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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £32 /night

£221 - £885 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0.15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
Apartment for 4 persons, with swimming pool , near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £38 /night

£266 - £930 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0.15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
Apartment for 4 persons, with swimming pool , near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Farmhouse | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 11

7 Nights min stay

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from £176 /night

£1232 - £1397 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Lay on the rolling hills of the Marche and near the medieval village of Cossignano, an ideal destination in farmhouse for people seeking a relaxing holiday close to sea and mountains.  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £30 /night

£204 - £770 / week

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  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Apartment for 6 persons in Pineto  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £40 /night

£274 - £1018 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0.15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
Apartment for 6 persons, with swimming pool , near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £36 /night

£248 - £930 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 0.02 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
Apartment for 5 persons near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £30 /night

£204 - £770 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0.05 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
Apartment for 4 persons near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Apartment | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £36 /night

£248 - £930 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0.02 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Apartment for 6 persons near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £36 /night

£248 - £930 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0.02 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Apartment for 5 persons near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £36 /night

£248 - £930 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0.02 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Apartment for 6 persons near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Farmhouse | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £77 /night

£538 - £653 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
The ideal stay for people who love and appreciate the peculiarity of the Marche and seeking a rural tourism in close contact with nature.  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £30 /night

£204 - £770 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Apartment for 4 persons near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £36 /night

£248 - £930 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0.15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Attractive apartment for 6 persons near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Farmhouse | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

7 Nights min stay

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from £89 /night

£620 - £819 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
The ideal stay for people who love and appreciate the peculiarity of the Marche and seeking a rural tourism in close contact with nature.  …see more

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Farmhouse | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

7 Nights min stay

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from £71 /night

£496 - £579 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
The ideal stay for people who love and appreciate the peculiarity of the Marche and seeking a rural tourism in close contact with nature.  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £38 /night

£266 - £930 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0.15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Apartment for 4 persons, with swimming pool , near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £36 /night

£248 - £930 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0.02 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Attractive apartment for 6 persons near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Farmhouse | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 3

7 Nights min stay

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from £71 /night

£496 - £579 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
The ideal stay for people who love and appreciate the peculiarity of the Marche and seeking a rural tourism in close contact with nature.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £36 /night

£248 - £930 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Apartment for 6 persons near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Farmhouse | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £77 /night

£538 - £620 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Lay on the rolling hills of the Marche and near the medieval village of Cossignano, an ideal destination for people seeking a relaxing holiday close to the sea and mountains.  …see more

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Farmhouse | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

7 Nights min stay

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from £104 /night

£728 - £810 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Lay on the rolling hills of the Marche and near the medieval village of Cossignano, an ideal destination in farmhouse for people seeking a relaxing holiday close to sea and mountains.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £36 /night

£248 - £930 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Apartment for 5 persons near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Apartment | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 4

7 Nights min stay

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from £38 /night

£266 - £930 / week

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  • Nearest beach 0.15 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
Apartment for 4 persons, with swimming pool , near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

7 Nights min stay

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from £36 /night

£248 - £930 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 0.01 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Apartment for 5 persons near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Farmhouse | 9 Bedrooms | sleeps 21

7 Nights min stay

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from £342 /night

£2389 - £3050 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 15 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • May take pets – please enquire
The ideal stay for people who love and appreciate the peculiarity of the Marche and seeking a rural tourism in close contact with nature.  …see more

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Apartment | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £36 /night

£248 - £930 / week

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Key info:

  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Attractive apartment for 6 persons near the beach in Pineto  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

2 Nights min stay

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from £44 /night

£307 - £482 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Sarnano is situated right in the middle of a district called “little speels land”; with its buildings made of coctile bricks, it is an important example of medieval architecture, one of the best preserved in the whole Marche region.  …see more

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Villa | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 12

Excellent 5/5 

3 Nights min stay

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from £182 /night

£1272 - £2226 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Luxurious Italian country villa with sweeping hillside and mountain views. Nestled within unspoiled mountains for walking, climbing and cycling. Close to the beaches for swimming, relaxing and dining. Near Montelparo and Monte Rinaldo. Traditional country villa with spectacular views in beautiful pastoral setting appointed to luxury standard.  …see more

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Farmhouse | 4 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £215 /night

