Things to do
With one third of its 10,000+ square kilometres covered by national parks and protected reserves, Abruzzo is the home of rare wildlife and greenery galore. As well as going hiking in its three national parks, you can check out local attractions like the Rocca Calascio fortress, the Abbey of San Giovanni and Pescara Roman Catholic cathedral.
Marche (also known as ‘Le Marche’ or ‘the Marches’) is a massive region that stretches along the Adriatic Coast and includes gorgeous beaches like Numana, Ancona, and plenty of history. Visit the Sferisterio stadium, the Palazzo Pianetti and the Ancona Cathedral to take a look at Marche’s past. And if you’re a real history buff, make sure you visit the galleries and museums.
Shopping and dining
Like most of Italy, Abruzzo’s towns offer plenty of open-air and flea markets. You can dine on distinctive local cuisine in a restaurant beside a shepherd’s hut or snack on seafood in a restaurant by the seaside (where better?).
Marche has both flea markets and factory outlet shoppings, and a restaurant range that includes classy wine bars, Michelin-starred restaurants and Italian favourites.
Getting here and around
Abruzzo is just a two-hour drive from Rome, while Marche is three hours away. Book one of our cheap flights to Rome. Hiring a car is the easiest way to get around but you can also catch a train from Rome to Abruzzo or Marche. Snap up your Abruzzo and Marche accommodation from our range below and you’ll be glad you didn’t overlook these tantalising regions.Image credit Cciruli under Creative Commons