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The Unusual Palio Della Rana or Frog Races

The Unusual Palio Della Rana or Frog Races | Casolare Re Sole | Scoop.it

When people think of palio competitions, they often think of the famous horse race for the Palio of Siena but many Italian towns hold palio contests. One of the more unusual races is the Palio della Rana, frog races, held in the town of Fermignano, between Urbino and Urbania in central Italy's Marche region. Participants, dressed in medieval costume, each push a cart (similar to a wheelbarrow) with the frog sitting atop a plank and try to reach the finish line before the frog hops off. As is common during palio competitions, there's also a historical procession before the races and food.

The Palio della Rana is usually held the weekend following Easter so this year it's the first weekend of April. Since it's been a very wet March, there should be plenty of frogs!


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The Rancia Castle, Tolentino

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The Rancia Castle owes its name to the ancient granary - named “grancia” after the latin “granica” and the French “grange”- used by the Cistercian monks of Fiastra Abbey at the end of the XII century. For defence reasons the farm was already provided with a donjon, probably originally made of wood, as wheat depots were the first target to be destroyed in case of attack.
The building was turned into a fortress between 1353 and 1357 by the architect Andrea Beltrami da Como by order of Rodolfo II da Varano from Camerino, who was aware of the strategic and military potential of the depot.
When the Jesuits took possession of the Fiastra Abbey in 1581, the Castle lost its military connotations and was restructured as a big farm and used to host pilgrims on their way to Rome. 1782 pope Pio VI came to Tolentino and granted all the possessions of Fiastra Abbey, including the Castle, to the noble family Bandini. The last descendant, Maria Sofia Gravina di Ramacca, in 1974 gave the Castle to the Municipality of Tolentino, who is the actual owner.
Many important events took place here; the most important was the battle fought May 2 and 3, 1815 between the French army led by Gioacchino Murat and the Austrian army led by the General Federico Bianchi, hosted in Parisani-Bezzi Palace, now called Napoleonic Museum.
The battle of Tolentino 1815 has been regarded as the prologue of Waterloo and the first battle of the Italian Risorgimento (the so called “Resurgence”).

opening times:

summer: April - September 

morning 9.00-13.00
afternoon 15.30-18.30

winter: October - March

morning 10.00-13.00
afternoon 15.00-19.00
the castle is closed on mondays, on December 25, December 31/afternoon - and on 1 January
admission:
full ticket 4,00 €  - reduced 2,50 €
tel. 0733.973349 - info guide:348.0883989 info@tolentinoturismo.it 


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What Le Marche Has To Offer... A few amazing facts about Le Marche

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A few amazing facts about Le Marche.....

180 km of coastline500 piazzas1000 important monuments34 archeological sites315 antique libraries 72 historic theatres200 churches many Romanesque 183 religious shrines342 museums and galleriesStunning national parks (Monti Sibillini, Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga),4 regional parks (Conero, Sasso Simone, Simoncello, Monte San Bartolo, Gola della Rossa, Grotte di Frasassi),5 nature reserves (Abbadia di Fiastra, Gola del Furlo, Montagna di Torricchio, Ripa Bianca and Sentina),26 cities facing the Adriatic Sea

Ok the above are just numbers - but you have to admit its an impressive list! But as the locals say, that to taste the
region a visitor needs only 5 things – his own senses. Tucked between the Adriatic Sea and the apennine mountain range the region can be visited and enjoyed during all seasons.

In the summer, le Marche offers some of the finest white sand beaches of the entire Mediterranean basin. A shallow sea level makes its coastline the perfect spot for sun worshippers and beach lovers.

Wintertime offers sports activities on the peaks of the Apennines, with alpine and Nordic skiing for all levels. In the fall, the hills, the region’s most prominent feature, are covered with olive trees and vineyards that produce excellent
olive oil and many notable wines.

Small towns, rich with history and each with its unique architectural style, offer excellent accommodations in perfectly restored farmhouses, villas, castles and monasteries. Mix everything with an exclusive local cuisine and you have found the perfect spot for your next vacation to Italy.


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A beautiful introduction to Le Marche

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Aardbeving in Italië

Aardbeving in Italië | Casolare Re Sole | Scoop.it

In het midden van Italië is lichte schade ontstaan door twee aardbevingen van 4,8 en 3,7 op de schaal van Richter. Ook viel er een dode. De bevingen vanochtend waren tot in Rome, 100 kilometer van het epicentrum, voelbaar.

