A road trip vacation in Italy is always a great time, but with so many culturally unique and exciting regions to explore (Tuscany, Umbria, Campania, and Calabria, just to name a few) it’s not always easy to experience the wide breadth of Italian culture and history in a single trip. That’s not the case with the Marche region though. Described by locals as “all of Italy in one province,” Marche is commonly compared to Tuscany as having all the same travel-worthy attributes, but without any of the tourists and higher-priced amenities.
It’s all about making a personal connection and striving to see authentic pieces of Italy just like a local would
Nestled between the confluence of the Adriatic sea and the base of the Apennine mountain range on central Italy’s east coast, the Marche region embodies all of Italy’s grandeur, from sun-soaked white sand beaches and stunning cliffside vistas to ancient hilltop hamlets and untouched mountain wilderness. To fully experience the majesty of Le Marche, a road trip along the coast and through the interior of the region is an absolute must. Though public transportation is available in some coastal parts of the region, it’s largely unreliable for travelers attempting to explore the entirety of Le Marche and all of its splendor. Fortunately, the Marche region is interconnected by a well-maintained and easy to navigate road system throughout all the coastal and interior areas – basically begging to driven on a road trip.
With such an abundance of exciting culture, history, and nature to be explored in Le Marche, we’ve compiled some sightseeing tips, destination recommendations, and general insights for travelers planning to rent a vehicle in Italy and tour the Marche region by car: