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This appealing seaside resort also doubles as a colorful fishing port (below) and centre for the footwear industry. And its long, deep gravel beach offers a bit more style than its nearby neighbours with no shortage of hotels to choose from down on the seafront.

The most attractive stretch of promenade and beach lies to the south and has attractive planting and a calm air. The town itself centres around wide Piazza XX Settembre and offers plenty of stylish window-shopping and green public gardens.

About 4 kms inland from the town stands the Medieval hilltop borgo of Civitanova Marche Alta, still partly enclosed by its old walls and well worth a stroll - amongst the fine ancient palaces and churches is an unusually good modern Italian art collection in the civic Galleria d'Arte Moderna.

One of the Marche's earliest and most charming churches, Santa Maria a Pič di Chienti, lies 6km inland along the SS 485. This beautifully preserved romanesque construction was built in the 9th Century. Double-decker in form, the upper floor is built within the church at the further end of the high central nave. The 14th Century frescoes in the apse above the upper altar are all the more powerful in their striking contrast with the remainder of the simple brick interior.

Porto Potenza Picena
To the north of Civitanova Marche is Porto Potenza Picena - very much a variation on the same theme as many of the southern Marche's smaller resorts. A place to go for a day on a sandy beach if you're staying inland nearby.

A few kilometres inland, however, is one Italy's few remaining 18th century gardens with a beautiful red-brick noble villa (closed to public) at Giardino Bonaccorsi. Worth visiting if you're in the area.