Urbino (UNESCO World Heritage site) is one of the most important examples of the Italian Renaissance. Raphael was born here and important architects like Bramante, Luciano Laurana and Francesco di Giorgio Martini lived and worked here

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The Adriatic coast is better known for its beaches, but the cliffs of Monte San Bartolo and Conero park are fantastic

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If you are looking for a taste of the “real” Italy, a place that mass tourism hasn't reached, where the locals will warmly welcome you and where you will be able to test your Italian (but you'll also be able to communicate in English!), Le Marche is what you're looking for.

Summer festivals offer something to everyone

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The green hills of Le Marche are often spotted with hilltop towns...

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...this is beautiful Mondavio with the impressive fortress designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini

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Wether you are interested in Medieval and Renaissance art and architecture or biking, food and wine or potholing, if you enjoy shopping, swimming, music, markets, nature or handicrafts, Northern Marche has something to keep you busy for weeks (or years).

Porta Nova, Barchi: every hilltop-town in the Marche shows beautiful examples of Medieval and Renaissance architecture.

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Northern Le Marche also offers archaeological treasures: from Roman ruins to amazing Roman, Byzantine and Early Medieval mosaics.

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Oratorio di San Giovanni, Urbino: in Le Marche you will discover little-known masterpieces.

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Majolica from nearby Casteldurante (now called Urbania) can be found in important museums all over Europe.

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This is how traditional straw chairs are woven.

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Beautiful natural colours from plants for wool dyeing.

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Local artisans are very active: it will not be difficult to locate your favourite shop for presents (for friends and family and for yourself!). Often during festivals you'll be able to see them working and have them teach you some of their tricks.

Young and old artisans show their skills during festivals and fairs.

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Le Marche is home to a large variety of excellent wines that are only recently being discovered outside Italy

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Early music is very popular in the area...

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Exercise and beautiful landscapes: who could ask for more?

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...but the music offer in Le Marche ranks from Opera festivals to contemporary music in a cave or in the woods.

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At the Locanda you'll be able to go for a ride in the countryside, swim in our pool, take a beautiful walk right from your door, rent bikes, birdwatch (or firefly watch: animals love clean air!), take a cooking class or go foraging or just relax, enjoying the sweeping views of the countryside.

If you prefer to relax our swimming pool is the perfect spot.

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We offer cooking classes, foraging walks, truffle hunts and other courses moreover Valle Nuova is perfect for those who are looking for a great location for courses or tours.

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