The region is locatit in the Central aurie o the kintra, borderin Emilia-Romagna an the republic o San Marino tae the north, Tuscany tae the north-wast, Umbrie tae the wast, Abruzzo an Lazio tae the sooth an the Adriatic Sea tae the east. Except for river valleys an the aften vera narrow coastal strip, the land is hilly. In the nineteent century, a railway frae Bologna tae Brindisi ran alang the coastline o the entire territory. Inland, the muntainous natur o the region, even the day, allous little travel north an sooth, except bi rough roads ower the passes.
The region is dividit intae five provinces (the offeecial data for the fift province (Fermo), institutit in 2009, will be available anerlie wi the 2011 census, here its figures are still includit in those o the province o Ascoli Piceno):