Le Marche

marche coast, painting in italy

The Sirolo coast, 1hr drive

A region northeast of Rome, Le Marche stretches from the shores of the Adriatic in the East to the Appenines to the West. It is famous within Italy for it’s rolling fertile hills and abundant harvest. For many years Le Marche was one of the Papal States and therefore has many stunning unspoilt medieval towns.
To the East are many miles of beaches along the Adriatic coast (30 mins). If you like it sandy, craggy, or shigley, there will be something for you. (Personally I’m more of a lake person)


pioracoWe are sited near to the charming little town of Pioraco, dramatically situated in a deep gorge it is a joy to draw and sketch in.  It is mostly known for it’s huge flea market which takes place on Monday evenings throughout the summer.  It also has a church dug out of the rock and several medieval buildings and clock towers.  There is also a long valley following the course of the river toward Fiuminata.

prioraco painting, art holiday in Italy

Some of our painters working at Pioraco

San Severino

A beautiful regional town, San Severino has an impressive public square as well as an abundance of churches, abbies and cathedrals and a jewel of a theatre.

sketching in San Severino



Things to do

Yoga courses –Camerino has an excellent Yoga School offering a range of courses and classes for all levels www.yoga-camerino.com
Local Bar/Restaurant– we are a short drive from several lively and picturesque local Restaurants.
Horse riding – the best local stables are at Matelica – our kids love them.
Cookery courses – Pappafo is happy to offer custom designed cooking courses by the day – please contact us for prices.

Places to Visit

The Lago di Fiastra – a beautifully blue lake in the Sibilini mountains. No chlorine, no salt just cool. (Also a very good restaurant specializing in truffles).
Loreto– A pilgrimage town, approximately 40-minutes drive away.
Assisi – A pilgrimage town, approximately one-hours drive, through the mountains. Packed full of very lovely Giottos!
Matelica – A 15-minute drive to the center of the Verdiccio wine region.
The Frassassi Caves – Sassoferrato, Fabriano 30mins– the largest cave complex in the Europe and truly, truly breathtaking. Also refreshingly cool on a hot day

Fabriano paper mill

Fabriano paper mill

Fabriano Paper Mill – 30-minutes- the oldest commercial paper mill in Europe. They offer very good half-day workshops in papermaking. If there is enough interest, we’re happy to arrange a visit.
Macerata Opera Festival 22 July – 6th August – 30 minute drive

Pictures of Local Towns

Vicolo dell'Arco

Church tower, Santa Maria in Via / the duomo

Arch, San Vernanzio

Corsa alla spada, San Vernanzio

San Vernanzio/ Maiden, Corsa alla Spada

Corsa alla spada, parade, May

Corsa alla spada, parade, May / Rocca Borgia

The fountain, Rocca Borgia

Sunny spells, Rocca Borgia

Panorama, Rocca Borgia

Window's and shutters, spring light

The Palazzo Ducal

Doors and knocker

Vicolo dell' Arco

University gates

Tower, San Erasmo

Rocca d'Ajello

Rocca d'Ajello / Rocca Varano

Camerino from the Tuseggia road, winter

Swipe, drag or just enjoy the show