Le Marche features in Lonely Planet Best in Travel 2020 list of Regions for the 500th anniversary of the death of our most famous painter: Raffaello Sanzio, Raphael!
It was 2002 when the NYT first put Le Marche on the international tourist map, describing it as “The new Tuscany”… 17 years have passed and (luckily) this never happened. We sure love our beautiful region and we want lots of people to visit and enjoy its beauties, but overtourism is a serious issue right now, so we’d rather stay a bit off the beaten track and “real”.
This is what Lonely planet writes about our wonderful region:
It looks like the understudy is finally ready to take centre stage. Though the main roles usually go to its superstar neighbour, Tuscany, the Le Marche region of Italy has just as wide a repertoire. It can do higgledy-piggledy hilltop towns, gloriously gluttonous food festivals, resplendent Renaissance palaces, winding countryside and inviting beaches with equal panache, but with the added bonus that its attractions are much less well known. In 2020, the spotlight will shine brightly here as Urbino, Le Marche’s most picturesque city, leads the celebrations to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of the great Renaissance painter – and local boy made good – Raphael.
Plan your trip to Le Marche
Check our article about 30+ things to do in and around Urbino and our Things to do pages for more information about this amazing region and all the gorgeous places that you can visit and the activities we can organize for you.
And do not hesitate and write us for any help you may need organizing your trip.
Le Marche Region has an informative FB page (pretty much the only official resource in English) that includes events and beautiful photos.
You can also visit the Marche Owners Direct website for more places to stay in the Central and Southern part of Le Marche, all owner operated and easy to book directly with the owners.
By the way, and about overtourism and the contemporary ways of tourism: book your accommodation and services directly with the owners, ask people’s advice, go to forums like SlowEurope or Facebook groups like Traveling to Le Marche Italy and ask questions to real people, do not stick to a country’s “must sees”, don’t be a mass tourist, be a wonderful human being interested in knowing different realities! And, come to Lonely Planet 2020 best in travel region: Le Marche!
In the collage photo: The Sibillini mountains, Window in Torricella near Fossombrone, the Marmitte dei Giganti on the Metauro River, the Due Sorelle at the Conero National Park, Piero della Francesca Flagellazione – Galleria Nazionale delle Marche – Urbino, Torricini facade – Urbino, wild goats on Mt Nerone, Straccadenti/Biscotti/Cantucci/Tozzetti, door in Piobbico, sunset beach in Fano. Just very few of the wonders of Le Marche!