating places which are ideal for hiking and trekking. Particularly striking is the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park. This area includes the mountain known as the Gran Sasso d'Italia, which at 2912 meters high is highest peak in the Apennines, and the Monti della Laga, which along with Monte Gorzano rises to a height of 2458 metres. Water flows in abundance down the slopes of the mountains, feeding the many rivers and lakes in the area. The national park also contains beautiful, well preserved villages, churches, abbeys, castles, roads, caves, cemeteries, towns and temples, dating from prehistoric to Roman times, all of which contribute to the air of mystery and fascination of the place.

The Park is located less than 100 km south of the Porto San Giorgio Marina; it takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to get there.

                    

 

NATURE TOUR - MONTI SIBILLINI NATIONAL PARK

The park owes its name to the legend that in the the Sibyl's cave, on the mountain that bears her name, lived "the famous prophetess who seldom reveals her secrets to others." Necromancers and knights-errant came here from all over Europe in the hope of gaining secret knowledge from the Sibyl's oracular pronouncements. Today, the Association of Guides of the Monti Sibillini National Park offers different ways of visiting the park, including food and wine discovery tours and mule trekking.

The Park is located about 100 km far from the Porto San Giorgio Marina; it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes to get there.

                    

 

NATURE TOUR - CONERO REGIONAL PARK

It is possible to visit the Conero Regional Park on foot, horseback or mountain bike, along a network of 18 trails that criss-cross through the different areas within the park. Among the routes recommended to those who are visiting the park for the first time is the "Ring of the woods" where, in a short time and without any particular technical difficulty, you can move through landscapes of great beauty and very diverse natural environments, enjoying the unforgettable views.

The Park is located less than 60 km south of the Porto San Giorgio Marina; it takes about 45 minutes to get there.

                   

 

NATURE TOUR - GOLA ROSSA NATURAL PARK AND THE FRASASSI CAVES

At the Frasassi caves, you can opt for an easy tour - lasting about an hour at a constant temperature of 14°C – or a "caving adventure" which lasts two to three hours. The easy tours are suitable to everyone over 12 years of age with a few difficulties to overcome, such as brief inclines, narrow paths and slippery surfaces, while the second is slightly more challenging.

The Park is located 110 km far from the Porto San Giorgio Marina; it takes about 1 hour to get there.

                   

 

HISTORICAL AND ART TOUR - PESARO, URBINO AND THE METAURO VALLEY

Porto San Giorgio - Pesaro - Gradara - Sassocorvaro - Urbino - Piobbico - Porto San Giorgio

This tour focuses on the history of the Italian Renaissance, leading from the coast to Urbino, the symbolic and cultural cradle of central Italy. It is said that the Renaissance originated here and then spread throughout Italy and the rest of Europe. Finish off the tour with a visit to the provincial capital and the surrounding valley with its small towns; you will need 6 hours just for transfers to each location so this could be an ideal opportunity for an overnight stay in one of the many local agritourism establishments.

It takes about 6 hours to cover the tour of 400 km from the Porto San Giorgio Marina.

                   
 

CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL TOUR - THE TRONTO VALLEY

Porto San Giorgio - Fermo - Montefortino - Arquata del Tronto - Ascoli Piceno - Acquaviva Picena - Porto San Giorgio

The valley, mostly situated in the province of Ascoli Piceno, is nestled between the mountains of Laga and Sibillini and the Adriatic Sea, crossing the mountain community of Tronto. The tour includes a visit to Tronto and the most important historical centres of the valley (including a visit to the spa town resort of Acquasanta Terme).

It takes about 3 hours to cover the tour of 200 kmfrom the Porto San Giorgio Marina.

                   

 

CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL TOUR - UPPER VALLEY OF THE CHIENTI

Porto San Giorgio - Belforte - Caldarola - San Ginesio - Camerino - Tolentino - Porto San Giorgio

The upper valley of the Chienti starts in the province of Macerata and immerses you in the history of the Marche. On the edge of the Monti Sibillini Park and wedged in the Apennines, a cluster of charming old towns are situated just a few kilometres apart. There are also a number of monastic centres of interest along the way.

It takes about 3 hours to cover the tour of 200 km from the Porto San Giorgio Marina.

                   

 

CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL TOUR - LOWER VALLEY OF THE CHIENTI

Porto San Giorgio - Fermo - Montegranaro - Urbisaglia - Tolentino - Macerata - Porto San Giorgio

The lower valley of the Chienti is more urbanized and its main centre is the town of Macerata which has respectfully preserved its historical and architectural remains. Built by the Romans, it is located at the end of the ancient Via Salaria which connected the town with Rome.

It takes about 3 hours to cover the tour of 180 km from the Porto San Giorgio Marina.

                   

 

CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL TOUR -FROM RECANATI TO ANCONA AND ITS SURROUNDINGS

Porto San Giorgio - Ancona - Osimo - Offagna - Recanati - Porto San Giorgio

The itinerary includes a visit to a unique area on the Adriatic coast, the only mountainous promontory overlooking the sea in the stretch between Istria and Gargano, an area linked by similar historical events. The tour includes a visit to the regional capital and a number of particularly interesting smaller towns in the surrounding area. The nature of the region can also be admired as the tour passes through the Conero Regional Park

It takes about 3 hours to cover the tour of 160 km from the Porto San Giorgio Marina.

                   
 

CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL TOUR - FROM JESI TO FABRIANO IN THE ESINO VALLEY

Porto San Giorgio - Jesi - Montecarotto - Arcevia - Fabriano - Porto San Giorgio

From the Ancona coast, the tour includes a drive along Via Salaria - one of the historical roads that cross Italy - to Fabriano, a town known for its paper mills. Here, it is easy to see the many laboratories that still produce hand-made paper. A visit to a number of smaller historical centres completes the tour. If you have two days to spare, spend half a day visiting the Frasassi Caves.

It takes about 4 hours to cover the tour of 270 km from the Porto San Giorgio Marina.

                   


CULTURAL AND HISTORICAL TOUR - SENIGALLIA AND ITS SURROUNDINGS

Porto San Giorgio - Senigallia - Corinaldo - Mondavio - Serra San Quirico - Morro - Porto San Giorgio

The tour starts from the sea and climbs inland through a series of charming, small historical towns that are typical of this area. Starting from the Gallic Senigallia with its "velvet" beach, you depart in search of the lesser known history of these small towns.

It takes about 4 hours to cover the tour of 270 km from the Porto San Giorgio Marina.