The enchanting rolling farmlands and the majestic mountains, as well as the perched villages, beg exploration.  Not having mass tourism, this area remains pristine.  It is idyllic for country walkers, bicyclists and artists with easel and brush.  After you “discover” the nooks and crannies in the surrounding villages, you may want to hire a local English-speaking guide for a more informative discovery of these towns and also of their art treasures, such as the Crivelli paintings of Monte San Martino and the historic Abbey of Saints Vitale and Ruffino.  Guides can also be hired for flora and fauna walks and for hiking in the mountains.  If you are lucky, there might be a local festival or musical performance during your stay. Places of interest within a one-hour drive:

  • Pallotta Palace in Caldarola
  • Abbey of Fiastra
  • Rancia Castle
  • Tolentino with its beautiful 14th century frescoe cycle in the Basilica of San Nicola
  • Roman ruins of Urbs Salvia and of Falerio Piceno
  • Ascoli Piceno with its museums and with its travertine Piazza del Popolo, considered as one of Italy’s most beautiful squares
  • The Sanctuary of the Holy House in Loreto, Italy’s second most popular pilgrimage destination

Further afield are Fabriano with an interesting paper museum still operational after 800 years, the Grottoes of Frasassi, the Renaissance jewel of Urbino and medieval Gradara, just to name a few.

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