£1500 - £1900 / week

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  • Nearest beach 41 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Beautifully restored farmhouse set in 12 acres with gardens and private pool. Fully equipped, luxurious accommodation. Five minutes from nearest town with restaurants, bars and minimarket. Ideal for families wanting to relax and unwind in the warmth of rural Italy. The house has everything you need to make your holiday as comfortable as possible. A true 'home from home'.  …see more

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House | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 8

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £46 /night

£318 - £848 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Recently renovated house has stunning views overlooking the surrounding hills and valley. The perfect location for an activity based, beach or ski holiday or just for a relaxing break away. A few miles from 3 National parks. Ideal for families, small groups or couples.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £69 /night

£481 / week

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  • Ski
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car not necessary
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
Campo di Giove e' la località ideale per la vostra vacanza in montagna, per passare giornate sulla neve, sciare, assaporare la tipica cucina abruzzese, dedicarsi a percorsi naturalistici ed escursioni, visitare gli splendidi borghi limitrofi o la storica cittadina di Su  …see more

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Farmhouse | 6 Bedrooms | sleeps 12

Excellent 5/5 

Min stay varies

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car essential
  • May take pets – please enquire
  • Private garden
6 bedroom villa with furnished loggia, terrace and private pool areas Expertly refurbished and furnished by its interior designer owners Surrounded by rolling hills and olive groves and less than 10 mins drive from San Ginesio, one of Le Marche's most beautiful villages  …see more

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Gite | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 3

Min stay varies

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from £40 /night

£276 - £430 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Vasto has ancient origins, according to legend was founded by the legendary greek hero Diomedes. The museum is rich with history, the art gallery is full of masterpieces by local artists, such as Palizzi, Laccetti and many other artists from the 800th. Vasto Adriatic city, lying on a hill that slopes toward the coast and offering a splendid panorama.  …see more

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B&B | 25 Bedrooms | sleeps 50

Min stay varies

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from £38 /night

£263 - £430 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
Vasto marina beach is a huge sandy very shallow sloping beach with water ideal for children. Here you can hire sunbeds and umbrellas and behind the beach there are snack bars and restaurants.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £100 /night

£697 - £1183 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Entering the old stable that has been restored and turned into the dining/sitting area. The long teak dining table seats six as well as the sitting area. Steps lead you to the kitchen (dishwasher and cooker with oven) where lovely meals can be prepared.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £75 /night

£522 - £1047 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
This lovely light apartment of around 100 m2 which makes it more a house than an apartment. Downstairs there is the open kitchen (with dishwasher and cooker with oven), teak dining table that seats up to six and the sitting area.  …see more

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Cottage | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 2

Very Good 4.5/5 

7 Nights min stay

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from £62 /night

£434 - £658 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Spacious cottage for 2 persons with private terrace and garden outside, a large living area divided into a bedroom with a double bed, a well equipped open kitchen (with dishwasher and cooker with oven), bathroom with shower and sitting area.  …see more

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House | 5 Bedrooms | sleeps 12

Excellent 5/5 

Min stay varies

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Key info:

  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 40 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
Azienda Cerqueto is situated at the end of a white road with beautiful views, from the terraces side over the hills, from the swimming pool side to the mountains where the sun goes down and one can have a sundowner with the most fabulous setting.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

1 night min stay

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from £46 /night

£316 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • May take pets – please enquire
Appartamento indipendente situato al piano terra, in posizione centrale e ben servito dai mezzi pubblici. Può ospitare comodamente 4 persone ed è dotato di giardino, cucina, salotto, bagno, due camere da letto. Internet wi-fi incluso.  …see more

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Townhouse | 1 Bedroom | sleeps 3

2 Nights min stay

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from £32 /night

£220 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
Casa antica nel cuore dei vicoli del castello di Sirolo.  …see more

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Condo | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

3 Nights min stay

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from £38 /night

£263 - £614 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
APPATRTAMENTO AFFITTO ESTIVO E PER BREVI PERIODI  …see more

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Hotel apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

Excellent 5/5 

1 night min stay

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from £51 /night

£351 - £701 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 20 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Air conditioning
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Il Residence Belohorizonte è il posto ideale per godersi, con un ottimo rapporto qualità-prezzo, un soggiorno in completo relax in un mix di mare, monti, cultura e spettacolo. Il complesso, ubicato in una delle zone più silenziose e panoramiche della città Macerata. Distanza: 1km dalla centro di Macerata, 20 minuti dal mare, 40 minuti dai Monti Sibillini.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 5

