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The Coastal and Hilltop Towns

Breathtaking glimpses
The Marche, a region bursting with art cities, seaside resorts and nature parks, also has one very important element from the perspectives of tourism and the beauty of the territory: the towns and villages overlooking the sea.

The coastal landscape of the Marche from Gabicce Mare to San Benedetto del Tronto appears constantly changing in its shapes and colours. It will never cease to amaze the visitor with its white cliffs dropping steeply down to the blue of the Adriatic Sea, the deep green of its gentle hills punctuated with old villages, and the ochre colour of its long sandy shores. In many towns along the coast an “upper town” can be seen, well protected by the walls of a castle high up on a hill – the original inhabited settlement - and the marina, the flat area lying along the coast, only later used for living and commercial purposes.

This kind of layout is typical of the medieval “castra” of Gabicce Monte (the ancient “Castellum Ligabitii”), Casteldimezzo and Fiorenzuola di Focara, in the province of Pesaro Urbino, as well as those of Falconara Alta north of Ancona and Sirolo and Numana to the south, ancient walled cities whose origins are lost in the mists of time. Recanati, Potenza Picena and Sant’Elpidio a Mare are different however; these are important towns a fair distance from the sea whose coastal areas, originally simple coastal moorings, later became the major towns of Porto Recanati, Porto Potenza Picena and Porto Sant’Elpidio.

Civitanova Alta, with its picturesque walled village in a position dominating the sea is emblematic, while the nearby Porto San Giorgio, the ancient “Navale Firmanorum” consists of an upper part, the Castello district and the Fortress and, beyond the main road, the marina; nearby stands the splendid Torre di Palme castle, perched on a rock that plunges steeply down to the sea.
Other Picene centres follow: Cupra Marittima and Marano, Grottammare and Grottammare Alta.

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  • Gabicce Monte
    The stage includes the following destinations: Gabicce Monte

    The historical roots of this suggestive place are all linked to the old village of Gabicce Monte, rising at 150 m above sea level, and whose original name Castrum Ligabicij o Ligabitii seems to derive from the Lord Ligabitio, the feudatory controlling its lots at the end of the 10th century. The name Gabicce could be traced back to the activity once carried out by the dwellers, mainly devoted to agriculture and breeding: from here comes “legabecchi”, billygoats breeders.
    In 909 already, it is attested the existence of a parish community around the Church of S. Ermete, still now at the city gates. To the same age should date back the city walls, since in a papal bull dated 998, the place is called Castellum Ligabitii.

  • Casteldimezzo
    The stage includes the following destinations: Casteldimezzo
    Casteldimezzo, once called Gaiola, Galliola and Gazoleto, since the 14th century has taken the current name, suggesting the location in-between Gabicce and Fiorenzuola. Thanks to its easily defensible position and to the presence of the nearby Port of Vallugola, the castle was used as residence for “rusticale dimora” (rural relief), by the Archbishops of Ravenna and as established see of the Viscount, their representative.In 1356, it went to the Malatesta family and then became property of the Sforza and Della Rovere families. Today, just few traces are left of the  ancient mediaeval walls. Inside the Church dedicated to the Saints Apollinare and Cristoforo, dated back to the year One Thousand, but later rebuilt (the dedication recalls those awayback origins from Ravenna) stands a Crucifix dated 15th entury, attributed to the Venetian Antonio Bonvesin and Jacobello del Fiore, discovered on the seashore, inside a large wooden case. The tradition wants it to be the core of a mysterious event: it was the year 1517 and as many as 7,000 “transmontane” enemies, in the pay of Lorenzo di Piero de Medici, beaten by Francesco Maria I Della Rovere, threateningly closed on Castrum Medi walls; but the frightening and expected looting of the city was escaped, thanks to the mercy granted to the terrified dwellers by the Crucifix “from the sea”. Curious is also the story about the finding of the precious artefact: Casteldimezzo dwellers and those of the nearby Fiorenzuola, sighted a case lying on the shore at the foot of the cape and ended up scuffling and getting a beating to get hold of it. In the meanwhile the oxen carrying the load, tired of the long fight, decided to make for the way to Casteldimezzo, leaving them all dumbfounded.
  • Pesaro - Fiorenzuola di Focara
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    The stage includes the following destinations: Fiorenzuola di Focara

    Travelling along the panoramic road and crossing a beautiful environment protected by Regional Natural Park of Colle San Bartolo, you reach Fiorenzuola di Focara, the ancient Castrum Florentii, which fell under Pesaro in the thirteenth century. The village, originally called Fiorenzuola, in 1889 took the name of Focara, probably because of the fires that were lit to help sailors to identify the location of the promontory. Indeed the promontory was known for headwinds or for the presence of little furnaces where bricks and terracotta were fired.

