Activities & Places of interest
Ostra is a cosy village located at an altitude of 193m above sea level in the hills of Le Marche. This Medieval village has remained intact by the city walls and reinforced by 9 towers around Ostra. On Friday there is the weekly market day.
Ostra also has "la banda arancione" which represents a quality brand for tourism. The white Verdicchio or the red wine Lacrime di Morro d'Alba, delicious olive oil, honey and cheeses are typical products. A visit to the local opera "il Teatro" is definitely worth a while!
Corinaldo is a second Medieval village in the province of Ancona. It has an ancient historical centre with many beautiful narrow streets, alleys and many churches. On top of one of the best preserved city walls you can enjoy beautiful panoramic views. It seems like time stood still here, especially at the sight of the fantastic "gruppi storici" with tambours and flag wavers. It is no coincidence that it was elected as one of the three Italian villages on the EDEN-list (European Destinations of Excellence) of the European Union. Corinaldo is the birthplace of Maria Goretti, whose house still can be visited.
Despite the fact that Ancona is the provincal capital and the capital of Le Marche, Senigalia has the allure of regional capital. The city has a lovely historical centro storico with beautiful shopping streets, squares, restaurants and bars with terraces. The most important buildings are La Rocca, which dates back to the 12th century, the Foro Annorario (1834) and the 17th century commercial buildings. The most characteristic building of the city is without a doubgt the "Rotonda a Mare" from the early 30ies: a round, white building on a pier in the sea. This Rotonda a Mare is located on the cosy kilometer-long promenade 'lungomare' with fantastic sports facilities and the well-groomed sand and fine gravel beaches. Senigalia is a city that is worth to visit throughout the year, to shop or to visit the weekly market on Thursday.
The caves of Frasassi
The caves of Frasassi are open hout the year and are worth visiting. The caves are located in Genga, in the heart of the 'Parco Naturale della Gola della Rossa e di Frasassi'. The caves have been open to public since the 70ies. It is a huge cave system, with large and high ceilings where, in the largest room, even the Duomo Cathedral of Milan fits. There is a 1,5km route plotted over wide hiking trails which leads u along and through this fabulous spectacle of stalactites and stalagmites, crystal clear lakes and more or less transluscent needles.