Mary and friends off the beaten path in Italy

Christmas Marchets - Christmas in the Marche region



Wonderful landscapes, picturesque medieval villages and traditional food will amaze you in your next adventure in Italy. 2 nights in Ascoli Piceno area. Enjoy the city of Travertine famous for one of the most beautiful Italian squares and discover why Marche are called "the next Tuscany." 4 nights in Senigallia to admire the beauties of the northern part of the region. Loreto, one of the most frequented pilgrimage sites in the country.Unique and mysterious, hosts the house that the Holy Family lived in. Jesi, a sophisticated and lively city, birthplace of the emperor Frederick II. Frasassi grottoes, one of the largest known caves system in Europe, filled with stunning stalactites and stalagmites. 2 nights in Rome to fully enjoy the eternal city.


Hotel Casale

Hotel Casale

Hotel Raffaello

Hotel Raffaello

Hotel NH Collection Palazzo Cinquecento

Hotel NH Collection Palazzo Cinquecento






28 November - Departure day

Board your flight and get ready for another amazing adventure organized by Mary Lide!

Flight: United Airlines EWR to FCO

Flight code: UA 40 

Departing at 5:55 PM from Newark, NJ

It is your responsibility to be at the airport with all the required documentation and early enough to check in and go through security.

Non-stop flight.

Flight lands in Rome FCO airport at 08:05 AM local Italian time.



29 November - The journey begins

Land in Rome, board your bus and get to Ascoli Piceno area.

Enjoy one of those lunches that you are used to when traveling with Mary!

Reach the hotel Il Casale, overlooking the amazing hills of the Piceno valley and enjoy a welcome cocktail.

Overnight Ascoli Piceno



30 November - Discover Ascoli Piceno

Feel like royalty while visiting the amazing medieval town of Acquaviva Picena with its perfectly preserved XII century fortress.

Enjoy lunch in one of our selected restaurant before having a stroll with our local guide and discover the city of travertine and towers, Ascoli Piceno!

During your free time make sure you taste some typical fried olives and get a coffee with the famous Anisetta liqueur in one of the many local cafes.

Overnight: Ascoli Piceno



01 December - Head to the North

Check out and discover the northern part of the region. But first, some shopping time! 

In a local factory, learn about the main production and the biggest pride of the region, shoes. Have some time for shopping and great deals.

After a wine tasting with light lunch, visit Loreto, the city that owes its fame to the Sanctuary (or Basilica) where the Shrine of the Holy House of the Virgin Mary is preserved and venerated. It is a holy place defined by Pope John Paul II as “the true Marian heart of Christianity". Learn the legend and the history about how the Home of Our Lady arrived in Marche and admire the elegance of the Church built to protect it.

Check in to the hotel in the beautiful seaside town of Senigallia.

Overnight: Senigallia



02 December - Frasassi grottoes and Jesi

Visit Frasassi, one of the most beautiful grottoes complex in central Italy. After (safely) walking through stalagmites and stalactites. 

After lunch in one of our selected restaurants, you will proceed to Jesi, the birthplace of Frederick II to enjoy its lively Christmas atmosphere.

Overnight: Senigallia



03 December - San Marino and Christmas markets

Beautifully independent, this is how San Marino will look like. After visiting this charming republic that looks like a gem embedded in italy, proceed to Candelara for the Christmas markets!

Overnight: Senigallia



04 December - Free day with optional

Today relax and enjoy Senigallia ora jump on the optional we have designed for you!

Urbino: knights, forks and knives (with lunch)

Overnight: Senigallia



05 December - Perugia Christmas markets and Rome

It is about time to get back to Rome! On the way South, have a stop in the beautiful Umbria region to visit Perugia, the European capital of chocolate.

Overnight: Rome



06 December - Free day in Rome and farewell party

On your last day in Italy, enjoy the eternal city on your own or sign up for our optional tour. Click on the name to learn more and/or sign up
- Saint Angel Castle and Baroque Rome (with lunch)
- Caravaggio: an immersion in lights and shades (with lunch)
- Jewish Rome (with lunch)
At night, we will have one of those farewell parties that will be hard to forget...

Overnight: Rome


DAY 10

07 December - Departure

Reach the airport of Rome and board your flight to go back home! Spread the word about this amazing region you have visited and make your friends and family fall in love with it!


Single Room

Single Room

Your own room, your own bed. That's it.


Double Room

Double Room

Sharing is caring! One double bed to share with the person you want to.


Twin Room

Twin Room

Not too close, please. Choose this option to share your room with someone while having your own bed.


You'll Be Staying Here

Hotel Casale

Hotel Casale

Overlooking the amazing hills of the Piceno valley, this hotel is the perfect solution for groups visiting Ascoli and nearby areas.

A place to relax and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the South of Marche.

Address: Via Casale Superiore, 146, 63079 Colli del Tronto AP
Phone: +39 0736 8167

Hotel Raffaello

Hotel Raffaello

Modern, elegant, sharp. Raffaello is one of the best hotels in the Northern part of the Marche region. Only a few minutes walking from the amazing center of Senigallia, this hotel is perfect for all type of travelers: business or tourists.

Address: Via Filippo Corridoni, 3, 60019 Senigallia AN
Phone: +39 071 792 76 23

NH Collection Palazzo Cinquecento

NH Collection Palazzo Cinquecento

A brand new 5-star hotel in the heart of Rome. Its elegant building is leaning on the very first Roman city walls, giving its guests a privileged feeling that only history and elegance together can create.

Address: Piazza dei Cinquecento, 90, 00185 Roma RM
Phone: +39 06492221

Mary and friends off the beaten path in Italy

Italy· 8 nights