Het epicentrum van de eerste beving bevond zich op 10,7 kilometer diepte tussen de plaatsen Sora en Isola del Liri, halfweg tussen Rome en de zuidelijke stad Napels. De aarde beefde om 22.16 uur, een uur later gevolgd door een lichte naschok.  De beving veroorzaakte lichte schade. Volgens het Italiaanse persagentschap Ansa kwam even na die schok een 63-jarige vrouw om het leven in Isola del Liri, nabij het epicentrum. De vrouw leed aan een hartziekte en vermoedelijk werd de angst na de beving haar te veel. Ze overleed in het ziekenhuis. 


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Local Home-made Cheeses from Fontegranne - Belmonte Piceno - Fermo

Local Home-made Cheeses from Fontegranne - Belmonte Piceno - Fermo | Casolare Re Sole | Scoop.it

On a nearby farm at Belmonte Piceno, their motto's are: 

 

Each year to produce the best hay.

Every day to feed our animals and milk the best milk.

Every morning to turn fresh milk into cheese unique.

Every hour for maturing cheese and enrich our noble perfume.

This is us.
This is our industry.

 

And this shows.

 

From the wonderful cool, creamy goats cheeses made with 'raw' milk, lightly coated in the hottest of chillies, a taste explosion! To the cheeses aged in terracotta, there is something to suit all tastes.

 

You can book a degustazione visit - cheese and oil and jams and jellies all homemade and waiting for you to sample.  Cold cuts and high quality products, alongside a small selection of wines from the best wineries in Le Marche.

 

For the really adventurous, why not spend a day in the dairy, learning for yourself first-hand how to process the cheese. You will participate in different activities that take place in a full working day at the farm from 6.30 am to 13.00 and again in the afternoon. A wonderful experience and all from only €50 per person for a group of 4, or €75 for a group of 2.

 

For further information, have a look at their website: http://www.fontegranne.it/

 

For Tours contact info@fontegranne.it or see http://www.fontegranne.it/casaro-ungiorno.asp


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We met the staff of the Fontegranne at the Gualdo Cheese Festival last year and they certainly have every right to be so passionate about their products. You can tell the care and attention which goes into making each cheese we sampled. They were all delicious.

 

Why not stay with us at The Hideaway if planning a visit to the farm. For more information see: www.hideawaylemarche.com

 

 

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Lonely Planet: Highlights of Le Marche’s cuisine

Lonely Planet: Highlights of Le Marche’s cuisine | Casolare Re Sole | Scoop.it

[...] Le Marche produces a varied, seasonal cuisine and truly distinctive wines. To fully appreciate the charms of this undiscovered region, combine an off-the-beaten-track tour of the region’s coastal scenery, breathtaking mountain views and evocative history with an exploration of some local culinary highlights.

Olive Ascolane: local stuffed olives

A specialty of the regional capital, Ascoli Piceno, these stuffed olives, painstakingly and lovingly hand-made by local women, make an appearance at big events and special occasions. Green olives are pitted and stuffed with a filling of meat and cheese, dipped in beaten egg and breadcrumbs, and deep-fried to a golden brown in sunflower oil. Served as starters or snacks, these addictive olives can be bought in cartoccio for eating on the go (or in frozen batches for frying at home) from the various wine bars and trattorie in Ascoli Piceno.

Ciauscolo: smoky pork sausage

This soft smoked-pork sausage is flavoured with fennel, garlic and vino cotto, a local non-alcoholic ‘cooked wine’ made from grape must with a unique sweet-and-sour flavour. Served spread on toast as an appetiser or a snack, thick slices or chunks of ciauscolo are also used to enrich winter meat, bean stews or vegetable soups. The best ciauscolo can be found in any norcineria or butcher in Le Marche’s many hilltop towns. Ciauscolo crostini features as one of 15 courses at the atmospheric Il Picciolo di Rame (www.picciolodirame.com), a restaurant specialising in historical Le Marche cuisine that’s set in a medieval olive oil mill in the tiny village of Caldarola.

Vincisgrassi: an epic lasagne

Le Marche’s version of lasagne is a rich, baked pasta dish of epic proportions – 12 layers of soft, slippery pasta sheets are interspersed with veal ragu, chicken liver or lamb sweetbreads, truffles or wild mushrooms, and béchamel sauce. A proper vincisgrassi is (unsurprisingly) reserved for special occasions, but simpler versions of the original can be sampled in Macerata, also home to the Arena Sferisterio, a Roman-style outdoor theatre hosting one of the opera world’s biggest annual events in July and August. Enjoy vincisgrassi with a glass of Rosso Piceno, a full and fruity red wine made from a blend of local Sangiovese and Montepulciano grapes.

