Marcus Travel Journal

2024 - Marche

Returning to Marche

We are looking forward to returning to the Marche Region of Italy. It has been over a decade since we last travelled there. We enjoyed it, and we are hoping the area will be a bit lighter on tourists than some of the other Regions. Information n the Region is also included in our Travel Journal.

The Marche


For some reason it has been decades since we have been back to the Marche (pronounced: (leh mart-keh). In getting ready for this year's trip I have reviewed some of the notes made in my Travel Journal and took a look at photos I have in my catalogue.

It is a reach of lush green colour, and also has that enchanted feel with a medieval town on just about every hilltop. Travel to the coast and you will find beatiful beaches and beautiful water.

Ascoli Piceno 


The attractive stone, travertino, is used for many buildings giving the town a warm pleasant feel.

There are about 50 towers still in the medieval town. Articles note that at one time there were more than 200.

San Francesco - 1258 - bell tower and coper cupola 1400 and 1500. Attached is former Franciscan monastery with two cloisters. The larger cloister, Chiostro Maggiore also called the Piazza della Verdura houses a daily food market.


Montecchio (PG)


Located about 12 km from Ascoli Piceno. Noted as one of the most beautiful villages of Italy.

Santa Maria della Rocca is perched on a rock outcropping on the edge of the town. There is an upper and lower chapel, the  upper has noted frescoes.

The Palazzo Comunal was built in 13th and 14th Century.

Monastery of San Marco buit in the 14th Century.



Castello di Speltara




Grottammare, Le Marche, Italy


On one of our previous trips we enjoyed lunch here. The town is one of the Borghi più belli d'Italia. In terms of historical note, Pope Sixtus V (1521 to 1590) was born here.


The Ancona Cathedral is located on the Piazzale del Duomo. Construction started in 996 and was completed in 1017.





Palazzo dei Priori, dates back to 1296.  The town has narrow medieval streets with well-preserved buildings. There are underground Roman Cisterns.



Piazza della Madonna, Loreto, Marche, Italy


 Here is the Sanctuary home of the Holy House of Nazareth, believed to be where the Virgin Mary lived.

There is an elevated walkway that goes by old towers and above the homes of the city.  


Gola del Furlo

The Furlo Pas, is known for green fields, rocky cliffs, intense forests - the landscape is described as magic.  Further along the route is Acqualagna.


Medieval town with walls and a castle. One of the most beautiful Italian villages.

Torre di Palme


We included this town on our previous visits to the Region. Impressive town with a well preserved historic centre. The town has imposing defensive walls and medieval towers.   


Urbino: - Distance: Approximately 40 km - Main Sights: Palazzo Ducale, Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino Cathedral 

Pesaro - Distance: Approximately 70 km - Main Sights: Ducal Palace, Pesaro Cathedral, Museo Diocesano 

Fano: - Distance: Approximately 55 km - Main Sights: Arch of Augustus, Malatesta Fortress, Fano Cathedral 

Senigallia - Distance: Approximately 75 km - Main Sights: Rocca Roveresca, Foro Annonario, Velvet Beach 

Ancona: - Distance: Approximately 90 km - Main Sights: Cathedral of San Ciriaco, Arch of Trajan, Ancona Harbor 

Gubbio* - Distance: Approximately 100 km - Main Sights: Palazzo dei Consoli, Piazza Grande, Gubbio Cathedral 

Perugia - Distance: Approximately 150 km - Main Sights: Palazzo dei Priori, Fontana Maggiore, Perugia Cathedral 

Assisi* - Distance: Approximately 170 km - Main Sights: Basilica of San Francesco, Basilica of Santa Chiara, Rocca Maggiore 

Rimini - Distance: Approximately 90 km - Main Sights: Arch of Augustus, Tempio Malatestiano, Castel Sismondo 

San Marino: - Distance: Approximately 100 km - Main Sights: Three Towers of San Marino, Basilica di San Marino, Guaita Tower 

Ravenna: - Distance: Approximately 180 km - Main Sights: Basilica of San Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Dante's Tomb 

Cesenatico: - Distance: Approximately 110 km - Main Sights: Porto Canale, Maritime Museum, Piazza delle Conserve 

Urbisaglia - Distance: Approximately 30 km - Main Sights: Roman Theater, Archaeological Park, Civic Tower 

Macerata: - Distance: Approximately 60 km - Main Sights: Sferisterio Arena, Macerata Cathedral, Palazzo Buonaccorsi Fabriano: - Distance: Approximately 100 km - Main Sights: Museo della Carta e della Filigrana, Palazzo del Podestà, Church of San Benedetto


We are staying just outside this town. Sights to see are:

Palazzo Ducale is one of the main attractions in Mombaroccio. Is is known as the Palazzo Malatestiano. The Renaissance palace was built in the 15th century and features a beautiful façade with intricate decorations. Today, it serves as the Town Hall and occasionally hosts cultural events and exhibitions.

San Giorgio Church dates back to the 14th century and features a simple yet elegant interior with several noteworthy artworks and religious artifacts.

In the historic centerthere are narrow cobblestone streets, medieval buildings, and small squares.

One of the traditional dishes of the area are ciauscolo (a type of spreadable salami), vincisgrassi (a rich lasagna-like dish), and crescia sfogliata (a savory flatbread).

Mombaroccio is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with rolling hills, vineyards, and olive groves. We hope the olive tree blight that has hit the region will not be too brutal.