Medieval Marche - Tours for groups

Medieval Marche 
7 days /6 nights

Hypothetical route: 

1° day: Arrival 

Upon arrival transfer to hotel in the Loreto area for dinner and overnight. 

2° day: Ancona-Loreto

Visit Ancona, capital of the Marche region and "Gateway to the Orient". Explore the Merchants' Lodge, the church of Santa Maria della Piazza, Trajan's Arch and the Cathedral . Continue on to Loreto, one of the world's most important shrines to the cult of the Virgin Mary. Visit the Holy House  that legend says was transported across the Adriatic Sea from Israel in the 13th century.
Return to hotel in the late afternoon. 

3° day: Ascoli Piceno 

Before getting to Ascoli, taste some local wine in a wine celler in the countryside. Start our city tour from the Piazza del Popolo, a harmonious 16th century square dominated by the mighty Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo. Then visit the medieval church of San Francesco. Along the Via Pretoriana admire some of the houses and buildings from 15th & 16th centuries. Some free time before returning to hotel. Dinner in hotel. 

4° day: Monte Maggiore - Pesaro 

Departure for Monte maggiore, a medieval village. Time to explore the town. Proceed to Pesaro, birthplace of Gioacchino Rossini. 
Pesaro boasts a number of medieval and Renaissance monuments and a modern quarter which extends out towards the sea. It is just a short trip to the Imperiale, a Castle-cum-villa submerged in a pine forest in the San Bartolo hills. 
Overnight in the Pesaro/Urbino area. 
Dinner in hotel. 

5° day: Urbino

Dominating a panorama of green hills and majestic  mountains , the city is famous throughout the world for the inestimable masterpieces housed in the Nationa Gallery within the Ducal Place. 
Capital of the duchy of the great Montefeltro family, birthplace of Raffaello and historic university town, Urbino was at the peak of its glory in the 15 th century. At that time Duke Federico gathered the greatest artists and writers of the his court. After exploring the city, olive oil tasting in the medieval village of Cartoceto, where the "solid oil" was invented. Overnight in the Pesaro/Urbino area. 
Dinner in hotel. 

6° day: Gradara - San Leo - San Marino 

Visit the magnificent castle of Gradara, where the tragic love story of Paolo and Francesca narrated by Dante Alighieri is supposed to have taken place. Continue on to the fortress of San Leo, situaded on an insurmountable mass of rock overlooking the Marecchia Valley. Over the centuries many illustrious characters, from Dante to Saint Francis, passed through the gates of the impregnable fortress. Time to relax and enjoy some tax-free shopping in San marino, the oldest republic of the world. Overnight in the Pesaro/Urbino area. 
Dinner in hotel. 


7° day: Departure

Extend stay in Italy or transfer to departure airport. 

Included in the price: 

- 3 nights in 3* hotel in Loreto - basis HB
- 3 nights in 3* hotel in Pesaro - basis HB 
- 1 wine tasting
- 1 olive oil tasting 
- Admission charges & tickets: Villa Imperiale - San Bartolomeo; Ducal Palace - Urbino
- Multilanguage tour escort throughout
- Licensed official guides as per itinerary
- Transportation by luxury coach as per itinerary . 

Price of the tour on request

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