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Marche Vacation Packages & Tours

Sandwiched between the Apennine Mountains and the sparkling turquoise waters of the Adriatic, the Marche region may not be well known to outsiders, but that just means visitors can enjoy its many delights without the crowds, unlike neighboring Tuscany where the tourists flood in. You’ll find everything from stunning hilltop towns overlooking serene vineyard-covered hills and lush valleys with the sea in the distance, while little of the landscape that inspired so many Renaissance masters has changed. A large swathe of Sibillini National Park with its endless hiking trails and natural wonders can be found here along with a string of magnificent Blue Flag beaches. It’s a foodies’ and oenophiles’ haven too, with many wineries for touring and tasting along with feasts of locally grown products, from truffles to olives. When it comes to culture and history, there is a wide range of offerings too, explore an endless array of grand palaces, churches, Renaissance art, and more.

Marche Trip Inspiration

Get inspired with our Marche example trips and then get in touch to plan your own adventure

  • Highlights of Italy

    Rome - Florence - Venice

    8 Nights
    From $4,420 pp
    This exciting itinerary will bring you to three of Italy’s top cities for the perfect way to make the most of limited time. Over nine days and eight nights, you’ll discover ancient Rome, including the iconic Roman Colosseum, Vatican City and its many exceptional museums, a world of incredible works of art in Florence, two of Tuscany’s most stunning medieval hilltop towns, and the dreamy waterways of Venice. Throughout your trip, you’ll stay in four- and five-star hotels that have been hand-selected to ensure your comfort, enjoy 24/7 support from our dedicated staff, and embark on numerous tours led by expert local guides.
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  • Luxury Italy

    Rome - Sorrento - Florence - Venice

    11 Nights
    From $10,650 pp
    This luxurious trip will bring you to Rome, Amalfi, Florence, and Venice over 12 days and 11 nights, covering many highlights in each with expert local guides. Begin in Rome by exploring Ancient Rome and the Vatican City where you’ll step into the Sistine Chapel to marvel at Michelangelo’s frescos and explore a wealth of intriguing museums. Head to the Amalfi Coast to soak up some of the world’s most breathtaking scenery and make a stop in Naples to enjoy pizza where it was invented. Discover some of the most world-renowned works of art and architecture in Florence, concluding with a sailing excursion in Venice.
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  • Gourmet Italy

    Rome - Florence - Bologna - Venice

    9 Nights
    From $5,220 pp
    If immersing yourself in the flavors of Italy is a priority while enjoying its fascinating historic landmarks and incredible scenery, you’ll want to book the 9-night Gourmet Italy tour. It includes overnights in Rome, Florence, Bologna, and Venice with many private, locally guided tours through iconic places like Rome’s ancient Colosseum, some of Tuscany’s most enchanting walled medieval hilltop towns, and Venice’s picturesque canals. You’ll take part in multiple food experiences too, from a food tour in the Trastevere neighborhood of Rome to a cooking class in Bologna. Private transfers and upscale accommodation in 4- and 5-star hotels are included throughout the trip.
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  • Highlights of Tuscany

    Florence - Cortona - Siena

    8 Nights
    From $4,170 pp
    One of Italy’s most famously beautiful regions, Tuscany is a vast area known for its vineyard-covered landscapes, olive trees, sunflowers, medieval hilltop villages, and fine wine. If you’ve dreamed of visiting as so many others have, this is the ideal trip for exploring the highlights and enjoying some unique experiences too. You’ll start in Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, and then head to charming towns like Cortona, Siena, San Gimignano, and Volterra. There will be many opportunities to discover Tuscany through its flavors, from a cooking class to wine tastings. Enjoy private guided tours, private luxury transfers, and upscale accommodations throughout.
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  • Captivating Italy & Croatia Private Tour

    Rome - Florence - Venice - Opatija - Plitvice - Split - Dubrovnik

    14 Nights
    From $7,890 pp
    It can be difficult to decide which destinations to visit when there are so many fabulous possibilities. Italy and Croatia are two hotspots and it’s easy to explore both in one trip as they’re separated only by the Adriatic Sea. This 15-day, 14-night private tour will bring you to explore the highlights of these two magnificent countries, with seven nights in Italy, including Rome, Florence, and Venice, followed by seven nights in Croatia, including Opatija, Plitvice, Split, and Dubrovnik. Throughout your journey you’ll stay in upscale, hand-selected hotels on a B&B basis, enjoy many private guided tours, 24/7 support, and private transfers throughout.
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Best hotels in Marche

As a less-visited destination, accommodation options in Marche tend to be much more affordable, especially when compared to popular regions like Tuscany and busy major cities like Rome and Milan. Before choosing the best hotels in Marche, just as important is the location with options by the sea, the mountains, in historical centers, and everywhere in between. As Ancona, the capital city, is where most visitors start as it’s home to an international airport and ferry port, it can be an ideal base for exploring the region with many enticing places within easy reach for day trips. It also offers plenty of its own, from beaches to rich history. Others to consider include Pesaro, which is the perfect spot for a beach getaway with several Blue Flag beaches, and the hilltop town of Urbino, ideal for those interested in art and culture, as well as magnificent scenery, although there is a multitude of outstanding destinations.


