The Le Marche region is now divided into five provinces, Pesaro e Urbino, Ancona, Macerata, Fermano and Ascoli Piceno and this is further subdivided into six regions from North to south as regards coastal beach resorts.
Starting in the north, the region of Riviera delle Colline has the resorts of Gabicce Mare, Pesaro, Fano and Mondolfo loc Marotta. The next region of La Spaggia di Velluto e le Marine has the beautiful resort of Senigallia as well as the resorts of Montemarciano loc Marina and Falconara Marittima. Then comes the Riviera del Conero with the world famous resorts of Sirolo, Portonovo and Numana. The Costa Maceratese region then contains the resorts of Porto Recanti, Potenza Picena loc Porto and Civitanova Marche.
We then have the region of Verde Riviera Picena, which contains the beautiful resorts of Porto Sant’Elpidio, Porto san Giorgio, Altidona loc Marina, Pedaso, Campofilone loc Marina and Massignano loc Marina. And finally, the region of Riviera delle Palme as the famous resorts of Cupra Marittima, Grottammare, San Benedetto del Tronto and Port D’Ascoli.
The majority of the resorts have long sandy beaches with numerous small beach restaurants and bars. They are covered in colourful beach umbrellas and sunbeds which are typical of Italian beaches all over Italy. Below is a small selection of the resorts that we have found to offer all that is best of Le Marche seaside living.
To the north of Le Marche is the resort of Senigallia, and it is known throughout Le Marche as the Velvet Beach. It is one of the most popular resorts on the Adriatic coast and has thirteen kilometres of sandy beach and has some of the best sea food restaurants in Le Marche. There are two beaches in Senigallia, the north and the south beach and the south beach is where most of the hotels and restaurants are located. Just south of Ancona are the resorts of Sirolo and Portonovo.
Portonovo is the smallest of the resorts on the Conero Riviera and has spectacular sea views, and a beautiful Napoleonic fort which is now a Hotel.
Sirolo has wonderful beaches and one of the best Golf courses in Italy! The centre of the small medieval town has a tree-lined piazza with a walled balcony high above the sea, which offers spectacular views out to sea.
Porto san Giorgio was once the port for the inland city of Fermo, but is now one of the most beautiful Adriatic beach resorts.
It is famous for the large villas along the sea front and in the numerous small palm lined piazza’s. The villas are wonderful examples of the Liberty style architecture that was so popular in small Italian resorts in the late 19th Century. As well as many fine seafood restaurants and bars there is one of the area’s best gelateria’s set in a beautiful small piazza just off the main seafront.
Just further south is the small resort of Pedaso. Being much smaller than most of the Coastal resorts it seems much more family orientated and has plenty of safe swimming areas for small children. It is famous in Le Marche for its famous Sagra delle Cozze or Mussel Feast held in the main piazza in the summer. There are a couple of beach restaurants and bars and the whole atmosphere is very friendly and relaxed.
Cupra Marittima is another small resort that offers a relaxed atmosphere and is reminiscent of the Italian coast south of Rome.
Standing above the main resort is the imposing 15th Century Castello di Marano with pine lined avenues and lanes on the steep hills leading up to the main castle. The views from the top of the walled battlements of the coast and sea below are some of the best in Le Marche.
Finally in the furthest south of the Province are the large resorts of Grottamare and San Benedetto. Grottamare has over five kilometres of sandy beaches and a beautiful palm lined seafront. The palms are lit from beneath at night and this gives a truly magical effect when taking part in the Passggiata in the evening. There is a lovely small central piazza with large palm trees and many small shops selling local produce. On the hill above the main town is the older Medieval part, Grottamare Alta and this has some of the best restaurants in southern Le Marche.
Finally in the far south is the large and very popular resort of San Benedetto del Tronto. As well as being extremely popular with Italian visitors it is also one of the most important fishing ports on the whole Adriatic coast. It has a large promenade flanked with up to eight thousand palm trees and even the wide sandy beach has palms growing in the sand!
San Benedetto del Tronto is an extremely popular resort in the summer with Italians from the cities and also attracts a lot of young people because of it’s vibrant and varied night life. There are numerous hotels, restaurants and bars which can stay open late into the night and it is famous for its shops and museums. With the summer festivals the main shopping area is full of crowds just shopping, eating Gelato and just talking the night away and is a must for anyone wanting to experience another aspect of Italian life.
Boat Marina's in Le Marche.
There are many marinas running down the coast of Le Marche, including a marina at Fano, Senigallia, Sirolo Civitanova, Porto san Giorgio and San Benedetto del Tronto. The marinas being on the Adriatic allow for easy access by boat owners to other parts of the eastern Italian coast as well as Croatia and Greece.
Casa Apiro is a beautiful large farmhouse, originally built in a style so typical of the Le Marche region. The property has been totally restored and renovated over the past few years by the current owners and only requires some minor finishing works, including radiators and a new kitchen.
The house is just over 260 sqm plus another 60 sqm of useable space in the large attic area and sits in a plot of 3,000sqm or just under one acre. There is room on the plot to install a small to medium sized swimming pool.