Brodetto all’Anconetana: a decadent fish soup

Stop at any restaurant along Le Marche’s coast and you’re bound to find a version of this fish soup. Traditionally made with 13 different types of fish and shellfish (one for each person at the Last Supper), the tomato-based soup, rich with the flavour of fresh seafood, evolved from the local fishers’ dilemma around how to use up by-catch. Brodetto all’Anconetana is a specialty at Uliassi (www.uliassi.it), a seaside restaurant in Senigallia with two Michelin stars that is widely regarded as one of Italy’s best seafood restaurants. In autumn, brodetto afficionados flock to Fano, a beach resort southeast of Pesaro, for the annual Brodetto and Fish Soup Festival. A perfect white wine to accompany fish is the fresh and tangy Verdicchio, Le Marche’s most famous wine, hailing from the areas of Castelli di Jesi and Matelica.

Crema fritta: ‘fried cream’

A Marchigiana delicacy is crema fritta (literally, fried cream), which makes an unusual appearance in the local fritto misto, a mixed fried platter of zucchini, onions, olive ascolane and veal or lamb kebabs. Cooked cream is set in the fridge overnight, then gently coated in egg and breadcrumbs and deep-fried on skewers. Vernaccia, a sparkling red wine unique to the tiny village of Serrapetrona, makes a refreshing accompaniment to fried foods.


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The Roads of the Faith in Le Marche: The Via Lauretana

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The existence of the Sanctuary of Loreto has been documented since 1294, its peculiarity concerns the object of devotion of the faithful, the Holy House of Nazareth, the place of the Annunciation. The house of Mary was formed in a cave, still venerated in the Basilica of the Annunciation, and a manufactured stone leaning against it. According to tradition, in 1291, when the Crusaders lost permanently the Palestine, with the fall of Akko, the House of the Virgin Mary was carried, "under angelic ministry", firstly in Illyria and then in the territory of Loreto. Today, according to new documented information, with the available results of the archaeological excavations in the basement of the Holy House (1962-65) and philological and iconographic studies, is increasingly confirming the hypothesis that the Holy House was transported to Loreto by ship.
The first news about the Path of Pilgrimage linked to Loreto shrine dates from the early fourteenth century: it is the link between Recanati and the sea in Roman era, this is the first unit of Via Lauretana. In the following decades, the increasing flow of pilgrims is channeled along a major road directions of the Papal States, the one that comes from Rome along the ancient Via Flaminia to Foligno, then crossing the Apennines at the pitch of Colfiorito, getting Ancona through the valleys of the Chienti and Potenza rivers. This route was renamed Via Lauretana, linking the holy cities of Rome and Loreto. The route of the Via Lauretana is defining progressively, with the definitive identification in the eighteenth century.
Along this guideline were increasing signs of Marian devotion and the creation of the transport infrastructure and accommodation necessary for the pilgrimage, especially since the sixteenth century. At that time were borning confraternities dedicated to the service of the pilgrims, and "hospitales" in the cities and in the most inaccessible tracks of the route Loretana (Apennine passes, river crossings, swamps ...).


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8 or maybe Infinite Places to see in Le Marche in 2013

8 or maybe Infinite Places to see in Le Marche in 2013 | Casolare Re Sole | Scoop.it

The central Italian region of Le Marche will conquer you with its beauty.

There is some spectacular sightseeing here, with the limestone peaks pitted by deep gorges, ancient, spectacular caves, and dramatic torrents of water pouring into stone pools beneath. The region is bordered in the west by the Apennine mountain range with ski resorts and hiking trails.

The highest point is Monte Vettore in the Sibillini Mountain range, reaching 2476 metres.

The mountains drop to to the coast in gently rounded hills, topped with fortified towns more than a millennium old. The region is full of history, art and culture with Romanesque and Renaissance churches, abbeys, monasteries and sanctuaries surrounded by sweet, gentle hills, fertile slopes of olive groves and vineyards.The Hills drop again to the long, broad, shallow beaches. The 180km of Adriatic coastline is lined with a stretch of spectacular blue flag beaches and the Conero peninsula, with its rugged limestone promontory represent the most spectacular place by the coast.

