Those who love Italian art and culture will be able to visit the Romanesque churches, the picturesque castles and medieval villages which make our region so unique. Art lovers should not miss the opportunity to visit Urbino's Palazzo Ducale, the ancient residence of the Dukes of Montefeltro, a renowned Renaissance monument which now hosts Le Marche’s National Gallery. Le Marche’s important monuments include the famous Loreto Sanctuary, San Leo Fortress (where Count Cagliostro was imprisoned), Gradara Castle and many others. During the summer, there are also a number of historical and medieval festivals that take place in many of the local towns and villages.
From May to September, our 165 km coastline is a paradise for all watersports enthusiasts and for those who cannot do without the traditional "made-in-Italy" sun tan. Located only 6 km away from Camerano is Portonovo, a bay of acclaimed beauty, characterized by the quaint Romanesque Church of Santa Maria (built in the eleventh century), an old watch tower and a Napoleonic fort. Portonovo is a beautiful seaside resort which is very popular among local people and renowned for windsurfing. The beach is part of a natural park, and its charm has been preserved intact.
South of Portonovo and below the steep cliffs of Mount Conero, you can admire the beautiful "Two Sisters' beach". It took its name from two large twin rocks rising from the transparent water. This stunning beach can only be reached by boat or through difficult paths that descend steeply from the top of Mount Conero but is well worth a visit!
Sirolo and Numana are the two pearls of the Conero Riviera. They are situated within a couple of kilometres of each other but each has its own charm. Sirolo is smaller and more intimate, offering stupendous views of the coast and of Monte Conero, while Numana with its long, wide beaches, its bars and discos is the ideal place for those who love sunshine and nightlife.
The local cuisine is heavily influenced by the sea and by farming traditions. Here it’s the home cook and not the professional chef who rules, and even the smartest restaurants tend to offer dishes derived from our grandmothers' recipes. A generous portion of "Vincisgrassi" (a traditional rich baked lasagna without the usual tomato sauce), a shellfish risotto, brodetto (fish stew made with 13 different types of fish), spaghetti dressed with clams and accompanied by wines like Verdicchio, Bianchello, Rosso Conero or Lacrima di Morro d'Alba will satisfy even the most demanding gourmets. If you are here in the summer or early autumn, you may have the opportunity to attend a local sagra - a festival dedicated to a town's particular speciality where you can try and buy the local food (truffle, fish, wild boar, gnocchi, etc.) served in a dozen different ways.