What was once the ancient port for the inland city of Fermo is now a pleasant seaside resort with a small working port.
Its streets sandwiched between the main SS16 road and the sea offer plenty of chances for window shopping and in high summer the place has a lively air and
plenty of concerts and the like to keep you entertained.
It owes some of its charm to a few fine examples of the Liberty Style architecture that was much in vogue in the smarter seaside resorts across Italy at
the turn of the 19th century.
It's 13th century fortress, built by Lorenzo Tiepolo, later Doge of Venice, stands close by the town's central square, and has fine towers and high
But the town's main attractions are its fish and its attractive beaches. There are plenty of moderately priced restaurants serving brodetto (the Marche fish stew) to choose from.
To the south of Porto San Giorgio is Pedaso, the Marche's
"mussel beach" - these delectable molluscs are cultivated on concrete pillars that lie just off its short, gravely beach. Apart from being a popular place for skin-diving, it is also conveniently close
to the motorway exit. In summer there is also a Sagra delle Cozze, or mussel feast.
To the north of Porto San Giorgio is the narrow beach of
Porto Sant'Elpidio. This resort's main attractions are its pine woods at the northern end and plenty of enormous shoe shops on the main SS16 (here we're in the heartland of the Marche's shoe industry).