  • Pesaro - Trebbiantico – Giardini di Villa Cattani Stuart (Villa Cattani Stuart Gardens)
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    The stage includes the following destinations: Giardini di Villa Cattani Stuart

    The villa, built by Carlo Cattani as a private residence, dates back to the years 1630 to 1680.

    It was renovated and enlarged between 1717 and 1732, when the Florentine pontifical legate Alemanno Salviati made it his country residence. That is the time when the visit took place of James III Stuart, who adorned himself with the title of king of England, which the Catholic Church still acknowledged to him.

    Although the garden suffered serious damage during World War II, its general design is still recognizable: most of all, the two intermediate terracing, restored with a boxwood adornment, still evoke the memory of a XVIII century garden. They were rebuilt in the last decades, after the villa was bought by Messrs. Tomassini, who recreated the garden based on the memories of Mrs. Rita Marconi Scala, the last owner who had been able to admire the gardens before they were destroyed.

    Nowadays, behind and by the right side of the building, three beautiful Italian gardens can be admired. They are united by short staircases, adorned with evergreen borders and flowerbeds, rich with fountains, basins, little temples and stone statues, surrounded by walls and protected by wrought-iron gates. The whole underlying valley can be admired from here, along with the changing blue shades of the Adriatic sea on the background,.

  • Montemarciano
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    The stage includes the following destinations: Montemarciano

    Montemarciano is located on the north side of the Esino River. The land mainly consists of hills. On the east side, there is the Gulf of Ancona, the Mount Conero in the background, on the south the Apennines, with the Mount San Vicino in the foreground. Among the monuments and points of interest there are: St. Peter the Apostle Parish Church; Church of the Blessed Sacrement; “V. Alfieri” Municipal Theatre, built in 1886-87; Sanctuary of Our Lady of Light, dating back to the 15th-17th centuries in Alberici; the old rural church built in 1700 in Santa Veneranda. Montemarciano, once called “Houses Burned”, was the northern border of the Ancona Republic. 


    Montemarciano has 5 km of pebble beach. Music and parties entertain people in bathing establishments along the coastline. WHAT TO SEE: Marina di Montemarciano was a Roman town, as shown by recent discoveries, and a relay station. Along the State Road 16, the Mandracchio, built in the 15th century, is a clear evidence of the old post house.

  • Falconara Marittima
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    The stage includes the following destinations: Falconara Marittima

    Popular for its confectionery industry, Falconara Marittima, few miles north from Ancona, is a resort characterized by a long sandy beach. It is equipped with several bathing establishments providing leisure activities and entertainment. The resort boasts a zoo park and the “Raffaello Sanzio” International Airport.

  • Sirolo
    Deep in the uncontaminated nature of the Regional Park of Monte Conero, the old village of Sirolo, sunny and windy, is placed between a sea full of fish and the rolling hills of the countryside around, so rich in corn, vines (the excellent Rosso Conero is produced here) and olives.The visit of the village can start from the Via Italia that leads you to the Piazza Vittorio Veneto, delightful deck where the view opens up to the sea, sweeping from the harsh and white cliffs of the Conero Mountain to the smooth seashores of the southern coast.Inside the old city walls, including a strong donjon and two mediaeval arches, stands out the historic Theatre Cortesi, dedicated to the old Lords’ family. In the immediate outskirts, worth a visit is the beautiful Villa Vetta Marina, that took the place of an ex Franciscan convent, of which just the belfry is left; nearby you can admire those huge elms planted, according to the tradition, by S. Francesco d’Assisi in 1215. On the edge of the Conero mountain rises the Badia of S. Pietro of Romanic foundation, with its 18th century facade, a naive and two aisles on
    pillars and columns with valuable capitals.
    Of remarkable importance is the early discovery of the Archaeological Area “I Pini”, a necropolis of the Piceno, marked by several circle burials,
    as the rich “Tomb of the Sirolo Queen”, buried with two carts (6th cent. b. C.), whose remains are kept in the Antiquarium of Numana. From the old centre, through the pathways, you can reach the wonderful beaches, so rich in bays, reefs and coves, whose beauty has been unanimously recognized and awarded the prestigious Blue Flag of Europe. Worth a mention are Sassi Neri and San Michele beaches, the Urbani one too, from the name of the homonymous cave. Noteworthy is the enchanting small beach of Due Sorelle, whose name recalls those two peculiar stately rocks facing the coast.
  • Numana Alta
    The stage includes the following destinations: Numana Alta

