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Delicate and sunny, like its hillside and beaches. Intimate like one of Leopardi's poems, poignantly seductive like a Rossini opera, unforgettably beautiful like the art of Raphael.
Ancient stone hill villages, renaissance cities, and old fashioned seaside resorts: Italy’s Marche is a region of rich and varied landscapes where to find sandy beaches, rocky precipices, rolling hills, mysterious caves, and immense nature reserves. Lying between the Appenines and the Adriatic, Marche is home to cities of great architectural and artistic value, the most famous of which is the hilltop Urbino, "ideal city" and renaissance art capital created by Federico da Montefeltro. Quietly vying for tourists’ attention, Ancona, Pesaro, Ascoli Piceno and Recanati, the city of the poet Giacomo Leopardi, are all more than worthy of visit as is the university town of Macerata, which boasts a magnificent open air arena where the Sferisterio Opera Festival is held.