Every few kilometres you come across pretty hilltop villages, fields of gold, sparkling rivers and lakes, castles, fortresses and medieval walled towns.

You can visit le Marche following the footsteps of Many of the greatest artists, architects, musicians and writers: Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael), Carlo Crivelli, Lorenzo Lotto, Donato Bramante, Rossini, Giacomo Leopardi and Gentile da Fabriano (Just An Example)

Every plan of your visit can not exclude Food and wine tastings. Le Marche has many restaurants with excellent quality and value and boasts an exquisite wine collection including "Verdicchio di Matelica" and "Verdiccio dei Castelli di Jesi", Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Rosso Conero, Rosso Piceno, Passerina, Pecorino.

Here is a list of useful links to visit the Marche with different approaches, considering the areas with the greatest characterization within which lie, however, unmissable countless tourist destinations.

Urbino

What to see;

 

Urbino wwwUrbania wwwGradara wwwPesaro wwwFano www

 

Ancona

 

Ancona wwwMonte Conero National Park wwwLoreto www

 

Genga

 

Grotte di Frasassi wwwFabriano www

 

Macerata

 

Macerata wwwRecanati www

 

Treia

 

Treia wwwCingoli wwwAppignano di Macerata www

 

Fermo

 

Fermo wwwTorre di Palme wwwPorto San Giorgio wwwPorto Sant'Elpidio www

 

Ascoli Piceno

 

Ascoli Piceno wwwGrottammare wwwCupra Marittima wwwSan Benedetto del Tronto www

 

Sibillini National Park

 

Sibillini National Park www


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Wine: Why now is the time to buy Italian

Wine: Why now is the time to buy Italian | Casolare Re Sole | Scoop.it

When Italy surpassed France in wine production for the first time two years ago, the news was not greeted as a welcome achievement.
Aside from bragging rights, Italian vintners were faced with having to sell more wine than ever at a time when regional consumption was dropping.
It meant more Italian wine would be dumped into the so-called Wine Lake, a surplus of wine produced within the European Union, which buys the stuff and turns it into industrial alcohol.
In a European market of increasing supply and falling demand, that is not a winning scenario. Fortunately, however, Italian wineries are having their "Duh!" moment: by offering more well-made regional wines at reasonable prices, they can sell more wine.
For too many years, many Italian vintners suffered from a hubris built on the international success of very high-end wines like barolos and barbarescos and Super Tuscans. Buoyed by industry bureaucrats eager to award the prestigious D.O.C.G. appellation (a denomination of guaranteed high quality wine) to wines of little regional distinction, wineries tried to stick high price tags on wines of no real excellence.
Importers tried to convince wine drinkers that a bottle of unfamiliar verdicchio was worth $50 or a Santa Margherita pinot grigio $60 in a restaurant. As a result, wine lovers began moaning that Italian wines were pricing themselves out of the market.
Now, with sales sputtering and the Wine Lake brimming over, some very fine Italian vintners are getting into the market with delicious wines at prices right on the money. And it's happening at the retail level more than in restaurants, which continue to hike up margins three and four times above retail.


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Home - Casolare Re Sole

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Casolare Re Sole is een Bed & Breakfast met 2 kamers, een mini-appartement en een mini-camping. Honden toegestaan.
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"Casolare Re Sole" is a small Bed & Breakfast in the south of Marche, Italy.

It offers 2 double rooms, a mini apartment and also a mini-camping for travellers with tents. Dogs allowed

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The Most Beautiful Small Towns of Le Marche Tour | Gabriele's Travels to Italy

The Most Beautiful Small Towns of Le Marche Tour | Gabriele's Travels to Italy | Casolare Re Sole | Scoop.it

SEE WHAT THE REGION HAS TO OFFER

You may have visited Italy more than a few times; you may have been to Tuscany, Umbria, Sicily, The Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Rome and Venice! But you haven’t seen what else Italy has to offer until you have experienced le Marche.

• 180 km of coastline
• 500 piazzas
• 1000 important monuments
• 34 archeological sites
• 315 antique libraries housing over 4 million volumes
• 72 historic theatres
• 200 churches which the majority are of Romanesque architecture
• 183 religious shrines
• Largest number of museums and galleries in Italy: 342
• 2 national parks (Monti Sibillini, Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga),
• 4 regional parks (Monte Conero, Sasso Simone and Simoncello, Monte San Bartolo, Gola della Rossa and Grotte di Frasassi),
• 5 nature reserves (Abbadia di Fiastra, Gola del Furlo, Montagna di Torricchio, Ripa Bianca and Sentina),
• 26 cities facing the Adriatic Sea

These are the numbers of le Marche, but as the locals say, that to taste the region a visitor needs only 5 things – his own senses. Tucked between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine mountain range the region can be visited and enjoyed during all seasons.

