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A truffle plantation in Le Marche, Italy with 1200 Oak trees.7 years old and impregnated with the black perigord truffle spore.
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Discovering Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche

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Those visiting the Marche region of Italy will be delighted with a stop in Ascoli Piceno, a town that can trace its origins back to the days before Rome and is a great source of ancient and medieval architecture. Surrounded by two national parks, this town of 54,000 is located where the Castellano Creek and River Tronto meet.

Sightseeing in Ascoli Piceno

The cathedralSaint francis churchConvent of saint augustinusChurch of saint peter martyrFranciscan conventPalazzo dei capitani del popoloCaffè meletti

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Le Marche, another Italy on Pinterest

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Le Marche encompasses everything one would want from Italy. Incredible countryside from the Sibillini mountains to the glorious coastline, classic landscapes, castellated hilltops, culture, art, music, indoor, outdoor and watersports, wonderful wildlife, fun nightlife, delicious food and wines, quality fashions and footwear, museums, churches, culture, history – so much to do and see. Experience life to its fullest – experience Le Marche!

 

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Urbino among the Unesco sites in the center of Italy

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The majority of the UNESCO Heritage sites in the centre of Italy can be found in the regions of Tuscany and Lazio. It is especially to the preservation of the historic and artistic relevance of cities and town in the area that UNESCO aimed at when choosing such locations for their list.   

Historic Centre of FlorenceHistoric Centre of San GimignanoHistoric Centre of SienaHistoric Centre of Urbino - Although Urbino, situated in the region of Marche, is a relatively small town on top of a hill, it used to be an important cultural and artistic centre in the 15th century. It is considered a great witness of Renaissance culture and it has preserved its Renaissance architecture and art in harmony with the local landscape.Historic Centre of Rome, the Properties of the Holy See in that City enjoying extraterritorial rights and San Paolo fuori le muraAssisi, the Basilica of San Francesco and other sitesEtruscan Necropolises of Cerveteri and Tarquinia
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Montappone, Le Marche: The real capital of the hat industry

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Montappone is a medieval town nestled in one of the most beautiful regions of Italy: Marche. There dictates the rules of an accessory which recently returned very fashionable: the hat....
In this municipality, supported by five others in the neighborhood, there are over 40 craft enterprises, which continue the family tradition.
To give you an idea, factories in the area are 70% of the production of straw hats in Italy and 50% in Europe. [...]


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Le Marche & Fashion | Fiorangelo Fall Winter 2014-15 Collection

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Clicking on the photo you will be redirected to the website of Fiorangelo and have the possibility to browse the latest Fall Winter 2014-2015 Collection.
Fiorangelo is an exquisite Italian brand outfitting the modern customers with Shoes, Handbags and Accessories designed and manufactured using outstanding Italian craftsmanship and processing. Based in Falerone, in Le Marche, in central Italy, Fiorangelo, since 1976, is synonym of brand quality, style and latest fashion.


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Vinea Festival OFFIDA AP - 01 Agosto 03 Agosto

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Vinea Festival OFFIDA AP - 01 Agosto 03 Agosto - Corriere Proposte Eventi Cultura e Turismo nelle Marche

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Just Le Marche's curator insight, July 24, 2014 5:25 AM

Un evento tutto nuovo che eredita la positiva e ventennale esperienza di Di Vino in Vino. Si chiama Vinea Festival la novità che Vinea proporrà al pubblico nel quadro dell’articolato progetto di Filiera denominato Piceno Open e che in sostanza rappresenta l’evoluzione di Di Vino in vino, storico evento che negli anni ha catalizzato l’attenzione del grande pubblico, essendo il più importante appuntamento dedicato ai vini del Piceno.

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Le Silla Fall Winter 2014-2015 Catalog

Le Silla celebrated with a party in Porto Sant'Elpidio, Marche, the 20th anniversary and today has published on Issuu the Fall Winter 2014-2015 Catalog.

