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HISTORY

The Marche was known in ancient times as the Picenum territory. The coastal area was occupied by the Senones a tribe of Gauls. The Romans conquered it in 295 BC and founded numerous colonies.

After the fall of the Western Roman Empire, the region was invaded by the Goths. After the Gothic War, it was part of the Byzantine Exarchate of Ravenna (Ancona, Fano, Pesaro, Rimini and Senigallia, forming the so-called Pentapolis). After the fall of the Exarchate it was briefly in the possession of the Lombards, but was conquered by Charlemagne in the late eighth century. In the ninth to eleventh centuries the Marches of Camerino, Fermo and Ancona were created, hence the modern name.

It was nominally part of the Papal States, but most of the territory was under local lords, while the major cities ruled themselves as free communes.

During the Renaissance, the region was fought over by rival aristocratic families, such as the Malatesta of Rimini, Pesaro, Fano and the house of Montefeltro of Urbino. From 1532 to 1860 the Marche was the boundary between Papal and Imperial lands and the name Le Marche is derived from the Frankish word for "frontier".

Napoleon interrupted the Papal rule of Le Marche and it was absorbed into the new nation of Italy in November 1861.

Climate and seasons

The region has a Mediterranean climate, with hot summers and cool winters but whatever the season, the weather creates an ever changing landscape and offers so much throughout the year.

Spring is mild and from mid March most days are filled with warm sunshine, however the region tends to have one or two cooler days each month with rain or drizzle. Night temperatures can still be quite cool.

Summer is hot and dry and, after a few showers in May, there is normally very little rain until late September. Some years, after very hot weather from mid July to mid August, brief but spectacular electric storms may occur.

Autumn is warm and beautiful, with temperatures still in the 20's well into November and sometimes December. The landscape becomes more autumnal and is coupled with spectacular sunsets.

Winter is when the snow begins to fall on the mountains in late November/early December and gradually falls at lower altitudes as the winter progresses. The atmosphere is drier than in Northern Europe.

Travelling to and around the region

There are three airports, Rimini and Ancona (in the North) and Pescara (to the South in Abruzzo), both are located near the A14 motorway.

Rail services - there are direct trains to Bologna and Milan (in the North), Bari (in the South) and connections to Rome from Ancona.

Car hire - the major companies can be found at the airports.