The Perfect Family Holiday in Marche Italy
The Italian region of Marche is a hidden gem along the Adriatic Sea. Marche is hilly and magnificent. It is the perfect place for a family holiday.
A bit off the beaten path for international travelers, it is full of unique, family-friendly activities at a slower, quieter pace than some of the major tourist destinations.
Start your trip with a little exploration into the history and culture of Marche in the region’s capital, Ancona, which is located on the Adriatic coast.
The National Archaeological Msueum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale) includes art and artifacts from the Bronze Age to the Roman era. Beautiful coins, sarcophagi and other archaeological objects are on display. You also won’t want to miss the Federico Zuccari frescoes, painted in the 16th century.
Another unique museum in Ancona is the Museo Omero, also known as the State Tactile Museum. Originally created for visually-impaired people, visitors are allowed to touch artworks of all kinds in the exhibits. Children will especially enjoy this once in a lifetime experience, but touching the art is a meaningful opportunity for all ages.
After a morning exploring museums, take a trip to the beach. Passetto Beach, just a few kilometers away, is popular for both local and tourist families. Grotto Azzure is a lesser-known beach, but it is surrounded by beautiful cliffs and picturesque rocks.
After a restful night in your holiday home in Marche, take a trip inland to the Frasassi Caves. The caves are well preserved and fun to explore. There are also two sanctuary temples near the cave entrance. A huge stalactite known as the obelisk will elicit wonder in people of all ages. Then visit the Temple of Valadier, an octagonal church built by Pope Leone XII in 1828. The gorgeous church is built into a shallow natural grotto.
The Fortress of San Leon, situated on the border of Romagna and Marche, is a popular museum in the northern part of the region. It was built in the 960s and was fought over by multiple civilizations in its early years. Count Cagliostro, a famous Italian magician and psychic in the 1700s, was imprisoned, and later died, in the fortress.
Parco Zoo Falconara is another fun family activity. Kids will love the big cats, monkey, giraffes, and hippopotamus. The grounds themselves are beautiful and the animals well cared for. There are a handful of picnic and playground facilities around the park as well as onsite restaurants.
Marche has so much to see and do. Find the perfect Marche holiday home to start your own Italian adventure today.