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Le Marche - Venetian Painters Abroad

21 October 2020

8 days from £2,950pp

Discover great art, architecture and history on a fascinating tour of the Marche region of Italy. Indulge in mouth-watering local cuisine, explore charming hill towns, traverse the Monti Sibillini to Norcia and visit the Basilica della Santa Casa at Loreto.
  • Immerse yourself in the Marche region’s rich architecture, history and cuisine
  • Experience a recital of opera arias in the Museo Villa Colloredo Mels in Recanti 
  • Visit the Renaissance shrine containing the house of the Virgin Mary in the Basilica delle Santa Casa at Loreto 
  • Enjoy a full day excursion across the Monti Sibillini to Norcia, with a stop at the breathtaking village of Castelluccio
As the name suggests le Marche are a border area, and for centuries their territories were fiercely contested. At the end of the Middle Ages this remote region of Italy was incorporated into the Papal States, though local lords and prelates were nominally left in charge. This manoeuvred Le Marche — especially their southern reaches — into an off-piste position in comparison with its more easily accessible neighbours of Tuscany and Umbria. Nonetheless, this land of ‘Sleeping Beauties’ is home to some great art and architecture, ranging from the extraordinarily elaborate pilgrimage site of Loreto, containing a Holy House miraculously transported to the town by angels, to the intensely mystical paintings of Lorenzo Lotto, who was invited to the Marche by the Dominicans. Lotto was in fact just one of a number of major painters from the Veneto who worked in the region at some point during their lives; these include such great names as Giovanni Bellini, Carlo Crivelli and Titian, who were often attracted by the opportunities offered by the region’s numerous small courts. Each hilltop town has its own distinctive atmosphere and beauty, ranging from the steep stony streets of Fermo to the grandeur of many-towered Ascoli Piceno, from the solid bastions of Jesi to the melancholy charm of Recanati, home to Italy’s greatest lyrical poet, Giacomo Leopardi. No-one gazing upon the delicate beauty of these hills crowned by their mediaeval towns and villages can be in any doubt as to the source of the poet’s inspiration.

Your Accommodation

Your Accommodation

Hotel Gallery, Ricanati

★★★★

Fronting a cobbled lane, this elegant hotel with valley views is 9 km from the Basilica della Santa Casa and 17 km from Conero Golf Club. Featuring classic decor, the relaxed rooms provide flat-screen TVs and room service is available 24/7. 
 

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • Minibar (additional charges may apply)
  • TV
  • Safe
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • Air conditioning 
 

Hotel Palazzo dei Mercanti, Ascoli Piceno

★★★★

Just a few steps away from Piazza del Popolo, beating heart of the town since the Middle Ages, this historic residence faces onto Corso Trento e Trieste, an important street of the old town centre which crosses Corso G. Mazzini, the old “decuman”. Shops, restaurants and cultural centres are all just a short walk away.
 

 

Hotel Facilities & Amenities

Room Facilities & Amenities
  • En suite bathroom
  • Hairdryer
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi
  • TV