 


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Fred Plotkin, Italy For The Gourmet Traveller: Urbino & Macerata

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We go to Italy primed for great eating -- it's part of the culture. The art and architecture aren't so bad either. Fred Plotkin is the author of the classic guide Italy for the Gourmet Traveler, which has just been updated. He suggests three towns where visitors can experience what he calls "the real Italy."

Urbino
The region of Le Marche is in the center of the country. I call it eastern Tuscany (it’s actually the Tuscany less touristed). It has a coastline on the Adriatic; wonderful fish. Seventy-six gorgeous, historic opera houses in one little region. For people who love shoes, a lot of the fanciest Italian shoes are made there.
Urbino, which I call a classic town, is where Raphael is from. Nearby are cheese caves where Michelangelo stored his Pecorino cheese. That's the classic town -- Urbino is wonderful.
Macerata
But I would also send you to the town of Macerata. Macerata is now the place when people who have never been to Italy call me up and say, "Fred, we want to go to a place where we will discover as much as we can of Italy in one town," I send them there.
It's a medieval town. It has a university. It's a hill town. It's surrounded by gorgeous green nature, rolling hills.
The lamb from the nearby town Visso is amazing. The pork products are amazing. They have a lasagne only there called vincisgrassi, which does not mean "victory of the fat." It was named for an Austrian general who occupied the place in 1796 whose name was Windischgratz. Windischgratz became vincisgrassi. It's heaven.
They have a fantastic summer opera festival in the Sferisterio, which is an outdoor handball arena that has perfect acoustics. Everything you'd want from Italy in one town. [...]


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127 Reasons why I love (and hate) Senigallia

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Sadly, I was only in Senigallia for barely 4 days. I hate the fact that I could not be there the rest of the summer. There are those places where you wish you could stay longer but you have to leave. Senigallia is one of those.

I wish I could stay and spend my summer there. I wish I can go to the Summer Jamboree. I wish I can eat more Brodetto and seafood pasta.

I wish I could make every other trip I take feel as good as this.

 


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Azienda Ferriera: wines from northern Le Marche

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In the eighties, Rosanna and Remo's passion for the soil, sun and fruits led to the founding of the Azienda Agraria Ferriera. The soil and the land location were ideal for wine-growing and grape cultivation began immediately, boasting Bianchello, Sangiovese, Verdicchio and Chardonnay grapes. As soon as the wine growing operation was well launched, with successful results, the Estate's owners decided to seek new opportunities and began the cultivation of olive trees.
There were only a few olive-trees at first, in order to make use at its best of an uncultivated parcel of land, but soon the positive results achieved led to an expansion of the olive grove throughout the remaining land. Today, the intense fragrance of the oil from those trees accompanies the main courses served to the Estate's guests. At the beginning of new millennium, new ideas led to plan for the exploitation of the excellent production of grapes. The opinion of a wine-expert confirmed such as ideas and bottling of wine produced from the estate's grapes began. In 2004, Bianco di Remo, Rosso di Remo, Rosi Rubeo and Rosi Albus were the first wines produced: they gave shape to a new succes. [...]


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Slow Food Restaurant in Le Marche

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Saving those foods [click on the photo] and spreading the Slow Food ethic requires the attention not only of individuals, but also restaurants.  Francesco Ovarelli, owner of La Valle Del Vento, only recently registered his restaurant with Slow Food, but he’s been a strong supporter of local vendors since he opened 12 years ago.

 “We started with an idea to work with good products just from the area,” says Ovarelli, “It’s simple for us because we live in a beautiful area with good products and great farmers.” [...]


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Truffles in Le Marche | The Real Truffle - Your Nose Knows Not

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The stunningly scenic mountain village of Montefortino in the Sibillini Mountains Central Italy, held its 16th annual Festival of Real Truffles, 'Festival del Tartufo Vero dei Monti Sibillini', often amidst thunder and lightening. While the stormy weather was not ideal it was symbolic as the Romans believed that truffles were created when the god Jove hit an oak tree with a thunderbolt. Doctor Fioravanti the president of the truffle association, A.T.T., spoke about the cultural history of truffles prized from Greek civilization onwards and associated with myths concerning their powers, such as being an aphrodisiac or the food of witches. In the past the 'real' truffle needed to be distinguished from legends. Today the 'real' truffle needs to be protected from the counterfeit. [...]


