Largely untouched by tourists, Marche offers everything from the grand to the humble—fortresses rising from medieval towns perched on lush hills, monasteries, churches, centuries old trees, simple but sophisticated cuisine. Notable natives include Giacchino Rossini, to whom a hat is tilted on many menus of varying authenticity with the tag “alla Rossini.” Fish is the name of the game in the region and from city to city you’ll find endless variations of fish stews and grills. Further inland, enjoy wild and domestic pigs hot or in sausage and ham products specific to the area only, and many stuffed meat dishes. Craft lovers can find a centuries-old tradition of ceramics in Anacona and along the rail route from nearby Umbria. In the small hillside town of Urbino—a trip to which is imperative when visiting Marche—is a spectacular Renaissance palace, among other sites. Many of Marche’s destinations seem forgotten in time, such as its seaside resorts—Pesaro is the largest. Though much of the region is unspoiled by tourists, countryside and seaside cottages are being increasingly brought back to life by primarily English and German retirees and tourists.