Fermo Province
Fermo Province
Monte Giberto - Photo: Mutaforme
Province of Fermo, Le Marche

Fermo Province

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The province of Fermo spreads from the Adriatic coast to the Sibillini mountains in the west. It is bordered in the north by Macerata and to south it is separated from the province of Ascoli Piceno by the river Aso. The eastern border has some of the highest peaks in Le Marche, the highest being Priora at 2,334 metres. It covers an area of 859.51 km² with just over 90% of the terrain being hilly, less than 10% mountainous and the remainder being a narrow band of flat land running along the coast.
Fermo Province
Province of Fermo, Le Marche
The province of Fermo has ancient origins dating back to when it was one of the ancient capitals of the Picini people. During the middle ages it was well established and very powerful.

The province is served by Aeroporto di Ancona-Falconara in Ancona. Aeroporto di Ancona-Falconara (AOI) is located in Falconara Marittima to the west of Ancona and is around 50km from the town of Fermo. This airport is also known as Aeroporto Raffaello Sanzio.
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The nearest ferry port is Ancona, around 50km from the town of Fermo. The port, one of the main ports on the Adriatic Sea, is located near the centre of Ancona and is a busy passenger port with ferries running to Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Albania and Montenegro. It has good facilities with a café, shop, restrooms and both short and long term car parks. Website

Trains running to Fermo from major Italian cities usually require a change of train in Ancona.

The main road serving Fermo, along with the rest of the region of Le Marche, is the A14 motorway (Autostrada A14 or Autostrada Adriatica).This motorway runs between the cities of Bologna and Taranto, mostly hugging the Adriatic coastline. The A14 motorway is 743.4 km in length and mainly consists of two lanes, three in parts of the north and has many hills, tunnels and bridges.

Fermo is the capital of the province of Fermo and is an ideal town centre for those wanting a holiday which is off the beaten track. The town sits on top of a hill and provides a wonderful panorama of the surrounding countryside and the river Tenna. The town is old and has a wonderful array of examples of its fascinating history with the remains of its cyclopean walls and many interesting examples of architecture.

Underneath the town is an intricate system of well-preserved Roman cisterns (le cisterne Romane) dating back to around 40 AD. They were built to conserve and purify the water for the people of the town and are considered to be one of the finest examples of their kind in Italy. These cisterns are located underneath Via Paccarone near Chiesa di San Domenico but the entrance is difficult to find due to the building of houses.

Duomo di Fermo (Fermo cathedral) which is made of Istrian stone and has a Gothic facade was reconstructed in 1227. It has many interesting features and a collection of items inside including a chasuble which belonged to Thomas Becket who was murdered in Canterbury (UK) in 1170.

Fermo Province
The Cathedral of Fermo - Photo: Florian Prischl
Palazzo dei Priori is the main square of the town and was restored in 1446. There are many beautiful buildings lining the square, including the Biblioteca Comunale (public library) which holds some interesting historical documentation. This square is the hub of the town with many bars and restaurants where locals and tourists mix happily every day. There are markets held here and many festivals, including a music festival, throughout the summer.

Dotted around the beautiful countryside of this region there are many smaller towns and villages that hold intrigue and history of their own.

Falerone
It appears that Falerone was once a centre of some importance and was probably founded as a colony by Caesar Augustus. Little can be found to back this up except some inscriptions and remains of buildings. There is also an ample portion of the remains of a theatre that was erected in 43BC.

Montefalcone Appennino
Montefalcone Appennino lies roughly 35km east of the town of Fermo and as well as the tower of an ancient castle it has two 14th century churches.

Fermo Province
Montefalcone Apennino - Photo: Paul Goyette
Montegranaro
Montegranaro is of the main centres in Italy for the production of shoes.

Monterubbiano
This is a pretty hilltop town with a lot of history and some good places to visit. The castle walls date back to 1443 and there are two ancient entrance gates, Porta del Pero and Porta San Basso. There is also a 14th century Communal Palace built in the Romanesque-Gothic style, an art gallery, an Archaeological Museum and Ghetto degli Ebrei which was a Jewish ghetto in the 16th century.

