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Italy’s secret haven

Mark and David's verdict:

Draw up a list of all the wonderful reasons for going to Italy – Blue Flag beaches, medieval hill towns, historic palaces, nights at the opera and galleries full of Renaissance masterpieces – and you'll find them in abundance in Le Marche, the barely-known back garden of Italy, sandwiched between the Apennines and the Adriatic.

Recommended tour operator: Vintage Travel

Luxury villasMedieval villagesRelax on your terraceCharming countryside

Vintage Travel says

Le Marche is overlooked by many visitors to Italy – and those that know and love the region are happy to keep it that way. With spectacular scenery to rival that of its more famous neighbours Tuscany and Umbria, Le Marche remains remarkably low-key and unaffected by tourism. It’s a place where you can experience the real Italian “dolce vita”.

  • Culture and cuisine
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  • Villas with private pools

Each of our self-catering properties in Le Marche has its own private pool. You could, for example, stay at Casa delle Vigne, a stylish and comfortable villa with views over vineyards. Fill your days sunbathing on the Adriatic coast, mountain biking in the Sibillini National Park and wandering the marbled streets of Ascoli Piceno, which lays claim to Italy’s most beautiful piazza.

You could visit a designer shopping outlet, enjoy an evening of open-air opera in Macerata or attend an intimate concert in a baroque church. With wonderful local restaurants and sandy beaches, Le Marche is ideal whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway, or a fun-packed family holiday.

At Vintage Travel, we offer a selection of handpicked properties, each with its own private pool, in Spain, the Balearics, Portugal, France, Italy, Croatia, Greece and Gozo.

Click here for more about villa holidays in Le Marche, and prices.

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