    Numana is located along the central Adriatic Sea, at the southern slopes of Mount Conero. Its territory is almost completely included in the Conero Regional Park. The historic center in the area is called Numana Alta, as it is at the top of a cliff overlooking the sea; Numana Bassa includes the area below the marina. Numana Alta’s beach features two bays close to the cliff: the Spiaggiola beach and “the Friars’ beach”; the beach of Numana Bassa stretches from the port until the village of Marcelli, boasting numerous beach establishments, campgrounds and holiday clubs. Svarchi, Numana’s inland, is mainly hilly. In the southern part of Numana, which corresponds to the southern borders of the Conero Park, lies the mouth of the river Musone, an important natural wetland. The main tourist attractions are: the arch of a tower on the top of the hill overlooking the harbour; the rest of the bell tower of a church or of a watchtower; a state archeological museum, housing the Piceni’s tombs kits, the Shrine of the Crucifix with a crucifix in cedar wood, a remarkable Byzantine sculpture dating back to the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries; the city hall, a palace built in 1773, once used as a summer residence of the bishops of Ancona, and the Costarella, one of the most typical streets of Numana. Sport lovers have the opportunity to practice a lot of activities: hiking, biking, sailing, surfing, windsurfing, tennis and scuba diving.

  • Recanati, Giacomo Leopardi's birthplace.
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    The stage includes the following destinations: Recanati città di Giacomo Leopardi
    Recanati is a remarkably hill town, just inland from the Adriatic Sea. It is situated on a ridge between the valleys of the Potenza and the Musone rivers, with a wonderful view that stretches from the Sibillini Mountains to the Adriatic Sea. It's close to the heart of many Italians as the birthplace of one the country's greatest poets, Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837). Around every corner, plaques mark spots referred to in his poems.

    ATTRACTIONS: Palazzo Leopardi, at the southern edge of town, where he was born and brought up, holds memorabilia, manuscripts and his fascinating library, containing 20,000 volumes. Further places connected with Leopardi and his poems are: the square of "Il sabato del villagio", just in front of the eighteenth-century Palazzo Leopardi; the "House of Silvia; the "Hill of Infinity", the peak of Mount Tabor, which inspired the eponymous poem composed by the poet at 21, and now home to the Orto sul Colle dell'Infinito literary Park; the ancient vegetable garden of the monastery of the Poor Clares and the World Center of Poetry and Culture, the Leopardi National Studies Centre, the Tower of the "Passero Solitario", located in the courtyard of the cloister of Sant'Agostino, Palazzo Antici Mattei, Leopardi's mother birthplace.  In 2014 the film " Il giovane favoloso", focusing on the life of the poet, was shot for most of the time in Recanati.
    The most significant religious buildings are: the church and the convent of the Capuchin friars, dating back to 1600, the Church of Santa Maria Morello, where Giacomo Leopardi was baptized, the Church of San Vito, with its impressive facade designed by Vanvitelli, the Church of Sant'Agostino with its beautiful Istrian stone portal, the Church of San Domenico, housing the "San Vincenzo Ferrer" frescoed by Lorenzo Lotto, the Cathedral of San Flaviano, boasting a magnificent 17th century wood ceiling. In the delightful Piazza Leopardi you find the statue of Giacomo Leopardi and the neoclassical Town Hall, built at the end of the centenary of the birth of Giacomo Leopardi; the Torre del Borgo, built in the second half of the twelfth century as a symbol of the foundation of a single municipality, now reopened to the public. A nice example of fifteenth century architecture is Palazzo Venieri, built by Cardinal Venieri. Recanati is also the home town of the great tenor, Beniamino Gigli and the Museo Gigli in the historical Teatro Persiani holds a collection of his costumes from some 30 operas, a mock-up of his dressing-room and some of the many presents he received, including a walking stick from Verdi. The museum in Villa Colloredo-Mels, a splendid 18th century villa on the edge of the town centre, holds Recanati's greatest art treasure, a room with four of Lorenzo Lotto's finest pictures, including a most haunting Annunciation packed with almost breathless narrative detail - a high spot in any art-lover's tour of the central Marche. 

