The site to find your Le Marche holiday rental where you can book with confidence direct from the owners.
Sarah Topps's insight:
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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Sarah Topps's insight:
Great advice when coming to visit beautiful Le Marche
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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.
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.
[...] 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. [...]