My son's favourite place in le Marche, The Riviera of Monte Conero is a land of exquisite beaches lapped by the waters of the Adriatic and offering stunning scenery.
The perfect place for a family holiday, it is also a fantastic place
for a great vacation with friends or for that romantic escape.
If you need a good hotel in the area then Napoleon's Fort (Fortino Napoleonico), right on the sea in Portonovo, is the best option.
In Portonovo too is the Hotel Internazionale Portonovo, which is now a very good choice having recently been completely refurbished. It is a more affordable alternative to the fort; a good choice should the fort be fully booked...which it often is.
As you explore the mesmerizing region of Monte Conero, you'll be captivated by its distinctiveness against the backdrop of an otherwise flat coastline. This majestic mountain seems to have found its place in another world, rising proudly amidst the serene landscape.
For those who revel in the joys of hiking and walking, this entire area is a dream come true. One trail that particularly delights me is the Anello di Portonovo hike through the National Park. Taking it at a leisurely pace, it typically spans around ninety minutes, although your own fitness level may influence the duration. Some seasoned hikers might complete it in an hour, but I prefer to savor every moment of the journey.
Along the way, prepare to be awestruck by the vistas that unfold before you. From breathtaking panoramas to sweeping coastal views, the sights are truly unforgettable. What makes it even better is the network of well-marked paths that crisscross the entire National Park, making it effortless for intrepid explorers to navigate and create their own unique adventure.
So lace up your hiking boots, embrace the tranquility of nature, and let the enchanting trails of Monte Conero lead you on an unforgettable journey.
Portonovo is where the locals of Le Marche go. It is also the first stop south on the way from Ancona, which, if you have taken one of the many cheap flights on offer (click here to find the best deals), will be where you arrive from.
It is truly picture postcard gorgeous, immersed in nature, with the sea on one side and the lakes of Lago Grande and Lago Profondo on the other. I can promise you that, unless your heart is made of stone, it will be a case of love at first sight.
If your visit to Italy wouldn't be complete without some history thrown in, then you won't be disappointed either. First up is the watch tower built in the early 18th century to defend the town from pirates, and then there is the beautiful little eleventh century Church of Santa Maria.
For a great view, and some more history, it is well worth the effort to drive up to Badia di San Pietro, a hotel in what was once a Benedictine Hermitage; built in the twelfth century. This is as far up the hill as a car will get you, if you want to go higher up the hill, you will need to hike.
Portonovo itself has only a few hotels (click for a list of them) and some good camping sites. The pick of the hotels, as I mentioned earlier, is just a short stroll from the beach in the old Napoleonic fort built in 1808.
The fort also has a great restaurant, serving delicious local specialties. While dining there, try the famous local wine, Rosso Conero.
You'll be in for an unforgettable evening.
Nestled along the enchanting shores of Monte Conero, the picturesque town of Sirolo is a haven for those seeking tranquility and breathtaking vistas.
Sirolo Conero boasts pristine beaches that rival some of the most stunning coastal destinations in Italy. Beyond its stunning coastline, Sirolo Conero captivates with its delightful town center. Explore the narrow, winding streets adorned with charming boutiques, inviting cafés, and family-run trattorias serving delectable local cuisine.
The best time to visit is late May through early July, or otherwise in early September. The weather in Le Marche is ideal then—not too hot, just absolutely perfect. In late July and August, things get pretty crowded, and it is nearly impossible to get a booking anywhere.