Le Marche has one of the highest density of museums and art galleries in Italy, with a unique mixture of nature and historic influences that are reflected in the religious and cultural sites and of course the myriad towns, piazzas and important Churches and Abbeys, plus restored Theatres and Art Galleries.
Urbino is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its Palazzo Ducale is an marvellous example of Italian Renaissance architecture. The turreted, 15th-century Palazzo Ducale is home to the National Gallery of the Marche and features paintings by Titian and Raphael, who was born in Urbino. Raphael’s House has more paintings, including ones by the artist’s father. Next to the neoclassical cathedral is the Museo Diocesano Albani, with religious artifacts dating back to the 13th century.
Ascoli Piceno has Medieval historic center, including Piazza del Popolo - with its arched porticoes - and the Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo. On the first Sunday of August, there is the Quintana, in which expert horsemen challenge each other at a Saracen Joust.
Ancona, an ancient port has the Cathedral of San Ciriaco built on an ancient Greek acropolis.
If you love classical music, Pesaro hosts two weeks of complete immersion into the music of Gioacchino Rossini (a native of Pesaro) every August.