Ancona and its cathedral dedicated to San Ciriaco. Built on the site of a Hellenic temple and paleochristian basilica, the cathedral dominates the city from the heights of the Colle Guasco. Outside, a gothic façade; inside, a Greek cross plan and a majestic altar realised in 1738 by Luigi Vanvitelli. The work of Vanvitelli can also be found in the Church del Gesù. Other examples of sacred art to be found in the vicinity include the Church of San Francesco alle Scale, Santa Maria della Piazza, and the Church of San Domenico, this latter overlooking the Piazza del Plebiscito, also known as Piazza del Papa. Not to be missed whilst in Ancona, the Palazzo degli Anziani and two important monuments dating back to the Roman era: the Arch of Trajan and the Amphitheatre.

From Ancona ten minutes are all that are needed to reach Chiaravalle and the Abbey of Santa Maria in Castagnola. Constructed in 1126, it is one of the three churches founded by the Cistercian monks of Clairvaux resident in Italy. Our journey continues, taking us towards Morro d'Alba, a tiny town protected by a perfectly conserved perimeter wall. Not to be missed, a visit to the Utensilia Museum which boasts a collection of over 800 examples of traditional farming equipment.

We travel on towards Jesi, a city of Roman origins still enclosed within its ancient medieval walls. Here, the sites to see are numerous: Palazzo della Signoria, Palazzo Pianetti (where the Civic Art Museum is housed), Palazzo Ripanti, and the Complex of San Floriano (an ex convent, converted in Archaeological Museum). Legend has it that, in 1194, in Piazza Federico II the Emperor Federico II of Svevia was born. The town is home to a number of important churches including the gothic churches of San Nicolò and San Marco and the 15th century Sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Encircling the town, amidst the vineyards, there are Jesi's "castles"; a total of 14 fortified villages. Serra San Quirico is an old fortified settlement, on the walls of which houses and internal passages (the so-called "copertelle") were built. In the 17th century Church of Santa Lucia one can admire invaluable stuccoes and a rare baroque organ. Nearby, lies the early 11th century abbey of Sant'Elena, the foundation of which is attributed to San Romualdo.

We make our next stop at Fabriano, the city of paper, product manufactured here since the 13th century. The triangular shape of Piazza del Comune, with its Palazzo del Podestà, Loggiato di San Francesco, and Sturinalto Fountain, is extremely unusual. Like Piazza del Comune, Piazza Umberto is home to a number of important architectural works: such as the Cathedral of San Venanzo and the ex Hospital of Santa Maria del Buon Gesù. Also to visit, the Paper and Watermark Museum and the Deposit of Artworks within the old Miliani paper mill, where over 700 artworks are housed, all salvaged from buildings damaged by the earthquake which struck Italy's Umbria and Marche regions in 1997.

In order to visit the legendary caves of Frasassi, we take the road to Genga, an attractive medieval village immersed in the woods. The village is itself more than worthy of visit, with its noble Palazzo once residence to the Counts of Genga, the Church of San Clemente (now transformed in Museum of Sacred Art), and two sanctuaries: the Temple of Valadier and the Hermitage of Santa Maria infra saxa. Another extremely beautiful building is that of the abbey of San Vittore delle Chiuse.

The last part of our journey takes us to Arcevia and the 9 castles which surround it. At Serra de' Conti one can still admire the ancient medieval plan of the town and a fabulous perimeter wall. The Museum of the Monastic Arts, provides visitors with a unique account of the life of the nuns of the Poor Clare order. Castellone di Suasa is an ancient Roman city, traces of which can be observed in the Archaeological Park and the Civic Museum. The town of Corinaldo, on the other hand, is an important site of worship where St. Maria Goretti was born, Saint venerated in the town's Sanctuary.