Holidays in Le Marche : Tours and sightseeing in Le Marche


Starting from Agriturismo Il Melograno we indicate some routes to visit the area in the provinces of Fermo, Macerata and Ascoli Piceno with villages and small towns where time seems to have stood still for centuries. The area is a popular museum: everywhere archaeological remains of Piceni and Romans, superb abbeys, soltitarie churches, medieval towers and noble palaces.


The first itinerary invites us to enjoy the many twisting roads that follow from hilltop to hilltop. Our first stop is Torre di Palme is easily reached from the motorway exit of Porto San Giorgio-Fermo. Along the Adriatic road to the south, take the turn off to our left and reach the village in a few minutes: a wonderful terrace overlooking the sea, in the serene summer days, you can marvel at the spectacular scenery of the Adriatic. Continue south-west to the SP35 coming in Lapedona: village located mainly in the hills, of Roman origin, famous for its agricultural products like olives, pears and apples. Continuing the SP35 and turn left on the SP2, the first village we meet along the Aso valley is Altidona. The old town of medieval origins, is crossed by a main road that crosses the country for its length. To be able to admire the beautiful landscape, one of the most recommended is the Tower Guard located in Piazza Cesare Battisti. Returning along the coastal, the adriatica/SS16 Pedaso, proceed to the south and a short detour to the right leads to Campofilone, culinary destination for its traditional macaroni. To the north, after a section of the SP238, turn right and arrive at Moresco, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, with its medieval walls, still intact, with open views over the beautiful rolling-hills lanscape. A short walk to the village of Monterubbiano, an ancient town of picena among the highest along the coast. We are in the middle of the Aso valley and we can appreciate the beauty of a countryside designed by the fertile fields and colored by fruit trees in spring, many peach tinged with pink the whole valley leaving a stunning image. We reach the village of Monte Vidon fights from the charming medieval old town where you can admire the hills of the Aso valley and among its particular landscape, the Macchia Pelagallo hosting oaks, one of the rarest species of the Marche region. Taking the SP56, we reach Ortezzano recognizable from a distance for it's triumphant tower Ghibelline battlements. Due to its shape in Roman times it was ideal for the construction of country houses, only age 'Farfense' was the town equipped with castle walls. The last leg of our journey takes us to the valley of the river Ete, to reach Monte Giberto, where the actual city center is situated on a pleasant hill with a panoramic 360 degree view, surrounded by green hills. Just before falling back to Val d'Ete to reach the Pomegranate in a few minutes. This journey has made us retrace paths unfamiliar and beautiful landscapes, as if to remind us that "a real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes" (Proust).


The second is a route between the theatres of Fermo, in which the various arts have found wonderful examples of fusion, provides insight into the social evolution of places born from their cultural needs of urban life. The spirit of the route is to find the value of social aggregation in a time of cultural life and starts from the Theatre Vittorio Emanuele in Porto San Giorgio. It is a convenient place for a few minutes north from the highway: built by Giuseppe Luccatelli in 1815, shows us the theme of cosmic in its beautiful ceiling painted with the night sky, constellations and the central curtain supported by a delicate web of strings (Tel 0734.672470). Our journey continues in Fermo, where we find the largest Opera House of the Marche region: the Aquila Theatre, with its five tiers of boxes and a theater with a capacity of about 1000 seats. Opened in 1790, has always been the center of the town and the district. Very valuable the painting on the ceiling depicting the "Gods of Olympus", the curtain shows us "Harmony delivering the harp genius to stop" and the bright chandelier 56 arms in gilded iron leaves and wood. For the valuation of this property, it organized a rich program of plays and concerts, with attention to the young (tel. 0734.284295). The spread of these centers is very intense in Fermo. In about 25 minutes following the signs for Monterubbiano and SP56 come to Petritoli, where there is one of the smallest and elegant theatres in Marche, Theatre dell'Iride (tel. 0734.658141). Located in the west of the village, inside there is a magnificent auditorium with massive Corinthian columns. Following signs for Monte Giberto in a few minutes you get to Grottazzolina and there we find the Theatre Novelli Hermes: Built in 1973 by Owner and then dedicated to the City, is characterized by a wide audience and a balcony that runs around the perimeter the room (Tel 0734.632772). Proceeding along the SP239 and follow the signs for Contrada Cross to our right, we come to Montegiorgio from the top, commonly called Pincio, we can enjoy a beautiful panorama that stretches from the Adriatic Sea to the Sibillini Mountains. Here we find the Alaleona Domenico Theatre, named after the famous composer citizen. Its construction dates back to 1770 and is famous for its dining room with a set of white and gold stucco caryatids supporting the stage of the auditorium (tel. 0734.961441). From this stage you can soon return to Agriturismo Il Melograno.


Our third walk leads you to the Sibillini Mountains with its many nature trails. From the estate Il Melograno, following the SP61 to SP25, SP53 then, you arrive at Monteleone di Fermo. Its territory offers very specific aspects of the landscape: along the two streams, the 'Ete and the Lubrico', we can find the mud volcanoes, which create modest eruptions of muddy ground. No less impressive are the badlands, deep grooves produced on clay soil erosion, especially along the valley Ete. Following the signs for Montelparo, we arrive at "Murello" as it is called this small village as a ship pointing straight towards the east, the direct frontal views offer the immense panorama of Mount Ascension and the Sibillini. Look also at Santa Vittoria in Matenano, whose historical center preserves the ancient medieval layout and features brick buildings. Definitely do not miss the top of Mount Matenano, the complex of the "Chapel of the Innocents" and the Shrine of the Collegiate Church of Santa Vittoria. Reach Montefalcone, our next step, following the SP42 and SP49. Fossils have always attracted the interest of many: up to Montefalcone to collect "shells" was, and still is, a hobby practiced by many. In 1996 he founded the Municipal Museum of Minerals and Fossils (Tel. 0734.79136) at 'Palazzo Felice', which houses local fossils and minerals from around the world. Exhibits a rich collection of art and nature, and relevant to the garden, you can visit a greenhouse with over 400 cacti.
A few minutes on the SP50, you come to Smerillo, a small village by the infinite possibilities: in 1987 was founded a Centre for Education
Environmental "Forest of Smerillo" (Tel 0734.79423) which organizes many activities related to astronomy, nature and even in sports, do not miss "the split: la Fessa': a split in the sandstone rocks rich in fossils pilocenici. Returning to the SP239 we finally arrive at our destination: Amandola and enter the Monti Sibillini National Park. Situated 500 mt. above sea level on the south east of the Sibillini Mountains, in a splendid panoramic position. Set on the top of three hills, is the village rich in history and nature that takes its name from the almond tree. In the House of the Park, in the Cloister of St. Francis (tel. 0736.848598) you can gather all the information necessary to access and visit it. Just follow the SP210 to return Agriturismo Il Melograno.

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Torre di Palme
Ortezzano San Giorgio
Monte Falcone in Apenino
Santa Vittoria in Maternano