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Tamara Griffiths that defines herself Mountain Writer on the pages dell'Huffingtonpost Canada, moved to Sibillini Mountains in Le Marche and in this article refers to the counterfeiting of Truffles, the risk for a land  that seems to focus a lot on the fresh product

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This is how food regulation begins in some cases- in this case Chinese genetically modifying truffles, running them through Romania as "Romanian Truffles" and bypassing the European Union. One day there will be Codex standard developed and most likely the National Health Federation Codex delegation will sit in on this. Just as now even though most agree that follow up formula is bad and not necessary, it is undergoing the Codex standard process

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Ways with truffles

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Welcome to the esoteric world of the truffle. Here are some tips to take you to truffle heaven.

 

Truffles are exotic, but there are plenty of ways you can incorporate a little truffle magic into your life. 

 

1. Truffle butter

About 10 grams of black truffle will truffle about 250 grams of butter. Finely chop the black truffle until it resembles grated chocolate. Mash 250 grams good quality butter until soft. Add finely chopped truffle and combine until the truffle is evenly mixed through. You can add a dash of truffle oil if desired. Shape the truffled butter into a log and wrap in baking paper. Keep refrigerated. Slice off discs of butter to garnish a beautifully cooked steak, stir the butter through pasta or have truffle butter on toast. Use truffle butter within five days.

 

2. In potato mash

Mash steamed potatoes to the desired consistency. Using a stick blender, add truffle oil and truffle butter (above) to taste and work through the mash until dispersed evenly. Garnish with finely chopped truffle and a little truffle oil. For an extra touch of decadence, make like a French chef and serve your mash in a copper saucepan. Voila!

 

3. Scrambled eggs with truffles

Take two truffled eggs per person and lightly whisk with a dash of full-cream milk. Heat a heavy cast-iron pan over medium heat and melt a disc of truffle butter, coating the pan. Pour the egg mixture in and add two more discs of truffle butter. Cook the eggs gently over low-medium heat, gently folding the mixture in from the outside to the inside of the pan as it cooks. Take off the heat before the eggs are cooked right through, as the mixture will keep cooking for a short time in the pan. Serve on thickly cut toast with truffle butter. Garnish with fresh black truffle finely shaved over the top of the eggs. Heaven.

 

4. Truffled mushroom risotto

Using 1 cup of the arborio rice in which you have been storing your truffles (see below), make a white risotto base using your truffle butter instead of oil to sweat the onion, 2 litres of porcini mushroom, chicken or vegetable stock and 1/2 cup of white wine. While the risotto is cooking, chop 4-6 swiss brown or large field mushrooms into chunky slices and set aside. Shave 10-15 grams black truffle and set aside. Finely chop 10 grams black truffle and set aside. Just as the risotto is nearly cooked, add the finely chopped truffle and stir through. Add the mushrooms to the risotto mixture and gently stir through. Serve the risotto piping hot in flat bowls, garnished with shavings of black truffle and some finely grated pecorino. Serves four.

 

Tips on storing truffles

Truffles emit moisture as they age, so they need to be stored carefully to prevent rotting. The best way to store truffles and incidentally, the best way to get value for money, is to place them into a storage container filled with uncooked Aborio rice, together with a few uncooked eggs. The container should be stored in the fridge. The egg shells are porous and will take up the truffle aroma and flavour within a day or two. The rice too will absorb the truffle aroma while keeping the truffles dry. You can cook the eggs and replace them with new ones every few days. The rice will make a delicious risotto.

Fresh truffles will keep this way for at least two weeks. But left in the open they will go mouldy within days, and left unprotected in the fridge the will go mouldy after about one week. The key is to keep the truffles as dry as possible.

