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Le Marche area of Italy

My sister-in-law and I will be in Italy for two weeks end of October. She has her heart set on the Le Marche area. Anyone had any good experiences or advice to share?

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In June, we spent 5 days based in Sirolo, chosen because it was central for the places we wanted to see. Here's what we did: 1 day in Urbino. It's a lovely university town, famous for the sumptuous Palazzo Ducale. It was the home of Renaissance prince, Federico da Montrefeltro and is now an art museum. 1 day for the Frasassi caves, an amazing cave system. English-speaking guides available. 1 day in Ascoli Piceno, another lovely town with a beautiful central piazza and a good local archaeology museum. 1 day for hiking and exploring the coast around Sirolo. 1 day for Pesaro, not a must-see. The Touring club of Italy publishes a guide, which I got from Amazon. We also used "Eating in Italy" by Faith Willinger to pinpoint restaurants and had glorious meals in each location. It's best to base yourself near the coast because you'll need to get to the coastal autostrada for the easiest drives. Inland drives involve mountain climbing.

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I've been there and like it a lot. It is not visited as much by American tourists, so you're less likely to encounter english-speaking people. But a few well-chosen phrases are enough to get by. Ricks book doesn't cover the area, but there are guide books that do. I especially enjoyed visiting (and staying) in Urbino. Pesaro has a long pedestrian-only mall, with nice restaurants; one of the best meals I've ever had was at a seafood restaurant near the water. Also there are nice beaches.

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