tality and wine and food offerings, prove especially outstanding. The tools used by the sharecroppers are kept as reminders of the past in museums of peasant culture. The best known include the museum in Senigallia, named after the great economic historian Sergio Anselmi, Montefiore dell’Aso, Morro d’Alba, Pieve Torina, Sassoferrato and the Biroccio museum in Filottrano.
THE COAST From Gabicce Mare to San Benedetto del Tronto, the forms and colours of the coastal landscape are constantly changing. The white cliffs facing onto the Adriatic Sea alternate with the deep green of the hills, spotted with the venerable villages and the ochre hue of the long beaches. The coast,
made up of fluvial deposits of sand and clay, runs along in two straight and almost perfectly flat portions divided by the Monte Conero promontory. Some beaches are protected from erosion by breakwaters. There are 180 kilometers of coastline and 26 seaside resorts that face onto the Adriatic, together with the sea port of Ancona and 9 tourist ports. 16 Blue Flag Awards certify the high quality of the waters and the related services, which offer visitors a full range of beaches made of fine sand, gravel or rock, reefs and palms. Many of the coastal villages present an upper village, protected by the walls of a castle perched on a hill which was the initial settlement, while the “marina”, a flat district running along the shore, was
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products of certified quality, including nineteen different wines: 15 Registered Designation of Origin (DOC) and 4 Guaranteed Designation of Origin (DOCG). Many venerable villas and landed estate houses have preserved the architecture of the tenant farming system and are now agrotourism establishments where visitors can spend holidays or stop to purchase organic products or taste the traditional dishes of the Marche cuisine. No fewer than 18 villages are listed among the “Most Beautiful Towns in Italy”, and 17 sites have been awarded the Orange Flag, the prestigious banner given by the Italian Touring Club to towns whose preservation of their cultural and environmental heritage, along with their hospi-
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