Last September the Stuffies holidayed together in southern Le Marche, in Italy. Le Marché, is right in the middle of Italy with Umbria and Tuscany on it’s left and the Adriatic sea on the right. It’s relatively unturistic and that’s one of the reasons we really wanted to visit. A couple of weeks ago you could read all about our lovely accomodation and now we love telling you about our favourite villages in the region of Ascoli Pisceno and our ‘own’ village of Montalto delle Marche.
Are you looking for a beautiful village in Le Marche than one rule seems to count every time: when a village is on a hill there’s a really good chance it’s gorgeous. Is it in the country side and flat? Then it’s probably a new or an industrial village with a large supermarkt. With this knowledge and some great tips from our host Tania we discovered very pretty villages. Eventually we decided to choose 5 of our most favourite. And there’s a little bonus at the end 😉
Montidinove is small but fine! We visited early at night, just before darkness fell and the view from the village square over de landscape was absolute gorgeous. Like something we had never seen before. Like an amazing 3d painting. Undescribable. We tried to make the most amazing pictures but it would not work even with the best of cameras. You have to go there, have a look and suck it all in. I think it’s the most beautiful view I’ve seen in my life.
The village café is a lovely place to have a coffee!
It was sheer coincidence that we visited this tiny village. We were on our way back from Ascoli Piceno and we were not impressed. We had quite bad weather in Ascoli Piceno (it was cloudy, rainy and very grey) and the city wasn’t all that. Ripaberarda made up for it. It’s gorgeous and consisted of a church (of course), pretty houses, some street kids (who kept staring at us) and some lovely cats (some of them unfortunately neglected). If you ever pass by definately have a look!
Offida is one of the bigger villages and it’s really sociable on thursday market day. And it’s actually quite a big market. This village has lots to offer and is more turistic then the other ones we mentioned here. It actually has a lot of cafés and lovely bakeries, a beautiful church (chiesa di Santa Maria della Rocca) with gorgeous fresco’s, a museum and a nice old theatre where they were rehearsing for an opera and we got a chance to look. Amazing!
Ripatransone has the smallest alley in the whole of Italy. In this lovely village there was a market on the saturday we visited. We bought plenty of veggie and vegan Italian cooking magazines in the tiny bookstore on the village square, I bought a percolater and I discovered gingseng coffee right here. It’s a-m-a-z-i-n-g. So sorry I did not bring it home. We got lost during our walk because this village is actually much larger than it looks and we had some great conversations with some Italians while we were reading our newly bought magazines and enjoying the views.
Go have a drink at the little café with the western balcony on the village sqare where the village people play card games. They have great cakes!
5. Montefiore dell’Aso
When we were drinking our coffee on a terrace in Montefiore, we looked out at Ripatransone and the sea on the left. A beautiful view we loved. This cute village was very quiet at ‘night’. You can have a bite to eat here if you want and there is a small supermarket as well, something most small villages do not have. We found a desolated and abandoned house with the door open and so we had a sneak peek inside. To me it felt like an amazing adventure: living on the edge. Really! We found a beautiful statue in the house, so it was well worth an unauthorised visit.
6. And as an extra: our ‘own’ village Montalto delle Marche.
One of the last ones we discovered as we always tend to go ‘far away’ first instead of looking at where we are staying. When we walked through beautiful Montalto we realised that this might actually be the most beautiful one of all the small, pretty villages we visited. Small streets, cobbled stones, hills, great views, beautiful houses. This is everything you’re looking for on your holiday in Le Marché.
Bonus 2: Some villages that did not make this blog but that we highly recommend:
Sant Elpidio al Mare (in the middle of Le Marché)
Amandola (west Le Marché)