Since 2005 twice a year, in Springtime and in Fall, the FAMILIES of a few localities in the MARCHE Region (central Italy), open up the doors of their HOUSES to host NEW FRIENDS for dinner and to share with them, around the table, words and stories.
‘DINNERS AT HOME‘ (Le Cene in Famiglia) have become, in the past years, the HEART of an UNPRECEDENTED TRAVEL EXPERIENCE, told throughout a net of institutions, enterprises, accomodation facilities, associations and citizens, coordinated by tourism and culture professionals.
Travellers are hosted in selected B2B and are invited to DISCOVER the TERRITORY with the guide of CITIZENS who help them unveil unknown aspectes and hidden treasures of Italy.
At the end of the guided tours, guests may DINE in ONE of the HOUSES of the MANY FAMILIES who JOINED the PROJECT: tradition’s recipes become the occasion to EXPERIENCE the most AUTHENTIC ITALIAN HOSPITALITY. [...]
La Tavola Marche invites guests to step back in time and enjoy La Bella Vita with an emphasis on agrotourism in the secluded countryside with activities like tomato picking. Authentic Italian cooking classes are offered throughout the year at this intimate 300-year old farmhouse and cozy inn. Lessons embrace the "slow food" movement with seasonal, local cuisine.
A seam of culture and ancient traditions runs through Le Marche that risks remaining unknown not only by travellers who visit this land, but also by its inhabitants. [...] Through the twelve itineraries found on the following pages, you can choose to enjoy the pleasure of discovering the ancient trades in Le Marche.
There is just slightly more than a month to go until Italian resale tax on property is lowered and investors are likely to be waiting with bated breath. The measure, due to come in on January 1st 2014, has been heralded as vital for the country to address its depressed property market, A Place in the Sun reported. It will see Land Registry Tax on a second home purchase lowered by €900 (£753.28) for every €100,000 of the sales price. [...]
Check out over 120 different wine descriptions and what they say about a wine. There are eleven main categories of wine characteristics that break down the tastes, aromas and sensations of a particular wine.
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Would you recommend the Marche region for a family holiday and what are the must-sees? Tim Jepson, Italy expert, writes The Marche is very pretty and has fewer visitors than Umbria, though its not exactly undiscovered these days. While it doesn't have quite the range of cultural highlights and quaint towns as Umbria, a town like Urbino (and nearby Urbania) is the equal of any in Italy for art, charm and history. I also like Ascoli Piceno, which is also within striking distance of the region's finest scenery, the Monte Sibillini National Park.
For the most part, the Marche's landscape is one of high, rolling hills: high, but not quite mountains. The Sibillini are the exception - in Monte Vettore, they touch 2,476m. It's a great country to tour by car (head to the Piano Grande, across the border in Umbria; and drive the SS78 road from Ascoli to Sarnano for the views), but the hiking is also excellent - obvious trails, decent maps (Kompass 666 Monti Sibillini) - with everything from easy strolls suitable for children to full-on backpacking. If you're visiting in summer, virtually the entire coast is lined with small seaside resorts frequented by Italian families. If you want a classic, small-town, Italian seaside holiday, these are perfect. The beaches and sea are safe and good, without ever being spectacular, and while the hotels and towns are mostly modern, many have a small historic core. There's also all the usual ice cream shops, pizzerias, and spots for an evening passeggiata that make up the Italian summer.
[...] This is an exceptional hike for those who want to climb the tallest mountain in Le Marche without the crowds of the trails from forca di Presta or Castelluccio. The 1500 meter altitude gain and approximately 15 km distance puts most people off, but if you are up for it, this is a much more interesting way to climb Vettore. I am on a quest, as is Bacco to climb all the 2,000 meter peaks in Le Marche and after this hike we have 2 to go. This hike bagged 3 although Mt. Vettore was a 3rd timer. [...]
[...] Both in Florence and Rome, as well as in the whole region of Le Marche, I recognized aromas that made me feel like I was in my own land, many of them from the present day, others from my childhood; not so in Venice, Bologna, or Siena.