    The most typical specialties are the "piccicasanti", a kind of sticky soup, made with poultry, pork and extra virgin olive oil. Two delicious wines are: Rosso Piceno (red wine) and Colli Maceratesi (white wine). The most remarkable events taking place in Recanati during the year include: Lunaria, offering a series of concerts in July in the central Piazza Leopardi; "Amantica", boasting a summer program ( July) with traditional music; San Vito Festival, celebrating the the patron saint of Recanati, taking place on 15 June.

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

    Porto Potenza Picena is the most populous hamlet of Potenza Picena, in the province of Macerata; it’s a seaside resort on the Adriatic coast.
    SEA TOURIST OFFER: the beaches are large and mostly sandy; in some parts of the beach there's a varied flora and fauna. It is home to an active sports center and to an equipped marina for berthing of small pleasure boats, ideal for sailing and water sports lovers. Close to the northern coast are two salt ponds. A bike path that begins in  State Adriatic Highway SS16 - (mountain side) and continues until the lakes area (Acquabuona Bridge) is available. 

    ATTRACTIONS: the beautiful Tower of St. Anne – what remains of a watchtower of the 15th century - and the neo-Gothic church having the same name. A few km inland a must see attraction is one of Italy’s few remaining 18th century gardens with a beautiful red-brick splendid villa (Villa Bonaccorsi). The Villa is a fine example of 18th century residence, surrounded by fountains and magnificent statues. Porto Potenza Picena belongs to the Municipality of Potenza Picena , a town that boasts nice churches, the Teatro Mugellini, dating back to 1862, and a Civic Art Gallery Art. The most significant events  taking place in the territory are: the Festival  of St. Anne in Porto Potenza (July), the re-enactment of the Fishing with "sciapeca" in Porto Potenza Picena (August) and the Festival of the Golden Vine Bunch in Potenza Picena ( September)


  • Civitanova Alta
    The stage includes the following destinations: Civitanova Alta

    Civitanova Alta is an ancient village built on a hill surrounded by the walls of a medieval castle. Here lies the historic theater Annibal Caro  that hosts , along with the other two theaters of Civitanova Rossini and Cecchetti, an important theater season. It is named after the most famous local character, whose birthplace is also located in the village. Another highlight of the city is Civitanova Danza, an international event, that reminds another prestigious fellow citizen, Enrico Cecchetti, primo ballerino at the court of Russia in the nineteenth century. The Pinacoteca Comunale Moretti (with a permanent exhibition of paintings by Carrà, Morandi, De Chirico, Guttridge and Ligabue) and the former Church of St. Augustine are two other cultural sites of the city where, for some years, summer exhibitions are held. Also interesting are the Tramway Station (1900) in Art Nouveau style, rich in polychrome ceramics, the Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions, with many artifacts of the peasant culture of the Marche, and the Historical Museum of Trot, unique in its kind, out of the town.

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

    Porto Sant’Elpidio is a town along the coast of the Marche Region, in the province of Fermo; it is in the heartland of the Marche’s shoe industry. The historic fishing village, which was the seaport of Sant ‘Elpidio a Mare, has today become a fashionable seaside resort. It features a 7 km sandy and pebbled beach, a cycling path, pine woods and well equipped campings. Porto Sant'Elpidio is a member of "Friend of Itinerant Tourism City", giving the motor caravans the possibility to stop and use essential services, such as dumping waste and drinking water.

    Must see attractions are: the old Clock Tower, symbol of the city, built to defend the town from pirate raids, the Church of the Annunciation and splendid villas, such as Villa Murri and Villa Barrucchello, that host cultural events in Summer. The Sanctuary of Addolorata was founded in the 16th century in the nearby Cova area. The basin of the Tenna river, also called “Paludi di San Marco” (St. Marco’s Marshes), is an ideal location for bird watching in early Spring and late Autumn. The most important event taking place in Porto Sant'Elpidio is  "The World Theatre", the International Theatre Festival for children (July), with shows and perfomances at the "Teatro delle Api", opened in 2006. The Festival is one of Italy's most remarkable events dedicated to the theatre for children. A  must in summer time is the Sant'Elpidio Jazz Festival.


