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Marche

Marche
NameThe Marches
Italian NameLe Marche
Region CoaCoat of arms of Marche.svg
Coa Size50px
AnthemInno delle Marche
FlagFlag of Marche.svg
CapitalAncona
Area9,366
Area Rank15th
Area Percent3.2
Population1,565,000
Pop Rank13th
Pop Percent2.6
Pop Date01-01-2011
GDP41.7
GDP Year2010
GDP Per Capita26,500
GDP Cap Year2008
Websitewww.regione.marche.it
LeaderGian Mario Spacca
Leader PartyPD
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Le Marche (-itˈmarkepron) is one of the 20 Regions of Italy. In English, this region has also been known as The Marches. The Italian name Le Marche often requires the article and is the plural of marca, and literally means "the marches", originally referring to the medieval March of Ancona and nearby marches of Camerino and Fermo.

Le Marche is located in the Central area of the country, bordering Emilia-Romagna and the republic of San Marino to the north, Tuscany to the north-west, Umbria to the west, Abruzzo and Lazio to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Except for river valleys and the often very narrow coastal strip, the land is hilly. In the nineteenth century, a railway from Bologna to Brindisi ran along the coastline of the entire territory. Inland, the mountainous nature of the region, even today, allows little travel north and south, except by rough roads over the passes.


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