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  • Villa La Quercia- a truly wonderful Italian experience

    "A friend and her extended family vacationed here a few years ago with her new baby girl, and she recommended this beautiful place when I and another co-worker were talking about renting a villa in the Italian countryside. Even with the pictures implanted in our minds during the 2 years of planning our trip, we were pleasantly AMAZED when we arrived to this beautiful place. The stone house resonated with the sounds of the Italian tenors and classics from the music room and provided a movie-like background to the incredible ambiance around the salt water pool and even onto the 2nd floor balcony of the guesthouse where we sipped wine watching the shimmering lake view on the horizon beyond the expansive natural fields and vineyards. 2 of the bedrooms in the main house also have balconies where morning coffee by sunrise was enjoyed. We felt truly "Italian" for a group of 8 French Canadian and Jewish American women ages 50-85 and the meals prepared in the expansive and well appointed kitchen of the lovingly restored farm house provided many an evening of pure Italian delight. Dining under the grape canopy which was teeming with grapes for harvest, to be made into jelly, provided outdoor conversation and connection, complete with a wood fired outdoor pizza oven! And had we had a bit more wine to drink, and were perhaps 20 to 40 years younger, we might have enjoyed the enclosed trampoline on the front lawn. It was hard to leave our home base, but we did, because we were so well located to explore the ancient walled cities and bike the countryside of Umbria and Tuscany, meet the local people who were so gracious and inviting, eat in their fantastic eateries, train to Florence and Rome to explore places previously only read about, and taste the wines during the grape harvest. Our villa was so welcoming to come home to after each day of adventure. Our villa owners are especially attentive to the needs and wants of their guests and in so many ways provide for a worry free and relaxing vacation experience. They truly have the gift of hospitality and have arranged for a team of local caretakers to maintain and tend to the needs of their guests. As this trip was planned as a trip of a lifetime for my 85 year old Mom, I am especially thankful that our villa more than met our highest expectations! Thank you, K. and D."
    Guest: Jo E. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: December 28, 2014
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Le Marche Travel Tips

Enjoy a Restful Italian Vacation at The Marches Vacation Rentals

Those looking for the real Italy without the crowds should head for Le Marche (pronounced Lay Markay) on the eastern coast of central Italy. Enjoying the beautiful coastline of the Adriatic Sea against a stunning backdrop of the Appenine Mountains, the area offers beaches, festivals, history, breathtaking scenery, sunshine, clean air, art, architecture and more. The medieval hill towns await discovery as you explore the area from your The Marches accommodation.

The Weather in Italy’s Marches

The Marches enjoys a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers, a pleasant spring and autumn, and a cool winter with regular rainfall. The refreshing sea breeze keeps summer temperatures manageable along the coast and the mountains have cooler temperatures due to the elevation. Expect winter highs to be 15 C (59 F) and summers to reach 27 C (81 F).

Things to Do Around The Marches Villas

Exploring the area around The Marches vacation rentals is a pleasure, with its coastal plains and rolling hills of olive trees nearby. The area has many fortified towns dating back over 1,000 years. The area, like its neighbors Tuscany and Umbria, grows grapes and produces decent wines in the many local wineries. For a more relaxed vacation, the area also has some good sandy beaches including those at Grottammare, San Bernadetto el Tronto and Pesaro, with its ancient fishing port all close to your The Marches accommodation.

The area is known for its open-air opera season and a visit to the Teatro della Muse in Ancona will reward visitors with superb performances of opera, classical and jazz music.

Getting to The Marches Vacation Rentals

The Marches are served by the Bologna Airport, a two- to three-hour drive away, and Rome Airport, a little further afield from most The Marches vacation rentals. Most cities in Italy are linked by rail but flights are generally faster and cheaper. Driving to The Matches is a good option, especially if you enjoy driving and want to take back wine and olive oil as souvenirs.

Places to Visit from Your The Marches Accommodation

The Appenine Mountains provide spectacular sightseeing and wonderful opportunities for hill walking and caving in the limestone caverns. The highest point is Monte Vettore which stands at 2,476 meters (8,123 feet). The Frasassi Caves are a huge complex and the surrounding national park is home to massive eagle owls, golden eagles and peregrine falcons. For the best views along the coastline, visit Monte Conero peninsula with its rare flowers, birds and panoramic views.

San Leo, the imposing coastal fortress, has been a local attraction for centuries. Those wanting to visit the capital city will find Rome is just a three-hour drive from The Marches and offers a host of gardens, palazzos and ancient monuments which are sure to make you want to return for a longer visit.

Food and Drink near The Marches

A visit to any region of Italy will inevitably focus on the local food and wine, and The Marches is no exception. While the local osteria may serve just one dish of the day, a ristorante will generally have a written menu but all are guaranteed to serve superb cuisine. The signature dish is porchetta, roast suckling pig, which may be served whole or sliced and enjoyed in fresh bread rolls. Being close to the sea, Brodetto or fish broth is a delicacy to be savored. Truffles, rabbit and lamb also feature high on the menu, accompanied by the local pasta, papardelle alla papara, which is a flat pasta served with a tasty duck sauce.

The Marches produces a crisp white Verdicchio wine which is an excellent accompaniment to seafood dishes or you can try the red Rosso Conero wine.

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