  • Porto San Giorgio
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    The stage includes the following destinations: Porto San Giorgio

    Porto San Giorgio is a town on the Marche’s coastline. What was once the ancient port for the inland city of Fermo is now a pleasant seaside resort with sandy beach, numerous facilities and a well-equipped marina. Its streets, sandwiched between the main SS16 road and the sea, offer plenty of chances for window shopping and in high summer the place has a lively air and plenty of concerts. It owes some of its charm to a few fine examples of the Liberty Style architecture that was much in vogue in the smarter seaside resorts across Italy at the turn of the 19th century. Its 13th century fortress, built by Lorenzo Tiepolo, later Doge of Venice, stands close by the town’s central square, and has fine towers and high keep.

    Porto San Giorgio is an important holiday resort. Its beach (awarded the Blue Flag in 2018) is sandy. It boasts many beach resorts and hotels. A biking track is also there, and a richly equipped yacht basin offers to yachtsmen and yachtswomen the pleasure of a safe haven for high level sailing (it is awarded the Blue Flag since 1987). The boardwalk is embellished with century-old palm trees; its paving and city lights are enclosed in a suggestive frame by liberty apartment houses built in the beginning of the XX century. Many of such houses can be admired in the town centre: for instance the Villa of Roses. Built in 1921, whose outside is decorated with most refined majolica ornaments, while Art Nouveau embellishes the whole inside. Since 2015 children may enjoy the Bambinopoli (“Childrentown”) Square, a wide playground by the boardwalk where they may run around, bike and skate and have fun on brand new toy structures.

    Must see attractions are: the historic Theatre “Vittorio Emanuele”, built at the beginning of the twentieth century; the nineteenth century church of San Giorgio, housing a copy of the polyptich of Porto San Giorgio made by Carlo Crivelli; the baroque Church of the Suffrage; the Church of the  Holy Rosary; the Villa Bonaparte, built upon the order of Girolamo Bonaparte, Napoleon’s brother, who lived in Porto San Giorgio between 1829 and 1832. Another very interesting building is Villa degli Oleandri (Riva Fiorita), surrounded by a large garden, now housing the Museum of the Sea. The most typical dishes are the garagoli ( sea snails in red sauce and spices) and the fish stew. Vin cotto (boiled wine) is the traditional local wine. The most remarkable event is the Sea Festival (Festa del mare) a celebration of all things fishy, and featuring a giant "frying pan". The Padella gigante dell'Adriatico is six metres in diameter, holds some 1,000 litres of cooking oil and is used to fry roughly 1,000 kilos of baby squid and sardines in around three hours. In September there is the International Festival of Chess, attended by professional players from around the world.

  • Torre di Palme - Fermo
    The stage includes the following destinations: Torre di Palme - Fermo

    The charming center of Torre di Palme is a fantastic panoramic balcony on top of a hill dominating the coast and the Adriatic Sea.

    Torre di Palme is characterized by the preservation of its environment and the stylistic uniformity of the medieval and Renaissance buildings, elements that make it, despite its small size, one of the most interesting historical centers of the region.

    The visit of the town can start from the little Church of San Giovanni dating from 1000, in ashlars of stone and hanging arches, in which there are frescoes of the fifteenth century, followed by the Palazzo Priorale with a round arch walled in the frontage and a small bell gable and the Gothic Church of Sant'Agostino (formerly of the Hermits) with the adjacent convent, with its typical red brick, whose façade is ennobled by a beautiful Gothic portal and a rose window: not to be missed, inside , a panel of Vincenzo Pagani (1578) and an impressive altarpiece by Vittore Crivelli, ennobled by the original frame in carved wood and characterized by bright enamelled colors , made even more intense by the gold of the background. Continuing along the course leads to the Church of Santa Maria a Mare, built in the twelfth century and later amended, in ashlars of stone and terracotta, whose bell tower is decorated with interlaced arches and majolica basins: the interesting interior has three naves with raised presbytery and Byzantine frescoes of the fourteenth century. On the left of the church, in a small garden, there is a well-curb, once used as a baptistery.

