Le Marche is situated in the centre of Italy, bordered by the Adriatic. It has a little more than one and a half million inhabitants distributed over the five provinces – Ancona, Pesaro and Urbino, Macerata, Fermo and Ascoli Piceno. Each town, whether large or small, has its own history to reveal. An atmosphere of remoteness and tranquillity has been retained in Le Marche and it continues to maintain the traditions of its past. It is a pleasure to wander down the little roads and observe the olive groves, vineyards and fields of many different colours on the hills a short distance from the ancient villages. In addition to offering marvellous cities, medieval towns, castles, Roman sites, beaches and mountains Le Marche also produces Italian fashion and local crafts. These include a wide variety of food and cuisine using products of the highest quality, tradition and taste. There are fresh fish from the Adriatic, cheeses, olive oil, salamis, meat, pasta and strong flavoured truffles and mushrooms from the Appennine Mountains. Each small village has its own market with local products, festivals and commemorations of the ancient medieval traditions. The climate is warm and sunny and it is pleasant to walk along the side roads where you may encounter small waterfalls, ancient mills and rocks in the open countryside.