In the summer, le Marche offers some of the finest white sand beaches of the entire Mediterranean basin. A shallow sea water level makes its coastline the perfect spot for sun worshippers and beach lovers.

Wintertime offers sports activities on the peaks of the Apennines, with alpine and Nordic skiing for all levels.

In the fall, the hills, the region’s most prominent feature, are covered with olive trees and vineyards that produce excellent olive oil and many notable wines.

Small towns, rich with history and each with its unique architectural style, offer excellent accommodations in perfectly restored farmhouses, villas, castles and monasteries. Mix everything with an exclusive local cuisine and you have found the perfect spot for your next vacation to Italy.


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Wat heeft Marche allemaal te bieden??

Nou dit dus

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felicia's comment, January 31, 2013 12:30 AM
why are flowers hung???
Mariano Pallottini's comment, January 31, 2013 6:46 AM
This is common in all mediterranean coasts. People like the flowers and the flowers represent a nourriture for the spirit.
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Aanbiedingen - Casolare Re Sole

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Casolare Re Sole is een luxe Bed & Breakfast met 2 kamers, een mini-appartement en een mini-camping.Heerlijk genieten tussen onze wijngaarden en olijfbomen.
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Mooie aanbieding voor het "voorjaar". Het is misschien nog midwinter, maar het weer is Nederlands voorjaarsweer.

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Mariano Pallottini's comment, January 25, 2013 6:17 AM
i would be very happy to help you somehow. Regards Mariano
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P.S.: send all to mariano_italiano(at)hotmail.com
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Ok Mariano, I will do this this weekend. Or maybe today. Thank you.
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Casolare Re Sole - Authentiek gerenoveerde boerderij gelegen in het zuiden van Le Marche (Italië)

Casolare Re Sole - Authentiek gerenoveerde boerderij gelegen in het zuiden van Le Marche (Italië) | Casolare Re Sole | Scoop.it

Welkom bij Casolare Re Sole! Onze boerenhoeve is een authentiek gerenoveerde boerderij gelegen in het zuiden van Le Marche (Italië) dichtbij het stadje Montottone. Onze casolare ligt 25 km van de kust en 40 km van de bergen. Temidden van onze eigen wijngaarden, olijfbomen en fruitbomen willen wij onze gasten een onvergetelijke vakantie bezorgen op het Italiaanse platteland. Of het nu gaat om een dagje strand, een kookcursus of een wijnproeverij bij een lokale wijnboer, alles kan en mag. Kom langs en geniet!


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Palazzo Parisani Bezzi, Tolentino: the Palazzo della Pace of the Treaty of Tolentino

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Palazzo Parisani Bezzi is one of the most important historical buildings in Tolentino, dating from the late seventeenth century, but certainly rebuilt over an older construction. The actual Parisani family, one of the oldest and most illustrious in Tolentino, is documented from the beginning of the fourteenth century. Also called Palazzo della Pace, in February 1797 the mansion hosted the Italian army's General Staff, commanded by General Bonaparte, and the Treaty of Tolentino between France and Pope Pius VI was signed there. With this treaty, the defeated pope agreed to dismiss the Austrian pontifical army and pay large sums of war indemnity, yielding to France, among other things, the legations of Bologna, Ferrara, Ravenna and Forli. This historic event took place on the first floor and part of the actual furniture is still present A stateroom leads into a corridor, where Napoleon's rooms are to be found on the left side. First there is a sitting room with a ceiling finely decorated with faux marble. The upper walls are finished with a frieze of bearings and floral motifs. The room next door is where the treaty was signed by Napoleon and Papal State representatives. Here there are two lavish consoles, a large mirror, the table where the treaty was signed, original yellow-gold damask draperies; the rafters have wood panel finishes with floral motifs, while the strip beneath shows biblical scenes surrounded by garlands, cherubs and scrolls. Next is the bedroom used by Napoleon, at the time finished in red damask and with a massive four-poster bed. Lastly, there is a washroom with lavish decorations of ribbons, flower garlands and allegorical figures, all reminiscent of a garden pavilion. The chapel also has sumptuously painted walls, but no furniture.

