Porto San Giorgio


The Marches region is in central southeast Italy. This region is surrounded by the Emilia Romagna, Umbria, Toscana, Lazio and Abruzzo regions as well as the Adriatic Sea. The lowlands are at the sea (with some cliffs of course) and the rest of the region is hilly and mountainous. The main towns are Ancona, Pesaro and Urbino. The towns in the Marches region are ancient and relatively undiscovered….. and while I love the beaches here, in this region I prefer the inland hill towns. The landscape is very beautiful and each hill town is crowned with a castle or a fortress. There’s art, music, castles, nature pursuits and religious stops to be made in the Marches. There’s something fascinating in every town. The food of the area is simple and delicious (I say that about all of the regions — there just is not a bad meal in Italy). Here you’ll find meat, fish, game, grains, olives, fruit, truffles, vegetables, lavender….fabulous cheeses like Casciotta d’Urbino and wines like Bianchello del Metauro, Esino, Vernaccia di Serrapetrona and Verdicchio di Matelica. Something I particularly liked (to snack on) when I toured here were the olives all’ascolana (stuffed and fried)…..the peaches (in season) are a wonderful refresher….and this is another area where you can get truffles (who knew?)……

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