Did you know that in less than an hour’s drive from the beautiful beaches of the Conero Riviera, there are five medieval villages to discover that combine history, traditions and beautiful landscapes?
These villages thanks to their beauty, their hospitality, the respect and promotion of cultural heritage have earned the Orange Flag.
This recognition, awarded by the Italian Touring Club, guarantees quality and hospitality in places of great value, sometimes little known and to be discovered.
We recommend visiting Staffolo.
Of its ancient history there is more than one kilometer of the walls and is then for its prime location which is considered one of the most beautiful of the Marches balconies, hanging in the hills between sea and mountains.
To get here, take a road going up the hills through the vineyards of Verdicchio; Staffolo, in fact, is in the heart of the land of this great wine.
Passionate about food and wine? Do not miss the Verdicchio Festival, which is held the second week of August, and the gastronomy national award “Verdicchio d’Oro” is held on the third Sunday of September.
Then there is Genga, a small medieval village nestled in a natural park, where in addition to discover the famous Frasassi Caves, you can relax in its spas and enjoy typical crescia cooked in the embers.
Offagna has been recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.
It is famous his fortress that was built directly by the Maritime Republic of Ancona to defend their territories from enemy invasions.
Offagna is a medieval village so well preserved that each year, in July, during the Medieval Festival you will meet magicians and craftsmen, horsemen who compete for the prize, fire-eaters and minstrels and you will feel like if you have really stepped back in the past.
Less than an hour’s drive from Ancona, you can visit another of the most beautiful villages in Italy: Corinaldo.
Its fortified walls and majestic that run along the village give to Corinaldo a special charm. You can walk over these walls 912 meters long and almost touch bastions, ancient gates and battlements.
Just think that this fortified walls is among one of the most visited attraction in Italy because of its beauty and of its excellent preservation.
Corinaldo is the place of small alleys and big towers where, today, its medieval soul unites with the cooking traditions.
Here you can taste oil, honey and cheeses as well as the good Verdicchio.
The last town to be awarded with the Orange Flag for its beauty and its pleasant atmosphere is Ostra.
This small village, which is located a few kilometers from Corinaldo, it is characterized by fortified walls, towers and noble palaces.
Today Ostra is located in the heart of the vineyards that produce Lacrima di Morro d’Alba, a really special red wine.