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Location of Le Marche
Area: 9,694 km²
Population: 1.5m
Density: 159/km²
Capital: Ancona

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  • Ancona
    • Agugliano
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      Arcevia
      Barbara
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      Camerano
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      Castel Colonna
      Castelbellino
      Castelfidardo
      Castelleone di Suasa
      Castelplanio
      Cerreto d'Esi
      Chiaravalle
      Corinaldo
      Cupramontana
      Fabriano
      Falconara Marittima
      Filottrano
      Genga
      Jesi
      Loreto
      Maiolati Spontini
      Mergo
      Monsano
      Monte Roberto
      Monte San Vito
      Montecarotto
      Montemarciano
      Monterado
      Morro d'Alba
      Numana
      Offagna
      Osimo
      Ostra
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      Poggio San Marcello
      Polverigi
      Ripe
      Rosora
      San Marcello
      San Paolo di Jesi
      Santa Maria Nuova
      Sassoferrato
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      Serra de' Conti
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      Sirolo
      Staffolo

  • Ascoli Piceno
    • Acquasanta Terme
      Acquaviva Picena
      Appignano del Tronto
      Arquata del Tronto
      Ascoli Piceno
      Carassai
      Castel di Lama
      Castignano
      Castorano
      Colli del Tronto
      Comunanza
      Cossignano
      Cupra Marittima
      Folignano
      Force
      Grottammare
      Maltignano
      Massignano
      Monsampolo del Tronto
      Montalto delle Marche
      Montedinove
      Montefiore dell'Aso
      Montegallo
      Montemonaco
      Monteprandone
      Offida
      Palmiano
      Ripatransone
      Roccafluvione
      Rotella
      San Benedetto del Tronto
      Spinetoli
      Venarotta

  • Fermo
    • Altidona
      Amandola
      Belmonte Piceno
      Campofilone
      Falerone
      Fermo
      Francavilla d'Ete
      Grottazzolina
      Lapedona
      Magliano di Tenna
      Massa Fermana
      Monsampietro Morico
      Montappone
      Monte Giberto
      Monte Rinaldo
      Monte San Pietrangeli
      Monte Urano
      Monte Vidon Combatte
      Monte Vidon Corrado
      Montefalcone Appennino
      Montefortino
      Montegiorgio
      Montegranaro
      Monteleone di Fermo
      Montelparo
      Monterubbiano
      Montottone
      Moresco
      Ortezzano
      Pedaso
      Petritoli
      Ponzano di Fermo
      Porto San Giorgio
      Porto Sant'Elpidio
      Rapagnano
      Santa Vittoria in Matenano
      Sant'Elpidio a Mare
      Servigliano
      Smerillo
      Torre San Patrizio

  • Macerata
    • Acquacanina
      Apiro
      Appignano
      Belforte del Chienti
      Bolognola
      Caldarola
      Camerino
      Camporotondo di Fiastrone
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      Castelsantangelo sul Nera
      Cessapalombo
      Cingoli
      Civitanova Marche
      Colmurano
      Corridonia
      Esanatoglia
      Fiastra
      Fiordimonte
      Fiuminata
      Gagliole
      Gualdo
      Loro Piceno
      Macerata
      Matelica
      Mogliano
      Monte Cavallo
      Monte San Giusto
      Monte San Martino
      Montecassiano
      Montecosaro
      Montefano
      Montelupone
      Morrovalle
      Muccia
      Penna San Giovanni
      Petriolo
      Pieve Torina
      Pievebovigliana
      Pioraco
      Poggio San Vicino
      Pollenza
      Porto Recanati
      Potenza Picena
      Recanati
      Ripe San Ginesio
      San Ginesio
      San Severino Marche
      Sant'Angelo in Pontano
      Sarnano
      Sefro
      Serrapetrona
      Serravalle di Chienti
      Tolentino
      Treia
      Urbisaglia
      Ussita
      Visso

  • Pesaro e Urbino
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      Auditore
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      Belforte all'Isauro
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      Cagli
      Cantiano
      Carpegna
      Cartoceto
      Colbordolo
      Fano
      Fermignano
      Fossombrone
      Fratte Rosa
      Frontino
      Frontone
      Gabicce Mare
      Gradara
      Isola del Piano
      Lunano
      Macerata Feltria
      Mercatello sul Metauro
      Mercatino Conca
      Mombaroccio
      Mondavio
      Mondolfo
      Monte Cerignone
      Monte Grimano Terme
      Monte Porzio
      Montecalvo in Foglia
      Monteciccardo
      Montecopiolo
      Montefelcino
      Montelabbate
      Montemaggiore al Metauro
      Orciano di Pesaro
      Peglio
      Pergola
      Pesaro
      Petriano
      Piagge
      Piandimeleto
      Pietrarubbia
      Piobbico
      Saltara
      San Costanzo
      San Giorgio di Pesaro
      San Lorenzo in Campo
      Sant'Angelo in Lizzola
      Sant'Angelo in Vado
      Sant'Ippolito
      Sassocorvaro
      Sassofeltrio
      Serra Sant'Abbondio
      Serrungarina
      Tavoleto
      Tavullia
      Urbania
      Urbino