* According to Sara Hinchey, a.k.a the truffle hound: www.trufflehound.com.au

 

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Marino Fabiani backstage Winter Collection 2014 - 2015

Marino Fabiani Backstage Winter collection 2014 2015

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Le Marche is one of 3 Exciting Places to Retire in Italy

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When you retire from your working life, you always dream of settling down in a place where you relax and enjoy the peaceful and beautiful surroundings. What better place is there to retire than the beautiful and lush lands of Italy? In this article, we give you the exciting places to retire in the country of Italy. Before you travel to the country, you must first apply for Italy visa, more specifically the elective residency visa, before you can legally retire in that location. The following locations are some of the best places to retire.

Le Marche

This is one of the few places where one can reside with an affordable amount. With lands that are rich and nurturing for olive and grape vineyards, alongside beautiful beaches that are backed by the snowcapped mountains in the horizon, residing here will seem like a permanent vacation. Nature lovers will thrive in the natural and beautiful landscapes of this area. This region is also known for some of the best seafood dishes which mainly comprises of the local catch. Although this region is far apart from the artistic beauty and impressive architecture of the Florence or Rome, its simplistic beauty attracts visitors from around the world for a beautiful and memorable stay here. Apply for Italy visa here and you will be assured of a permanent and splendid stay here. 

Abruzzo [...]

Tuscany [...]


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Bello! Ma vorrei pensare alle Marche coma a qualcosa d'altro di un posto in cui andare in pensione…
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Giudi Handbags Woman Collection F/W 2014

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GIUDI products are certified by the “VERA PELLE ITALIANA” consortium which classified genuine Italian leather. With the quality mark and the vision set out to constantly recreate the brand, it will continue to produce trendy, contemporary elegant bags that speaks everything about Italian craftsmanship.


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Pane Nostrum - Festa internazionale del Pane a Senigallia

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Pane Nostrum, held in the beautiful town of Senigallia, is one of the most interesting event of the entire Italy
Pane Nostrum, in Latin means "Our Bread", has reached with success the 14th edition. Bakers from every part of Italy and even from abroad, will fills every cobbled alley and beautiful squares of Senigallia with antique fragrances for a unique bread tasting experience.
During the 4 days of the event, masters bakers will show their art and teach you how to make the best bread typologies in every shape and size.
In Italy, as in many part of the world, the bread is the same in every social category.
Bread is the humblest food, but also the one which has developed more traditions, rituals and values, and it really represents the history of the people who have been making it since centuries.
Bread is also a food in evolution and so the event is the occasion to know new technics and recipes. For example, in the gluten-free area, organized in collaboration with the Italian Celiac Association, you can understand the care and the attentions for a delicate and important production.

International Bread Festival - Senigallia, Le Marche, 18 to 21 September 2014
Web Site: http://www.panenostrum.com/ ;


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Bread was eaten at least 7,500 years ago and remains our staple food today. It was called 'The Staff of Life' in Biblical times! Bread now is celebrated in Senigallia from 18 to 21 September 2014

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3 things to do in Ascoli Piceno

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Ascoli Piceno will always hold a special place in my heart. The place that housed me for 5 weeks. The place where I made great friends. The place where I learned so much, not only in classes, but by experiencing and becoming a part of the culture.
I can bestow some wisdom on future travelers to Ascoli Piceno and Italy:

Yoghi has the best gelato in Ascoli (maybe even in Italy!). You’ll find it right in Piazza Arringo and you’ll never turn back.Trattoria dell’Arengo is the perfect place for your typical and delicious Italian meal. This is where I had the best pasta, the best fried vegetables, and, of course, the best wine.No matter if you like olives or not, olive ascolana is a must-try. It is a specialty of Ascoli Piceno. An olive stuffed with meat, breaded, and fried. Unbelievably good.
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Giovanna Garzoni from Ascoli Piceno, the unusual artist of the baroque era

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Giovanna Garzoni was one of the few woman artists who was, in her time, a successful painter of miniatures. She  especially developed the genre of still life, but also ventured into portraiture and religious themes. Born in Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy in 1600, not being the daughter of a painter as used to happen with the women who came to engage in this activity; however, her parents Giacomo Garzoni and Isabetta Gaia came from families of artisans. Her talent was discovered when she was apprenticed to a pharmacist in her city. A letter written by her in 1620 reveals that she was trained in painting by Giacomo Rogni. [...]


