A Taste of Le Marche, Italy

On a recent trip to Italy’s Marche region, I didn’t so much see the sites as I did taste the flavors. Nestled between Umbria and the Adriatic Sea, the Marche is often called “Italy in one region” because it encompasses  all things Italian in just one small area, from lavender-covered hills, to olive trees, to magnificent art (Raphael was born in the region’s Urbino, after all). The Marche is known for signature dishes like Ascoli-style olives (fried and stuffed), formaggio di fossa (cheese made in an earthen pit), and truffle-infused dishes. Check out my mouth-watering photo gallery of some of my favorite Marche dishes.


  1. andrew burl
    May 26, 2012, 9:22 am

    Great information about le Marche, Tuscany is also so close so you could get to see both within a short space of time. Take a look at the villas and apartments at http://www.tuscanyfinerentals.com/

  2. Pom Jenkins
    San Ginesio
    January 8, 2012, 3:01 pm

    We stayed in San Ginesio in Le Marche Italy last Christmas. We ate at many different places but our culinary highlight was San Fabianos just outside San Ginesio. We ate rabbit with a mushroom source. Absolutely deliceous!! The food in Le Marche really is something else.

    By the way, I was in Le Marche to see my friends Idries and Sarah who launched an exciting new venture in Le Marche called Montanaro Circle. They are offering courses in art, meditation and mountain walks. Some of their teachers are quite well-known too. Have a look at the link http://www.montanarocircle.com/.

  3. Scott Carney
    Atlanta, Ga
    October 17, 2011, 9:02 pm

    All that food looks awesome. It looks so fresh and crisp. When I went to Italy years ago the food was so so good. Everything is cooked to perfection and everything taste so fresh.

  4. Elisa
    October 15, 2011, 9:59 pm

    The bruschetta looks delicious! An excellent way to experience Le Marche is a visit to La Tavola Marche Agriturismo and Cooking School – excellent accommodation and wonderful cooking classes!

  5. Jimmy
    October 15, 2011, 6:34 am

    We recently travelled for a month around Le Marche and there were a variety of highlights, but particularly the area nearest to the Sibillini Mountains where we found a number of fantastic ristorante (especially http://www.picciolodirame.com/ which has a 12 course tasting menu of historic recipesfor €30 including wine and coffee!), there’s so much to see and do, from medieval villages, art, mountain lakes and hiking. Make sure you book an apartment at http://www.villasanraffaello.com/index.php, stylish rustic interiors and incredible views

  6. Ashley
    Le Marche, Italy
    October 14, 2011, 4:19 am

    Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures of the delicious food of this little known region of Le Marche. On your next trip stop by our farmhouse La Tavola Marche for a cooking class & learn the local recipes at our organic farm. http://www.latavolamarche.com

  7. Terri Lynn
    Blacksburg, VA
    October 13, 2011, 5:22 pm

    The Marche region is now on my to do list. Looks wonderful and a fabulous place for a foodie to visit.

  8. Denise Canon
    Kansas City
    October 13, 2011, 4:49 pm

    Wow, all those foods just look fabulous! Would love to be tasting that cuisine right now!!

  9. Elizabeteh
    October 13, 2011, 4:14 pm

    “Between Tuscany and Umbria”? Not only were you not seeing the sights, you clearly weren’t looking at a map! :)

  10. Mary
    October 13, 2011, 3:27 pm

    have visited Marche Region a number of times. LOVE everything about it, food , wine, people. It’s real Italy at it’s best

  11. Alexander
    October 13, 2011, 1:42 pm

    Everything looks tasty here, except risotto, which isn’t attractive, maybe because of the color, usualy it looks from white to green. Discover european cuisine at http://travel-europe-eu.blogspot.com