The coastal region of Marche is one of Italy’s best kept secrets. Located in the east, between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea, it holds something for everyone, from skiers to sandy beach lovers. The area is full of hills and river valleys, and whilst towards the coast there are excellent transport links via a railway, inland travel is much more difficult due to the mountain ranges.
Because it is so close to Tuscany, a much more popular region of Italy, Marche is free of the usual crowds of tourists. But do not let the fear of the unknown put you off, as Marche holds beautiful mountain and coastal views, interesting history, and excellent traditional Italian cuisine.
Despite not starring on the typical tourist route, Marche still has a lot to offer the savvy traveller on a shoestring budget. Hostels can be found in towns like Urbino, where Raphael hailed from, and all offer peaceful dormitory style rooms to rest after a day of seeing the Renaissance influences on the art and culture of the town.
In fact hostels can be found easily for the cost of dinner per night per person all across the region. In Ascoli Piceno, you will find many lovely hostels that match the history and beauty of the town. If you want to go somewhere a little more expensive, you can find a few countryside hostels in Senigallia, where a long golden beach and clear blue waters await the avid traveller searching for that perfect sunset and seaside walk.
Visit Marche in July and August, when it is hottest, because although it can be uncomfortable, the mountain breezes will save you from too much sun. However, if you don’t like the heat, then going earlier on, in May, will be more comfortable, and easier to find a hostel room.
Travellers mostly visit Marche for sunshine and stunning beaches, but you will find endless Renaissance masterpieces in the art and architecture here. The experience is one of the “real” sides of Italy, where the locals welcome foreigners and are still excited to share their world with you. In Marche, you can spend the day lazing about at the beach, taking in the typical Italian culture, or hiking uncharted mountains. Either way, you will find something intriguing about this lesser known part of Italy that will make staying in one of its hostels a pleasant experience.
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