Standing on the ancient city walls, erected in the sixteenth century to defend Loreto from Turkish raids in the Adriatic, the Bed & Breakfast Antica Maison is also a few steps from the historical centre of Loreto and thus it is the ideal starting point to reach the nearby beaches of the Conero Riviera (Porto Recanati, Numana, Sirolo) and to discover the pearls of Le Marche ( Recanati, Urbino, Frasassi).
The area where Loreto is located is rich in history and has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Mount Conero stone tools have been found dating back over 100 thousand years ago. The human presence has also been continuous and every period of history has left deep traces.
Sights that can be reached in a few minutes from Loreto are:
RECANATI 7Km: Birthplace of Giacomo Leopardi and Beniamino Gigli, the city maintains the original medieval urban structure. Must see places are Leopardi House, the National Centre of Leopardian Studies, the ” Sabato del Villaggio” square and Silvia’s house, the hill of ” L’Infinito”, the Museum Gigli, the Churches of Saint Vito and Saint Agostino, the Diocesan Museum and the Villa Colloredo Mels, home of the Civic Art Gallery, which boasts a prestigious collection of paintings by Lorenzo Lotto, including the famous ” Annunciation”.
OSIMO 14 Km: City of picena origins, it preserves intact stretches of the Roman city walls. Must see places are the Cathedral, the Basilica of St. Joseph of Cupertino, and the underground caves.
CASTELFIDARDO 7 Km: This town is historically remembered for the battle that on 18th November 1860 marked the passage of Marche from the Papal State to the Reign of Italy. This battle ended with the victory of the Piedmont army. As a result of these historical events, Castelfidardo is also known as the country of the accordion. It is also a very important centre within the framework of musical instrument’s construction. Must see places are the monument that commemorates the Battle of Castelfidardo, made by Vito Pardo, the Santo Stefano Collegiate Church and the Accordion Museum.
GENGA: FRASASSI CAVES 75 Km: Frasassi Caves began to form about 1.400.000 millions of years ago, when the torrent Sentino had its bed higher than the present position and when the whole hydrology was about 200-300 meters higher. At this latitude, along levels of fault, the mineralized water of the artesian layer meets the bicarbonate water of the river that, once mixed, originated the first spaces creating the wonderful fairy natural spectacle we can admire today.
Sights that can be found driving along the coastal road leading to the Conero are:
PORTO RECANATI 4 Km: Characteristic fishing-village, Porto Recanati is turned to tourism with its long beaches ending with a pine-wood and a pedestrian seafront completely closed to traffic. The town centre is dominated by the Castle built by Frederick II of Swabia and it also contains the remains of the Roman town of Potentia.
NUMANA 10Km: Seaside resort close to Sirolo, it affords tourist and cultural attractions. Its Antiquarium houses several archaeological remains found in the surrounding necropolis.
SIROLO 11Km: Pearl of the Adriatic and renowed seaside resort conferred of 6 Blue Flags (of Europe) thanks to the beauty of the landscape and the azure of the sea.This medieval town stands at the foot of Mount Conero and has been built up inside the walls of the old castle overlooking the sea. It is known today for its beautiful scenery among which the beaches Urbani, San Michele, Sassi Neri and the Beach of the two Sisters.
CONERO 14Km: If you want to experience the natural beauty of Le Marche, il Parco del Conero is only 12 Km away. It is the only protrusion (572 meters) overlooking the sea from Trieste to Gargano, in symbiosis with Ancona and Camerano and with the tourist seaside resorts Numana and Sirolo, Conero Mount is the heart of the homonymous regional park. Founded in 1987, it is an environmental oasis wich extended for 5800 hectares of protected area, with very evocative places: Portonovo Bay, Two Sisters beach, the north belvedere, Pian Grande, Pian dei Raggetti, etc.
Several paths wind among corbezzoli, brooms, live oaks and pine trees, in the magic of the Mediterranean undergroth. The many plants are here protected and they represent one-third of the whole floral heritage in the Region Marche. It is also a great spot for bird watching.
URBINO: Urbino remains one of the most important towns in Italy for tourists in search of great Italian art and architecture, and its beguiling streets well reward the curious traveller. Its historical centre now boasts the honour of being included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The patriarch of the Montefeltro family, Duca Federico da Montefeltro, created the trendiest art scene of the 15th century here, gathering the great artists, architects and scholars of his day to create a sort of think tank. Must see places are the Palazzo Ducale, that gives Urbino its unmistakable fairy-tale skyline, but also the Cathedral, several important Museums and the House of Raphael, one of the greatest master painters of the Italian Renaissance.