    Torre di Palme is surrounded by the lush vegetation of the protected area called "Bosco del Cugnolo", where typical plants of the Mediterranean Sea can be found. It's very appreciated by hikers and it also features the Lovers' Cave, which is the place of the tragic love between Antonio and Laurina.  

  • Altidona
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    The stage includes the following destinations: Altidona

    The origins of Altidona date back to 150,00 years ago. Then it was inhabited by an ancient Greek population called Pelasgi and then by the Picenes and the Romans.

    It belonged to Fermo, to the Abbey of Farfa in Sabina, then again to Fermo.  At first a castle was built which in upper medieval times collapsed into the sea or was destroyed by local inhabitants. After the 12th century they built a new castle near the parish of Santa Maria and San Ciriaco, which was  at the top of a hill and still exists.

    Altidona was a minor castle ruled by Fermo. The medieval walls are well preserved. Worth visiting are also the outlook, the Medieval watch- tower overlooking the Aso valley and the parish church which houses a painting attributed to Vincenzo Pagani representing the Holy Mary with Child, two saints and a patron. Villa Montana and a Roman cistern are in the old contrada called Barbolano. The municipal theatre hosts concerts, plays and theatre performances.  
    In Altidona you can see the Provincial Photo Collection where images documenting the history of Fermo and its surroundings can be found.

    Altidona overlooks the Aso valley and Marina di Altidona is by the sea. It’s a stretch of coast with sand and pebble. Among pinewoods and century-old palm trees you can see nice villas and accommodation facilities. Cyclists can ride along the coast for 3 kilometres or along the river Aso. A nice cycling path starts from the park called “Parco dei Due Ponti” and reaches the beach. This park is also the ideal place for children looking for fun and green areas, as it’s a wide park with centuries-old trees  and play spaces.

    Every year,in summer, a typical food event is organized where cornmeal mush is served with snails or seafood. It brings back to memory the spare meals of farmers, although, through the years,  further typical dishes made with fish and meat have been added.

  • Pedaso
    The stage includes the following destinations: Pedaso
    To the south of Porto San Giorgio is Pedaso, the Marche’s “mussel beach” - these delicious mollusks are cultivated on concrete pillars that lie just off its short, gravely beach.
    The beach, both of sand and gravel, is over 2 km long and equipped with various chalets. Clear water, rich in flora and fauna, is particularly suitable for diving and underwater fishing. Because of its location, Pedaso enjoys a microclimate with mild temperatures in winter and frequent breezes in summer. There's a bike path, running south and starting from the mouth of the Aso river (near  Campofilone) . You can also stroll along the so called "Promenade of the twentieth century songwriters", named after the well-known Italian singers. The marina, built near the mouth of the Aso river, is good for small scale fishing and pleasure boats. 
    The lighthouse documents Pedaso’s sea tradition. In Mount Serrone area, full of bushy vegetation, there’s an astronomical observatory. The most important churches are: the Church of St. Mary and St. Peter the Apostle, built in 1898 and finished in 1920; the Church of St. Mary and St. Peter called "the Chiesolina", built from 1795 to 1797. 
    The Mussel Festival enlivens the town from 12 to 15 August. 
  • Pedaso- Exploring rustic villages and authentic tastes
    The stage includes the following destinations: Pedaso - Tra borghi e sapori autentici

