Art – History – Culture – Wine
In spite of it’s richness in art treasures and beautiful medieval towns Le Marche astonishingly remains a quite unknown part of Italy, join us on this trip to discover this region.
Day 1: Rome – Macerata
Arrival to Rome airport where tour leader and private bus meets and drive us to Macerata where we stay at our 3* hotel. Dinner together in town.
Day 2: Macerata – Abbazia di Fiastra
We start the day with a walk in the historical centre of town visiting the chapel Madonna della Misericordia, built in 1447 and the magnificent building Sferisterio, that was built for playing ball games but today is used for opera events during the summer.
The Abbazia di Fiastra is an impressive Cistercian monastery, where the architecture is typical of the passage between roman and gothic building stile.
Dinner together in town.
Day 3: Urbino
Today we are making a visit to the little town Urbino, located on two hills with a breathtaking view over the hilly landscape. This wall protected renaissance town with pink stone has a big importance in the art history. It was here Rafael was born and we can see his paintings and the once from Piero della Francesca in Palazzo Ducale, built in 1442-72. We have a lunch together and have the afternoon free to discover the town on your own. Back to Macerata in the afternoon and dinner on your own.
Day 4: Ancona – Conero – Loreto
In the morning we visit Ancona and the cathedral of S. Ciriaco, built in the 500 on the rests of greek temple. From the hill where the church is located we overlook the harbour with the triumphal arch of emperor Trajan, built by the same master that did the Trajan Forum in Rome.We have a lunch at a wine yard on the Conero peninsula where the renowned wine Rosso del Conero is produced.
Loreto is a pilgrimage spot for Catholics, people comes here from all over the world to visit the small Santa Casa, as the legend tells it was holy family’s house in Nazaret, that was moved here in 1925 by the angels. A church from the masters Sangallo, Bramante and Sansovino, has been built around the Santa Casa and Luca Singorelli has decorated it with frescos.
On the way back to Macerata we make a stop in Recanati, dinner on your own.
Day 5: Macerata – Ascoli Piceno
Ascoli Piceno said to be older than Rome and some of the buildings are well preserved from the roman time, middle age, and renaissance – narrow palaces, suggestive churches, sculpted fountains and picturesque bridges. Piazza del Popolo is the saloon of the city surrounded by interesting building from different époques. With local guide we take a walk in the historical centre visiting interesting sites. After lunch together we drive back to Macerata and have time on our own.
Day 6: Macerata – Fermo
During 1700 the rich families had a tradition to send their children on the “Grand Tour” and a stop in Fermo was included in this tour. The “Piscine Romane” is located under the cities central piazza and goes back to emperor Augustus reign. This water system with more than 30 enormous rooms worked as water cistern of the city and part of it was active until the beginning of 1900. Along the middle age streets we pass well preserved beautiful palaces and churches from different centuries.
Back in Macerata we have dinner together.
Day 7: Departure.
Departure transfer from the hotel to Rome airport.