Le Marche, Italy
When to go
October onwards is chilly, and prone to the occasional travel-impeding snowstorm. May–October is the best time of year, with summer especially notable for the reliable sunshine and the village <i>festi</i>.
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PlanesRyanair (www.ryanair.com) and EasyJet (www.easyjet.com) both fly from London Stansted to Ancona, the area’s main airport. Ryanair also flies to Pescara and Rome; EasyJet serves Rome, Bologna, and Venice.
TrainsTravelling by train in Le Marche comes as a pleasant surprise: trains are reliable and frequent, and there’s a handy Milan–Ancano service (www.trenitalia.com).
AutomobilesWheels are essential – you need a car to access the region’s hills, hamlets and hidden riches.
TaxisHard to come by – and they won’t stop at the sight of a hopefully-raised hand. Some train stations advertise a taxi firm number, but you’d be forgiven for feeling like just one poor driver serves the whole of Le Marche. Come in your own car – if that’s not possible, ask your hotel to help arrange transfers.