 

 

 


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opening times: 

summer April - September
morning 9.00-13.00
afternoon 15.00-19.00

winter: October - March
morning 10.00-13.00
afternoon 15.30-18.30

admission:
full ticket 3,00 € - reduced 1,50 €

the museum is closed on mondays, on December 25, December 31/afternoon - and on 1 January

tel. 0733.960613 info guides: 348.0883989 info@tolentinoturismo.it

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Eremo Colle San Marco, dayhike above Ascoli Piceno

Eremo Colle San Marco, dayhike above Ascoli Piceno | Casolare Re Sole | Scoop.it

From Ascoli, head up towards Colle San Marco to the south. You will pass a nice osteria called C'era una volta and later reach the little town of Piagge. Just before exiting the town, you will see a little brown sign on your right with a sharp right turn to get up to the little church of San Bartolomeo where you can park and read the sign above in either italian or english before taking the trail to the left of the church up to the cemetery. You can save a couple of hundred meters climbing if you park instead at the cemetery. Either way, the trail starts to the right of the enclosed cemetery and not to the left which also has a well marked road but is posted as private property. The climb is easy and takes 15 minutes or a bit more and is well marked. 

Head left and in just a few minutes you will arrive at the beautiful arched stairway which leads into the little monastery.
This was built 8 hundred years ago, which makes it all the more impressive. Obviously subsequent works have been done to make the whole thing safer so we can still visit today.
View of the bell tower and the facade which the old Benedictine monks built to close in the grotto and another with the imposing cliffs above and below


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Sneak preview van het lentenummer! - De Smaak van Italië

Sneak preview van het lentenummer! - De Smaak van Italië | Casolare Re Sole | Scoop.it

Dobberende bootjes in rustige baaitjes, hagelwitte rotsen die naadloos overgaan in ongerepte kiezelstranden totdat ze het smaragdgroene water raken en dan langzaam in de zee verdwijnen. We zijn in een onontdekt stukje paradijs aan de kust van De Marken: de Riviera del Conero.

 

Als we door het hek van piccolo resort Novecamere rijden, omringd door glooiende heuvels en paarse lavendel, weten we het even niet meer; zijn we in Toscane beland, of in de Franse Provence? Om ons heen overheerst het decor van de groene Monte Conero, de berg die over de kuststrook heerst. Hij is vernoemd naar een van de vruchten die het land voortbrengt, de corbezzolo of ciliego marino. Deze vrolijke, rood- en geelgekleurde vruchtjes groeien er volop en eindigen vaak in jam, roséwijn of honing. Het hart van het gebied wordt gevormd door het Parco Regionale del Monte Conero, een natuurgebied dat sinds 1987 een beschermde status heeft. Op de berg zijn achttien verschillende routes uitgezet: paden waarover je heerlijk kunt wandelen en die je langs verschillende panoramische plekjes voeren. Let wel: ze zijn niet allemaal even makkelijk begaanbaar en hier en daar moet er flink geklommen worden – goede wandelschoenen zijn een must!


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Aardbeving in Italië

Aardbeving in Italië | Casolare Re Sole | Scoop.it

In het midden van Italië is lichte schade ontstaan door twee aardbevingen van 4,8 en 3,7 op de schaal van Richter. Ook viel er een dode. De bevingen vanochtend waren tot in Rome, 100 kilometer van het epicentrum, voelbaar.

Het epicentrum van de eerste beving bevond zich op 10,7 kilometer diepte tussen de plaatsen Sora en Isola del Liri, halfweg tussen Rome en de zuidelijke stad Napels. De aarde beefde om 22.16 uur, een uur later gevolgd door een lichte naschok.  De beving veroorzaakte lichte schade. Volgens het Italiaanse persagentschap Ansa kwam even na die schok een 63-jarige vrouw om het leven in Isola del Liri, nabij het epicentrum. De vrouw leed aan een hartziekte en vermoedelijk werd de angst na de beving haar te veel. Ze overleed in het ziekenhuis. 


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CANTINE APERTE 2013

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Bed and Breakfast Casolare Re Sole still has availability in May and there happens to be an event you don't want to miss. During the last weekend of May it is CANTINE APERTE.In the whole of Italy thousands of cantinas open their doors and cellars to the public. And also in Marche there is this opportunity to come and taste the most beautiful wines and gastronomic food.This year it is on May 25 and 26.
Ci vediamo.

