MARCHE: HISTORICAL, ARTISTIC AND NATURAL HERITAGE, FOOD AND WINE, AND CRAFTS
Natural scenery with unparalleled charm, urban landscapes drawn from centuries of history, a typical cuisine which conquers everyone, and the craftsmanship of the regional footwear tradition now translated into the outlets of the most prestigious brands on the international scene: Marche is this and much more, an entire land to discover! Those who arrive in Porto San Giorgio, and especially those who arrive at the Marina of Porto San Giorgio, cannot fail to allow themselves at least one regenerating day to discover the hinterland, its atmosphere and its flavors. The regional artistic heritage has its roots in the Middle Ages, with works ranging from Romanesque to Cistercian Gothic, from the fourteenth century to Renaissance painting by Raphael, Crivelli and Lorenzo Lotto. In cities and urban centers, often still surrounded by walls, ancient commercial and power places alternate, squares touched by ancient Roman streets, noble palaces and places of the spirit, and all carry with them the charm of their history, often stories of capitals of small ancient republics. Urbino, with its Renaissance architecture, and Ascoli Piceno, with its historic center entirely built in travertine, are world heritage sites and among the most visited destinations. The Marches are also rich in protected natural areas, reserves and parks, ideal for day trips and for cooling off in the summer months. A few kilometers from Porto San Giorgio there are also countless outlets where you can buy clothing, leather goods and footwear from the most prestigious Italian brands, as well as wineries, restaurants and farmhouses where you can taste wines and dishes with an unmistakable flavor of regional cuisine and Italian cuisine, famous all over the world. Here are the itineraries we offer you.
NATURAL ITINERARY – GRAN SASSO NATIONAL PARK AND MONTI DELLA LAGA
The region is full of parks and places of great charm for excursions and trekking. Particularly impressive is the Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National Park, the area that includes the Gran Sasso d’Italia, which with its 2912 meters of height is the roof of the Apennines, and the Monti della Laga, which with Monte Gorzano reach an altitude of 2458 meters. The waters flow copiously from the slopes of the mountains, feeding the numerous rivers and lakes of the territory, which gives us beautiful and well-preserved villages, churches, abbeys and castles, streets, caves, necropolis, cities and temples that from prehistoric times and Roman times they come to us full of mystery and charm. From the Marina of Porto San Giorgio, the park is less than 100 km towards the south, which can be covered in about 1 hour and 20 minutes.
NATURALISTIC ITINERARY – NATIONAL PARK OF THE SIBILLINI MOUNTAINS
The park owes its name to the legend that tells that in the cave of the Sibyl, located on the homonymous mountain, lived “the illustrious prophetess who rarely reveals her secrets of others”. Necromancers and wandering knights came from all over Europe after exhausting journeys in the hope of finding an oracle for the Sibyl. Today the Guide Association of the Monti Sibillini National Park promotes different ways of visiting the park, including food and wine trekking and donkey excursions. From the Marina of Porto San Giorgio, the park is about 100 km away in 1 hour and 30 minutes.
NATURAL ITINERARY – CONERO REGIONAL PARK
It is possible to visit the Conero Regional Park on foot, on horseback or by mountain bike, along a network of 18 paths that cross all the environments present within the protected area. Among the itineraries recommended to all those who intend to approach the Conero Park for the first time, the “Ring of the woods”, of short duration and without particular technical difficulties, allows you to cross landscapes of great charm and very different natural environments, enjoying truly unforgettable views. From the Marina of Porto San Giorgio, the park is less than 60 km northwards, which can be traveled in about three quarters of an hour.
NATURE ITINERARY – REGIONAL NATURAL PARK OF THE RED GORGE AND THE FRASASSI CAVES
The Frasassi caves offer easy tourist itineraries, lasting about an hour at a constant temperature of 14 ° C, and “speleo adventures” of two or three hours. The first is suitable for all those over 12 years of age, with few difficulties to deal with, such as short climbs, bottlenecks and slides, while the second a little more challenging. The park is 110 km from Marina di Porto San Giorgio and can be covered in just over an hour.
ARTISTIC HISTORICAL ITINERARY – PESARO, URBINO AND THE METAURO VALLEY
A fundamental itinerary also for the history of the Italian Renaissance, it leads from the coast to Urbino, a symbolic city and cultural cradle of Central Italy. It can be said that the Renaissance was born here and then spread to the peninsula and throughout Europe. The visit of the provincial capital and of the valley with its smaller towns completes the tour, which, requiring 6 hours only for transfers, could become an opportunity for a one-night stay in one of the many local farmhouses. From the Marina di Porto San Giorgio the tour covers a little more than 400 km in total, which can be covered in about 6 hours.
CULTURAL HISTORICAL ITINERARY – THE VALLE DEL TRONTO
The valley, for the most part in the province of Ascoli Piceno, extends between the Laga and Sibillini mountains and the Adriatic, crossing the mountain community of Tronto. The itinerary includes a visit to the capital and the most important historical centers of the valley (Acquasanta Terme includes a visit on its own). From the Marina of Porto San Giorgio the tour covers a total of just over 200 km, which can be covered in about 3 hours.
HISTORICAL CULTURAL ITINERARY – THE HIGH VALLEY OF THE CHIENTI
The upper Chienti valley develops in the province of Macerata and represents a dip in the history of the Marche. On the border of the Sibillini Mountains Park, where it is wedged into the Apennines, within a few kilometers there is an aggregate of fascinating historic centers. Along the way there are also interesting monastic centers. From the Marina di Porto San Giorgio the tour covers a total of about 180 km, which can be covered in about 3 hours.
CULTURAL HISTORICAL ITINERARY – THE LOWER CHIENTI VALLEY
The lower valley of the Chienti, more urbanized, sees its main center in the city of Macerata and preserves very respectable historical architectural vestiges. Area of Roman foundation, it represented the outlet of the ancient Via Salaria, which connected it with Rome. From the Marina of Porto San Giorgio the tour covers a total of 150 km, which can be covered in about 3 hours.
CULTURAL HISTORICAL ITINERARY – FROM RECANATI TO ANCONA AND THE HINTERLAND
The itinerary offers a visit to a very particular area of the Adriatic coast, the only mountainous promontory on the sea in the stretch between Istria and Gargano, an area linked by similar historical events. The tour includes a visit to the capital and a series of particularly suggestive smaller towns in the hinterland. The naturalistic aspects are relevant given that you cross the Conero Regional Park. From the Marina of Porto San Giorgio the tour covers a total of about 160 km, which can be covered in about 3 hours.
HISTORICAL CULTURAL ITINERARY – FROM JESI TO FABRIANO IN THE ESINO VALLEY
From the coast of Ancona, the itinerary plans to take Via Salaria, one of the routes that historically crossed the peninsula, to reach the Fabriano area, historically known for its paper mills. Here still today it is easy to come across one of the many workshops that still produce in an artisanal way. The visit of the minor historical centers completes the tour. Having two days at your disposal you can dedicate half a day to visit the Frasassi Caves. From the Marina of Porto San Giorgio the tour covers a total of about 270 km, which can be covered in about 4 hours.
HISTORICAL CULTURAL ITINERARY – SENIGALLIA AND ITS HINTERLAND
The itinerary starts from the sea and climbs through a series of charming small historical towns in the hinterland, typical of this area. Starting from the Gallic Senigallia from the “velvet” beach, one goes in search of the minor history of the small towns. From the Marina of Porto San Giorgio the tour covers a total of about 270 km, which can be covered in about 4 hours.