Take a stroll along the country lane
into the village of Patrignone for a drink and a pizza at the local bar.
Head into Montalto on a Wednesday morning
for the local market and buy food for lunch. Have an espresso or cappuccino (before 11am!) in one of the bars before heading back to Casa delle Vigne and the pool.
On 14th August, Montalto has a festival
called 'Notte dei Folletti e delle Streghe' where everyone dresses up as witches, elves and fairies. There will be plenty of dancing, eating and singing.
A walk around Montalto is particularly pleasant
in the summer as the streets are lined with hundreds of sweetly scented lime trees.
Grottammare, where orange trees adorn the hillside, has a mild climate,
a traffic-free promenade backed by charming 'Art Nouveau' villas and 5 kms of excellent sandy beach. It was also the home town of Pope Sixtus V. Return home via Ripatransone to see Italy's narrowest alleyway - just 43 centimetres wide!
A must see at any time is the Piano Grande,
a vast (over 10km) plateau, over 1400m above sea level, situated in the Monte Sibillini national park. It is an amazing sight, especially in June and July when the ground is simply covered in wildflowers, poppies, cornflowers & narcissus. Enjoy the stillness and silence.
Montottone, to the north of Montalto,
has a number of craftsmen producing pottery, copper and wrought iron work. Take something home as a reminder of your holiday.
A 'must do' on anyone's list is to experience the 'passeggiata'.
In any town or large village, especially on a weekend or holiday, the inhabitants of the town will congregate in the main square in the early evening, to have a stroll around, talk to their friends, have an aperitif or ice cream, before dispersing for dinner. It is the perfect time to people watch!
Civitanova is the place for shopping.
The Corso Umberto there has been voted the best along the Adriatic coast. Go for clothes, shoes, and jewellery or to just stroll and do some window shopping and people watching of course. There's a large market in the main Piazza on Saturday mornings too.
Have a coffee in the Caffé Meletti on the Piazza del Popolo in Ascoli Piceno.
The cafe is on the list of historical Italian cafes and is a true gem. Sip a cappuccino there overlooking one of the most exquisite piazzas in Italy.
Opera lovers will be in their element with the Opera Festival
that takes place in July and August in Macerata. The operas take place in the open air Sferisterio - an elegant Neo-Classical arena, a fitting setting for the music of Verdi and Puccini.
Walkers will be delighted with the sheer choice of trails
available in the Sibillini park. There are walks for all levels of fitness and all over fantastic views and the chance to be immersed in the natural beauty of the park.
Every Thursday afternoon/ early evening during the summer,
an antiques /bric brac market takes place in the centre of Fermo (50 min drive). Have a stroll around and then go for dinner in the Piazza del Popolo.
Visit the ancient walled town of Ripatransone
with its fine cathedral and palazzi, and then for a very picturesque drive, follow the road out of the town towards Grottamare on the coast. End the day by the sea with a plate of seafood and a glass of chilled white wine.
Ascoli Piceno, a beautiful city
ideally situated between the mountains and the ocean with so much to do and see - squares, theatres, art galleries, churches, museums or just wander around admiring its marble fountains, ceramic decorations and wrought-iron gateways.
Visit Ascoli Piceno on the first Sunday of August
and witness one of the most authentic Medieval pageants in Italy today. Parades, sideshows and a jousting tournament combine to create 'La Quintana'.
Take the children to a museum with a difference in Cupra Marittima.
Here you will find the largest collection of seashells in the world in the Museo Malacologico Piceno.
Travel due south
and you will soon cross the border into Abruzzo, even less touristy and un known than Le Marche.
Or go north west
and follow the S77 into Umbria and visit places such as Assisi and Spoleto.
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