rn about some of the wild swimming area in Marche.Italy is not all about the coastline you know. There are so many rivers, plunge pools, lakes and waterfalls to cool down in in the summer heat. La Marche has long been Italy’s vest-kept secret, now the world is eventually waking up to ‘the new Tuscany’ and realising it has everything you could want from a holiday destination. The Cascata del Sasso, on the Metauro river is one of the 10 largest waterfalls in Italy, a little upstream just outside the medieval village of Mercatello sul Metauro, the river bends around a sheer cliff over gentle waterfalls and into pools. Time stands still in this part of the world, you’ll only notice it pass when you begin to feel peckish, and there’s a barbeque for use and picnic tables available.
One Saturday afternoon while living in Macerata, Italy, my friends and I decided to turn up at the train station and pick a destination at random. Our fingers landed on the sleepy town of Tolentino nestled in the heart of the Marche region in central Italy. Because the best way to get your bearings in a new city is to pause with a scoop of gelato, we lounged in the sun on the outskirts of Piazza della Libertà and watched the locals go about their weekend. After consulting our stracciatella and our town map, we headed towards the Basilica di San Nicola da Tolentino and just wandered. Here are the pictures from our sunny, quiet afternoon in Tolentino, Italy. [...]
After Greece, Italy is the country with the longest coastline in Europe. Every summer, hundreds of thousands of travellers from all over the world come to Italy to enjoy its spectacular beaches that border with the Tyrrhenian, the Adriatic and the Mediterranean Sea. Wondering where to spend your next holiday? If Italy is on your travel list this summer, you should definitely spend some time discovering some of these remarkable beaches:
Berchida, Nuoro (Sardinia)Punta Prosciutto, Porto Cesareo (Puglia)Capo Vaticano, Vibo Valentia (Calabria)Rabbit Beach, LampedusaCala Violina, Maremma (Tuscany)Lido di Classe, Ravenna (Emilia Romagna)Chiaia di Luna, Ponza Island (Latium)Cala rossa, Favignana (Sicily)Spiaggia delle due sorelle, Ancona (Marche) -If you decide to visit the beautiful Riviera del Conero, stop at the port of Ancona. Hop on a boat and head over to the “Spiaggia delle due sorelle”, a secluded paradise located far from mass tourism sites. A mountain path will lead you to the bay; from there you’ll have a great view of the beach and of the two magnificent white rocks that emerge from the sea.Cala Bianca, Salerno (Campania)
Year 1935 - Amandola's Pian di Contro industrial zone was kind of...well, a good place for cows :) #discover #amandola #ebanarte (Year 1935 - Amandola's Pian di Contro industrial zone was kind of...well, a good place for cows :) #
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What a lovely postcard of our beautiful town of Amandola
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. [...]
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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.
Le strutture pet friendly sono il miglior deterrente contro l’abbandono degli animali nel periodo estivo. Dopo la disponibilità, per certi versi ovvia, offerta dagli Agriturismi, sono nati B&B e persino alberghi che si fregiano di questa specifica ricettività. Ora anche nelle Marche sono nate le spiagge aperte agli animali o addirittura attrezzate per questa ospitalità. ...
The site to find your Le Marche holiday rental where you can book with confidence direct from the owners.
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In an era increasingly dominated by anonymous and impersonal multinational holiday listing sites, we are pleased to announce the launch of www.marcheownersdirect.com This is a new collaborative initiative where private owners of a wide range of high quality holiday accommodation in the Le Marche region of Italy have pooled resources to offer a one stop shop for potential holiday makers. By combining our experience and working together to market our properties we believe that we can provide better value for our guests, who will benefit from not only buying directly from the owners, thus saving any agency commission or booking fees but also stand to gain from the local expertise that each owner brings. Today's launch is phase one; ultimately we aim to offer much more added value information with apps on restaurants, shopping and activities for guests once they are here. Our aim is to attract visitors to our beautiful region and once they are here to ensure they get to enjoy all there is on offer. We want to encourage them to come back again and again. We also hope to be able to reassure our guests that they can be sure to avoid any potential scammers - we know and can personally validate each other - their holiday is safely booked with the Marche Owners. Many thanks, Marina, Paula and Sarah Founder members of Marche Owners Direct firstname.lastname@example.org
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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Great advice when coming to visit beautiful Le Marche
Property sales and property investment in Le Marche, Italy. Le Marche is fast becoming the destination of choice for those seeking an Italian property. le marche le marche immobiliare, le marche italy, le marche real estate, le marche villas for sale, property for sale in le marche italy, properties for sale in le marche, villas in le marche italy, property investment in le marche, le marche property [...]
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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