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Scroccafusi, traditional Le Marche Video-Recipe

Scroccafusi, traditional Le Marche Recipe

Ingredients

6 eggs6 tablespoons of sugar150 grams of butter500 ml of milkgrated lemon2-4 tablespoons of Mistrà (or Anisetta, Ouzo, Pastis, Sambuca)2 packets of baking powder800 grams of flourAlkermes liquor


Easy Directions = Follow the video


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Sportief eropuit in Le Marche - italissima.nl

Sportief eropuit in Le Marche - italissima.nl | Casolare Re Sole | Scoop.it

Het fraaie landschap van Le Marche, of in het Nederlands ‘De Marken’, leent zich uitstekend voor sportieve activiteiten als wandelen, fietsen, klimmen, zwemmen, paragliden of skiën. Het landschap is erg gevarieerd en bestaat uit hoge bergen, hoogvlaktes maar ook zacht glooiende heuvels.

 

Fietsen & mountainbiken
Verblijf je in juni in Le Marche, dan kun je van de Giro d'Italia getuige zijn. Een aantal routes gaat steevast door dit gebied. Daarnaast worden er ook een aantal fietsclinics georganiseerd rond de Giro d'Italia. Bereid je wel voor op een paar pittige beklimmingen als je hier aan deel wilt gaan nemen. Er zijn ook individuele fiets- en mountainbike routes te verkrijgen. 
Voor fietsarrangementen bestaande uit een verblijf inclusief begeleide fietstochten met mechanicien en catering kun je terecht bij Fietseninitalie.nl.


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How to Make Porchetta at home

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Porchetta is an Italian street food, served in market stalls or from trucks, often in sandwich form.Made from an entire gutted, spit-roasted pig, and stuffed with citrus, rosemary, fennel, and other aromatics, the key characteristic is that each portion is a miniature celebration of the best parts of the entire pig: the fat, the lean, and the crackly skin. [...]
Rather than cook a whole pig, or mess with a finicky shoulder, our version of porchetta has been adapted for the home cook. We use a huge piece of skin-on pork belly, wrapped around a boneless pork loin, seasoned with spices, and tied into a roast. Explain to your butcher what your intentions are; they will trim the pork belly and the loin for you as needed. Once you’ve got it assembled, it’s nearly foolproof: Stick it in the oven, turn it a few times, adjust the temperature as needed, and you’re done. The result is astonishingly delicious, all crunchy skin and moist, flavorful meat, a celebratory meal that is equally appropriate for a holiday dinner, or eaten standing up over the sink in sandwich form.

Porchetta
Adapted from a recipe in Bon Appetit; Serves 12-15 people
Ingredients:

1 five to six pound piece fresh pork belly, skin on1 three pound boneless, center-cut pork loin3 tablespoons fennel seeds2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes2 tablespoons minced fresh sage1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary4 garlic cloves, mincedKosher salt1/2 orange, seeded, rind-on, thinly sliced

Method:

First, let’s prepare by doing a test-fit of the two pieces of pork. Place the belly skin-side down, and arrange the loin in the center. Roll the belly around the loin so the ends of the belly meat. If any of the belly or the loin overlaps, trim meat with a sharp knife. Unroll and set aside.In a small pan over medium heat, toast fennel seeds and red pepper flakes until fragrant, about 1 minute. Let spices cool, and then finely grind in a spice mill or clean coffee grinder until very fine. Transfer to a small bowl, and toss with the sage, rosemary, and garlic. Set spice mixture aside.Arrange belly skin side down on a counter or large cutting board. Using a knife, score the belly flesh in a checkerboard pattern about 1/3 of an inch deep, to help the roast cook evenly.Flip belly over, and sing a paring knife, poke dozens of 1/8 inch deep holes through the skin, all over the belly.Using a spiked meat mallet, pound skin side of belly all over for at least three minutes. This will tenderize the skin, and help it to puff up and get crispy when roasted.Turn belly and salt both loin and belly generously with kosher salt. Rub flesh side of belly and entire loin with fennel mixture. Arrange the loin down the middle of the belly, and top with orange slices.Wrap belly around loin, and tie crosswise tightly at 1/2 to 1 inch intervals with kitchen twine.Trim twine, and transfer roast to a wire rack set on a baking dish. Refrigerate uncovered for at least 24 hours to allow skin to air-dry. When ready to cook, let porchetta sit at room temperature for two hours. Preheat oven to 500 degrees, and season porchetta with salt. Roast on rack in baking sheet for 40 minutes, turning once. Reduce heat to 300 degrees and continue roasting, rotating the pan and turning the roast about every 20 minutes, until a thermometer inserted into the center of the roast reads 140 degrees, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours more. If skin is not yet a deep brown mahogany, crank heat back up to 500, and roast for ten minutes more. Let rest for 30 minutes, before slicing into 1/2 inch round slices with a serrated knife. Serve slices, or in sandwich form.

