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Distance between Adriatic Coast and places in Umbria?

Distance between Adriatic Coast and places in Umbria?

Aug 5th, 2004, 10:10 AM
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Distance between Adriatic Coast and places in Umbria?

I am planning next year's trip, and while I have been leaning towards Umbria (looking for feedback there too, on another post)I have been kicking around the idea of staying on the coast in the Marches, towards the southern end of it.
I would still love to take daytrips with the kids to cities like Assisi, Todi, Spoleto, etc.I will rent a car.
Does anyone know the distances involved here, or where I can find this out myself without extensive website searching?
Thank you!!!!!
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Aug 5th, 2004, 10:27 AM
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Aug 5th, 2004, 10:31 AM
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One of the posters in this forum is living in the Marche (unfortunately, I can't remember her name), and I've seen quite a few threads in which she comments from personal knowledge on various aspects of the Marche.

If you type Marche or Marches into the search box, you should be able to find them.
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Aug 5th, 2004, 10:34 AM
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So much depends on how far south & where in Umbria you might want to go. Given that you are interested in driving, then I would suggest that you go to http://www.maporama.com
You can plug in your cities/towns in the "Itineraries" section and see what comes up. The more specific you can be, the more specific the information you will receive, including travel distances and directions and estimated travel time. I don't know how accurate the last will be, but once you get some info, you can return here and ask if it sounds about right.
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Aug 5th, 2004, 10:47 AM
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If the websites mentioned do not estimate travel times, keep in mind that away from the autostrada, the roads are very winding, and the drive will take a lot longer than you would think based on distance alone. I also found the road signage worse than in other regions of Italy (I think the road signage system in Italy is much inferior to the U.S. system to begin with, but Le Marche was especially bad). I finally gave up on my quest to go to San Leo, after many wrong turns and lots of backtracking.
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Aug 5th, 2004, 10:54 AM
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The poster living in Le Marche: Jackie_in_Italy
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Aug 5th, 2004, 11:09 AM
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TuckH: Thanks for remembering Jackie's name. Her posts are making me think seriously of investigating Le Marche on my next Italian trip.

DickPatterson: I agree completely that signage is not one of the Italian road system's strong points. Driving around Tuscany once with a friend (the only time I went by car; I normally travel alone and by train and/or bus), after many false turns, we finally discovered the secret of Italian road signage. If you come to a crossroad, and there are arrows pointing left and right to various towns but no sign with the name of your destination on it, then the answer is always "Sempre diritto" or "Straight ahead." I suspect the Italian logic behind that is "If we don't say that it's to the right or to the left, it has to be straight ahead, so why mention it?" And it probably saves them a lot of money on signs...
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Aug 5th, 2004, 11:12 AM
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thanks all!
The two websites will be a great place to start.
I rememebered the poster'w threads but not the name, so thank you there.

I have done a bit of driving in italy Dick, and beleive me, I do understand what you are talking about.
there very first time we were taking a side road from Formia to Rome and at one point I realized that my cousin had given me the wrong turn and we were almost to Pescara
Last yr driving in tuscany area was a blast, I hate the autostrada, really fear for my life on it.
So, I had a fabulous map with all the tiniest backroads marked, and that is what we took.

Italy is interesting isn't for driving
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Sep 11th, 2004, 07:12 PM
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From Perugia or Assisi to Fano on the Adriatic is around 1.5 - 2 hours, but the beach at Fano is a little rocky. Around 20 minutes north of Fano is Pesaro which has nicer beaches with soft sand. But the best beaches are just south of Ancona at Sirolo, Porto novo, numana or just south of numana. Very picturesque, but rocky sand.

If you will be based in Umbria consider Dell'Ullivo, a beautiful inexpensive inn with a fantastic restaurant in the middle of an olive grove with a great pool. It's right outside of Trevi.
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Sep 28th, 2004, 01:10 AM
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sorry I have been so slow to respond--not much Fodors posting for me lately since we just bought a house here in Le Marche (yay!), and I've been spending too much time on it.

Anyway, Le Marche IS a great place to visit--off the beaten path, hill towns, and wonderful coast for central Italy. Summers on its coast are always nice, albeit a little bit crowded. Southern Le Marche, in terms of beaches, has some nice places like San Benedetto del Tronto, but I would seriously consider spending beach time in central Le Marche, or further north, seeing that places like Sirolo, Porto Novo, and Numana (like newyorker said) make up Le Marche's most splendid area of coast. Also, further north cities like Senigallia and Fano, as well as Pesaro, make nice beach towns.

When are the times of year when you will be here? I can give you more specific information based on that. Also, my other posts are pretty much similar and give info on hilltowns as well, but if you have any specific questions on Le Marche that I might be able to answer, let me know.
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Sep 28th, 2004, 12:46 PM
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Thanks New Yorker for time estimates !
I will be staying in Marche, and maybe heading west for a daytrip.

Jackie- no prob.
Congrats on your house!
Green with envy
Almost definitel will be staying on Monte Conera at the hotel there.
And it will make it easy for the last leg of trip,(direct train to rome )
We will be in the area late June- Early July!

I have been reading all the old posts from you , but will definitely request some brain picking after plans are firmed up!!!!
thanks again both.
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Sep 29th, 2004, 11:52 PM
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glad that I could help out some! June and July are good months to be here, and if you are here late enough in July, you might even be able to catch an outdoor opera show at the Sferisterio in Macerata.

Also, if you like jazz, consider heading to Perugia during that period to attend their jazz festival (it's a day trip from Le Marche). I don't know details, but I'm sure you can find stuff online about it.

Anyway, there's so much stuff going on throughout Italy during that time--if I see anything specific to Le Marche, I'll let you know.
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Oct 1st, 2004, 03:02 AM
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Thnka Jackie!!
not a big jazz lover, never was, never will be.
But, I do love many other music
(even the stuff my teens listen to
Unfortunately we will probably be there during the first two weeks.

But, I am sure there will be so much to see and do ! i am very excited about seeing another new to me , part of italy.
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