Our special tip when considering a holiday rental in Italy is the Marches. The region enjoys a prime position on the map of Italy: it has an alluring coastline on the Adriatic Sea, mountains and shares borders with Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria, Abruzzo, and Lazio, as well as the independent republic of San Marino.
Ancona, the capital, has plenty to offer to architecture lovers as well as a busy harbour. And if you walk up to Corso Mazzini, the Calamo Fountain will be waiting for you. Drink a bit of water from each of its 13 streams and your wish will come true.
The numerous hilltop towns all provide breathtaking views. One of them, Cingoli, has even been nicknamed the "Balcony of Le Marche". As for the Gradara Castle, built between the 11th and 14th century, legend has it that the fate of tragic lovers Paolo and Francesca was sealed between its walls. Their story took the form of a poem in Dante's Divine Comedy.
The pretty town of Urbino, with its historical centre, is also the birthplace of Renaissance painter Raphael and architect Bramante.
Overlooked by the Palazzo Ducale, recently restored, Pesaro hosts every August the Rossini Opera Festival. You can visit the home of the famous composer too.
Le Marche, The secret Italy, are also well-known for their black or white truffles. Hunting trips are regularly organised for food and nature enthusiasts.