2. Holiday apartments

We offer two holiday apartments: “Il Giardino” and a straw bale house “Casa in paglia“.

LA LUNA NELL’ORTO offers beautiful ecological accommodations, located in the middle of a garden. The two apartments “Il Giardino” and “Straw Bale House” have separated entrances with their own terraces and parts of the garden. But it can be perfect to rent both apartments by friends, families, more relatives and small groups.


Max 6 guests: 2 double beds, 1 sofa bed. A baby-travel-bed on request.
55sqm apartment: a big room with a double bed, a sofa bed and a kitchen corner; a bedroom with a double bed; bathroom with shower. We can supply an extra bed for children if required. Windows with mosquito nets. There is a pergola to eat outdoors.
From the garden, a staircase leads to the olive grove where one of our wagons is located, with a small front terrace. A place that guests can use to spend a moment of retreat with a glass of wine at sunset. It can also be equipped as an additional room for large families.
Our apartment, recently restored using ecological materials, is very comfortable and full of natural light. A beautiful and relaxing place for your holidays in the centre of Italy. It is a perfect place for single persons, families with children and small groups.

580 € a week
85 € a day

70 € final cleaning. The price includes: towels and bed linen.



Max 6 guests: one room with a double bed; one room with a family bed with 3 single beds; 1 sofa bed. A baby-travel-bed on request. 2 bathrooms.
60sqm apartment built with straw-bales and wood in 2016. The wall finishing is out of clay inside the building and outside done by calk. The entrance, a winter garden, is the central part of a big pergola, which finishes in the garden with small trees, like olive and figs, flowers and herbs. The winter garden is also a part of the big kitchen-living room. The kitchen has a gas cooker, fridge and washing machine and all facilities even for a longer stay. The house has big wooden cupboards coloured white transparent, so that the atmosphere is very relaxing and bright. On the right and left there is the entrance to both bedrooms, with their own bathrooms, with WC, bidet and shower. The floors are completely out of wood. The first room has a double bed while the second room has a large bed made out of 3 single beds; there is place enough for two couples or a family with 2-3 children.
There is a direct contact to the garden, where our guests can eat outside, under the roof or under a tree. The windows and doors have mosquito nets and the bedrooms are fresh even in hot summer days, so that a good sleep is guaranteed.

770 € a week
110 € a day

70 € final cleaning. The price includes: towels and bed linen.


  • Garden furniture and deckchairs;
  • Trampoline, swing;
  • Tourist guides and local activities guides;
  • Wi-Fi;
  • Parking;
  • …we have no television!

On request:

  • You can buy organic products from La Luna nell’orto, like wine, balsamic vinegar, pasta, vegetables.

Place & Surroundings

We are located near Barchi, a small historical village in central Italy, close to the Adriatic coast, in the hills of the region Marche. LA LUNA NELL’ORTO is placed in the middle of a beautiful landscape, without direct neighbours. Barchi is 1,5km from here and you can walk easily. It is very nice for everyone who likes nature, art and culture. The small towns close to us are full of historic surprises like churches, convents or nice narrow streets. The highest mountains Catria and Nerone are good for trekking in the nature and a jump in the refreshing water of their rivers. Urbino, one of the most interesting Renaissance cities in Italy, Fano, Pesaro and Senigallia, the cities on the coast, are nice for cultural walks.

What can you do around here?

LA LUNA NELL’ORTO is in a very good position to move in any direction. In one direction you reach the Adriatic coast. You can choose between sandy and stony shores or between free or fully equipped beaches. The crowded coastal cities, like Fano, Pesaro and Senigallia, offer weekly markets, shops, restaurants and the typical Italian way of life in the small streets and places. In the opposite direction, there are hills and mountains, perfect for enjoying natural environments and for long walks. To refresh in the beautiful mountain rivers is a good alternative to the sea on hot summer days.

For further information we suggest to visit:


Coast and beaches: Fano, Marotta, Senigallia, Monte Conero (with a beautiful view over the sea) and the natural park Monte San Bartolo (over Pesaro). The beaches are reachable easily driving to Fano or taking the Strada Pergolese to Marotta. There are some free beaches along the coast but also equipped beaches with sunbeds, umbrellas, playgrounds, WC and shower. Fano has also a beach with little stones instead of sand. The beaches of Monte Conero are wonderful and different and highly recommended.

Swimming in the river: around Cagli.

Snow: Monte Nerone and Monte Catria for skiing and sledge.

Walking: everywhere around here; directly from our place crossing fields, vineyards and olive groves; in the surroundings you can choose excursions to the mountains, the hills and the sea.