6 Nights min stay

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from £57 /night

£395 - £964 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.3 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Appartamento di 140mq rinnovato a Gennaio 2014 con giardino e garage privato. Situato in una tranquilla e prestigiosa via parallela del lungomare a pochi passi dalla spiaggia ed a soli 300 metri dal centro di San Benedetto del Tronto.  …see more

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House | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

2 Nights min stay

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from £86 /night

£596 - £1209 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Gli appartamenti del residence sono tutti molto luminosi e freschi. Ogni stanza dispone di balcone o affaccio esterno su Numana, ed è piacevolmente arredata con tutti i comfort per una vacanza al Conero in pieno relax.  …see more

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B&B | 9 Bedrooms | sleeps 25

1 night min stay

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from £326 /night

£2278 - £2453 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Ski
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car advised
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
bed and breakfast roccamontepiano,le pietre ricce,dormire chieti,bed & breakfast chieti,albergo,hotel,agriturismo,B&B,camere chieti,camere San Rocco,camere maiella, letti maiella,letti San Rocco,affittacamere Chieti,affittacamere San Rocco,affittacamere maiella,vacanze  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 4

Excellent 5/5 

2 Nights min stay

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from £63 /night

£439 - £1008 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.25 km
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Pets welcome
  • Private garden
Gli appartamenti del residence sono tutti molto luminosi e freschi. Ogni stanza dispone di balcone o affaccio esterno su Numana, ed è piacevolmente arredata con tutti i comfort per una vacanza al Conero in pieno relax.  …see more

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Condo | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 7

Excellent 5/5 

Short stays welcome

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from £32 /night

£220 - £789 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • May take pets – please enquire
L'APPARTAMENTO, RISTRUTTURATO NEL 2013, E' SITUATO AL CENTRO, CON PARCHEGGIO PRIVATO, BICI PER GIRARE IN SICUREZZA E LIBERTA': PISTA CICLABILE SOTTO CASA, LUNGOMARE SEMPRE CHIUSO AL TRAFFICO, ISOLA PEDONALE SERALE ESTIVA TUTTE LE DOMENICHE ANNUALI COMPLETANO IL QUADRO. USCITA A14: 2,5 KM.; LORETO (SANTUARIO): 5 KM.; RECANATI (LEOPARDI): 9 KM.; IL CONERO (LE 2 SORELLE): 15 KM.  …see more

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Villa | 3 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £69 /night

£482 - £1402 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Not suitable for children
  • Car not necessary
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
Elegante villa bifamigliare in contesto traquilo e riservato, Giardino privato con mobilio.  …see more

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Apartment | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

7 Nights min stay

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from £59 /night

£412 - £745 / week

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  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
Mare Spiaggia San Benedetto del Tronto  …see more

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Guest house | 2 Bedrooms | sleeps 6

2 Nights min stay

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from £57 /night

£395 - £1052 / week

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  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.8 km
  • Suitable for over 5s only
  • Car advised
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
La casa offre le seguenti dotazioni: - posate e utensili da cucina, pentole, piatti e bicchieri - biancheria completa da letto, da bagno e da cucina - cestino di benvenuto - internet - xbox - 2 bici - asciugacapelli - asse da stiro e ferro - TV LED - sedie sdraio Al vostro arrivo saremo lieti di offrirvi una piccola cena per farvi iniziare al meglio la vostra vacanza.  …see more

The Abruzzo region is a green haven, with one third of its territory nature reserve. There is a tradition of craftsmanship from this area – ceramics, wood, lace-making and gold-work all have a strong base here. An area of diversity traditionally, the Marches retain their name from the Middle Ages, when a march was a border province of the Holy Roman Empire. This region, between the Apennine Mountains and the Sea is green and lush, and hides some wonderful Renaissance towns. The entrance to the Marches is marked by the Rocca di Gradara, traditionally reputed to be the setting for the romance between Francesca and Paolo, two of the doomed souls described in Dante’s ‘Inferno’. The region boasts one of the few old hill towns left in Italy – Urbino, with its golden buildings set high on two peaks. The town remains very near to its original 16th century design by Duke Federico da Montefeltro, and the Ducal Palace is a fascinating piece of Renaissance architecture. The Apennine mountains stretch away to the south, with the Sibillini mountains providing the most awesome of sights – a national park with rare wildflowers and orchids and a population of wolves.