Ancona is an ancient port hub known as the “Gateway to the East”; The Cathedral of San Ciriaco rises on the site of an ancient Greek acropolis and is considered as one of the most interesting Medieval churches in the Marches.
The area comprising the historic center of Urbino is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Palazzo Ducale in Urbino is an enthralling architectural and artistic example of the Italian Renaissance.
FOOD AND CLIMATE
The typical rustic tastes of the hinterland can be identified in meat dishes like roast suckling-pig and marinated lamb, as well as in dishes created around truffles and mushrooms. Outstanding pasta dishes are tagliatelle, strozzapreti ("priest stranglers") and the traditional vincisgrassi.
The fresh, sweet flavor of the sea can be found in the brodetto, a fish soup containing more than 14 fish species; it is often enhanced with tomatoes or saffron. Ascoli signature dish is the fritto misto all’ascolana, a medley of stuffed olives, cream, fried zucchini, artichokes and lamb chops.
The most famous desserts are ciambellotto con i funghetti all’anice (a ring-shaped cake with aniseed), cicerchiata (deep fried dough with honey), and fried ravioli stuffed with chestnuts, cream and ricotta cheese.
Food is accompanied by the beautiful wines of Ascoli Piceno: the white Falerio dei Colli Ascolani, the red Rosso Piceno and Rosso Piceno Superiore, stored in wooden casks with a Mediterranean hint of aniseed-flavoured liqueurs.
June and September are usually the best months to spend in Le Marche, as the temperatures are mild and the beaches are less crowded. Nevertheless, there is always a very pleasant breeze coming from the sea, which cools down the July and August heat.