Discover the wonderful surroundings
Le Marche - Italy in a region
Marche is a region able to offer the visitor a great variety of beauties: it presents an incredible historical and artistic heritage, enchanting mountain and hilly panoramas and absolutely breathtaking coastal views.
Thanks to the unique landscapes, a renowned food and wine tradition and the delightful mountain and maritime villages, the Marche is one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Peninsula.
The bicycle offers the possibility of pleasant routes to discover natural, historical and artistic beauties and typical food and wine specialties of the region.
You can not miss a trip to the Conero, the beautiful promontory protected by the homonymous Regional Park, which extends south of the capital.
Il Conero, with Portonovo, Sirolo, Numana is the coast of the Ancona area. Its high and indented coast and the splendid sea make it one of the most fascinating holiday resorts on the Italian coast. The backdrop, of rare beauty, rich in animal and plant species, is a destination for scuba diving of rare charm.
The first days of May, Ancona is celebrating for the San Ciriaco Fair, the patron saint. For four days the city is happily invaded by hundreds of stalls, artisans market, market exhibitions, even with the typical flavors, street artists and the impromptu painting "en plein air".
For music lovers, AnconaJazz, brings international stars to the city and is the main Marche exhibition dedicated to jazz.
The center of the village, with its typically medieval character, is a succession of narrow streets and brick dwellings; the most characteristic glimpse is the Piaggia, also called the Cento Scale, which climbs straight up to Piazza del Terreno, on the top of the hill.
Among the most valuable buildings of religious architecture stand out the Baroque church of the Addolorata;
the Sanctuary of Santa Maria Goretti which preserves a relic (ulna) of Maria Goretti, born in Corinaldo; the Christmas house of the saint; the Church of the Suffrage and the seventeenth-century church of San Francesco, which houses some paintings by Claudio Ridolfi, a mannerist painter who worked for a long time on the spot; not far from the village stands the Church of Madonna del Piano, in the locality of the same name, the oldest evidence of religious architecture of Corinaldo.
Also worth visiting is the Sala del Costume and Popular Traditions which preserves majestic dresses made each year by the "Pozzo della Polenta" tailor's workshops, on the occasion of the historical re-enactment "Contesa del Pozzo della Polenta" held on the third weekend of July.
The "Contention of the well of the polenta" is the oldest historical reenactment of the Province of Ancona, which recalls the victory reported by the Corinaldesi in 1517 against the army of the ousted Duke of Urbino Francesco Maria I della Rovere who, for twenty days, had besieged without success the Corinaldo fortification.
In summer you can not miss the well-known "Corinaldo Jazz" festival.
Halloween - The Festival of Witches is the other important event held from the previous weekend until the day of Halloween (October 31) for the evocative streets of the village, transformed for the occasion in "horror style".
Founded with the name of Sena Gallica by the Senoni Gauls in the 4th century BC.
Among the historical buildings of greatest interest in the city we can mention the Rocca Roveresca, one of the most impressive buildings of Renaissance military architecture.
In addition to the grandiose overall view from the outside, it is advisable to visit inside to see the undergrounds, the walkways, the halls and the decorations that recall those of the Ducal Palace of Urbino.
Even the eighteenth-century Duomo, built by the Jesuits, undoubtedly deserves a visit: inside there are important works of art like the paintings of Barocci, Corvi, Ramazzani and many other masters, without forgetting a historical relic like the sarcophagus of S. Gaudenzio dating back to the 12th century.
Also the Palazzo Mastai is one of the key places of Senigallia; It is precisely here that Giovanni Maria Mastai Ferretti was born on 16 May 1792, who later became Pope Pius IX.
Inside the palace there is the Pinacoteca d'arte sacra which contains works by many masters of painting.
Do not miss the characteristic Rotonda a Mare, circular structure built on the beach of Senigallia in the second half of the nineteenth century, for hydrotherapy and recreational purposes, today it hosts exhibitions and events.
Among the events on the calendar of Senigallia we highlight the fun initiatives organized by the local La Fenice Theater in collaboration with the Rotonda a Mare which include concerts, dances, circus shows and readings; to get to know the most traditional aspect of the region you can start with the Artichoke Festival in May and then take part in the Marche gastronomic festival, held at the end of July and presenting regional specialties such as vincisgrassi (baked lasagna similar to those bolognesi), soup with fat, pork, lamb's potacchio and other delicacies, without forgetting the typical wines of the area such as Verdicchio, Bianchello and Rosso Conero.
One of the classic events for tourists during the summer in the Marche region is held the third week of August, when it is now customary to attend the fireworks show organized by the City; a few years ago, however, a captivating festival like the Summer Jamboree, a week of rock'n roll 50s and 60s that attracts thousands of fans from all over Europe and top-class guests from all over the world, is proving a huge success. . Among the sacred monsters that have taken the stage of the Summer Jamboree are indeed authentic legends like Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis ...
Following this we have at the end of the month the event that in practice closes the summer of Senigallia: the historic Fiera di Sant'Agostino.
The Frasassi Caves
The Caves of Frasassi are underground caves that are located within the Regional Natural Park of the Gola della Rossa and Frasassi (certified with the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism) in the municipality of Genga, in the province of Ancona.
Inside the karst cavities you can admire the natural sculptures formed by calcareous stratifications over 190 million years thanks to the work of water and rock.
The water, flowing on the limestone, dissolves small amounts of limestone and falling to the ground, during a trickle that lasts for millennia, deposits and forms concretions of considerable size and shapes, sometimes even curious.
These are divided into stalagmites (columns that grow progressing from the bottom up) and stalactites (which instead descend from the ceiling of the cavities).
The shapes and the dimensions of these natural works have stimulated the fantasy of the speleologists, who after having discovered them have "baptized" them in a curious way; among the most famous stalactites and stalagmites we remember: the "Giants", the "Camel" and the "Dromedary", the "Orsa", the "Madonnina", the "Sword of Damocles" (stalactite of 7.40 m of height and 150 cm in diameter), "Cascate del Niagara", the "Fetta di pancetta" and the "Fetta di lardo", the "Obelisk" (15 m high stalagmite in the center of Room 200), the "Canne d ' Organ "(conical-lamellar concretions that if struck resound), the" Castle of the Witches ". Inside the caves there are also ponds where the water of dripping and "wells" stagnates, deep cylindrical cavities up to 25 m that can collect water or convey it towards lower karst floors. The cave visit lasts 70 minutes. The groups are accompanied by professional guides provided by the Frasassi Consortium. The route is 1,500 meters long; it is well equipped and easily accessible.
The internal temperature is constant 14 ° C.
Not far from the caves, stands the Romanesque abbey of San Vittore delle Chiuse, dating back to the eleventh century, one of the most important examples of Romanesque architecture in the Marche.
The palaeontological and archaeological speleo museum of Genga is set up in the monastery of the Abbey of San Vittore (eleventh century) and preserves the famous ichthyosaur of Genga, a marine reptile about 3 meters long, looking like a dolphin, lived in the upper Jurassic , about 150 million years ago.