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"Les Marches" (The marche region) is a rich land full of ancient architecture. 
Of particular note are the abundance of historic churches, offering a window
 into the region's past as a Papal State (or State of the Church) 
where it was under direct rule from the Pope.

                                       LORETO BASILICA TOUR

Loreto is most commonly known as the seat of the Basilica della Santa Casa, or the Shrine of the Holy House. It has been a Catholic place of pilgrimage since at least the 14th century and a popular tourist destination for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Loreto is located 127 m (417ft) above sea-level on the right bank of the Musone river. Like many places in the Marche, it provides great views over the Adriatic from its vantage point at the foot of the Apennines. An ancient tradition recounts that the Holy House of Loreto is the same walled Chamber of Our Lady that had existed in Nazareth, in Galilea, in which the Virgin Mary was born, brought up and received the Angelic Annunciation. This tradition, based on devotion and popular credence, has ascribed the transportation of the House of Nazareth to an angelic mission. However, recent, more scientific studies into the legend have put forward the hypothesis of transportation by human hand and travelling by sea... though perhaps with some special assistance from above!  Started in 1469 and designed using late Gothic architecture, the Basilica was completed in 1587 but with its facade constructed using a late renaissance style. It was attended by the best architects at that time such as Luigi Vanvitelli, Baccio Pontelli, Bramante, Andrea Sansovino, Giuliano and Antonio da Sangallo.



Ancona Cathedral (in Italian: Duomo di Ancona) is a Roman Catholic cathedral dedicated to Saint Cyriacus of Ancona. It is the seat of the Archbishop of Ancona.  The building is an example of mixed Romanesque-Byzantine and Gothic elements and stands on the site of the former acropolis of the Greek city; the Guasco hill which overlooks Ancona and its gulf.  During World War I, on 24 May 1915, the basilica was damaged by a bombardment of the Austro-Hungarian fleet. The damage was restored in 1920, but in World War II Anglo-American aerial bombings destroyed the south transept and the Crypt of Tears under it, along with the art treasures housed there. Once the transept was rebuilt, the church was officially reopened in 1951. Further damage was caused by an earthquake in 1972, followed by a new restoration and another official opening in 1977.




This church is one of the most representative Romanesque monuments of the region.The exterior has a compact design, made of square blocks of limestone, whose essential form is powered by the curved lines of the apses. The interior, divided into three naves by monumental pillars, could be described as empty but is undoubtedly elegant. Proportionate shapes, harmonised with the light that filters through the windows, make this church a haven of peace and place of meditation.

Several other churches, abbeys and cathedrals rich in artistic and religious 
are scattered in the Marche region.

All of our tours include food and wine stops where guests can savor the delicacies of  our local cuisine to delight the palate, accompanied by a good glass of wine.

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