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Blue Flags

A wide range of cozy beaches

The blue flags certifying the quality of the sea and local services, 180 kilometres of coastline, 26 localities overlooking the Adriatic Sea, the port of Ancona and marinas. This is the quality-certified offer for seaside holidays in the Marche.

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Level of difficulty: media
Target: Benessere

The stages of the itinerary

  • Pesaro

    Pesaro is an attractive seaside resort in Northern Marche; it has 7 km of wide sandy beach. It is an ideal holiday destination for families; for a more secluded beach with green hills as a backdrop, Baia Flaminia just to the north of the centre is the best. There are a lot of accommodation facilities: some of them are open all around the year. A wide cycling path running for about 12 km is fully available. The city has always been connected with the sea: the Museum Washington Patrignani documents the tradition and the history of Pesaro’s Maritime Culture.
    Must see attractions in the historic centre are: the Palazzo Ducale ,the Cathedral, the Musei Civici , the Pinacoteca and the modest house where Italy's great opera composer Gioacchino Rossini was born in 1792; the annual Rossini Opera Festival in August has earned a world-wide reputation. On the sea front there’s the Villino Ruggeri, one of the finest examples of the 20th century Italian Liberty style. Pesaro is in the area of the regional park of Monte San Bartolo; you can’t miss touring Casteldimezzo, Fiorenzuola di Focara e Santa Marina Alta, lovely villages overlooking the Adriatic Sea.

    Tourist information
    Tel. 0721 69341

  • Fano
    0721 8871
    The stage includes the following destinations: Fano

    Fano is a seaside resort in northern Marche, boasting one of Italy’s most ancient Carnival.
    The history of Fano dates back to 2,000 years : it was the largest roman settlement on the Adriatic Sea. It was both an important port and crossroad where the Via Flaminia from Rome met the main coastal route. The Arco di Augusto, a splendid Roman triumphal arch, built in 2 AD under the order of the Emperor Augusto, provides a fitting gateway to the town and is part of Augusto's ambitious project to smarten up the Empire's road network, marking the arrival of the Via Flaminia on the shores of the Adriatic Sea. The railway splits the old town from the modern resort that has grown up along two stretches of fine beach. To the southeast runs the Spiaggia Sassonia, a long strand of pebbled beach with a wide promenade. To the northwest runs the shorter Spiaggia Lido. Between the two beaches lies the fishing port. There’s also a well equipped marina, able to accommodate a large number of berths. “Brodetto alla fanese” is the most typical dish, based on local fish and fresh seafood; you can’t miss the local “Moretta”, a strong drink made with coffee, rum, anise and brandy.

  • Senigallia

    Since 1853 Senigallia has been one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Adriatic Coast with its thirteen kilometres of golden sands, the famous Velvet Beach.
    Senigallia can boast the prestigious Blue Flag label, that is awarded by the Foundation for Environmental Education to environmentally well-kept beaches across Europe. The important "eco-label" is given to sites that meet strict criteria including water quality, environmental management, safety and other services.

    Senigallia's pride is also the large number of good restaurants where you can try the best of the Adriatic catch.
    There is a wide range of accommodation facilities, attracting tourists from Italy and all over the world. Many events are organized especially in Summer time. The most popular one is Summer Jamboree, a rock festival taking place in August. Although its prosperity nowadays depends on tourism, Senigallia is a town with a long history. Its name bears witness to its earliest inhabitants - the Galli Senoni, a Celtic tribe who settled here around the 4thC BC.
    The finest monument is the old fort, the Rocca Roveresca, built in 1480; it’s a splendid example of military architecture, witnessing the various stages of its construction, from Roman time to Renaissance.

    Tourist information
    Tel. 071 7922725 

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  • Riviera del Conero
    071 2076431 - 071 2223125
    The stage includes the following destinations: Riviera del Conero

    The city of Ancona is located on the coast of central Adriatic on a promontory formed by the northern slopes of Monte Conero. The port of Ancona is one the most important ports on the Adriatic Sea: it’s a fishing, tourist, commercial and industrial port. The oldest part of town straddles Colle Guasco, the hill above the port. On its peak, stands Ancona's finest and most remarkable church, the Medieval Cathedral of San Ciriaco. There are different beaches near Ancona: Passetto is the “urban beach”, featuring white-grey color rocks and the so-called “grotte” (caves), that were carved by fishermen to provide shelters for their small-sized fishing boats.

    To the north of Ancona the sandy beach of Palombina is more suitable for both children and families. Just south of Ancona rises the solitary limestone peak of Monte Conero whose steep slopes slide down to the sea; the bay of Portonovo, protected by the Regional Park of Monte Conero, is one of the prettiest white pebbled beach on the whole of the Northern Adriatic shore. On the bay, often crowded, there are few restaurants with a breathtaking view balcony serving fish dishes. “Della Vela” beach is a spectacular beach with a rock, shaped like a sail. It's a free public beach, at the very end of the south versant of the bay. The beach of Mezzavalle adds a touch of wilderness and scenery to the beauties of the bay. Once in Ancona you can’t miss the two most typical and famous dishes : the Ancona stockfish (stoccafisso all’anconetana) and the “brodetto” (fish stew). A glass of Rosso Conero (local red wine) is recommended.

