The Land of Beauty

The panorama that you can see from the windows of the village houses is made all the more beautiful by picturesque groves of trees that nature seemingly designed in this way: oak groves, chestnut groves further on, beech tree groves even further on, finally ending with prairie fields. The forests are the unifying element of the landscape. The springs and small rivers, whose erosion has carved out the area, become the principal points and connecting roads of the landscape. The existing settlements, some castled on rocky cliffs like the town of Elcito, while others are found along the main roads, are constructed with stones from the area and unified into one single image of a stunning landscape scene.

Farmhouses scattered among vineyards, olive groves, and sprawling wheat fields bear witness to the constant presence and activity of the family farmers, guardians of nature and tradition up until this day. As a memorial to the deeply religious soul of this land, one can find, along the small crumbling streets or in the middle of the scrub, thousand year-old parish and rural churches, sometimes seemingly born around a simple sacred image that was posted to protect a crossroads. One splendid example is the tiny church of St. Maria in Cesello, adorned with precious frescoes on all of the inside walls.

Schito Castle_ Pink Village Surrounding

Schito Castle
Pink Village Surroundings

Another thing that is characteristic of the area is the presence of numerous castles. You can count at least a dozen in the distance of just a few kilometers. Some of them are preserved quite well, and others have become small communities that lie not far from peaceful rural cemeteries.
Behind Chigiano, the valley of the Musone River opens up and, continuing down a few kilometres, forms Castreccioni Lake. Near Chigiano, however, the Musone is little more than a creek, and it flows between wild cow pastures until arriving at Mount San Vicino, a mountain with an unmistakable profile, that the local Marche residents recognize all the way from the Adriatic coast.
The closest city is San Severino Marche, rich with art and history. It began as an ancient settlement for the Piceni people, and it then became a Roman municipality named Septempeda. Now, it is an important tourist point and cultural city.

At any rate, we are in the centre of the Marche region, where every town has many stories to tell. This is the little-known region that offers its visitors exciting moments of discovery.
From here, in just a short period of time you can get to not only the most important seaside towns along the coast (Senigallia, Sirolo, Porto Recanati), but also the important skiing centers in the mountains (Sarnano, Ussita, Castelsantangelo). It is easy to visit cities like Fabriano, Jesi and Macerata, all rich with art and history, or even submerse yourself into the mystical worlds of Norcia, Assisi and Gubbio, in nearby Umbria.

The inland of the Marche region is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, who can explore places that correspond with all kinds of natural interests, from the Frasassi Caves to the National Park of the Sibillini Mountains, or the Natural Reserve of the Fiastra Abbey and the Gola del Furlo Gorge. Along the way, visitors will find the land crowned with beautiful lakes, castles and medieval villages.

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