In order to avoid a lengthy recounting, I want to write about my stay in Porto San Giorgio and every city in the region of Le Marche that I was able to visit. The food and the wine were fundamental factors of my well-being. In addition to having quality pastas, meats, fish, and vegetables in the markets, I was fortunate in also having great cooks. Another motif of the trip was the aromas, the likes of rosemary, sage, fresh oregano, mint, laurel, etc. These were the scents that would take me close to home, in every lunch or dinner in my journey throughout the area. [...]
[...] Ian Arnott, a retired architect, has penned his first book, 'The Hidden Theatres of the Marche' - the story of how a tiny, isolated area of Italy came to have one of the biggest concentrations of theatres anywhere in the world. Ian had initially been asked to research the subject by the Royal Scottish Academy, but it turned into something much more. He told the Courier: "It started in 2006 and it was a music holiday that we took to the Marche. "It was half a dozen private concerts and recitals and it was set in some of these restored theatres that I'd never heard of. As far as I could gather, nobody else had either. Nobody really knew where the Marche was. "It's a very little-known area, even to Italians, and they don't go there because it's the wrong side of the Apennine Mountains. It's tiny - it's only 100 miles by 50. "I got interested in the buildings and then I discovered that these half dozen were only the tip of the iceberg. It had more theatres than any other area of Italy in terms of concentration. "I just became curious as to why this came about. It was never a terribly poor area but it was certainly never one of the prosperous areas of Italy. Why did they want so many theatres and how did they procure them? How can they afford them? "The book, I think, sets out to provide some answers to these questions. And of course, focuses on the buildings themselves: many of them were so beautiful. As an architect, they interested me. "The book looks at the region and tries to analyse the effect of these theatres on their population, and on their towns and villages." Ian returned to the Marche, where he spent about two and a half weeks researching for the book [...]
Excitement is building for 115 teams from 16 countries for the upcoming Adria Ferries ORCi World Championship, to be held in Ancona, Italy over 21-29 June. The Organizing Committee has published its final entry list, where 59 boats will be competing in Class A, and 56 boats will be racing in Class B. This is the third consecutive year there has been over 100 entries for this event, the only ISAF-recognized Offshore World Championship. [...]
In 1949 the Nardi brothers began their activities cane weaving to produce wicker baskets and various articles. Over the years, their experience has also allowed the processing of bamboo and rattan furniture. The Company imports the material directly from the Asian countries still maintaining a family run business. Leader in the interweaving of wicker and derivatives, can create items of furniture with style and high-level design.
The wide range of products includes items such as laundry basket, toy box and portalavoro of all shapes and sizes, various display stands for shops and big food chains in addition to the typical and traditional as the Christmas basket.
Always wanted to have a look inside the Frasassi Caves in Le Marche ? Well now you can! The perfect place to visit on one of those odd rainy days whilst staying at The Hideaway www.hideawaylemarche.com
Tourists flock to Italy to see Michelangelo's David and other iconic hunks of Renaissance stone, but in a trip over spring break, a group of Columbia students got to visit rocks that have shaped the world in even more profound ways. In the limestone outcrops of Italy's Apennine Mountains, geologist Walter Alvarez collected some of the earliest evidence that a massive fireball falling from space some 66 million years ago was responsible for killing off the dinosaurs. Geologists have trekked to the region [Le Marche] since then to study that catastrophic event as well as others imprinted in these rocks. [...]
“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, 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!”
January is the perfect time to travel in Italy, as long as there is no rain or fog. On sunny days it is almost impossible to sit quietly home. The urge to explore comes over us, and off we go. The first place on our agenda was Ascoli Piceno. We went there with our guests after January 6th to explore the sales. I love to shop in this city. First the city is absolutely gorgeous, second they have the nicest sales people, and finally they have great clothes, all within walking distance, with no car needed. Driving to Ascoli Piceno from Umbertide we pass the wildest looking territory. It is hard to believe that there will be a town in the mountains, much less one as stunning as this. [...]
Vera Marie Badertscher takes an auto tour of Le Marche in western Italy.