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  • Riviera del Conero - Sirolo
    071 9330611
    The stage includes the following destinations: Riviera del Conero - Sirolo

    The southern spur of Mount Conero shelters Sirolo: the Riviera del Conero 's most attractive resort. It has a pretty medieval centre with narrow, colorful alleys and a tree-lined, balcony piazza that teeters high above the sea. At the gates of the old town stands the delicious XIX century Cortesi theatre. Beautiful pebbled beaches and warm weather draws tourists from mid May until late September. Sirolo is actually the most traditional destination for tourists. The best beaches are accessible using a half-hourly bus service that drops down to each of the coves. San Michele beach is a lovely thin strip of beach, with clear water and lined with umbrellas and deckchairs in high season ; Sassi Neri beach is a long, black pebbled (hence the name) strand of beach; Urbani beach , with its green pine-wood as a backdrop , has a charming and half moon shape strand on the bay of Sirolo. One of the nicest beach is the so called “ le Due Sorelle” beach ( the “Two Sisters” beach) , which took its name from two huge twin rocks rising from the transparent water. The beach is reachable by boat. In Summer there daily boats leaving from the nearby port of Numana.

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  • Numana, Numana Alta e Marcelli
    71 9330612
    The stage includes the following destinations: Numana e Numana Alta

    The southern spur of Conero shelters Numana, a lovely resort of the Conero Riviera, included in the Conero Regional Park. From the gardens of Piazza Nova you can enjoy a wonderdeful view of the magnificent limestone massif. The town is divided in two parts: Numana Alta and Numana Bassa. Numana Alta is the oldest part with its houses of white limestone, narrow streets, the tower, a medieval ruin, and the Bishop’s palace, today the seat of the town council. Near the central piazza there’s an archeological museum, documenting the history of the Piceni tribes who lived here until Rome muscled in. Numana Bassa features the tourist port and the white pebbled beach equipped with sun beds and umbrellas. More to the south is Marcelli, a more modern area with a wide choice of accommodation facilities. Many sports can be practiced in the area : mountain bike, sailing, surfing, wind surfing, tennis and scuba diving.

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  • Porto Potenza Picena
    0733 6791
    The stage includes the following destinations: Porto Potenza Picena

    To the north of Civitanova Marche is Porto Potenza Picena - very much a variation on the same theme as many of the southern Marche's smaller resorts. There you can find both sandy beaches and shingles. It boasts a well equipped sports centre with a small marina. The northern part of the coast features an oasis of salt lakes. In the sea village you can admire a 15th century tower and a neo-Gothic church. A few kilometres inland is one Italy's few remaining 18th century gardens with a beautiful red-brick noble villa, closed to public, at Giardino Bonaccorsi. Worth visiting if you're in the area.

    Tourist information
    Tel 0733 687927

  • Civitanova Marche
    0733 822213
    The stage includes the following destinations: Civitanova Marche - Le spiagge

    Civitanova Marche is a seaside resort on the coast of central Marche; it boasts both a fishing port and a marina. To the north the coast features wide beaches with shallow water, to the south wider beaches and deep water. The most attractive stretch of promenade and beach lies to the south and has attractive planting and a calm air. A cycling path for bike lovers is also available. Further sports can be practiced in the resort: sailing, golf and horseback riding. The town centres around wide Piazza XX Settembre and offers plenty of stylish window-shopping, green public gardens and Liberty style apartment houses. A large amount of branded shoe shops and outlets can be found nearby. Civitanova Marche is actually in the heartland of the Marche's shoe industry.4 km inland from the town stands the Medieval hilltop borgo of Civitanova Marche Alta, still partly surrounded by its old walls ; here you can stroll amongst the fine ancient palaces and churches and the historical theatre.

  • Porto Sant'Elpidio
    0734 9081
    The stage includes the following destinations: Porto Sant'Elpidio

    Porto Sant 'Elpidio is a seaside resort, in the heartland of the Marche's shoe industry.
    The historic fishing village has now become a fashionable seaside resort, with gravel and sandy beaches, comfortable campings and a cycling path for bike lovers. Its main attractions are also the pine woods to the north and plenty of enormous shoe shops along the main SS16.
    In the old town square stands the sixteenth century clock tower with a square base, once used as watch tower.

