Ah central Italy...filled with so many lovely hilltowns. How to see it all? With a great local guide. This list shares our favorites in Le Marche, Umbria and Abruzzo.
Our rental is a palace in the center of the Le Marche town of Mercatello, in the heart of Italy's tartufo (truffle) region where magnificent black--and highly desired tartufi bianchi (white truffles)--are gathered from October 1 through the year's end hunting season.
As many stand-alone second homeowners discover, in Italy and elsewhere, the realities of long-distance management and upkeep prove challenging, as does the fact that the place can sit empty for much of the year. Enter fractional ownership...we detail three fractional ownerships in Tuscany, Umbri and Le Marche
On this part of Le Marche, it is said that one-fourth of the residents are qualified truffle hunters and 70 percent of Italy's truffle dogs are trained here. Do you know where? Read on for details in this vignette.
The Santuario di Loreto (the shrine of the Virgin Mary's house) is housed in the spectacular hilltop basilica in the walled town of Loreto and has been atracting pilgrims for centuries.
"The most beautiful in all Italy," proclaimed one writer about Urbino's Palazzo Ducale. Read on for details from Dream of Italy on the Italian city of Urbino, the capital of the Le Marche region.
The birthplace of composer Gioachino Rossini has found many ways to honor him, including the annual Rossini Opera Festival. Read on to find out more about the life of this noted composer.
The province of Pesaro e Urbino encompasses the northern third of Le Marche and is verdant with nature, music, history, faith, food and wine. Read on to find out how you too can enjoy these enchanting Italian towns.
Looking for a way to get a taste of Italy a casa? Enjoy these authentic Italian recipes from the owners of an agriturismo and cooking school in Le Marche.
If you're taking a rural vacation in Le Marche, don't miss the towns of Fano, Urbino and Urbania and Gubbio in nearby Umbria. Plus don't miss our Le Marche restaurant recommendations.