Sea, Relax and Fun
The Adriatic coast with its wonderful tourist attractions is at half an hour drive: beach facilities and seaside resorts, restaurants where to eat tasty seafood dishes, bike paths and a vibrant nightlife with shows and events suitable for all ages. The coastline is well-known for its seaside resorts which are famous and appreciated not only throughout Italy: Porto San Giorgio, San Benedetto del Tronto, Grottammare.
In this stretch the Adriatic coast is characterised by small hilltop hamlets overlooking the sea.
The picturesque village of Torre di Palme is a wonderful panoramic viewpoint on the top of a hill overlooking the coast and the Adriatic sea. The village rose in the Middle Ages as fortification of the ancient seaport of the Roman town of Palma to protect it against the frequent invasions by pirates. Torre di Palme boasts a proud medieval castle built with a solid defensive system and the construction of a great part of the oldest core of the town dates back to the religious order of Augustinians. The visit of the village can start from the little Church of San Giovanni dating back to the year 1000, in which there are some 15th-century frescoes; then the Palazzo Priorale and the Gothic Church of Sant’Agostino with the adjacent convent in typical red brick, whose gabled façade is ennobled by a beautiful Gothic portal and a rose window: don’t miss, inside, the panel by Vincenzo Pagani (1578) and an impressive polyptych by Vittore Crivelli. Continuing along the main street you reach the Church of Santa Maria a Mare and the Belvedere, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the coastline and the sea.
Torre di Palme is surrounded by the lush vegetation of the floristic protected area called Boschetto del Cugnolo, preserving typical plants of the maquis shrubland; the area is a perfect destination for hikers thanks to the picturesque Lovers’ cave.
Along the coastline, another small village worth visiting is Grottammare alta, a small medieval town centre into the sea, with little distinctive alleys and an enchanting panoramic balcony.
Nature and sea lovers will be certainly pleased visiting the Conero Mountain, a green oasis close to the sea: it is worth visiting the ancient village of Sirolo, with its characteristic architecture and a wonderful square overlooking the sea, Le due sorelle (the two sisters) and Urbani beaches, where the white rocks of the Conero meet the sea and create unique fascinating bays and creeks.
Don’t miss the other beauties of the territory