Place:Marche, Italy

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NameMarche
Alt namesLe Marchesource: Canby, Historic Places (1984) II, 568
Marchessource: Columbia Lippincott Gazetteer (1961); Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 728-729
The March of Anconasource: Canby, Historic Places (1984) II, 568
TypeRegion
Coordinates43.5°N 13.25°E
Located inItaly     (1860 - )
Contained Places
Province
Ancona
Ascoli Piceno
Fermo ( 2009 - )
Macerata
Pesaro e Urbino
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source: Family History Library Catalog


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Marche, or the Marches , is one of the twenty regions of Italy. The name of the region derives from the plural name of marca, originally referring to the medieval March of Ancona and nearby marches of Camerino and Fermo. Marche is well known for its shoemaking tradition, with the finest and most luxurious Italian footwear being manufactured in this region.

The region is located in the Central area of the country, bordered by Emilia-Romagna and the republic of San Marino to the north, Tuscany to the west, Umbria to the southwest, Abruzzo and Lazio to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Except for river valleys and the often very narrow coastal strip, the land is hilly. A railway from Bologna to Brindisi, built in the 19th century, runs along the coast of the entire territory. Inland, the mountainous nature of the region, even today, allows relatively little travel north and south, except by twisting roads over the passes. The Umbrian enclave of Monte Ruperto (a subdivision of the Comune of Città di Castello) is entirely surrounded by the Province of Pesaro and Urbino, which constitutes the northern part of the region. Urbino, one of the major cities of the region, was the birthplace of Raphael, as well as a major center of Renaissance history.

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