Flanked by Italy’s majestic Apennine mountains on one side and 111 miles of coastline on the other, the region of Le Marche is adorned with medieval hilltop villages. These are surrounded by undulating patchwork hills where vineyards, orchards and olive groves thrive.
With such a pedigree, it is hard to understand why Le Marche is often overlooked as a property destination in favour of neighbouring Tuscany.
The Marchigiani people have a strong sense of identity encapsulated by a local motto: ‘all of Italy in one region’. This is good news regarding cuisine, culture and history, but less good about the economy, which has fallen into a triple-dip recession.
“Viewed from the outside and on a macroeconomic level, the Italian economy is in the toilet,” said British expat Michael Hobbs, chairman of property firm Appassionata (appassionata.com).
“On a micro-level and living here in Le Marche, matters look different.”