Moresco
A 25 metre high 12th century heptagonal watchtower makes the skyline of this walled town very distinctive. From the top of the tower, on a clear day you can see inland to the Gran Sasso mountain, the coastline of Le Marche and the coastline of Albania. A 16th century bell chimes every day, along with the bell in the old clock tower which was built to defend the entrance to an old castle. An old church, St. Sofia, is now a theatre (lu teatri) and it has interesting fresco inside. Just outside the town walls is the Sanctuary of the Madonna della Salute and the Church of St. Maria dell'Olmo, both of which are worth a visit.

Porto Sant'Elpidio
Porto Sant'Elpidio, with its 8 km stretch of coastline is a coastal town which suffered badly from torrential rain and flooding in 1950. It took a long time to recover from the destruction of homes, land and crops bit it is now a pretty and thriving holiday destination. There are some interesting villas in the town, Villa Murri, Villa Maroni, Villa Baruchello and Villa Fanny (which is the only one not open to the public).

Smerillo
Some interesting remains of the original medieval castle and its walls as well as two notable churches, Santa Caterina and San Ruffino make Smerillo an interesting village to visit.

Porto San Giorgio
This well-known holiday destination has a long stretch of golden sand, clear turquoise water, a palm tree lined promenade and a selection of beachside bars, restaurants and geletarie. The water is shallow making it perfect for families but this beach is also very popular with young couples.

Porto Sant'Elpidio
Although this beach is close to the town it never seems busy or crowded. The light brown sand is washed by gentle, clear blue water and there is an atmosphere of tranquility and elegance. The water here becomes deep very quickly making it ideal for those enjoying swimming but not so perfect for families with young children.

Food and Wine
The pecorino grape, taking its name from the sheep (pecore) who used to graze on it, is thought to have originated in the Sibillini mountains of Fermo, even though it is now grown in other provinces of Le Marche. It is an early ripening variety and produces fine white wine.

The red wine Offida Rosso DOCG and the white wine Offida Bianco DOCG are also produced in this province as well as in Ascoli Piceno.

Cereals, olives and mustard are grown and produced and the fish and seafood along the coast, in particular Porto San Giorgio, of this province are excellent.

Maccheroncini di Campofilone is a variety of pasta that has received the PGI and is made exclusively in the town of Campofilone. The pasta is between 0.3mm and 0.7mm thick and cut to lengths of between from 0.8mm and 1.2 mm. Only fresh eggs are allowed to be used and no other liquid can be added.

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  • Regional Information

    • Area: 9,694 km²
      Population: 1.5m
      Density: 159/km²
      Capital: Ancona

      National Parks:
      Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National park
      The Sibillini National Park
Location of Le Marche
Provinces of Le Marche
  • Comunes of Le Marche
    • Ancona
      • Agugliano
        Ancona
        Arcevia
        Barbara
        Belvedere Ostrense
        Camerano
        Camerata Picena
        Castel Colonna
        Castelbellino
        Castelfidardo
        Castelleone di Suasa
        Castelplanio
        Cerreto d’Esi
        Chiaravalle
        Corinaldo
        Cupramontana
        Fabriano
        Falconara Marittima
        Filottrano
        Genga
        Jesi
        Loreto
        Maiolati Spontini
        Mergo
        Monsano
        Monte Roberto
        Monte San Vito
        Montecarotto
        Montemarciano
        Monterado
        Morro d’Alba
        Numana
        Offagna
        Osimo
        Ostra
        Ostra Vetere
        Poggio San Marcello
        Polverigi
        Ripe
        Rosora
        San Marcello
        San Paolo di Jesi
        Santa Maria Nuova
        Sassoferrato
        Senigallia
        Serra de’ Conti
        Serra San Quirico
        Sirolo
        Staffolo

    • Ascoli Piceno
      • Acquasanta Terme
        Acquaviva Picena
        Appignano del Tronto
        Arquata del Tronto
        Ascoli Piceno
        Carassai
        Castel di Lama
        Castignano
        Castorano
        Colli del Tronto
        Comunanza
        Cossignano
        Cupra Marittima
        Folignano
        Force
        Grottammare
        Maltignano
        Massignano
        Monsampolo del Tronto
        Montalto delle Marche
        Montedinove
        Montefiore dell’Aso
        Montegallo
        Montemonaco
        Monteprandone
        Offida
        Palmiano
        Ripatransone
        Roccafluvione
        Rotella
        San Benedetto del Tronto
        Spinetoli
        Venarotta

