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Le Marche has a bit of everything. The Adriatic provides a stretch of sunny, winding coastline. The interior has the same kind of pretty medieval hill towns as Tuscany or Umbria and features many of the best places to stay in Le Marche. And some impressively pointy peaks. There's also rich farm land dotted with market towns, so plenty of unique local flavours to try. And because this is such a large region there are just so many fascinating historic stories to unravel.

One of the main challenges of visiting Le Marche is its size. It's a long drive between highlights, so choosing the right destination to make the most of Le Marche can be challenging. Here are some of the towns you may wish to base yourself in and why they're some of the best places to stay in Le Marche.

Best places to stay in Le Marche


Many visitors to Urbino have little interest in the rest of the region. But this is one of the best places to stay in Le Marche for culture vultures. A key point along the pilgrimage of any art lover, Urbino became a cultural capital in the 15th Century, when Duca Federico da Montefeltro gathered his era's greatest artists, architects and Renaissance thinkers to the town. Creating a centre of beauty. But also a beautiful hill top town.

Urbino has all the terracotta coloured architectural treasures of Umbria or Tuscany, but at only a fraction of the price, and with only a fraction of the visitors.

Ascoli Piceno

This historic little town is foodie heaven. Try the olive all'ascolana - olives stuffed with veal and fried - and the rustic style pizzas. Founded in the 9th Century, its history includes a relationship with ancient Rome, as well as the local region. Ascoli Piceno also has and excellent art gallery.

This is also one of the best places to stay in Le Marche if your knees can't quite handle Urbino - it's much flatter here.

  • The Hotel Leone is perfect if you're looking for a charming hill top village setting. It's also well positioned between Urbino and Ascoli Piceno, so a great base to see them both.
  • If you're looking for somewhere smaller and more homely, book the Casa San Ruffino. This B&B has only four rooms, yet grounds you could easily lose crowds of people in. And the views over nearby hamlets are charming. It is perfect for those wanting a grown up retreat - they only accept over 14s.


If you want to base yourself on the coast, Pesaro is one of the best places to stay in Le Marche. It strikes a good balance between being a beach resort and an interesting town in its own right.

It will probably tick all the boxes if you're planning a family beach holiday. The Levante is probably the most family friendly of Pesaro's beaches, and while you need to pay to use some of it, the end stretch is free. In the height of the season you'll find the rows of sun loungers you'd expect from Italian resorts.

Pesaro's cathedral has some impressive Byzantine mosaics, the Musei Civici has an excellent little art collection and there are some nice architectural pieces dotted round the town.


Ancona is the main transport hub for Le Marche. There are flights, trains from Milan and ferries from Greece and Croatia. Most of the medieval architecture has been destroyed by war or earthquakes, but Ancona still has a few treasures. The 2nd Century Trajan's Arch watches over the port, but don't miss the cathedral of San Ciriaco and the Museo della Citta - you'll probably find yourself being surprised by this city's rich history.

  • For lovers of rustic country houses, one of the best places to stay in Le Marche is Poggio Agli Ulivi. A working vineyard, this hotel is in a peaceful, rural setting only 15kms from Ancona. The open spaces and very reasonable prices (rooms start from £54 a night) mean this is ideal for families or those on a budget.

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  • Urbino Resort Tenuta Santi Giacomo & Philippo

    Pantiere, Urbino, Le Marche

    A stunning farmhouse hotel spread across various manors. Rooms are themed on nature, with chic rustic furniture, large bathrooms and all the mod cons. Restaurant, bar, pools and spa. Cycling and valleys to explore. A great choice for good food, fresh air, and Italian views.

    32 rooms from $72
    Country Escape  -  360 hectare organic farm of San Giacomo
    Learning  -  Near to home of artist Raffaello Sanzio
    Views  -  Stunning views over verdant valleys.
    Spa  -  Modern Wellness Centre
  • Casa Azzurra

    Macerata, Le Marche

    A rural farmhouse perched in the Loro Piceno hills. Contemporary zen spaces, solar powered energy, rustic fresh produce, spa, and large pool. The ideal spot for fresh air and simple pleasures in a countryside setting.

