Only minutes from Ancona but a world unto itself, Parco del Conero is stunning, with limestone cliffs razoring above the cobalt blue Adriatic and crescent-shaped, white pebble bays backed by fragrant woods of pine, oak, beech, broom and oleander trees. Walking trails thread through the 60 sq km park, which is a conservation area. Remarkably still off the radar for many travellers, the park retains a peaceful, unspoilt air found nowhere else along Le Marche's coastline. Its highest peak is 572m Monte Conero, which takes a spectacular nosedive into the sea. The vineyards that taper down its slopes produce the excellent, full-bodied Rosso Conero red wine. Parco del Conero encompasses the cliff-backed seaside resorts of Portonovo, Sirolo and Numana.. Boat trips from Portonovo and Sirolo are the best way to cove hop.


Limestone cliffs razoring above the cobalt blue Adriatic

Parco del Conero

Parco del Conero is stunning


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Urbino

Urbino remains one of the most important towns in Le Marche


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Parco del Conero

Parco del Conero is stunning