Because of its rare beauty and rich history, the Ducal Palace of Urbino is the undisputed cultural centre of the region and the main attraction of the city.
The only natural reserve in the Marche region is definitely worth a visit, not only for its varied fauna and flora, but also for the particular mark that man has left here, which in time has become a defining feature. You must not miss the Fracassi Caves.
You will find culinary influences from both the north and south in the Marches region. Various types of spaghetti (with calamari, mushrooms, etc.) are a good example of the mix of produce from the land and the sea. Olive Ascolane, large breaded olives stuffed with meat, is a typical regional dish. Fish soup is also extremely popular along the Adriatic Sea. In Ancona you will find one variety made with 13 different types of fish, and in Porto Recanati another made with a delicious saffron sauce. Once you head inland, meat becomes the main focus, with popular dishes including Vincisgrassi and meat lasagne.