Le Marche is the other side of the Appennine Mountains to Tuscany and Umbria and stretches down to the Adriatic sea. Its landscape varies dramatically between rugged mountains, foothills with a village on every hilltop, and plains full of Roman remains leading to beaches full of bright umbrellas and seafood restaurants.

For those interested in recent history, thousands of Allied POWs walked the length of the Apennines after escaping from detention camps during the Italian Armistice (see Eric Newby's Love and War in the Apennines).

For those interested in art and culture Le Marche is full of undiscovered treasures in churches and other buildings almost completely devoid of tourist hordes (see the new Blue Guide to The Marche and San Marino by Ellen Grady)

For instance, the museum in Montefalcone houses a world-class triptych by Pietro di Alemanno, and the church in Monte San Martino is home to a stunning selection of paintings by the Crivelli brothers