Marche Italy 10 Fun Facts - Digging Up Roots in the Boot

Marche Italy 10 Fun Facts

Ciao tutti! Welcome to The Best of Italy, a video series on Digging up Roots on the Boot’s YouTube Channel. Alessia is going to share 10 fun facts about Marche, Italy. It is one of 20 Italian Regions in Central Italy. Watch the video and continue reading below. Also, be sure and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss out on new video posts. 

 1 Marche Italy from the Mountains to the Coast

The region of Marche is located in Central Italy along 173 kilometers of the Adriatic coast. While the coastal area is relatively flat, about two-thirds of the region is hilly, descending from the Apennine Mountains in the western part of the region.

2 Marche is the official shoemaking district in Italy

As early as the 15th-century, shoemakers produced footwear for town markets in Marche. Over time, with technology and innovation, family-run shoe factories steadily increased.  In the late 1960s, Marche officially became the shoemaking district in Italy.


The district is divided into 3 specialist production hubs.  Men’s footwear is in Montegranaro, children’s shoes are in Monte Urano, and women’s shoes are in Civitanova Marche.
There is even a Footwear Museum in Sant’Elpido a Mare that displays thousands of shoes and shoemaking tools.

3 Ancona Italy - Capital and Port of Marche

Ancona is the capital of Marche and one of the main ports on the Adriatic sea. It is especially popular with passenger traffic.  There are daily ferry crossings from Ancona that arrive at various ports in Croatia, Albania, Greece, and Venice.

4 A Typical Dish from Ascoli Piceno in Marche Italy

Olive all’ascolana is a typical dish from the city of Ascoli Piceno in Marche that originated in the mid-1800s.  The provincial dish uses green Ascolana Tenera olives.  The olives are stuffed with ground meat, breaded, fried, and served as an appetizer.

5 Porto San Giorgio in Marche Italy

Porto San Giorgio in the province of Fermo is a seaside town that promotes its culture with a variety of annual festivals.  First, Festa del Mare takes place on August 14th.  It happens during the annual pause in fishing which protects and repopulates the marine fauna.


Another popular festival is Vongolopolis.  It is all about clams and the different ways they can be prepared.  There are clam tasting, cooking workshops, and boat trips to show clam catching techniques. 


Every summer there is also a week-long international chess festival and tournament in Porto San Giorgio.

6 Gradara Castle - Symbol of Love

The Gradara Castle is a medieval fortress protected by two walls.  It is one of the most visited monuments in Marche.  The castle is linked to feuds between the Malatesta and Montefeltro families.  But, it was Dante’s divine comedy that turned this castle into a symbol of love.

7 The Frasassi Caves in Marche Italy

The Frasassi Caves, 4 miles south of Genga, are among the most famous tourist caves in Italy. They were discovered in 1971 and have several named chambers.  The first chamber discovered was the Great wind cave.  It has about 8 miles of passageways.  There are around a dozen different species of bats living in the Bat Cave.  Also, there is The Room of Candles.  It gets its name for the candle-like stalagmites.

8 Politics in Marche Italy

Politically speaking, Marche has a long history of being a strong left-wing region.  It is one of the few regions where the right-wing coalition, guided by Silvio Berlusconi, never had a majority in either national or regional elections.

9 Castelfidardo Accordians in Marche Italy

Castelfidardo is the international capital of accordion builders.  The accordion industry took off in the late 1800s and the tradition continues today.  There are currently about 40 accordion companies.  Most of the accordions in Castelfidardo are handcrafted and sought after by famous musicians around the world.


The International Accordion Museum in the historic center displays about 350 unique accordions from 22 different countries.

10 The Caves of Monte Conero

Monte Conero, also known as Monte d’Ancona, is the only coastal high point on the Adriatic in Marche.  It is believed to be a hollow mountain with about 150 cave and crevices.
Many of the caves have legends associated with them. For instance, the Roman Cave is haunted by slaves who tried to revolt.  Instead, they were murdered in cold blood.

Do you know any other fun facts about Le Marche?  Let’s talk it out in the comment section below. Also, be sure and watch our other fun fact videos on Italy’s 20 regions and read our blog posts on Italy’s 20 regions. Thanks for watching and reading 10 fun facts about Italy. A presto!

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