The region Marche is located in Central Eastern Italy between Emilia Romagna, Tuscany, the Republic of San Marino, Lazio and Abruzzo. To the West, it overlooks the Adriatic Sea.
The capital region is Ancona. Other provinces are: Ascoli-Piceno, Fermo, Macerata and Pesaro-Urbino.
Urbino, hometown of painter and architect Raffaello, was declared UNESCO World Heritage Site and it is considered the pearl of Italian Renaissance thanks to its architectural and artistic works realized by the lords of the city, the Dukes of Montefeltro.
Fermo is a town of Roman origins with remaining vestiges.
The historical Fabriano paper mills in Fabriano are active from the second half of the 13th century. Very interesting the Museum of Paper and Watermark.
Camerino is a university site from 1336.
Recanati, birthplace of poet Giacomo Leopardi, minted its own money in copper, silver and gold already in 1393 under licence of Pope Boniface IX.
UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES IN MARCHE
Urbino, the historic center
ART TOWNS IN MARCHE
THE MOST BEAUTIFUL VILLAGES OF ITALY IN MARCHE
In the Province of Ancona:
In the Province of Ascoli Piceno:
In the Province of Fermo:
In the Province of Macerata:
In the Province of Pesaro Urbino:
Monte Grimano Terme
AUTHENTIC VILLAGES OF ITALY IN MARCHE
In the Province of Ascoli-Piceno:
WHO’S WHO IN MARCHE
Marche have been the birthplace of the great painter Raphael (1483-1520), Bramante (1444-1514) and of the great poet Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837).
Several composers that have made Italian music and opera famous worldwide were also born here: Giovan Battista Draghi also called Pergolesi (1710-1736) author of La serva padrona (The servant turned Mistress), Gaspare Spontini (1774a-1851), and Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) author of the famous opera Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville). it is dedicated to Rossini the Sferisterio Opera Festival (in Macerata during July and August ) and the Rossini Opera Festival (in Pesaro in August).
Other popular people from Marche are:
– educator Maria Montessori (1870-1952)
– opera singers Renata Tebaldi (1922-2004), Franco Corelli (1921-2003) e Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957)
– Pope Pius IX (1792-1878)
– ENI public administrator Enrico Mattei (1906-1962) and businessman Diego della Valle
– comics artist Andrea Pazienza (1956-1988),
– motorcycle racer Valentino Rossi, fencer Valentina Vezzali, football player Roberto Mancini.