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colours of the cultivated fields or the green grass, beneath the blue sky with the view of the sea or in the shade of the mountains rising not far away. Visiting the Marche is an ideal opportunity to keep fit, recharge your batteries or just have fun. ACTIVE HOLIDAYS BY BICYCLE The hilly landscape of the Marche slopes gently down to the Adriatic sea, immersed in nature with occasional small villages, castles and fortresses. Despite the slopes, one of the most enjoyable ways to explore the region is by bicycle. It offers the tourist the chance to appreciate the natural beauty, the history and the art and to try the local wine and food specialities. Cycle tourism itineraries and bike hotels:

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www.bikesporthotels.com www.gabiccemarebike.it www.pesarobike.it www.happybike.it www.picenobike.it ACTIVE MOUNTAIN HOLIDAYS The mountains in the Marche offer enthusiasts of high peaks a unique experience all year round. The white mountain peaks of the Apennines offer slopes that are ideal for winter sports. Spring encourages you to enjoy all the scents, sounds and colours of fresh uncontaminated landscapes to be explored during relaxing walks or in the thrill of rafting, white water canoeing or free flight. The high peaks in the summer offer coolness and well-being, while in October the smell of truffles, mulled wine 68

and chestnuts make you want to join the local mountain festivals. www.turismo.marche.it SKIING IN THE MARCHE In winter it is possible to go skiing thanks to the modern ski-lifts at Monte Catria in Frontone, Monte Nerone in Piobbico, Villagrande and Eremo Carpegna in Montecopiolo, Sassotetto and Maddalena in Sarnano, Pintura in Bolognola, Frontignano in Ussita and Monte Prata in Castelsantangelo sul Nera, that give access to slopes of different difficulties and lengths. Forca Canapine di Arquata del Tronto and Monte Piselli are located further south in the area of Ascoli. Lovers of cross-country skiing can head to Piani di Ragnolo di Acquacanina. Environments suited to more technical disciplines such as ski-trekking and ski-mountaineering are found in the Monti Sibillini. www.scimarche.it

Province of Pesaro Urbino Monte Catria at Frontone www.montecatria.com Monte Nerone at Piobbico www. scioviemontenerone.it Eremo Carpegna at Montecopiolo www.eremomontecarpegna.it Province of Macerata Sassotetto - Maddalena at Sarnano www.sarnanoneve.it

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