Looking over the valleys or Wìth views opening up to distant seahorizons. the villages of Piceno are authentic panoramicterraces where the eye is free to roam from tower to tower, in an endless succession of hills, plains, and palm groves. From the mountain chains of the Monti Sibillini and the Laga in the west to the Adriatic in the east. Built tor control and defence,or as pari of the process of fortification, these mediaeval and Renaissance villages, which are about 400 in number, have changed some of their originai characteristics while losing none of their scenic and architectural beauty, and their relaxex . Old worldly atmosphere of a slow, hard-working ltaly – and hardlysurprisingly, it is the Marche thathas the record tor longevity.