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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.
In a perfect world, we wouldn't need to explain why Italy's beaches and islands are worth visiting. We wouldn't need to describe the fluorescent waters and talcum-powder sand, or highlight the delicious seafood or lively nightlife. Fortunately, this isn't a perfect world, so we get to show off these beautiful spots and you get to read about them and start planning your next trip.
Cretaccio Island - The smallest island of the Tremiti archipelago, dubbed the “pearl of the Adriatic,” Cretaccio Island is deserted and wild.Isola Bella Beach - At the foot of the elegant town of Taormina, Isola Bella Beach is one of Sicily’s most beautiful and popular.Asinara Island - One prison you might not wish to escape. An uncontaminated isle just-off the northern coast of Sardinia, Asinara Island is quiet and surrounded by nature and shimmering sea.Chiaia di Luna Beach (Ponza Island) - Many Romans’ favorite holiday spot, the lunar atmosphere at Chiaia di Luna is striking.Palmarola Island - Millennia to create, days to discover. Come here and you’ll understand why it’s considered by many to be one of the most beautiful islands in the world.Lampedusa Island - Lampedusa Island -- blinding white cliffs, fluorescent blue waters, African-like temperatures and dry desert. The heart-shaped Rabbits' Islet beach, one of the world's best beaches, is what makes this island special.Ventotene Island - Once a Roman prison-island, the protected marine park here makes it one of Italy’s top diving sites.Mondello Beach - Windsurf by day, gorge on seafood by night. Two kilometers of breathtaking shore provide the perfect break while visiting the baroque jewels of Palermo, Sicily’s capital.
Numana Beach - Mountain trails make this one beach destination you won't want to laze about on. Inside the Mount Conero Park on the Adriatic coast, Numana Beach lies at the base of a high, rugged cliff.
It's silent, peaceful and breezy and surrounded by lush vegetation: no wonder hermits used to come here in the Middle Ages to meditate. After walking around the ancient Greek harbor with colorful houses above, visitors can stop and cool off at 30Nodi Beach Bar or reat traditional fish dishes at La Torre restaurant. Hotel Monte Conero on the mount's top offers a spectacular, 360-degree view. It's a former ashram suspended in mid-air. There are also bird-watching or horseback riding activities along many mountain trails. To get here, take highway A14, exit at Ancona -- the area is also connected by plane from Rome and Milan.
Lipari Island - Black and blue -- one of Italy's most beautiful "bruises." The largest of Sicily’s Aeolian Islands, the black volcanic rocks at Lipari contrast with the whitewashed roofs of the houses.La Maddalena Island - Pastel perfection. One of Sardinia’s top spots, this is the biggest island in the Mediterranean’s Maddalena archipelago.San Vito lo Capo beach - White sand, palms, shallow turquoise waters -- welcome to Italy's Maldives.
Via Mariano Pallottini
Sarah Topps's insight:
One of our favourite nearby beaches now listed on CNN Travel - great news for visitors to The Hideaway
In the recent past, the Marche has been singularly focused on wealth creation and economic development, albeit with very little disturbance to the quiet way of life favored by most of its inhabitants. The marchigiani’s initial reticence to travelers belies the shy, genuine disposition of its hard working people.
The region is slowly being discovered as the new Italian frontier; an abridged expression of the varied charms of Italy with a variety of attractions offered seasonally and year- round, including: authentic foods, breathtaking landscapes, a lively cultural landscape, artistic and natural treasures. [...]
Summer at the Beach Opera season is in full swing during the summer months, as well as Blues and Celtic music events, and street artists festivals. Every town and hamlet offers its own diversion during this hectic, fun time of the year, with people spilling out on the main town piazza to mingle and live the night away. ”White” & “Pink” night festivals: shows, museums, shops and movida are open for business until dawn.
Certified uncontaminated waters for 18 or the region’s beaches, second only to Liguria. Scuba and bathing in the crystalline waters of the Conero reserve, near Ancona, or in the San Bartolo Park preserve near Gabicce Medieval fairs and historical re-enactments throughout the summer.[...]
Il Nascondiglio - The Hideaway, Amandola: See 76 traveller reviews, 48 candid photos, and great deals for Il Nascondiglio - The Hideaway, ranked #1 of 4 B&Bs / inns in Amandola and rated 5 of 5 at TripAdvisor.
Sarah Topps's insight:
We are very proud to announce that for the second year in a row, The Hideaway near Amandola has been awarded the Trip Advisor Award for Excellence.
