Luminaria line streets in preparation for the Processione Santa Veronica
Mercatello sul Metauro, a walled medieval village in the Italian Marche, is set against the backdrop of the Apennine Mountains and (only) several kilometers from the well known Tuscany and Umbria regions. Situated at 1600’ and surrounded by mountains, Mercatello enjoys cooling mountain breezes in the mornings and evenings, and mid-days of sunny blue skies.
The landscape is reminiscent of the neighboring Tuscan and Umbrian region with farms and historic stone dwellings tucked into the hills and valleys. The Marche’s well-known city of Urbino is located a half hour’s drive from Mercatello, and its notable cultural and artistic influences can be seen in the invaluable collection of objects, furniture, frescoes and works of art in Mercatello’s museums, palazzo and churches dating back to the 12th century.
The picturesque countryside offers plentiful hiking and walking possibilities in a refreshing mountain climate. Historic stone farmhouses and agriturismi beckon to spend an evening sampling their typical hearty Italian cuisine in an unforgettable romantic atmosphere. Mercatello’s authentic, small-town friendly spirit encourages impromptu get-togethers in its central piazza where you will be welcomed by the locals to practice your Italian language skills!
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The central piazza in Mercatello
The easiest and most direct is to fly into Bologna from one of many European hubs. From Bologna there are frequent trains that connect with the lovely seaside town of Pesaro, home of the Accademia Rossiniana. There is also regular train transportation from the airports of Milan or Rome to Pesaro. From Pesaro there is a bus that connects with Mercatello. The train website is easy to use for all destinations within Italy. The bus website connects the smaller villages and our staff will help you find your best connections.