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Giovanna Garzoni (1600–1670) was an Italian painter of the Baroque era. She was unusual for Italian artists of the time for two reasons: first, in that her themes were mainly decorative and luscious still-lifes of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, and second, because she was a woman.

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Summer 2014: July Festas and live music in Le Marche

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Music, dance, shows, carnivals and festivals, food, wine, parties, art, crafts in Le Marche region, Macerata and Ascoli provinces July 2014,
Every Day 1600-2200 Museo Malacologico, shells and dinosaur museum Cupra MaritimaEvery Thursday (except not 14th but Wed 13th) Fermo Antique marketEvery Sunday art, ceramics, sculpture, crafts, music, poetry at San Benedetto del Tronto16 July- 20 July inclusive Macerata festa di Luglio in the Rione Vergini from 2000 Food, wine, live music and talent shows17 Sound Severino Festival at the stunning castle and cloisters of San Severino, 4 bands, food, wine and a crazy circus17 July- 20 July inclusive Belforte del Chienti from 1900 Music games food and wine17 July – 20 July inclusive 20th Artistrada Colmurano buskers festival from 1900 jugglers, acrobats, live music, comedy, food and wine18 July Shoe market Monte Urano 1900- 240018 July Anta party at Planets Café in Sarnano18 Sound Severino Festival at the wonderful castle and cloisters of San Severino, 4 bands, food, wine and a Pop Art installations18 July-20 July Grottamare Buskers festival, music dance, food and wine19 July Trodica Festa at Morrovalle, shops, gastronomia, games, entertainment, music, food and wine19 July Tango Night in the Piazza del Popolo Ascoli Piceno19 July Music quiz at Bar My Dream in the main Piazza at Sarnano19 & 20 July Ripe San Ginesio aperativi and DJ 1800 (Sat) 1900 (Sun) and live music from 2200- Sunday “His Clancyness” danceable Indie toons, supporting MGMT, War on Drugs etc also in July20 July Classical music in Santa Chiara church Sarnano 183020 July Live music Planets café Sarnano22 July Macerata rock and Roll rythyms piazza della Liberta23 July San Elpidio al Mare 2130, classical guitar in the piazza24-26 July Monsano Beer and Music festa including homebrew competition24 July Adam ben Ezra violin, harp, lute lyre recital at Monte Urano25 & 26 July Montappone Festa, hats, arts, music and food25 July White Night- All night party at Porto Potenza Picena25 July Adam ben Ezra violin, harp, lute lyre recital at the castle in Camerino25/26/27 July Maremoto festival San Benedetto del Tronto25 July live music Sticky Fingers pub in Sarnano [...]
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Le Marche Seen Through Foreign Eyes | Welcome to Ascoli Piceno!

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It’s about time for you all to be introduced to the city I get to call home for 4 weeks of this amazing trip. Ascoli Piceno is a small city of about 60,000 people on the eastern coast of Italy. It is only about a 45 minute train ride from the Adriatic Sea.
Ascoli is a beautiful city with mountainous views, grand architecture, relaxing river-beaches, and an inspiring vitality of life about it. [...]


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Le Marche, the new Tuscany - Wall Street International

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I have always believed at love at first site. I know exactly what I like and when I walk into a hotel or a restaurant I immediately sense whether or not I will have a good experience. This is exactly what happened when I visited le Marche. Most people fall in love with Italy because of its beautiful landscape, great food and picturesque cities. I was one of them. But let me tell you something: as beautiful as it may be it is incredibly unappealing to walk in the main piazza of any town and hear every language but Italian. Passionate and discerning travellers always seek and treasure authenticity, which is what in my opinion, differentiates a holiday from an experience.