    A route through various villages, each perched on a hill, which arose in defence against the banditry from the valleys. And as it was for the bandits of former times, achieving each stage is just as tiring for you bikers!Start out from the village of Pedaso, a seaside resort in the Fermano area awarded with the Blue Flag and, following a fairly quiet road lined with chestnut trees, head in the direction of Campofilone.This village is a maze of narrow streets that weave their way underneath barrel vaults and then unexpectedly open up into the enchanting panorama that sweeps from the sea to the Sibillini Mountains. Here you can enjoy the ancient culinary tradition of Campofilone macaroni – a fine pasta of tagliolini noodles seasoned with duck or fish sauce. During the month of August you can enjoy them at the sagra (festival) that honour these vital foods.The route continues towards Montefiore dell'Aso,  one of Most Beautiful Towns in Italy, where the San Francesco Museums house a valuable altarpiece by Carlo Crivelli and, after a short breather, cycle up towards Carassai where a brief stop is recommended to visit the eleventh-century fortress of Montevarmine. Continuing towards Montalto delle Marche, you enter an aristocratic looking village where Pope Sixtus V was born. The cathedral is worth a visit, as is the water mill on the Val d'Aso.Then continue in the direction of Pedaso to arrive at Ortezzano. Here you may wish to extend your route by visiting the historic centre, the arrival point of a stage of the well-known Tyrrhenian-Adriatic cycling race: 700 m with a 12% gradient and a further 400 m at 20%! Arriving in the vicinity of Pedaso you will begin to glimpse the sea, and at this point an exciting day of discovery on your bike will nearly be over.
  • Campofilone
    The stage includes the following destinations: Campofilone
    Campofilone is very pictoresque, with three magnificent 14th century gates, gradually formed in the Middle Ages, around a Benedectine abbey dedicated to San Bartolomeo, known to be already flourishing in 1066. At first it was called Campus Fulloni, the place of the fuller. It is thought that there was a Roman villa or mansion here, a resting place on the road from Cupra to Fermo, because many stones with Roman carving were used to buid the abbey; it possibly continued the tradition of offering hospitality to travellers. The enormous church still dominates the town, but it wa completely rebuilt in the 19th century, after earthquake damage. The interior, with a central nave and two side aisles, was frescoed by Luigi Fontana(1899). In the central Piazza Umberto is the new town hall and the attractive façade, with a brick portico surmounted by a terrace, of the Teatro Comunale (City Theatre) (1928). Here too , was one of the castles of Fermo, of which only a section of wall and a tower, called the “Torrione”, remains.
    The tapered shape village located on a main street whith buildings overlooking it , behind them a labyrinth of alleys , sometimes covered with barrel and cross vaults and, occasionally, glimpse the beauty of the landscape surrounding it: the calm Adriatic sea, the rolling hills up to the snow capped Sibillini mountains.
    Walking through the streets you can still smell the scent of the ancient culinary tradition: the “Maccheroncini” of Campofilone PGI have always been a gourmet speciality, they distinguish from other pasta products for the thinness of the dough sheets and the finest cut; they are well known and appreciated around the world.
    PRO LOCO (Tourist Office)
    Address: Piazza Umberto 1°, 63828 Campofilone ( Fermo) 
    Tel:        +39 0734 917057
    FAX:              +39 0734 917057
  • Massignano
    The stage includes the following destinations: Massignano
  • Cupra Marittima
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    The stage includes the following destinations: Cupra Marittima

    Cupra Marittima is a seaside resort belonging to the “Palm Tree Riviera” in southern Marche. Behind the resort there are three hills: Sant'Andrea with the eponymous castle, recently restored; Marano, the medieval hilltop borgo of Cupra Alta, and Boccabianca.The lush vegetation ( pines, palms, oleanders), the shortish sandy beach and the peaceful atmosphere provide the perfect setting for a relaxing holiday. A wide cycling path crosses the seaside resort and runs until San Benedetto del Tronto.

    ATTRACTIONS: Cupra Marittima's pride is the Piceno Malacological Museum, one of the world's most important shell museums, with a collection of over 900,000 shells. In the northern part of Cupra Marittima, there’s an Archaeological Park, documenting the Roman settlement: the urban layout of the Roman site is still recognizable. In nearby San Michele are the ruins of Villa Magna with a nymph, while in Civita the area of ​​the Forum can be seen. The archaeological site of Cupra Marittima hosts the Theatre Festival called TAU (Classical Theatre Productions), staging Greek and Roman plays. To the south of Sant'Andrea's hill are the ruins of St. Andrew's Castle, the remains of the XII century village. Heading west and turning north you come close to the medieval hilltop Marano, housing many art treasures: Villa Grisostomi Villa; the medieval church of Santa Maria in Castello; Palazzo Sforza; the Archaeological Museum of the territory, which is home to the Church of the Annunciation with its artistic permanent Nativity of Spanish art; the Church of the Suffrage, boasting the wonderful altarpiece of the "Deposition". It's worth visiting the Collegiate Church of St. Basso to admire the extraordinary triptych made by Vittore Crivelli and once entirely painted by Giuseppe Pauri in the thirties of the twentieth century. You can also appreciate the impressive staircase built by Vespignani and then reach Piazza della Libertà in front of the Town Hall, with its beautiful clock tower designed by Sacconi. In August the Feast of St. Basso enlivens the town.


