Frasassi CavesThese impressive, still active, limestone caves can be traced back to approx 1,4000,000 years ago. They are one of the most fascinating underground marvels of the world.
Market days in Le Marche– Click here for a list
Sibillini National park
Horse riding, mountain biking, paragliding, trekking and hot-air ballooning are all available in the nearby Mount Sibillini National Park. In winter Mount Sibillini is transformed into an easily accessible ski field. For more information please click here.
Another attraction of the Sibillini National park is Lake Fiastra located one hour from Casa Principessa. Lake Fiastra (640m above sea level) is an artificial lake formed by a dam across the River Fiastrone. This delightful location, between woods and mountains, is a centre for water-skiing and fishing. At the water’s edge there is also a little beach.
MacerataMacerata is home to The Sferisterio – one of the best open-air arenas in Italy known internationally for its annual staging of Stagione Lirica (Opera Season).
Conero PeninsulaThe beautiful Conero Peninsula stretches along the coast of Le Marche. Known for its scenery, coves, beaches & resorts the Conero is home to the picturesque tiny towns of Portonovo (see main pic), Sirolo & Numana.
Amandola is a medieval town with a daily bus service to Rome from the main square (3 hr trip) and is known for its antique tradition of ebony furniture and marquetry artistry.
Ascoli Piceno an ancient cathedral city with a beautiful marble piazza. Famous for the pageantry of Quintana, a medieval jousting competition, in August and for the tasty antipasto dish ‘olive ascolone’.
The Piano Grande is a magnificent green flat plateau at the southern end of the Sibillini Mountains – some 6.5km long and 3km wide, surrounded by mountains and with a spectacular wildflower display in Spring. An easy return day-trip from Casa Principessa – visiting the beautiful town of Visso (famous for its cured meats and wild fennel), the historic Santuario di Macereto and the hilltop town of Castelluccio en route.
LoretoLoreto boasts a 15th century church which houses Our Lady’s Home of Nazareth. Tradition tell us that this home was transported from Nazareth to Loreto by angels, however research reveals the noble family Angeli responsible for the relocation.
UrbinoUrbino was the ancient capital of the region. The Renaissance town is the birth place of Raphael and home to the magnificent Ducal Palace.