Le Marche is in central Italy, with the Sibillini Apennine Mountains to the west and the golden sands of the Adriatic coast to the east. It is one of those idyllic Italian regions where you can spend your mornings walking in the mountains, and your afternoons lazing on the beach.
The natural beauty along the coast is breathtaking with cliffs and caves that overlook unforgettable beaches. The villages in the hills are steeped in history and tradition, and all set against a backdrop of the Sibillini Mountains.
The diversity of Le Marche's landscape is just one reason why the region is so popular with second home buyers. Property prices are another and are much less than in neighbouring Tuscany and Umbria.
Restored farmhouses with an annex are on the market for around €1,000 per square metre, prices rise the closer you get to the coast, and around Porto San Giorgio and Fermo expect to pay upwards of €2,000 per square metre for a restored villa or apartment with sea views.
In the hills of Le Marche, real estate is less expensive, and a three bedroom farmhouse with land and panoramic views of the Sibillini Apennine Mountains will sell for about 130,000 Euros. There are also excellent opportunities to renovate beautiful stone farmhouses in the countryside around Ancona and Macerata. Coastal properties offer attractive short term rental and are worth considering if don't intend using your property all year round.
It's easy to get to Le Marche with airports at: Ancona, Pescara, Perugia and Rimini all serving the region. Ancona is a train hub as well as a port, dating back to Ancient Greek times. You can catch a ferry to Croatia from Ancona too.
Le Marche offers a wealth of art and culture. Urbino is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and its Palazzo Ducale is a marvellous example of Italian Renaissance architecture. The Palazzo is home to paintings by Titian and Raphael, who was born in Urbino. Ascoli Piceno has medieval historic centre, including Piazza del Popolo - with its arched porticoes - and the Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo. If you love classical music, Pesaro hosts two weeks of complete immersion into the music of Gioacchino Rossini (a native of Pesaro) every August.
On the first Sunday of August, there is the Quintana, in which expert horsemen challenge each other at a Saracen Joust.
Le Marche is an all-year-round region. The summer can be spent along the sandy coastline and there are a host of inviting seaside resorts if you want to sail, windsurf and scuba dive in the rocky peninsular of Monte Conero, with its coves and white limestone cliffs. Le Marche can boast one of the highest number of Blue Flag beaches of any region in Italy.
In winter, there are nine ski resorts, snow parks and cross-country trails of varying length and difficulty. The largest ski resort is Forca Canapine with 25 kilometres of slopes. The highest is Ussita at 2,000 metres.
As with all other regions Le March has its own culinary tradition and is proud of its wines: Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Sangiovese dei Colli Pesaresi, Bianchello del Metauro, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba are just some of the classic Le Marche wines worth sampling. On the coast they are accompany mostly fish dishes; inland, pasta, lamb and pork form the basis of the cuisine. But Italy being Italy, you will also find a vast choice of vegetable dishes with aubergines, asparagus and leeks being popular in the region.
Cities and tourist hotspots are the most expensive places to live, whichever region you choose to live in. Where the Italian cost of living really drops is when you buy a home in the countryside or outskirts of a small town or village. In the more rural locations local taxes are lower and the cost of living is cheaper. One saving you’ll definitely make if you become a resident in Italy is that you have no council tax to pay.
Le Marche offers a variety of landscapes and properties for second home buyers. It is a vibrant region, well served by international airports, trains and motorways
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