Great Local Tour Guides in Umbria, Le Marche and Abruzzo

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.

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Adventure at a Villa in Le Marche

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.

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Meandering through a Corner of Le Marche

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.

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Meandering through a Corner of Le Marche: On the Truffle Trail

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.

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Meandering through a Corner of Le Marche: O, Come All Ye Faithful to Loreto

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.

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Meandering through a Corner of Le Marche: The Renaissance Jewel of Urbino

"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.

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Meandering through a Corner of Le Marche: Pesaro’s Favorite Son

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.

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Recipes from La Tavola Marche: Fava Bean Crostini, Spaghetti with Clams, Whole Fish in Salt Crust

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.

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What to See and Where to Eat 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.

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Yoga in Italy: Italy Yoga Retreat in Lazio

For those who literally want to get away from it all to unify body, mind and soul -- while immersing themselves in the Italian countryside, check out these Italian yoga retreat centers in Le Marche and Lazio.

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