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Lake Pilato (Lago di Pilato)
Lago di Pilato - Photo: Marcosibillini97
Lake Pilato can be found in the Sibillini mountains, 1,941m above sea level near the summit of Mount Vettore, in the province of Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche, not far from the Umbrian border.

It is set in a bowl, enclosed in a narrow glacial valley with the slopes of the Apennine mountains creating walls around it. Lago di Pilato is an alpine glacier lake, one of only a few found on the Apennines, and, other than coastal lakes, it is the only natural lake in Le Marche. It was formed during the last ice age, between 125,000 and 10,000 years ago, and is fed by a natural spring but is also effected by rainfall and melting snow. Roughly 130 metres wide it has a perimeter of 900 metres and a depth of just under nine metres.

During winter months the lake cannot be seen as it is covered with a thick blanket of snow, often several metres thick. It was once oval in shape but now, as the snows begin to melt and the water is high, it resembles a pair of glasses.

Lake Pilato, Lago di Pilato
Looking like glasses - Photo:nicola_ds
During the summer, when the water levels drop, the lake splits into two and it then resembles two bears, both in different positions.

Lake Pilato, Lago di Pilato
Looking like two bears - Photo:Andreas Aldebaran
The weather conditions are relatively harsh and little grows with the landscape being dominated by alpine grasses. However, some rare flowers grow, including Apennine Edelweiss, Saxifraga, Apennine Genepi and the beautiful yellow Apennine poppy.

Lake Pilato, Lago di Pilato
Apennine Edelweiss - Photo:Interminatispazi
There are many birds including the Peregrin Falcon, Snowfinch, Rock Partridge and the Alpine Accentor.

The lake itself hosts a small shrimp known as the 'Chirocephalus marchesonii' and this is the only place in the world that it can be found. This small crustacean, measuring between and 9mm and 12mm, is a species of fairy shrimp. The Chirocephalus marchesonii is slow moving and has a distinctive, bright coral colour. Another noteable feature is that they always swim on their backs.

Lake Pilato, Lago di Pilato
Chirocephalus Marchesonii - Photo:Luca-G
Due to the fact the Chirocephalus marchesonii lay their eggs among the dry rocks on the shore, you are asked to avoid treading on them by always walking at least 5 metres from the edge. Swimming in the lake is also strictly forbidden.

Lago di Pilato is only accessible on foot and is a popular destination for hikers. The most common starting point is from the small village of Foce Foce, near Montemonaco.

Lake Pilato, Lago di Pilato
The lake in summer - Photo:Idéfix
As well as being a very popular trekking destination, Lago di Pilato is traditionally famous for being a place full of magic and mystery. It takes its name from Pontius Pilate, whose body, after being condemned to death by Tiberius, was put into a sack and loaded onto a buffalo cart. According to legend, the buffalo was unsupervised and made a hazardous journey through the mountains, to the crest of 'Redeemer's Summit', which resulted in the body falling into Lago di Pilato. Because of this, the lake became popular with witches and necromancers who built stone walls around it to prevent Christians from entering. They even spread a rumour that the lake was secretly the entrance to hell.
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Le Marche Information
Location of Le Marche
Area: 9,694 km²
Population: 1.5m
Density: 159/km²
Capital: Ancona

Find a hotel in Le Marche
Provinces
Comunes
  • Ancona
    • Agugliano
      Ancona
      Arcevia
      Barbara
      Belvedere Ostrense
      Camerano
      Camerata Picena
      Castel Colonna
      Castelbellino
      Castelfidardo
      Castelleone di Suasa
      Castelplanio
      Cerreto d'Esi
      Chiaravalle
      Corinaldo
      Cupramontana
      Fabriano
      Falconara Marittima
      Filottrano
      Genga
      Jesi
      Loreto
      Maiolati Spontini
      Mergo
      Monsano
      Monte Roberto
      Monte San Vito
      Montecarotto
      Montemarciano
      Monterado
      Morro d'Alba
      Numana
      Offagna
      Osimo
      Ostra
      Ostra Vetere
      Poggio San Marcello
      Polverigi
      Ripe
      Rosora
      San Marcello
      San Paolo di Jesi
      Santa Maria Nuova
      Sassoferrato
      Senigallia
      Serra de' Conti
      Serra San Quirico
      Sirolo
      Staffolo

