Passions & Places

Cities of Art

Towns of Art

Situated on picturesque backgrounds, with sea, hills, mounts and plains, Le Marches towns all have their own artistic heritage, resulting from a millenary encounter of peoples, cultures, artists, and wise patrons.

The Renaissance beauty of Urbino is renowned all over the world, and it is not by chance that this town was declared a heritage of humanity. The Montefeltro Dukes gathered in Urbino all the important artists of their times, Luciano Laurana and Francesco Di Giorgio Martini, Piero della Francesca and Paolo Uccello, Leon Battista Alberti and Sandro Botticelli embellished Urbino with their works, which may be admired in every street and in the sumptuous halls of the Ducal Palace that hosts the rich National Gallery of Arts.

Urbino was the native town of many excellent artists, such as Donato Bramante, Federico Barocci, Girolamo Genga and Raffaello Sanzio. The latter grew up in the Montefletro area, and his father was Giovanni Santi, a fine painter who worked for the Dukes.

Before Raffaello, another important artists was Gentile da Fabriano, whose gothic works embellished various courts, contributing to the start of an intense pictorial activity in Fabriano. Protected by its mounts, Fabriano boasts an ancient tradition in paper production, as well as having a historic centre rich in beautiful buildings where invaluable picture galleries are hosted.

Fermo is also a beautiful town, with its elegant buildings and medieval alleys, it is worth discovering during a long walk. Only in this way is it possible to admire the landscapes, the shades, the evidence of an ancient tradition. Monuments include roman swimming-pools and water reservoir which date back to Augustus’ period.

Precious Roman remains, as well as art’s collections, are also kept in San Severino – an elegant town with the famous Piazza del Popolo. The latter is characterized by 14th-century porticoes which embellish the buildings overlooking them. Another town that is worth a visit is Macerata, full of 16th-century monuments such as the Sferisterio Theatre and many elegant buildings that host important museums.    

The medieval centre of Ascoli Piceno is wonderfully situated and is characterized by bold bridges, austere towers, elegant towers and wonderful churches overlooking beautiful squares. The Basilica of Loreto is also located close to a wide square, and was designed by the best Italian artists in the 15th century.

Other examples include Urbania, San Leo, Gradara, Jesi, Recanati, Sarnano, San Ginesio, Tolentino, and many more small towns and villages, all of which offer precious masterpieces and beautiful landscapes.

Wonderful paintings and charming sculptures are kept in many museums and picture galleries - the Marches’ territory boasts over 200 collections – yet the verses of famous poets still echo among the walls, in the harmonious places in which they were composed.     






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