The Le Marche Culture
This region is rich in artistic heritage, an area that is famous for its inspirational landscapes and the birth place of distinguished personalities. The charm of Marche is a landscape of sunny plains, that is dotted with little villages, precious churches and large basilicas also isolated fortified centres in reach of populated Cities.
Colmurano lies in a beautiful area of the Marches. It is situated on top of a hill that
overlooks the Chienti valley. Around us stretches the territory of the
National Park of the Sibillini Mountains. In the winter you can ski in
these mountains and in the summer you can make excursions by
foot, by mountain bike or by horse.
Within just a few minutes from our house are small towns that are
fascinating for their historic and artistic heritage. Like San Ginesio,
Urbisaglia –well known for the Roman ruins and the wonderful
Abbey of Fiastra-, furthermore Camerino and San Severino,
two cities of importance for Renaissance art of the Marches, and last
but not least Tolentino just 15 mins, with its famed basilica of Saint Nicola with wonderful fresco's.
At the small village of Serrapetrona, the church of Saint Franciscus houses an important altarpiece of Lorenzo d’Alessandro (end 15th century). At Castel S. Venanzio you can admire the painted “Crucifixion” of Giovanni Angelo d'Antonio, Renaissance painter from Camerino who worked a lot in the area.
Towards the North lies the city of Urbino 2 hrs drive – the cradle of
Renaissance culture- where you can find the National Gallery of
Marche- and Loreto with its fortified basilica that overlooks the sea.
If you would like to spend a day on the beach it takes just 30mins to
reach the Adriatic sea from our house.
There are various attractive seaside places, like Civitanova Marche,
Porto Recanati and Numana with beach tents, bars and disco’s. There
are also quiet remote beaches like 'le due sorelle' and 'sassi neri'. The
most unspoilt beautiful beaches are at the Park of the
Conero. The Conero is surrounded by a National Park and from the
rocks the view is magnificent.
To the west cities Perugia 2 hrs and Assisi 1.25 hrs don't miss this tranquil place to learn
about St Francis even if you are not Catholic. Florence 2.5 hrs , Siena 2 hrs and Rome
2.5 hrs driving from us. You can take the train to Venice from Civitanova about 4 hrs.