Marche - Italian Lifestyle between mountains and sea
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Marche is an Italian region at the Adriatic sea. The combination of mountains and sea make it the ideal place for keen swimmers as well as for nature lovers. The parks and nature reserves dominate big parts of the region and are home to a great variety of plants and animals. No matter of you want to go hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, do some winter or water sport, the possibilities are wide enough. Your eyes will be pleased by the idyllic picture of green hills, mountains in the background, sand beaches with crystal clear water, orchards and vineyards as well as old farmer houses. The many artistic and middle-age villages offer cultural attractions and places of interest. The climate is typical Mediterranean and invites to relax.
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Marche - What to do
For all the sport lovers, there are more than enough possibilities to get active: book a horse riding tour, go hiking in the mountains, explore the river on a canoe, cycle at the ocean front, see the diversity of fishes on you diving trip, try out the winter sports centres for nine different winter sports or go to the Ice Palace of Ussita for ice skating.
For getting some change, go to visit the culturally interesting sites. Visit the city of Ascoli Piceno with its beautiful Piazza del Popolo, the Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, the many handicrafts and see the Quintana, an acrobatic performance of horse riders.
The city of Ancona is an important trading port, but also offers historic monuments, beautiful beaches and the cathedral Ciriaco.The Palazzo Ducale in the city of Urbino is UNESCO world heritage and worth the visit.
Marche - Gastronomy
The Marche offer a wide variety of local specialities. In the middle of the region, dishes as suckling pig and marinated lamb are very typical. Mushrooms and truffles are always popular ingredients in all kind of dishes. Typical Italian, they also cook many noodle dishes as Tagliatelle, Strozzapreti, Vincisgrassi, Ravioli with Ricotta or Lasagne made in the oven.
You will also find some really good cheese, ham and sweets.