Love for the Marche doesn’t come at first sight.
Just as water from the River Sentino has dripped for centuries in the same places and created the vast limestone chambers in the Frasassi Caves, the scenery of the Marche gradually seeps into the soul, until it eventually becomes a substantial source of fascination. The rolling hills rise up from the Adriatic Sea toward the Sibillini Mountains, which are steeped in legend and give the region its distinctive boundary.
The medieval villages and Renaissance cities perched on top of the hills developed around the natural shape of the land. All around are neatly cultivated fields. In the spring, they are filled with wheat that turns emerald green in the seasonal showers. In the autumn, they lie bare and dormant as the locals light warm fires and enjoy chestnuts, new wine and game.The Marche is a land of farmers and craftsmen.
It has always kept away from the more frenzied side of society and remained devoted to good work, as is demonstrated by both the care taken over its territory and the superb output from local small and medium enterprises. The region has also made a significant contribution to the development of culture and the arts in Italy and across the globe. It is perhaps due to the unique geography of the area that the Marche has produced so many masters of perspective: from the innovative paintings of Raphael to the introspective poetry of Giacomo Leopardi and the magnificent film sets of Dante Ferretti. As Guido Piovene wrote, the Marche encapsulates the best of Italy in a single region, offering a loving embrace that never ends.