Spread out over rolling hills is the city of San Severino in Le Marche. Sit in the main plaza, the Piazza del Popolo, which is actually in the shape of an oval, and admire the 16 th century architecture. The walls and remains of the old city are built into the hills as well as another beautiful defining structure of the city, the Montenero Castle, around which the current city was built, accessible by two towers—the bell tower of the 10 th-century Cathedral, and the communal tower. The Civic Gallery in Manuzzini Palace houses many local paintings from the 14 th, 15 th, and 16 th centuries, and the Archaeological Museum displays artifacts preserved from Le Marche from as early as the Paleolithic period.

Taverns and local restaurants are very popular in San Severino, as peasant food abounds. Meat is popular over seafood, but flounder, swordfish, and bass can be found, and the Ristorante Cavallini (Viale Bigioli, 49) serves excellent seafood. For rustic pizza, try Ristorante La Pineta ( Località Serripola), or for fine dining, there is Ristorante Da Piero (Viale Bigioli, 66), near the Piazza del Popolo. You won’t have to go very far to find other samples of local cuisine or fresh, as San Severino is surrounded by fertile fields, wheat, and barley.