*Note: I feel compelled to mention that, at approximately 850 calories per 1/2 inch slice, this dish is one of the worst things for you that you could ever eat. If this bothers you, I think you should look at the above photo again. All it means is that you should probably make this dish now, before you begin feeling the oppression of your own guilty New Year’s resolutions.


Read more: http://www.fromaway.com/cooking/porchetta#ixzz2K8bhsAUk ;


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Le Marche of quality - Italy - Europe - World - Travel - smh.com.au

Le Marche of quality - Italy - Europe - World - Travel - smh.com.au | Casolare Re Sole | Scoop.it
On Italy's east coast, off the usual tourist tracks, the food is
authentic, the towns genuine, and there's more to do and see than
days to do them in, writes Kylie Walker. -

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True. And on this picture the ledies are kant 

klossing. That;s Dutch for ??

Oftewel Offida is de plaats voor authentieke kantklos-werkjes.

Vooral leuk om te zien.

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A wonderful write-up about our beautiful region in the Sydney Morning Hereld.

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N.22 - Successful "Case History" of foreigners buying a property in Le Marche - Anne and Cees

N.22 - Successful "Case History" of foreigners buying a property in Le Marche - Anne and Cees | Casolare Re Sole | Scoop.it

Anne and Cees during a holidays abroad, realised they were missing something in life. Both had a good job; Anne was an interior designer and Cees worked in a nice hotel. They had a nice house in the neighbourhood of Nijmegen in Holland. They were really loved by a cute little dog and numerous friends. These people like many others in this moment were subconsciously looking for a new “home” telling each other things like “I wouldn't like to live here” or “This is a nice place to live, maybe” or “what a good feeling in Italy”.
Italy was a dream and they were scared by the many differences along the territory.
Where to Live? Close the Mountains, by the sea,in big cities or in the countryside.
They decided to go for the most beautiful spots within the budget, looking for a good place more than a nice house.
In 2008 they had a 3 weeks holiday in the Le Marche and Abruzzo Regions.
The first week in northern Le Marche was fantastic; beautful landscapes with hills and forrests and very friendly people. Beautiful towns and great food and wine.
The second week they were in Abruzzo, absolutely nice place but very different than Le Marche. Less vegetation and much dryer. The third week they got back to Le Marche and really started to “house hunting”. In just a week the couple found an initial house . You won't believe, the changed idea other three times but finally they got the right one.
It was a neglected old farmhouse with 8 hectares of land, with vinyards, orchards and an olive grove. This was going to be their Bed & Breakfast and Mini-Camping.
Situated on an ideal spot, 25 kilometres from the Adriatic coast and 40 kilometres from the Apennine Mountains.
There was a delay to find the sum to renovate the house because of Credit Crunch, but now they could live their dream.
Helped by laborious builders they could open right for the good season and start to get the money back.
With 2 B&B rooms, an Mini-apartment and 8 spots for tents on a sort of Mini Camping, they think their life is set to success. Helped by people promoting the place, and thanks to internet, the first month of activity they were fully booked and had great fun with fabulous guests.
Going together to local festas, sagras, restaurants and wineries; cooking for them 3 times a week and all the other things they had in mind. Even now off of the season they have guests making them very positive for the better seasons.

"Whatever happens, we will never go back. We love Marche"

Cees den Hartog
Anne Klein Severt
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Cees Den Hartog's comment, January 27, 2013 3:55 AM
Yes, thank you. I'm in Montottone next 3 weeks. If you want to come by, you always are welcome for a café or a bichiere di vino. Carassai is only 10 minutes away.
Mariano Pallottini's comment, January 27, 2013 4:00 AM
Thank you very much for the invitation. I accept with pleasure.
Cees Den Hartog's comment, January 27, 2013 4:07 AM
Let me know in front, because I will be working a lot outside if the weather stays nice.