I really enjoy exploring new places and Le Marche is an amazing place to explore. It’s much more mountainous and maybe a little rugged compared to Tuscany but just as beautiful in a different way. Definitely less touristy and maybe a little less polished than Florence and Siena there are fantastic hilltowns, or “mountain towns” that are just as beautiful and interesting.
The food has been fantastic. I think we’ve cooked dinner in every night so far. Markets are a little less exciting here…..smaller and more household goods and clothes than food….but what food they do have is great. So fresh. Melons and apricots seem to be in season at the moment and are sweet and delicious.
We’ve been to the beach a couple of times…..they call them “white sandy” beaches but truly they are rock beaches……very rocky beaches but they’re really very pretty with umbrellas and chairs that you rent by the day. And the clear blue water and sky make for some great pictures.
We did a long day trip into Tuscany and revisited Cortona and Montepulciano, which are absolutely beautiful hilltowns with spectacular views in every direction. After Le Marche though, they are almost a little too perfect.
I can’t count the number of times we’ve gotten lost, even with 2 maps! The last time we had 4 and still got lost. The signs that you are following sometimes just seem to dry up and you’ll come to a rounabout with the name of where you heading missing from any of the exits…..so you just go around again and make a driving decision to take exit #2 and hope for the best.
Getting lost and finding some little hidden gem of a town is the best part and really no where we are heading is that important that we have to be there by a specific time and we always try to incorporate and extra hour or two in our travel time to allow for those wrong turns, unmarked roads and right now a ton of road work.
Tomorrow we’re heading to Urbino and San Marino, where if we have any luck at all, we’ll meet up for coffee with my other travel buddy, Connie. Thursday we’re doing a full day wine, olive oil and honey tasting tour. There aren’t too many options in this area…..again because there just isn’t the tourist demand so we’re hoping this guy is as good as the reviews we’ve read.
I can’t believe these two weeks have gone by so quickly! Saturday we head back to Bologna for the next part of our trip…..