About the area

Cities worth a visit

The area around B&B La Vera Vita is rich in history, art, and culture, with its beautiful ancient cities and picturesque villages. It’s too much to list, but here’s a selection that is more than worthwhile!

Macerata is known for its annual summer Opera Festival held in the Sferisterio open-air theatre.
For more information, see: https://www.music-opera.com/en/festival-tickets/macerata-opera-festival.html

Senigallia is a beautiful and lively historical city on the coast, famous for the Summer Jamboree Festival. This international event, with American music and the vintage culture of the 1940s and 1950s, transforms the city into a vibrant hub of rock-‘n’-roll.
For details, visit: https://www.summerjamboree.com/en/festival/

Loreto is a well-known pilgrimage site. With its impressive Basilica della Santa Casa, it is one of the most visited sanctuaries in the world.
Further information can be found at: https://www.santuarioloreto.va/it.html

Furthermore, the cities of Apiro, San Severino, Ancona, Jesi, Fermo, Ascoli Piceno, Pesaro, Perugia, Assisi, Urbino, and Fano are also beautiful and interesting places to visit!

What to do in Cingoli?

Shops in smaller towns are usually open from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, including in Cingoli. Lunch (il pranzo) is very important in Italy, perhaps even more important than dinner (la cena). Not to be forgotten is the “aperitivo,” which is a typically Italian custom around 5:00/6:00 PM available in one of the many bars. The aperitivo generally involves an alcoholic drink accompanied by delicious snacks that are usually provided with it, cheers (salute)!

Apart from all the beautiful historical sights, Cingoli also has restaurants, bars, clothing stores, jewelers, hairdressers, supermarkets, butcher shops, grocers, (pastry) bakeries, a household appliance store, an ATM, a pharmacy, a post office, a town hall, and a police station (carabinieri). Saturday morning, there is a market, and in addition to this pleasant market, there are markets in various places throughout the week in Le Marche to visit.

Shopping

Le Marche is also well-known for its shoe and clothing industry. There are many Designer Outlets from famous brands where you can buy beautiful bags, accessories, clothes, and shoes at significant discounts. Some examples include Cucci, Dolce & Gabbana, Prada, Versace, and Tod’s.

http://www.cuoreadriatico.it/

Be aware! The opening hours of Shopping Centers (Centro Commerciale) and Designer Outlets are different. Most are open from 9:00/10:00 AM to 8:00/9:00 PM, 7 days a week. Therefore, it is important to check this on the internet before you leave. Many of these large Shopping Centers can be found in the vicinity of Civitanova Marche and Fermo.

Nature and Activities

Sports and recreation enthusiasts will find plenty to enjoy here. Le Marche boasts some of the best cycling routes in Italy, offering a fantastic way to explore this beautiful area. The Sibillini Mountains, the inland hills, and the flat coastal areas cater to all preferences, whether you favor mountain biking, road cycling, or even an e-bike.

For seasoned hikers looking for a challenge, there’s no shortage of options. And for those who prefer a more relaxed pace, there are plenty of opportunities for both young and old. Of course, the coast is also a delightful place for walkers.

In Italy, it’s important to note that cyclists often need to ride on regular roads. However, there are more bike paths near the coast.

https://www.komoot.com/nl-nl/guide/604458/fietsroutes-rond-cingoli

https://nl.wikiloc.com/routes/mountainbike/italie/marche/cingoli

https://www.komoot.com/nl-nl/guide/604455/wandelen-rond-cingoli

The Cingoli Lake (Lago di Cingoli) is a reservoir where you can swim, row, and pedal boat. It boasts a super relaxed atmosphere, and you can enjoy a snack or a drink while admiring the stunning views. Nearby are the Cingoli waterfalls (Le Cascatelle di Cingoli), where you can relax in the shade, and there’s also a restaurant.

The Monte Conero Nature Park (Ancona) along the Adriatic coast features impressive nature and bays with azure seas, although it can get busier in the summer. The Sibillini Mountains dominate the inland landscape, which is a bit of a drive from our B&B, but the journey there is well worth it. Here too, you can find beautiful hiking trails and even a small ski area in winter. The Monte San Vicino and the medieval mountain village of El Cito are also worth a visit, not to mention the Frasassi caves, located along the route towards Perugia and Assisi.

Sun, sea and beach

Le Marche has 170 kilometers of coastline featuring sandy, pebble, and rocky beaches, thus offering something for everyone. Each year, the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) awards Blue Flags (Bandiere Blu) to beaches meeting criteria for clean water and clean beaches, good accessibility, the presence of bike paths, pedestrian areas, and adequate facilities (servizi) for beachgoers. This makes for a great starting point when choosing a beach day!

https://www.viagginrete-it.it/mare/bandierabluregione.asp?regione=Marche

There are lively beaches with restaurants and promenades in Porto San Giorgio or Civitanova Marche. Idyllic beaches can be found at Numana and Sirolo at the foot of Monte Conero. Chances are, you’ll find your perfect beach.

Here are a few other beach options, some further away but definitely worth the visit and perhaps a great opportunity to combine with a cultural outing:

  • Senigallia
  • Cupra Marittima
  • Grottammare
  • Portonovo

Most of the beach area is often operated and managed by a restaurant-bar where you can rent sunbeds and umbrellas, and possibly enjoy lunch or dinner. A lifeguard (salvataggio) is usually present on the beach.

Alternatively, you can opt for the free parts of the beach, where there are no sunbeds, and you need to bring your own equipment. There are also plenty of lovely free beaches, especially if you’re not too keen on luxury.

Waterparks

Just a 10-minute drive from our B&B, there’s the wonderful Aquapark Verde Azzurro, featuring various attractions and pools with sunbathing areas equipped with umbrellas.

https://www.verdeazzurrovacanzemarche.it/acquaparco-marche

Close to Lake Cingoli, 25 minutes away from our B&B, lies Eldorado Water Park. Here, too, you’ll find plenty of water slides and opportunities to cool off.

Restaurants

The B&B enjoys a peaceful yet not isolated location. You can see Cingoli from the garden, which is 15 minutes away. There are several nearby restaurants (the first is 5 minutes away) where you can eat well and often inexpensively. A few tips in the area:

Wines

Verdicchio is one of the most popular white grape varieties from Italy, especially renowned for its delightful and distinctive wines. This variety has been cultivated in the Marche region since the Middle Ages and is considered one of Italy’s most important indigenous grape varieties. The white wines made from Verdicchio grapes are the most famous wines from Le Marche, including Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi D.O.C. and Verdicchio di Matelica D.O.C.

In the wine regions of Le Marche, you’ll find several types of grapes. Here, almost no international grape varieties are grown, only local varieties are cultivated. As mentioned before, the most important white grape is Verdicchio, and the most important red grape is Montepulciano. Verdicchio is found in the hills around Ancona and Macerata, while Montepulciano is grown around Fermo and Ascoli Piceno. A trip to these places can easily be combined with a visit to the beach, making for a delightful holiday!

There are various wineries nearby, which are fun and educational to visit.