    • Fermo
      • Altidona
        Amandola
        Belmonte Piceno
        Campofilone
        Falerone
        Fermo
        Francavilla d’Ete
        Grottazzolina
        Lapedona
        Magliano di Tenna
        Massa Fermana
        Monsampietro Morico
        Montappone
        Monte Giberto
        Monte Rinaldo
        Monte San Pietrangeli
        Monte Urano
        Monte Vidon Combatte
        Monte Vidon Corrado
        Montefalcone Appennino
        Montefortino
        Montegiorgio
        Montegranaro
        Monteleone di Fermo
        Montelparo
        Monterubbiano
        Montottone
        Moresco
        Ortezzano
        Pedaso
        Petritoli
        Ponzano di Fermo
        Porto San Giorgio
        Porto Sant’Elpidio
        Rapagnano
        Santa Vittoria in Matenano
        Sant’Elpidio a Mare
        Servigliano
        Smerillo
        Torre San Patrizio

    • Macerata
      • Acquacanina
        Apiro
        Appignano
        Belforte del Chienti
        Bolognola
        Caldarola
        Camerino
        Camporotondo di Fiastrone
        Castelraimondo
        Castelsantangelo sul Nera
        Cessapalombo
        Cingoli
        Civitanova Marche
        Colmurano
        Corridonia
        Esanatoglia
        Fiastra
        Fiordimonte
        Fiuminata
        Gagliole
        Gualdo
        Loro Piceno
        Macerata
        Matelica
        Mogliano
        Monte Cavallo
        Monte San Giusto
        Monte San Martino
        Montecassiano
        Montecosaro
        Montefano
        Montelupone
        Morrovalle
        Muccia
        Penna San Giovanni
        Petriolo
        Pieve Torina
        Pievebovigliana
        Pioraco
        Poggio San Vicino
        Pollenza
        Porto Recanati
        Potenza Picena
        Recanati
        Ripe San Ginesio
        San Ginesio
        San Severino Marche
        Sant’Angelo in Pontano
        Sarnano
        Sefro
        Serrapetrona
        Serravalle di Chienti
        Tolentino
        Treia
        Urbisaglia
        Ussita
        Visso

    • Pesaro e Urbino
      • Acqualagna
        Apecchio
        Auditore
        Barchi
        Belforte all’Isauro
        Borgo Pace
        Cagli
        Cantiano
        Carpegna
        Cartoceto
        Colbordolo
        Fano
        Fermignano
        Fossombrone
        Fratte Rosa
        Frontino
        Frontone
        Gabicce Mare
        Gradara
        Isola del Piano
        Lunano
        Macerata Feltria
        Mercatello sul Metauro
        Mercatino Conca
        Mombaroccio
        Mondavio
        Mondolfo
        Monte Cerignone
        Monte Grimano Terme
        Monte Porzio
        Montecalvo in Foglia
        Monteciccardo
        Montecopiolo
        Montefelcino
        Montelabbate
        Montemaggiore al Metauro
        Orciano di Pesaro
        Peglio
        Pergola
        Pesaro
        Petriano
        Piagge
        Piandimeleto
        Pietrarubbia
        Piobbico
        Saltara
        San Costanzo
        San Giorgio di Pesaro
        San Lorenzo in Campo
        Sant’Angelo in Lizzola
        Sant’Angelo in Vado
        Sant’Ippolito
        Sassocorvaro
        Sassofeltrio
        Serra Sant’Abbondio
        Serrungarina
        Tavoleto
        Tavullia
        Urbania
        Urbino
Le Marche Airports
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Le Marche Climate (Ancona)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 15 8 4 63
Feb 15 8 4 52
Mar 17 9 5 43
Apr 19 11 6 31
May 24 15 7 17
Jun 28 18 9 9
Jul 31 22 10 6
Aug 31 22 9 9
Sep 28 19 7 29
Oct 24 16 6 53
Nov 20 12 4 63
Dec 17 10 4 59
Table Key:
High - Average monthly high temperatures
Low - Average monthly low temperatures
Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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