  • Ascoli Piceno
    • Acquasanta Terme
      Acquaviva Picena
      Appignano del Tronto
      Arquata del Tronto
      Ascoli Piceno
      Carassai
      Castel di Lama
      Castignano
      Castorano
      Colli del Tronto
      Comunanza
      Cossignano
      Cupra Marittima
      Folignano
      Force
      Grottammare
      Maltignano
      Massignano
      Monsampolo del Tronto
      Montalto delle Marche
      Montedinove
      Montefiore dell'Aso
      Montegallo
      Montemonaco
      Monteprandone
      Offida
      Palmiano
      Ripatransone
      Roccafluvione
      Rotella
      San Benedetto del Tronto
      Spinetoli
      Venarotta

  • Fermo
    • Altidona
      Amandola
      Belmonte Piceno
      Campofilone
      Falerone
      Fermo
      Francavilla d'Ete
      Grottazzolina
      Lapedona
      Magliano di Tenna
      Massa Fermana
      Monsampietro Morico
      Montappone
      Monte Giberto
      Monte Rinaldo
      Monte San Pietrangeli
      Monte Urano
      Monte Vidon Combatte
      Monte Vidon Corrado
      Montefalcone Appennino
      Montefortino
      Montegiorgio
      Montegranaro
      Monteleone di Fermo
      Montelparo
      Monterubbiano
      Montottone
      Moresco
      Ortezzano
      Pedaso
      Petritoli
      Ponzano di Fermo
      Porto San Giorgio
      Porto Sant'Elpidio
      Rapagnano
      Santa Vittoria in Matenano
      Sant'Elpidio a Mare
      Servigliano
      Smerillo
      Torre San Patrizio

  • Macerata
    • Acquacanina
      Apiro
      Appignano
      Belforte del Chienti
      Bolognola
      Caldarola
      Camerino
      Camporotondo di Fiastrone
      Castelraimondo
      Castelsantangelo sul Nera
      Cessapalombo
      Cingoli
      Civitanova Marche
      Colmurano
      Corridonia
      Esanatoglia
      Fiastra
      Fiordimonte
      Fiuminata
      Gagliole
      Gualdo
      Loro Piceno
      Macerata
      Matelica
      Mogliano
      Monte Cavallo
      Monte San Giusto
      Monte San Martino
      Montecassiano
      Montecosaro
      Montefano
      Montelupone
      Morrovalle
      Muccia
      Penna San Giovanni
      Petriolo
      Pieve Torina
      Pievebovigliana
      Pioraco
      Poggio San Vicino
      Pollenza
      Porto Recanati
      Potenza Picena
      Recanati
      Ripe San Ginesio
      San Ginesio
      San Severino Marche
      Sant'Angelo in Pontano
      Sarnano
      Sefro
      Serrapetrona
      Serravalle di Chienti
      Tolentino
      Treia
      Urbisaglia
      Ussita
      Visso

  • Pesaro e Urbino
    • Acqualagna
      Apecchio
      Auditore
      Barchi
      Belforte all'Isauro
      Borgo Pace
      Cagli
      Cantiano
      Carpegna
      Cartoceto
      Colbordolo
      Fano
      Fermignano
      Fossombrone
      Fratte Rosa
      Frontino
      Frontone
      Gabicce Mare
      Gradara
      Isola del Piano
      Lunano
      Macerata Feltria
      Mercatello sul Metauro
      Mercatino Conca
      Mombaroccio
      Mondavio
      Mondolfo
      Monte Cerignone
      Monte Grimano Terme
      Monte Porzio
      Montecalvo in Foglia
      Monteciccardo
      Montecopiolo
      Montefelcino
      Montelabbate
      Montemaggiore al Metauro
      Orciano di Pesaro
      Peglio
      Pergola
      Pesaro
      Petriano
      Piagge
      Piandimeleto
      Pietrarubbia
      Piobbico
      Saltara
      San Costanzo
      San Giorgio di Pesaro
      San Lorenzo in Campo
      Sant'Angelo in Lizzola
      Sant'Angelo in Vado
      Sant'Ippolito
      Sassocorvaro
      Sassofeltrio
      Serra Sant'Abbondio
      Serrungarina
      Tavoleto
      Tavullia
      Urbania
      Urbino

Le Marche Flag
Le Marche Airports
Le Marche National Parks
Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga
The Sibillini National Park
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