Marche (or Le Marche) is, to non-Italians, what Tuscany or Umbria felt like a few decades ago: rolling hills, quaint towns, and a quiet coastline you feel like you’re the first person to discover. Visit one of the most important courts in Renaissance Italy, take drives through undulating landscapes into the Apennines, and go spelunking in one of Europe’s largest cave systems.

What to eat?

Maccheroncini di Campofilone al ragù (not what we think of as macaroni, but instead a thin long egg pasta in a meat sauce) and olive ascolane (olives filled with meat, then breaded and fried)

What to see?

The exquisite wood panelling of the studiolo in the Ducal Palace of Urbino, commissioned by Federico da Montefeltro, who established a highly cultured Renaissance court in Raffaello’s home town, and incidentally has the most famous nose in Italy

What to do?

Tour the Grotte di Frasassi caves to gawk at stalactites and stalagmites.

Bocconcini-Sized Tales

I didn’t see Harry Potter in Fermo, but I did find Platform 9 ¾, though it was actually called Binario 9 ¾, and a signpost beside it pointing the way to Scuola di Magia (Magic School) and Casa di Babbo Natale (Santa’s House).

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