Welcome to Le Marche. A stunning, soulful and undiscovered region that will take you back in time and make you instantly fall in love with the so called “stile di vita Italiano”. [...]


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Driving In Le Marche

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If you are holidaying in Le Marche, a car is a must to explore those out of the way hill-top towns and villages.  Given the geography of the region, roads in Le Marche can be a bit winding and bumpy, and driving through those beautiful hill-top towns and villages can really challenge your manoeuvring and navigational skills. While driving through the mountains is a great scenic experience, the roads can be a little harrowing, and coastal tracks really only have room for one way traffic.

So, in order to make sure you enjoy driving in Le Marche, here are a few things worth knowing: 

What You Will Need When Driving In Le Marche [...]Italian Road Rules [...]Italian Driving Etiquette [...]


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Sarah Topps's curator insight, April 16, 2014 3:42 PM

Great advice when coming to visit beautiful Le Marche

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Meet the woman from Le Marche who deals truffles to NYC's top restos

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Sparvoli, 37, isn’t selling anything illegal. She’s selling truffles — specifically black Italian summer truffles and black winter truffles from Australia (a burgeoning growing region for the fungi given its opposite seasons) — to Pierre Schutz, the executive chef at the Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges.
Francesca Sparvoli wheels around an insulated bag filled with about $6,000 worth of black truffles. She sells the pricey fungi to top chefs around the city and is on call 24/7.
Two years ago, Sparvoli, a native of the Marche region of Italy and a former journalist, moved to New York City with her then-boyfriend, now-husband, businessman Marco Bassi, to break into the NYC truffle trade. She and Bassi had always wanted to move to the city after visiting several times to run marathons, and the truffle business is in her blood — her family has been dealing truffles for three generations, and Marche is a major region for the fancy fungi.


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Italy, one of the world's top holiday destinations, welcomes 14% more foreign property buyers

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Italy has long been the favourite holiday destination for many nations. With beautiful beaches, stunning scenery and gourmet gastronomy, it is a country with something for everyone.Indeed its position as a top-ranking holiday location has been doubly confirmed of late. First, data from The World Bank, which examined almost every country across the globe, placed Italy as the fifth most popular world tourist destination. New figures from Eurostat then placed Italy as the joint second (tied with France) European country for tourism.The figures are further supported by the latest residential research report from Knight Frank, which state that sales volumes in 2012/13 have strengthened, as international buyers look for long-term lifestyle purchases rather than short-term investment gains. International Residential Researcher Kate Everett-Allen comments,"Despite the economic malaise, Knight Frank's Italian team agreed a record number of sales in 2012/13, up by 50% year-on-year.To those familiar with Italy, the data will come as no surprise. It is a country of many faces, from the bustle of the big cities with their ancient architecture, to the refreshing simplicity of rural life in an idyllic setting. Of course the balmy climate - a key factor in many visitors' choice of holiday destination - also adds to Italy's charms.Buying a second home in Italy has become increasingly attractive to foreign buyers. According to data from the Scenari Immobiliari research institute, 2012 saw an increase of 14% in second home sales to overseas buyers, with sales totalling €2.1 billion. The majority of buyers (almost 40%) were German, while 18% were British and 13% Russian.This mix of foreign buyers is supported by new flights to many of Italy's airports, with Russia'sSheremetyevo International Airport recently announcing its summer flight schedule, which includes flights to a range of Italian airports. Italy's Ancona airport is attracting particular interest, with Montenegro Airlines operating charters there during the summer months and Darwin Airline beginning four daily flights from Ancona to Rome from June 2013 in a code share with Alitalia. Flights to Ancona also operate from Albania, Germany, Belgium, Egypt, England and Sweden, as well as numerous internal Italian destinations.

 

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