The Marches is a region of central Italy, and ara located on the eastern side of the Italian peninsula. The region is bordered on the south by the Abruzzo region, to the west by Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria, to the north with the Emilia Romagna and the Republic of San Marino. In the east its boundaries are drawn by the Adriatic Sea. The mountainous territory is in the innermost part of the mountain range at the turn of the Umbria-Marche Apennines and the Sibillini Mountains where the peaks in many cases exceed 2000 meters above sea level, while the remaining area is completely hilly. Its mountainous territory is home to two national parks: the National Park of the Sibillini Mountainsand the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga. Either you can do hiking on foot or by bike as well as birdwatching or horseback riding. In Genga in the province of Ancona you can see the incredible spectacle of the Caves of Frasassi, karst caves very large and extremely beautiful. The coastline of the region is about 170 km long, has a straight course with long sandy beaches. The only stretch of rocky coastline and steep is the Conero promontory where you can admire the cliffs overlooking the sea other higt as more than 500 meters. The most popular beaches are: San Benedetto del Tronto, Fano, Pesaro, Gabicce Mare, Senigallia and Civitanova Marche. Main center of art and architecture of the region is Urbino, Unesco world heritage, which is one of the most important centers of the Italian Renaissance. Ancona is the capital of the region and is one of the main commercial and tourist ports of the Adriatic Sea; Ascoli Piceno city of medieval origins where at the beginning of August, every year, you can attend the “Quintana“, an ancient battle between knights; Pesaro, birthplace of the famous composer Gioacchino Rossini; and to them are added: Gradara, Jesi, Fabriano, Macerata and Fermo.