    8 rooms from $72
    Total relaxation  -  The main idea here is to gather a total sense of wellbeing.
    Eco  -  Powered by solar and thermal heating.
    Country Escape
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Poggio Agli Ulivi


    Lovely rustic country house hotel with its own vineyards. Simple rooms, excellent fresh and local food, swimming pool, and lots of activities. A great value choice for an active family holiday.

    8 rooms from $73
    Value chic
    Sights nearby  -  Only 15km from Ancona. A great base for exploring the region
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Hotel Alexander Museum Palace

    Pesaro, Le Marche

    Designed by a group of renowned local architects this hotel is a modern masterpiece. The michelin recognised restaurant is an aesthetic and culinary experience. Each room is a work of art with exuberant murals covering the walls and bathrooms. There is a stunning infinity pool and use of nearby gym.

    63 rooms from $108
    Great walks  -  The Parco Naturale Monte San Bartolo with its beautiful beaches and picturesque countryside is great for walking.
    Sights nearby  -  The Villa Imperiale di Pesaro is a Renaissance treasure trove and an insight into the region's history.
    Sailing  -  Explore the beauty of the Adriatic coast by boat.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Grand Hotel Vittoria

    Pesaro (Marche)

    A 'Belle Époque' villa with manicured gardens overlooking the Adriatic. Decorated in colours typical of the period with a sunny yellow sitting room & atmospheric bar in dark wood and green leather. Cuisine is of the Marche school. Blue and gold rooms have spacious bathrooms. There is a pool and gym.

    27 rooms from $149
    Sights nearby  -  The famous composer Rossini’s house is within easy reach and worth a visit.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Full of character
  • Casa San Ruffino

    Montegiorgio, Le Marche

    A charming B&B country house in a stunning hilltop position overlooking sleepy hamlets in the valleys below. Gorgeously and luxuriously simple; neat rooms, gardens, swimming pool, breakfast room and views. Perfect for local exploring or a romantic break.

    4 rooms from $157
    Views  -  Stunning view from its hilltop position
    Restrictions on children  -  Over 14s welcome.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, Sawdays
  • Hotel Leone

    Montelparo, Le Marche

    Charming country hotel in a hilltop village with sweeping valley views. Rooms, suites, and one apartment chicly decorated in whites with splashes of modern art. Fabulous food, pizza oven, swimming pool and terrace. Ideal for couples, groups, and romantic breaks.

    6 rooms from $157
    Views  -  Fabulous views from the terrace all the way over to the Adriatic
    Total relaxation
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool with gorgeous views over the surrounding countryside
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • Boutique Hotel Magnolia

    Montefiore dell'Aso, Le Marche

    With its own winery, outdoor swimming pool and acclaimed restaurant, this boutique hotel offers the best of rural Italian life. The seven suites are light, spacious and comfortable, and have fantastic views. Ideal for food lovers and couples.

    7 rooms from $168
    Views  -  Wonderful views over the surrounding countryside from its hilltop position
    Cooking classes  -  Learn the secrets of Le Marche cuisine
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
  • Fortino Napoleonico


    A good Four Star hotel set on a peninsula just outside the bay of Portonovo. Stunning panoramic views from every angle, fabulous access to the beach, lots of exploring of the regional park. Elegant rooms and suites have romantic furnishings. Family friendly and with excellent facilities.

    30 rooms from $195
    Views  -  Stunning panoramic views from the peninsula.
    Beach Life
    Sights nearby  -  Plebiscito, Teatro delle Muse, Loggia dei Mercanti and Vanvitelli's Lazzaretto.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
  • Borgo Storico Seghetti Panichi

    Le Marche

    A desperately romantic Italian country house, now a boutique hotel with glorious suites and some self-catering apartments. Each room decorated with original flair and elegance. Stunning views from historic gardens and fabulous regional cuisine. Romantic, gourmet, family friendly.

    6 rooms from $256
    Romantic Break  -  A wonderfully romantic Italianate villa with boutique rooms.
    Weddings  -  The hotel would be the perfect setting for a wedding.
    Luxury  -  Superbly luxurious with traditional Italian flair.
    Views  -  Stunning views over the hills of Le Marche.
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