  • Lido e Marina Palmense
    366 9333022
    The stage includes the following destinations: Lido e Marina Palmense

    Fermo is one of the most alluring of the hilltowns of the southern Marche; it features also a coastline of 5 km south of Porto San Giorgio (Marina Palmense) and a coastline of 4 km to the north (Lido di Fermo, Casabianca and Lido San Tommaso).
    Both Marina Palmense and Lido di Fermo are quiet seaside resorts, surrounded by verdant and luxuriant hills, with the highest concentration of camping of southern Marche. A cycle path is also available there.
    Altidona is located on a hill overlooking the sea. Marina di Altidona boasts both a sandy and gravel beach,  several tourist facilities and is surrounded by pine forests and palm trees. There are also 2 bike paths: one along the coastline (about 3 km) and the other one along the river Aso. Marina di Campofilone has both a sandy and gravel beach, that runs for 1.5 km.

  • Porto San Giorgio
    0734 6801
    The stage includes the following destinations: Porto San Giorgio
    Porto San Giorgio is a lovely seaside resort in southern Marche. It is bordered on three sides by the municipality of Fermo and to the east by the Adriatic Sea. There are attractive sandy beaches, numerous accommodation facilities and a well-equipped marina. In summer all along the seafront there are a lot of beach bars and good restaurants offering a variety of local sea foods. The town boasts a few fine examples of Liberty Style architecture; its 13th century fortress stands closed by the town’s central square.
  • Marina di Altidona
    The stage includes the following destinations: Marina di Altidona

    Marina di Altidona has long sandy and pebble beaches. They are easily reachable also thanks to the cycle path. It is located among Marina Palmense and Pedaso beaches; it is a peaceful beach location which offers all the comforts of the beach facilities. The sloping seabed and the breakwater cliffs are the veritable swimming-pool where even children can play safely.

  • Pedaso
    The stage includes the following destinations: Pedaso

    The town was originally a maritime center and a trading post for agricultural products from the fertile Val D'Aso; it later became a popular tourist destination, thanks to clean and safe bathing and a rich marine flora and fauna, particularly suitable for diving. The area in front of the lighthouse draws the attention of scuba divers  for maritime archaeological finds. The sandy and gravel beaches are  partially interrupted by rocks. Taking the "panoramic street", you reach Monte Serrone, an area with a bushy vegetation and different paths in an unspoilt environment. The "Mussels Festival", that has been organized for thousands of years, takes place in August.

  • Cupra Marittima - Spiagge
    0735 779193
    The stage includes the following destinations: Cupra Marittima

    Cupra Marittima is a seaside resort belonging to the “Palm Tree Riviera” in southern Marche. The lush vegetation (pines, palms, oleanders), the shortish sandy beach and the peaceful atmosphere provide the perfect setting for a relaxed holiday. A wide cycling path crosses the resort and runs until San Benedetto del Tronto. Cupramarittima’s pride is an interesting shell museum, collecting over 900000 shells. Less than 1 km inland from the town stands the Medieval hilltop borgo of Cupra Alta or Marano, where you can visit historical churches and enjoy a marvellous view over the Palm Tree Riviera. In the northern part of Cupra Marittima, there’s an Archaeological Park, documenting the Roman settlement.

    Tourist information
    Tel . 0735 779193

  • Grottammare
    The stage includes the following destinations: Grottammare

    Grottammare is a small resort on the southern Marche "Riviera delle Palme”; it boasts 5 km of fine sandy beach. Along with the many palm trees that line the seafront, bright flower beds and well-kept lawns give the place great charm. Bike lovers have a wide cycling path at their disposal, running for about 20 km. Its traffic-free promenade is backed by some splendid examples of seaside Liberty architecture - grand villas  dating back to the turn of the last century.
    The Medieval old village up above the main resort is surrounded by wall and has fine old buildings and an ancient theatre.

    Tourist information
    Tel . 0735 631087

  • San Benedetto del Tronto
    The stage includes the following destinations: San Benedetto del Tronto

    It is one of the main holiday resorts in the southern Marche; it boasts a wide sandy beach, with over seven thousand palm trees on its wide promenade, known as one of the most enchanting in Italy.

    Its shallow and calm water makes this beach ideal for long walks and romantic strolls.
    San Benedetto del Tronto has one of the most important fishing ports on Italy's Adriatic coast and a remarkable fish market.
    The “brodetto alla sambenedettese”, a tasty fish stew, is the most typical dish, which must be made with different species of fish.
    The most pleasant stretch of beach - and the highest concentration of good hotels - runs from the centre of town southwards. The beach to the north of the large port area offers many stretches of free, public beach.
    Along the newly renovated south promenade lie ten theme gardens filled with rare species of palm trees, small lakes and water games. Bike lovers can use a wide cycling path running for 15 km. San Benedetto boasts a lot of accommodation facilities, ranging from hotels and residences to about a wide range of private apartments giving tourists the opportunity to spend an enjoyable and memorable vacation on ”the Palm Tree Riviera”. The older part of the town sits above the main resort, with its castle and narrow streets of brick houses.