The natural environment of the Marche mainly consists of farmland. The rural aspect of the hilly countryside of the Marche was forget by the share-cropping system. Many old villas and country mansions have now been turned into tourist farms, especially in the higher hill areas; ideal places for a relaxing holiday, or purchasing biologically-grown products, or for simply enjoying the traditional dishes of the Marche. Further inland, the soft rolling hills become austere, rocky mountains, with projecting spurs and deep gorges. Near Cagli, for instance, along the Via Flaminia, are the Burano and Furlo Gorges. Along the valley the river Esino, there are numerous protected areas: two national parks (Monti Sibillini and Gran Sasso and the Monti della Laga), four regional parks (Sasso Simone and Simoncello, Rossa and Frasassi Gorge and, ond the coast, Monte San Bartolo and Monte Conero), and two nature reserves (Abbadia di Fiastra and Montagna di Torricchio). There are numerous localities in the Marche hinterland ideal for a relaxing holiday, at all times of the year. These are especially suited to anyone wanting to escape the overcrowded tourist resorts on the coast or for visitors seeking peace and quit, nature walks, leisure activities, or enthusiasts of horse-riding, canoeing, golfing, fishing, hiking, mountain-biking, hang-gliding, paragliding and mountaineering.
At Marche, there is tourist accommodation available in hotels, farm holiday, farmhouse, residence self-catering accommodation, b&b, rooms for rent, holiday homes, camp sites and tourist villages.