Casal dei Fichi is situated centrally in Marche half way between the coast and the mountains and also equidistant from two of the largest renaissance cities in the region, Urbino in the north and Ascoli Piceno in the south. Closer by are Macerata 20 minutes north of us and Fermo, 20 minutes to the south.  All these cities are worthy of a visit if you are interested in history, renaissance or baroque art, galleries and museums, beautiful architecture, live theatre, shopping, fine dining or simply enjoy the pleasures of Italian life.

Marche is still very much undiscovered and it’s roads and attractions are relatively quiet so you can be assured that your holiday is not likely to be one of a heavily worn tourist trail. There are literally hundreds of medieval hilltop towns to explore, each with its own unique flavour and interest. For us one of the great pleasures has been to explore some of these fascinating villages, be entertained by the local event or attraction and then have a lazy lunch or dinner in a nearby restaurant.

Francavilla d’Eteour local village is only 2 k from Casal dei Fichi and with it’s walled medieval centre it’s a picturesque place to start your exploration of Marche. Francavilla has all the essentials you will need for your stay with us – a grocers, chemist, general store, newsagent, bank, bakers and three bars. There is also an excellent restaurant serving local dishes, pizzas and great wine at inexpensive prices. Here you will be assured a friendly welcome and a relaxed atmosphere and you can be sure it’s good when all the locals go there!

Throughout the year and particularly in the summer there is a constant stream of festivals, many celebrating crops and harvests, local food and wines – most feature music, entertainment and heraldic traditions. Francavilla hosts several, the culmination being September’s “Lu Vurgu fa Cantina” this is Marche dialect for the ‘village becomes a restaurant’ . This fantastic three day party, normally in the 2nd weekend of September, transforms the village as little cantinas are opened up on all the main medieval streets. For the festival the village sets up an enormous kitchen in the square which caters for up to 3,000 people a night. Live music and entertainment keeps the village rocking well into the small hours.

Check out our Insider Guide to Marche for some insights of what to see and do, where to eat and recommendations you won’t find in the guide books! Why not tap into our knowledge? we have been helping guests have a wonderful holiday for over 10 years.

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