The house is situated only 45 minutes drive away from the best coastal area along the long flat stretch of the Adriatic coastline, the Conero Peninsula. With its rocky beaches, turquoise clear waters and hidden bays backed by steep white limestone cliffs, this coastline makes for a great family beach day out, diving and sailing destination as well as a spot for some high quality dining.
The sandy beaches of Senigallia, Gabbice Mare and San Benedetto del Tronto host a lively beach scene with clubs and bars humming in the evenings and lie within 50/65 minutes drive.
The world-renowned Frasassi Caves are a fantastic destination for a rainy day (or a cool-down trip after a hot one!) and are an easy 20 minute drive away. This is one of Europe’s most famous cave systems and is equipped with a 1.5 km walkway through this theatrically lit crystalline wonderland. Tours run in English at peak seasons, Visit www.frasassi.com.
The historic picturesque towns of Jesi, Cingoli (‘The Balcony of the Marches’), Treja, Fabriano, San Severino Marche, Macerata, Osimo and the Catholic pilgrimage site of Loreto with its stunning cathedral are all within easy reach. A 2 hour drive will take you to the famous cities of Urbino, Ascoli Piceno, Todi, Assisi and Perugia in Umbria.
Le Marche is the home of the world-renowned white grape Verdicchio and also to some of Italy most popular and interesting red wines: Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, Rosso Conero and Rosso Piceno. There’s also the unique taste sensation sparking red wine, Vernaccia di Serrapatrona to try! It’s fantastic to tour some of the great local wineries and sample delicious local snacks too. For more information on all things wine and wine tours with Marco (www.marcosway.it) see the wine page on this website.
For children, there is horse riding nearby in Apiro, Cingoli lake with its mini beach and pedalos and the piece de resistance, the famous El Dorado Water Park (El Dorado water park), all lying within a ten minute drive. Sitauted in the hills above Apiro, El Dorado covers an area of 30,000m2. It boasts 6 swimming pools, 2 slides, the “big twins” – the longest in Europe, each 110m long and a lagoon of 1300 m2.
Monastero di Favari lies in beautiful landscape 350m above sea level, backed by mountains of the Monte San Vicino range. The roads around the property lend themselves perfectly to cycling and the hills offer fantastic mountain biking opportunities. Marche Cycling
For nature lovers the Monte San Vicino park is on your doorstep for wonderful hiking (with the less peaceful option of quad biking too) and for the winter season beginner and intermediate level skiing can be enjoyed in the Sibillini Mountains situated within a 90 minute drive.
Sports enthusiasts can enjoy seasonal cinghale (wild boar) hunting and fishing on your doorstep and yachting and water sports at Ancona and the beaches of the Adriatic coast and Conero Peninsula. A day’s golf can be enjoyed at the renowned Conero Golf Club on the coast at Sirolo. The club boasts an 18 hole championship course and a 9 hole executive course. Visit Conero Golf Club
For those of a cultural mind, in July and August the lovely town of Macerata (40 minutes away) stages its world famous Opera festival in its historic arena, the Sferisterio and is host to the world’s best opera singers and performers. This year’s programme includes Carmen, La Traviata and La Boheme. www.sferisterio.it or Le Marche Opera