Travellers who want the best of central Italy are now heading for Le Marche, the third region, alongside Tuscany and Umbria, that makes up the area. The region lies on the eastern side of central Italy, between the Adriatic Sea and the high Apennine mountains and much of it remains unspoilt by the ravages of mass tourism. The Adriatic coast has been a destination for holiday makers for decades, but few venture far from the beaches. In the Le Marche region, perhaps more so than anywhere else in central Italy, you will find places where time really has stood still. Casa San Ruffino is s beautiful old farmhouse from the mid-1800's, carefully restored to a luxury - but humbly - small boutique hotel - located gorgeously on its hill, famous for its ambience of silence and peaceful atmosphere with beautiful views of green valleys. There are four (plus an extra room) charming rooms - all with a small patio. Ruffino has a magnificent swimming pool with spacious sun beds and umbrellas.