All of our guests have enjoyed wonderful, relaxing holidays with us and we invite you to come along and experience for yourself the peaceful surroundings, warm hospitality and beautiful Le Marche countryside.
Perfectly located between the Sibillini Mountains and the Adriactic coast, there really is something for everyone to enjoy. So enquire today for your perect break www.hideawaylemarche.com
Italy has a reputation for high quality local crafts, but the country’s artigiani – traditional artisans – have struggled to compete with the increasing commercialisation of their country in recent years. Indeed The Guardian reported that Italian artisans were turning increasingly to the internet and the convenience of selling to supermarkets, in order to try and make a living. It seems that the traditional crafts of Italy are in danger of being lost to mass production, with the demise of uniqueness and quality that such a move usually entails. However, my wife is determined to fight for the country’s artigiani. From our Italian base in Le Marche Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs, a co-founder in our family-run company Appassionata, is supporting and working alongside local artisans. The individuals that Dawn works with are often the third or fourth generation of their family to carry out the specialist local crafts. Their workshops range from tiny warehouses to ramshackle wooden huts. Dawn explains,“I feel privileged to have had the chance to meet and support so many talented artisans in Le Marche. Appassionata’s ethos is to support small local businesses and to help the region’s economy wherever possible. Many of the artisans we work with have tiny facilities at their disposal but what they produce is incredible.”
Abbiamo intervistato storici, fotografi, architetti, urbanisti chiedendo quale fosse secondo loro la piazza più scenografica.
Sarah Topps's insight:
We are so pleased our wonderful local town of Ascoli Piceno is featured in the top 8 piazza's in the whole of Italy in Vanity Fair. So right. Its one of our favourite places to relax and watch the day go by too! Only 30 minutes from The Hideaway, why not see for yourself when you come and stay with us www.hideawaylemarche.com
Hogan Rebel is the line that rebels against conventions without forgetting a touch of refinement. Designed for free and unconventional spirits, the Fall - Winter 2013/2014 collection presents a timeless, unconventional and, at the same time, chic urban style with a twist of rock. Latest generation materials and refined workings lend sneakers and shoes a unique and rich charachter.
Photo: HI-TOP - Elegant, metallized sneakers in gun-metal and bronze shades. Elaborate workings with tiny sequins of laminated leather with a crumpled effect and metallic finish. For the rebel woman who doesn't overlook style.
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. [...]
L'indiscreto Turismo “Le Marche regione dei record" L'indiscreto "Le Marche - ha detto nel corso della serata il presidente della Regione e assessore al Turismo, Gian Mario Spacca - sono la regione dei record, anche per quel che riguarda la tutela...
The forty-ninth season of opera Macerata Opera Festival "MURI E DIVISIONI" 2013 will take place in the imposing Arena Sferisterio under the artistic direction of Francesco Micheli. In 2013 the title of the opening Nabucco, the second work is Il Trovatore...
What a tough life! I wake up in the morning wondering "what will I do today"' drive to the beach, Ascoli, or go to Tuscany for the day (okay I'm a show off). Today the beach won out since they're forecasting rain for the next 2 days. I drove up a small coastal road from San Benedetto Del Tronto to Pedaso. Although San Benedetto was nice, with palm trees, beautiful beach and trendy restaurants, it was a bit too touristy. Stopped for a quick lunch and then visited the small town of Grottammare which was amazing.
The award, the Blue Flag, is given annually to beaches and marinas that satisfy a number of essential criteria covering aspects of:
Water QualityEnvironmental Education and InformationEnvironmental ManagementSafety and Services
The international Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE) reported that has risen this year the number of Italian beaches to be awarded the prestigious Blue Flag award for clean water and pristine sands.
Italian seaside resorts awarded a Blue Flag in 2013 were 135, four more than last year, for a total of 248 top beaches. Some 86% of last year's Blue Flag beaches were confirmed this year while nine new entries included resorts in Carrara, Tuscany, Francavilla al Mare in Abruzzo and a lake beach resort in Levico Terme, in the north-eastern Trentino-Alto Adige region. The northwest coastal region of Liguria has the cleanest beaches in Italy, 20, two more than last year, followed by the central Marche region with 18 and Tuscany with 17, one more than last year.
Pristine eco friendly beaches could be considered another reason to visit lovely Le Marche.
The Battle of Ancona was a battle involving forces from Poland serving as part of the British Army and German forces that took place from 16 June–18 July 1944 during the Italian campaign in World War II.