Hiking in the hills and the Apennine mountains:

  • Monte Catria (1701 m) and Monte Nerone (1525 m) belong to the Apennine chain.
  • Gola del Furlo. This is a gorge formed by the Candigliano River.  To facilitate the passage of the Via Flaminia, in 76 AD the Romans built a narrow tunnel still  in operation.  From the road you can see an hydroelectric dam. All the area belongs to the Furlo Gorge Natural Park, home to rare fauna and flora. www.riservagoladelfurlo.it
    The near San Vincenzo Abbey is worth a visit. It is a small building in Romanesque style with frescoes in the interior. www.iluoghidelsilenzio.it/abbazia-di-san-vincenzo-al-furlo-acqualagna-pu-2/
    You can also visit the Casa degli Artisti, a cultural association that exposes Landart in the park. www.landartalfurlo.it

Places to visit on the coast:

  • Fano 30 km, 30 min by car
    The symbol of the Roman heritage of Fano is the Arco d’Augusto, a splendid Roman triumphal arch that was erected under orders of the Roman Emperor Augustus. The city still preserves part of the Roman walls together with more recent fortifications such as the Rocca Malatestiana. In the city centre, there are several churches and Renaissance palaces. The harbour separates the two most popular beaches of the city: Spiaggia Sassonia, a pebbly beach, and Spiaggia Lido, a sandy beach. Along the coast you can find several equipped beaches but also free beaches.
    Main events:
    – February: Fano’s Carnival, where hundreds of pounds of sweets, caramels and chocolates are showered from carnival floats on the crowd. www.carnevaledifano.com
    – July: Fano Jazz By The Sea, international jazz music festival fanojazzbythesea.com
    – July or August: Fano dei Cesari, Roman historical re-enactment. www.fanumfortunae.eu
    – Every second weekend of the month: Mercato dell’antiquariato, antiques market.
  • Senigallia 35 km, 40 min by car
    This is a city rich of museums, archaeological sites, historical buildings and arts. The city offers large sandy beaches. In summer, it take places the Summer Jamboree, an international festival of 40s and 50s American music and culture. www.summerjamboree.com
  • Pesaro 40 km, 45 min by car
    The downtown offers interesting buildings, especially Renaissance palaces. It was dubbed “Cycling City”  due to its extensive network of cycle paths. Pesaro is the birthplace of the composer Gioacchino Rossini and it was declared a Creative City of Music by UNESCO. The most important music event is the Rossini Opera Festival.
  • Il Monte Conero, an imposing promontory with very high cliffs over the Adriatic Sea, spectacular panoramic views and rocky and sandy beaches. Definitely worth a day trip.

Inland places:

  • Barchi 1,5 km, 20 min walking
    Barchi – Terre Roveresche is a small village that stands on a hill at 320m a.s.l. The entire municipal area has about 1000 inhabitants. The historic centre, called by its inhabitants “the castle”, is surrounded by a perfectly preserved high city wall. There is a small museum dedicated to the traditional processing of pottery for agricultural and domestic use. This is a territory very tied to peasant traditions and has been awarded the Green Flag for Agriculture.
    Main events:
    – May: ColleMar-athon. Marathon with a panoramic route that winds through the hills from Barchi to the coast of Fano. www.ColleMar-athon.com
    – First weekend of August: “La Tavlata sul Castell”, festival centred on the rediscovery and enhancement of traditional Barchi gastronomy.
  • Mondavio 5 km, 10 min by car
    Mondavio has a glorious past as shown by its walls culminated by an imposing 15th-century fortress, the Rocca Roveresca, which currently houses the Museum of Historical Re-enactment that portrays the life in the castle on 15th century and exposes a collection of weapons of the time, including large war machines kept in the moat. Mondavio has been awarded the Orange Flag, an environmental tourist quality mark for the hinterland. It has also been included in the list of the most beautiful villages in Italy by the Italian Touring Club. We recommend visiting the historic centre and the Rocca Roveresca, the Civic Museum and the Apollo Theatre. In August you can participate in the historical re-enactment of the Caccia al Cinghiale (that means “Wild boar hunt”), parade in period costume, with archery show and Renaissance banquet. www.mondavioturismo.it
  • Piagge 12 km, 20 min by car
    The Hypogeum of Piagge is an underground room located near the medieval entrance to the Piagge castle, which came to light in 1996. It has a cruciform plant with vaults decorated with ancient Christian symbols. It was probably a place of initiation to chivalric orders or esoteric rituals. turismo.comune.terreroveresche.pu.it/borghi/piagge/ipogeo/
  • Urbino 40 km, 45 min by car
    The city of Urbino, a symbol of the Italian Renaissance, was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Already from afar you can see the grandeur of its Palazzo Ducale built in the 15th century by Count Federico da Montefeltro. The Palazzo Ducale is also home to the Marche National Gallery with paintings by Piero della Francesca and Raffaello (born in Urbino). The historic centre, a tangle of steep streets, is an architectural jewel. In addition to being a city full of history, Urbino is a lively city full of cultural events due to the presence of a large university community. www.vieniaurbino.it
  • Fossombrone 17 km, 20 min by car
    It is the largest inhabited centre of the middle Val Metauro, characterized by a medieval centre lying on the slope of a hill and dominated by a Citadel and the ruins of the Malatesta Fortress. www.destinazionemarche.it
  • Museo del Balì of Saltara 16 km, 20 min by car
    Opened in 2004, this museum is installed in the splendid setting of the 18th-century Villa del Balì. This is a Science Centre for families. www.museodelbali.it
  • Fabriano and the Museum of Paper 50 km, 60 by car
    ideal for discovering it on foot, walking through the narrow streets. The Paper Museum is worth a visit.

Eating and drinking: lots of restaurants, wineries, local festivals (sagre) in several small towns close by.

Arts and crafts: Fratterosa (ceramic and terracotta), Sant’Ippolito (sculptures), Paper Museum of Fabriano.

History and monuments: Urbino (Word Heritage Site), Barchi, Mondavio, Fano, Pesaro, Senigallia.

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