|Le Marche cuisine has undoubtedly been influenced by its nearest neighbors, taking the best from Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria and Abruzzo. Local pasta dishes include Vincisgrassi, a kind of lasagne made with chicken, tomatoes, mozzarella and parmesan; Farfalle al Salmone and Tagliattelle alla Sogliola o al Tartufo (in a sole or truffle sauce). Meat dishes are traditional and rustic, specialising in rabbit, suckling pig and superb local hams and salamis. There are also many fish dishes to savor; such as Brodetto - a stew made with a dozen different fish. Vegetables are always fresh and delicious in this region. Dishes which are especially worth a try include: Olive Ascolane and Polenta con Funghi. || ||In Le Marche, nearly every town plays host to an outdoor market, selling high quality food at reasonable prices. Many towns specialise in specific products. For example, Ascoli Piceno is a center for pottery production, whilst handcrafted leather goods can bought at Tolentino. Offida is excellent for olive oil, Fabiano for its celebrated salami and you can buy Verdicchio Wine direct from Matelico. || ||The best known white wine is the dry, delicate and very pale Verdichhio from the Jesi and Matelica districts. Trebbiano Toscano grapes are mainly used to make Falerio dei Colli Ascolani, and the pinkish gold Biancame grapes form the base for the dry Bianchello del Metauro, from around Pesaro and the Metauro river. Red wines are mostly drunk young, like the lively, fruity Lacrima di Morro D’Alba, or the pomegranate-colored Sangiovese dei Colli Pesaresi. The hills around Ascoli Piceno produce Rosso Piceno Superiore, and the best sparkling red wine is Vernaccia di Serrapetrona, which is produced near the town of Serrapetrona.|| |
The cities of Le Marche simply ooze with history, telling of its great and important past. Ascoli Piceno is one of Italy’s monumental cities with its medieval historic centre. Sit and observe in its Piazza del Popolo and visit the imposing Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo.
The ancient port of Ancona known as the ‘Gateway to the East’ was once the site of an ancient Greek acropolis, telling signs of this region’s roots. Now the site of the Cathedral of San Ciriaco, it is considered one of the most interesting medieval churches in the Marche.
The historic centre of Urbino is home to the Palazzo Ducale, a UNESCO world heritage site and is an awesome example of the artistic Renaissance Italy. For medieval military architecture head to Gradara; it is here that legend has it Paolo and Francesca kissed in the 5th canto of Dante’s Inferno.