is divided into five provinces - Pesaro & Urbino in the North, followed by Ancona, Macerata, the recently created Fermo, with Ascoli Piceno furthest South bordering with Abruzzo.
Italy's once secret gem Le Marche is now fast competing with Toscana and Umbria as both a holiday destination and also the perfect spot for investing in a second home abroad.
It isn't hard to see just why the region of Le Marche seduces its visitors so easily. It boasts countless medieval hilltop villages - Amandola, Montedinove, San Ginesio, Sarnano, Monte San Martino - pick a name on a map at random and you're sure to be charmed by any village you choose to visit.
The palm trees, chalets and seaside resorts along its kilometres of safe, sandy beaches are perfect for family holidays along the Adriatic coast.
Moving inland the Sibillini Mountains form part of the stunningly beautiful and unspoilt territory of the National Park, an area of 70,000 hectares. The park office in Amandola sells guides and maps and organises regular, accompanied walks.