Things to do in Marche


When to visit Marche

The best time to visit Marche depends on what you’re hoping to experience, and whether or not you want to avoid crowds and take advantage of a less expensive time to travel. With such a wide range of recreational activities, you might want to come when the weather is at its best, not too hot or too cold, typically from mid-April through early June and late September through October. During those periods, the temperature averages between the mid-60s and mid-70s. Many visit during the summer to enjoy the gorgeous beaches and the crystal-clear blue waters of the Adriatic. The beaches will be jam-packed in July and August, but swimming can usually be comfortably enjoyed by around late May/early June through mid-October, so you might want to come at the earlier or later part of the season to avoid big crowds. The off season is November through March, a time when airfare and accommodation are typically the cheapest.

Vacations to Marche, Italy FAQ

What are some unique experiences that can be included in a luxury Florence vacation itinerary?

Florence offers a wealth of unique and luxurious experiences that can be included in a vacation itinerary. Here are three ideas:

  1. Wine tasting in Chianti – A visit to the Chianti region, just outside Florence, offers an opportunity to taste some of Italy’s most renowned wines, such as Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Many wineries offer private tours and tastings.
  2. Hot air balloon ride over Tuscany – For a unique and breathtaking view of the Tuscan countryside, a hot air balloon ride is an unforgettable experience. Float over vineyards, rolling hills, and historic towns, and enjoy a glass of champagne as you take in the stunning scenery.
  3. Private cooking class with a Michelin-starred chef – Florence is home to several Michelin-starred restaurants, and many of their chefs offer private cooking classes. Learn how to make traditional Tuscan dishes using the freshest ingredients, and then enjoy the fruits of your labor with a private dinner.

What are the top Michelin-starred restaurants in Florence for a gourmet dining experience?

Florence is known for its exceptional dining scene, with several Michelin-starred restaurants offering gourmet experiences. Here are some of the top Michelin-starred restaurants in Florence:

  1. Enoteca Pinchiorri – This three-Michelin-starred restaurant is located in a historic palace in the heart of Florence. Chef Annie Féolde’s menu focuses on classic Tuscan cuisine with a contemporary twist, using only the finest ingredients.
  2. Ora d’Aria – This two-Michelin-starred restaurant is led by chef Marco Stabile and offers a modern take on traditional Tuscan cuisine. The menu changes frequently to reflect the freshest seasonal ingredients.
  3. Il Palagio – Located in the luxurious Four Seasons Hotel in Florence, Il Palagio is a one Michelin-starred restaurant offering an elegant dining experience. The menu features Italian and Mediterranean-inspired dishes made with local ingredients.
  4. La Bottega del Buon Caffè – This one-Michelin-starred restaurant is situated on the banks of the Arno River and offers panoramic views of the city. Chef Antonello Sardi’s menu focuses on using fresh, local ingredients to create simple yet flavorful dishes.
  5. Borgo San Jacopo – Located in the historic Oltrarno neighborhood of Florence, Borgo San Jacopo is a one Michelin-starred restaurant with a focus on seafood. Chef Peter Brunel’s menu features inventive dishes with a contemporary twist.

These restaurants offer gourmet experiences, but it’s important to note that they can be quite expensive and reservations are often required well in advance.

How long should I plan to stay in Florence to see all the major sights?

The length of time you need to see all the major sights in Florence depends on your travel style, interests, and pace. However, a general guideline is that you should plan to spend at least 3-4 days in Florence to see the city’s major attractions, enjoy its culture and cuisine, and get a feel for the city.

Some of the major sights that you may want to see include the Uffizi Gallery, the Accademia Gallery, the Florence Cathedral (Il Duomo), the Ponte Vecchio, the Pitti Palace, the Boboli Gardens, and the Basilica of Santa Croce.

If you want to explore the city’s museums and art galleries in depth, you may want to spend more time in Florence. If you’re interested in shopping and culinary experiences, you may want to allocate more time for these activities as well.

Overall, Florence is a compact city, and it’s easy to explore its major sights on foot. With a few days to spare, you’ll have ample time to take in the city’s highlights and immerse yourself in its rich history and culture.

What are the 3 must-visit luxury boutiques and shopping districts in Florence?

Florence is known for its luxurious shopping scene, with a wide range of high-end boutiques, designer shops, and luxury fashion brands. Here are three must-visit luxury boutiques and shopping districts in Florence:

  1. Via Tornabuoni – Located in the heart of Florence, Via Tornabuoni is one of the city’s most prestigious shopping streets. It is home to some of the world’s most famous luxury fashion brands, including Gucci, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, and Bulgari, as well as high-end jewelry and accessories stores.
  2. The Mall – Located just outside Florence, The Mall is a luxury outlet shopping destination featuring some of the world’s most renowned luxury fashion brands, including Armani, Versace, and Bottega Veneta. The Mall offers discounts of up to 70% off retail prices, making it a popular shopping destination for bargain-hunting luxury shoppers.
  3. Antica Officina del Farmacista – This charming perfume and cosmetics boutique is located in the Oltrarno district of Florence and offers luxurious fragrances, skincare products, and home fragrances. The shop’s products are made using traditional techniques and high-quality ingredients, making them a popular choice for those looking for a unique and indulgent shopping experience.

There are many other luxury boutiques and shopping districts in Florence to explore, including the San Lorenzo Market, which offers a wide range of leather goods, jewelry, and souvenirs. No matter what your shopping preferences are, Florence is sure to offer something to suit your taste and budget.


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