On one side the Apennines, on the other the Adriatic coast and in the middle an expanse of gentle hills atop which sit century-old villages protected by medieval walls. The territory is mountainous and essentially hilly for a third of the Region yet in contrast features low-lying, sandy beaches.
Ancona (regional capital), Ascoli Piceno, Fermo, Macerata, Pesaro and Urbino.
The dramatic Conero Riviera, with its natural white-pebble beaches backed by milky Dover-esque cliffs.
But It's inland where Le Marche really shines. Urbino, Raphael's hometown, presents a smorgasbord of Renaissance art and history up and down its vertical streets. Ascoli Piceno has beauty and history in excess. Equally walkable is Macerata, with a famous open-air opera theatre and festival. Covering its western reaches, and bleeding over into neighbouring Umbria, is the wild and wonderful Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini.
Le Marche has a wonderful climate. A spring that often is very pleasant in March. A long summer begins in June and often continues into September. And a nice autumn which can last often until late October. The months of July and August may well be hot. In short a region with a wonderful climate where it is lovely to go from early spring to autumn.