Monte Vidon Corrado and Le Marche

la mimosa self-catering holiday apartment, monte vidon corrado, le marche, italy

The Adriatic Coast

the beach near la mimosa self-catering holiday apartment, monte vidon corrado, le marche, italy

The Beach at Porto-San-Giorgio

The Coast

The coast of Le Marche is 180 km long, with miles and miles of long sandy beaches and numerous resorts , much favoured by Italians for their holidays. The stretch of coast most easily accessible from La Mimosa is known as the ‘ Green Picena Riviera’ and includes the small resorts of Porto San Giorgio, Porto San Elpidio and Pedaso. Further south, bounded by Grottamare and San Benedetto del Trento, is the ‘Palm Riviera’,with a number of other beach resorts.

Porto San Giorgio is the nearest beach resort to La Mimosa, being about a 30 minute drive away. It has a long, clean, sandy beach , lined with beach concessions where you can hire sunbeds, sun umbrellas, and use the showers and toilets, for a small price. Each concession usually has either a bar or small restaurant as well. The sea front is lined with fish restaurants, small hotels and a number of 19th century villas. The town has many tree-lined walkways and small parks as well as a good selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

villages near la mimosa self-catering holiday apartment, monte vidon corrado, le marche, italy

Beautiful Hilltowns

The Hilltowns of southern Le Marche

The whole province is dotted with numerous beautifully preserved hilltop towns. These are the real gems of this area, and one of the things we love the most. They probably don’t get any mention in guide books, there are rarely any famous sights to see . But they are the most charming places to spend a morning exploring, with their little lanes and alleyways, medieval piazzas and often rather grand churches. Some of our favourites , near to La Mimosa, are Penna San Giovanni, Loro Piceno, Falerone, San Ginesio – but there are many more for you to discover. Almost without exception they all provide stunning views of the surrounding countryside, and distant views of the mountains.

The Sibillini Mountains near la mimosa self-catering holiday apartment, monte vidon corrado, le marche, italy

The Sibillini Mountains

The Sibillini Mountains near la mimosa self-catering holiday apartment, monte vidon corrado, le marche, italy

The Mountains

The Sibillini Mountains are part of the Appenine Range running down the centre of Italy. There are 20 peaks over 2000 metres, the highest point being Mt Vettore, which reaches a height of 2476 metres. The Sibillini National Park was founded in 1993 and covers an area of 70,000 hectares.

The home of wolves, eagles and wildcats the mountains are heavily wooded on their lower slopes, with bare , open tops higher up, and are riven by many spectacular gorges, including the Gola dell’Infernaccio ( the Gorge of Hell !) . This wonderful area provides numerous recreational opportunities for the visitor – walking of all grades , mountain biking, hang-gliding and, in winter, ski-ing. The nearest point of access to the Park is only about a half hours drive away from La Mimosa.

Robert is a keen walker and is happy to give advice and information on the walking opportunities both in the National Park and the more immediate area round La Mimosa . We are also able to offer a number of Guided Walks, either in the countryside around La Mimosa or in the National Park – please contact us for further information.

Macerata near la mimosa self-catering holiday apartment, monte vidon corrado, le marche, italy

The Sferisterio, Macerata

Ascoli Piceno near la mimosa self-catering holiday apartment, monte vidon corrado, le marche, italy

Ascoli Piceno

Fermo near la mimosa self-catering holiday apartment, monte vidon corrado, le marche, italy

Fermo

The Towns of southern Le Marche

Macerata
Macerata , ( pop 42,000 ) has been described as ‘one of Italy’s better kept secrets – as impressive as many Umbrian and Tuscan hill towns but without hordes of tourists’ (Italy - Lonely Planet ). Within its 14th-century walls are many fine piazzas including the Piazza della Liberta with its splendid 16th century Loggia dei Mercati . There are several museums and galleries containing many Renaissance, Baroque and 17th century art works. Each year the 19th century neo-classical open-air arena , the Sferisterio , hosts one of Italy’s best known opera events, the Stagione Lirica.

Ascoli Piceno
In view of the Appenine mountains this ancient city ( pop 55,000) has an extensive old centre with the magnificent Piazza del Popola at its heart. The Pinancoteca art gallery contains paintings by Van Dyck, Titian, Carlo Crivelli and a Rembrandt etching. Several medieval churches, a cathedral and the towns old medieval quarter are all well worth visiting. Much of the city centre is closed to traffic making it a pleasure to walk around .

Fermo
Smaller but every bit as enticing is Fermo ( pop. 24,000 ), less than 30 minutes drive from La Mimosa. Its sights include a handsome town square , the Piazza del Popolo, a Romanesque cathedral ( which contains the chasuble of St Thomas A’Becket ), underground Roman piscine, medieval walls and gateways and the Palazzo Communale , an art gallery containing, amongst other works of art, a Rubens painting of the Nativity. It hosts a summer music festival and frequent outdoor markets.

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