Le Marche is broken up into five administrative provinces Ancona, Pesaro and Urbino, Macerata, Fermo and Ascoli Piceno. There are around 1,5 inhabitants together in these five areas. Ancona, the region’s capital, is a gritty but engaging port town which gives way heading southwards to the dramatic Conero Riviera, with its natural white-pebble beaches backed by milky Dover- esque cliffs. In contrast north and south of the Ancona area the coastline is hemmed with boxy new-build resorts and mechanically pruned beaches of coarse sand.
Apart from good food and culture the area is great for those with a number of interests including: beach holidays, castles and medieval villages, art history, boating, nature and archaeological sites, beautiful villages, biking holidays, spiritual trips, etc. Some of the most popular towns include Pesaro the largest, with a Renaissance centre maintaining its dignity behind the package-tour seafront, while lesser-known Fano a short distance away to the South offers a similar experience. Away from the scorching seaside fun, most appealing – and best known – of Le Marche’s sights are the small hilltop town of Urbino, with its spectacular Renaissance palace, and the dramatic fortress of San Leo, just across the border from San Marino. Further south, the engaging town of Ascoli Piceno is a worthy stop-off on the way into Abruzzo. Loreto just south of Ancona is one of Italy’s top pilgrimage sites.
The easiest way to travel around Le Marche and explore the undulating hills of its interior and the rich farming terrain, and only sparsely peppered with market towns and one-street villages is by car. During september the average temperature in the area is up to 20 degrees and the sunsets are even more beautiful compered to early summer time.