Whichever road you choose leads to fortified towns on hilltops and dignified stone farmhouses presiding over hillsides planted in grape vines or olive trees. Le Marche answered our requirements for seeing the “real” Italy -- a place where T-shirt vendors do not line the cobblestone streets. Le Marche stretches down the eastern edge of the Italian boot between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. We could find few guidebooks on this region, which underlined the fact that Le Marche remains relatively undiscovered. So, we said, let us go discover it. [...]
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In this local recipe from Pesaro (Le Marche) Italy beer is used instead of sugar. The addition of beer with milk and olive oil in the recipes, makes a soft dough with a crispy crust. We used Collesi beer, a local, award-winning artisan beer from our neighboring village of Apecchio! All the Collesi beers - unpasturized, unfiltered, and naturally fermented in the bottle - are brewed in small batches
Pizza Dough Recipe Makes 4 personal pizzas
25g of fresh active yeast or 1/4 oz. packet/envelope of dry yeast1 glass of milk 1 glass of water 1 finger of extra virgin olive oil 1 finger of beer (Collessi)1 glass of high gluten flour salt
"I Forzati della strada" (The Convicts of the Road) vintage ride event will be held on July 28th in Montelparo, the beautiful village overlooking the hills of the province of Fermo in the Marche region. The name "I Forzati della Strada" originates from French journalist Albert Londres. The event is part of the Giro d’Italia d’Epoca and offers participants the opportunity to choose between two routes of 40 km and 80 km, all in the open countryside and half on dirt roads. The group will be escorted by vintage cars and motorcycles, just to recreate the atmosphere cycling that is usually seen in faded black and white movies. Along the route way there will be a number of dining surprises of food and wine. To give an oportunity to those that do not have a vintage bicycle, road bikes (no mountain bikes permitted) of any vintage will be allowed but cycling kits prior to 1985 will be required.
"Whilst in Le Marche, if you are coming to stay with us at The Hideaway, whatever you do, do not miss the La Conca experience. Mirela welcomes you to her wonderful agriturismo where you will sample dish after dish of her delicious home cooking.
With fresh herbs and vegetables from her beautiful orto, every dish is a taste explosion. A perfect setting, with an amazing host and fabulous food. You really will have a great time.
From the ever-changing talking menu, on our visit this time, for antipasti we sampled tasty speck, borlotti bean and garlic pate, a cured meat platter, fried sage leaves in the lightest of batters, fried courgette flowers, homemade cheeses with strawberry and rose petal jam and hot, delicious deep-fried breads so crispy and light.
There was still more to come – tasty pasta shells cooked in red wine filled with cottage cheese and chives garnished with borage flowers and pink peppercorns.
This was followed by amazing green nettle pasta with sausage cream sauce which was just fabulous, then homemade cannelloni filled with meat and herbs, grilled lamb served with roasted vegetables.
Dessert was a delicious type of alcoholic trifle and the whole meal accompanied with as much wine and water as you want. Our experience ended with a wonderful homemade thyme liqueur and coffee.
We will certainly be back, as will many of our guests who have sampled the wonders of Mirela and La Conca.
La Conca is open every day in the Summer for lunch and dinner, but you need to book in advance as everything is prepared specially for you.
If your coming from Holland or any of the European countries this summer, you will be in for a real treat. The stunning plains of Castelluccio are a must see, with a spectacular array of yellow, blue and red.
Only 45 minutes from The Hideaway, why not visit whilst staying with us.
The area is one of the most remote in Central Italy and is a walkers paradise.
Have a look at this wonderful video by Claudio Mortini to give you a sneak preview.
Senigallia is the port city that will host the annual Italian summer Jamboree 50s festival. The city is located in the Adriatic Riviera of the country and is famous for its history, beautiful marine landscapes and much more. This is also a preferred holiday destination for many families from all over the world. It is because Senigallia is a quiet, clean and exceptionally Italian town with a lot to give back to its visitors. Unlike usual, though, between 3rd and 11th August 2013 the town will be transformed by the noisiest and biggest music festival on the Adriatic as the Summer Jamboree 50s fest will once again take over the port and turn it into the most exciting August party place in Europe. Music from the 40s and 50s of the past century will be played and performed live on stage. Duane Eddy, California’s The Paladins and Ray Gelato & the Giants are just some of the headliners of the event. [...]