  • Cupra Marittima Alta
    The stage includes the following destinations: Cupra Marittima Alta

    Cupra Alta or Marano offers an amazing view over the sea and the Palm tree Riviera. The old part is almost intact, boasting walls with square and polyhedral towers and the gates of the fortress.

    One of the major attractions of the city is the Archaeological Park of Cupra Maritima on the Colle of Civita (and on the adjoining Colle of San Basso or Morganti), at around 1,500 m north of the built-up area, where it is possible to spot a relevant part of the urban system of the roman town and maybe the finds of the ancient Temple dedicated to the goddess Cupra; the several archaeological finds, coming from the excavations,
    are held in the Museum of the Territory, recently moved to the Palace Cipolletti in the village of Marano.

  • Grottammare
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    The stage includes the following destinations: Grottammare

    GROTTAMMARE is a seaside resort of the Palm Tree Riviera, boasting a remarkable cultural and historical heritage and 5km of fine sandy beaches. It has been awarded the Blue Flag by the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe), three “ Vele Blu “ by Legambiente and is included in the list of “The most beautiful villages in Italy”.
    Its pretty traffic-free promenade is backed by some splendid examples of seaside Liberty architecture - grand villas that date back to the turn of the last century. Along with the many palm trees that line the seafront, bright flower beds and well-kept lawns give the place great charm.
    The so called Pineta dei Bersaglieri is an area where children can play and have fun. If you wish to relax, you can enjoy sitting on a bench  in Piazza Kursaal, covering an area of about 5000 square meters, paved with travertine stone and decorated with a ground-level fountain, pine and palm trees.
    The Medieval historic borgo up above the main resort has fine old buildings and great views out to sea. The most remarkable monuments are: the Church of Sant’Agostino and the attractive Church of Santa Lucia, built in 1597 in memory of the town's most famous son, Pope Sixtus V. In Piazza Peretti stand Teatro dell'Arancio and the Church of San Giovanni Battista, home to the Sistine Museum. Since 2004 the 16th century Tower of the Battle has been converted into a museum, housing an impressive collection of sculptures by Pericles Fazzini, who made the well- known “Resurrection” in Vaticano’s Sala Nervi.

    The renovated museum dedicated to Giacomo Pomili houses the artist’s earliest works and further paintings depicting legends , female characters , landscapes, etc. In summer you can stroll along Corso Mazzini, full of street markets, listen to music in Piazza Fazzini or enjoy the big Cabaret at Parco delle Rimembranze. For those who love romantic atmosphere, you can listen to classical music and learn about poetry in the old medieval village. Cinema, art and theater are other forms of entertainment for all seasons.

    The most remarkable events taking place in Grottammare are : Cabaret amoremio! - International Humor Festival (August), Liszt Festival (July / August), Juttenizie - gastronomic walk (August / September) and the Living Nativity (December 26 / January 1 and 6). 

    Grottammare has also been awarded the Spiga Verde of the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education in Europe), thanks to the policies adopted for environmental sustainability and for involving citizens in the protection of the environment.


  • Grottammare and its medieval village
    The stage includes the following destinations: Grottammare alta
    Grottammare is a small resort on the southern Marche "Riviera delle Palme”; it boasts 5km 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. 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 ( borgo) up above the main resort has fine old buildings. With a pleasant walk you can reach Grottammare Alta, the original medieval village overlooking the sea, with rustic houses and narrow streets, surrounded by the smell of orange groves. Along the road that leads there is the seventeenth-century villa of Cardinal Decio Azzolino, where Christina of Sweden stayed. Following the conquest of the city in 1525 by the pirate Dulcigno, the town was fortified with walls, gates, and a Tower said "of the battle". Currently it is home to many of the works of the native sculptor of the wind, Pericle Fazzini. In the Church of Sant'Agostino of the sixteenth century is a Madonna della Misericordia by Vincenzo Pagani (1577). In the nearby Piazzetta Peretti you can enjoy an exceptional view from the balconied porch of the building housing the historic Teatro dell'Arancio, near which stands the Clock Tower. Worth a visit to the noble Church of Santa Lucia (1597) built by Camilla Peretti in memory of his brother Felice Peretti became Pope Sixtus V. The same is dedicated to the Museo Sistino set up in the Church of S.Giovanni Battista. On the hill overlooking the village are the remains of a fortress built in the IX-X centuries.