Italian Country House

Welcome to Le Marche

The Le Marche landscape of rolling hills and medieval hill top villages is reminiscent of Tuscany or Umbria but without the tourists. This is the 'real Italy' with friendly people, good value restaurants, old fashioned piazzas and a slower pace of life. Le Marche lies in Central Italy bordered by Emilio Romagna to the North, Abruzzo to the south and the Appenine mountains form a natural border to Umbria and Tuscany to the west.

Our local village of Montalto has a charming old town and lower down an impressive cathedral. There is a weekly market, a fantastic butchers and many other small shops selling everything from fresh pasta to seasonal fruit and veg. The next village is Montedinove with its concentric old town which feels lost in time with a pretty piazza, a popular spot for a coffee break or apperitivi.

The main towns of Ascoli Piceno with its grand architecture and piazza featuring the gorgeous art nouvea Cafe Meletti, and Fermo with its Thursday evening flea market are well worth a visit.

If that's enough sight seeing, sandy beaches are half an hour away and truly Italian in style with rows of sunloungers, beach cafes and great seafood. For a change of scenery head to the mountains for a lovely walk along a natural gorge or picnic and swim at lago di Fiastra.

In the villa is a comprehensive booklet of further ideas for days out and activities. We provide a free map and can suggest driving routes and things to do and see.