Le Marche and Umbria

Ascoli Piceno

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Ascoli Piceno is the provincial capital of the southernmost province in Le Marche. It has a lovely city centre to stroll around, and antiques market every Sunday (and especially at Easter).

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The Conero

The Conero is a beautiful mountainous area on the coast just south of Ancona – it has the best beaches for miles and some excellent wines. About 90 minutes drive takes you to the Grotte di Frasassi – one of the biggest and most spectacular set of caves in Europe. Visit the museum of papermaking and watermarks in Fabriano on your way back.


Assisi is a two hour drive over the mountains, but well worth it for the views over the Umbrian plain. Be sure to visit St Francis’s tomb in the Duomo. Perugia and Lake Trasimeno are a little further down the autostrada.


Rimini and Urbino are within a couple of hours up the coastal A14 autostrada.

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Close to Urbino, and overlooking the A14 motorway you can find the very pretty medieval town and castle of Gradara

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San Leo

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San Marino

The Northern Marche strongholds of Gradara and San Leo can be combined with a trip to the mountain-top republic of San Marino.

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