This region of Italy is rich in history and culture as most of Italy and has a distinctive rural feel. Le Marche is located down the eastern shore of Italy with the Adriatic sea to the east and the Sibillini mountains, which form part of the central spine of Italy to the west, thus giving you both sea and mountains within easy proximity.
Access to Le Marche has become easier since the advent of low cost airlines into the main airport of Ancona, and also Pescara, even though the latter is in the neighbouring region of Abruzzo. The excellent road infrastructure down the Adriatic coast as well as the fine rail network, enable easy access both within the region as well as across the country to Rome, which is only some 2.5 hours away and to the neighbouring regions of Umbria, Emiglia Romagna, and Tuscany, and Abruzzo to the south. This rural feel ensures that if you wish to buy a property in Le Marche you can have a lovely countryside feel yet still have easy access to the sea.
The mainly agricultural region of Le Marche has 4 provinces with the main towns being Pesaro, Ancona, Macerata and Ascoli Piceno going from north to south. With its agricultural heritage the excellent food is still based on the simple peasant diet of years gone by. With this simple diet, the region is statistically the largest consumer of meat in all its guises, with meat grilled “alle brace”, on embers, stuffed pigeons and rabbit in fennel all being specialities. With 180km of coastline, fish obviously plays an important part and “brodetto”, a fish stew made with 13 types of fish is also a speciality. The rustic cooking is never more aptly shown than in the many small trattoria, and osteria of the region, and when buying a property in Le Marche, you are never more than a few kilometres at most from any one of these.
Le Marche produces a wide variety of wines on the slopes of the region, including 13 varieties of D.O.C. wines, with the jewel in the crown probably being the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. Many other varieties including Sangiovese and Montepulciano are also well know and available abroad.
Properties available to purchase range tremendously. You can buy an apartment close to the sea at San Benedetto del Tronto, with its long sandy beach, or even just a few kilometres inland apartments in a restored and converted fortress, with its own pool and dramatic views over the countryside and sea. You can invest in a farmhouse to renovate with fruit trees and olive groves, or if you wish to buy a property as a bed and breakfast the choice is available. Whether it be a property to live in immediately or an investment for the future with work to be completed, the choice of properties to buy in Le Marche is there for any prospective investor. If you not ever looked at Le Marche as a region, you will be pleasantly surprised what good value for money properties in this region are available.