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Le Marche another Italy
Le Marche encompasses everything one would want from Italy. Incredible countryside from the Sibillini mountains to the glorious coastline, classic landscapes, castellated hilltops towns, 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!
Curated by Mariano Pallottini
There’s something musical about all of Italy’s regions; sometimes operatic, frequently dramatic, other times soulful and haunting. ‘Le Marche’ (Lay Mar-kay – in Italian just Marche) is a lullaby sung quietly but with real passion. As you travel across its rolling hills sandwiched between snow capped mountains and the vivid blue of the Adriatic, passing quiet villages with weathered walls, and market towns made from treacle shaded limestone along the way, you almost feel as if you’re being quietly hypnotized; if the landscape wasn’t like a shot of espresso for the eyes, that is.[...]
Hugging the central Adriatic coast, Marche is one of Italy’s most easily-accessible, yet least-visited regions. Saying that there’s a little bit of everything in this area isn’t too big of an exaggeration.
True to picturesque Italian stereotypes are the infinite fields of vines and sunflowers. Then, step it up a notch with hillside towns, such as El Cito, or hiking opportunities at Gola della Rossa national park. The later also boasts the Grotte di Frassassi, an extensive karst cave system with impressive sanctuary-chapels chiseled into the side of the rocky facades. For more underground fun, there’s the underground city of Camerano, complete with real-life ghost stories. And let’s not forget the 180 kilometers of coastline, which has 17 bandiere blu beaches (Europe’s top ranking for clean and accessible seasides). In the middle of the coastline is the region’s capital, Ancona, and its iconic Monte Conero. Other than this cliffy intermission, it’s a long stretch of red-and-white umbrellas perfect for sunbathing. [...]
Will it be the summer 2016 the one in which, finally, the Marche Region will be discovered by mass tourism? Hopefully yes, just only to not read more of these titles.
This short but spectacular day’s drive out of Spoleto is like a landscape opera in a prologue, three acts and an encore – the latter as you repeat the Spoleto-Norcia stretch on the return journey. The prologue is the gentle, summery, olive-clad plain surrounding the cultured Umbrian hilltown that is your starting point.
A three-mile-long tunnel gives the stagehands time to change the set for Act 1: the Valnerina, a cool, steep-sided green valley dotted with solid stone-built villages that have a vaguely Alpine feel. More bucolic, Act 2 begins with a sweeping vista across a fertile upland plain to the handsome walled town of Norcia, famous for its truffles, sausages and Benedictine monastery, with the Sibillini mountains looming behind.
It’s these that provide the drama of Act 3: the road begins to climb steeply up to Passo di Gualdo, where the Piano Grande, an upland valley famous for its lentils, and the rainbow tapestry painted by its wildflowers, suddenly appears in all its glory.
Starts: Spoleto – take road numbers: SS3, SS685, SS320 from Spoleto to Norcia, then local roads to Preci, Visso, Castelluccio and back to Norcia, returning to Spoleto on the same route.
Length: 101 miles.
Time: Allow just over three hours’ actual driving. Allowing for time for sightseeing and lunch, this makes for a perfect short day’s outing.
Best driven in: Late May or early June when the crocuses, fritillaries and lentils are in flower, turning Piano Grande into a carpet of shifting colours.
Top tip: At 1,452m, the village of Castelluccio is higher than Ben Nevis – so come prepared for snow, even late in the season, though the roads are generally well gritted.
Nearest airport: Perugia.
More information: italia.it/en
Are now dozens of international articles that pose the Sibylline mountains in the most important bucket lists of active holidays. Here are the last on the online pages of The Telegraph
One of the most beautiful squares in all of Italy, the Piazza del Popolo in the heart of Ascoli Piceno is paved with gleaming travertine and bordered by Renaissance porticoes, and is the setting for the city's finest buildings: the Palazzo dei Capitani, the Church of San Francesco and lovely Loggia dei Mercanti, a collection of colonnaded shops. [...]
This blog article well represents a virtual tour of Ascoli Piceno seen through the camera lenses of an enthusiastic travel blogger. It is possible to appreciate architecture, art but also the food of this marvelous city in Le Marche.
Marche is the region next to door to Umbria. Like Bari, Marche is bordered by the Adriatic Sea. So this Saturday, my friend from Arezzo and I spent the day in Portonovo and Ancona.Perugia was rainy and grey while the beach was less grey. We braved the cold water, ate bread and meat with a good beer, and fell asleep on the beach. I never thought I would reach that point in life when a good day is defined by a good nap. [...]
Every travel story it worth mentioning... especially in Le Marche
Set within an elegant neoclassical arcade on the Piazza del Popolo in Ascoli Piceno, Caffè Meletti is one of the most famous and beautiful historic cafés in Italy. Founded in 1904, it quickly became an institution and haunt for celebrities such as Ernest Hemingway and Jean-Paul Sartre, and became the set for films such as 'Les Dauphins' by Citto Maselli in 1960, and 'Alfredo, Alfredo' with Dustin Hoffman in 1974. Named after owner Silvio Meletti, who developed a process that combined the slow evaporation of alcohol and the highest quality local aniseeds from Ascoli Piceno to create a liqueur with a delicate flavour: Anisetta Meletti. [...]
King Vittorio Emanuele III came here in incognito in 1908 and 1910 to buy the famous Anisetta, and granted the title “Supplier to the Royal Household”. Mascagni is said to have started writing his opera “La Lodoletta” here. During the closing years of the last war, the painter Guttuso first planned his “L’Orsa Maggiore” in these rooms. Stuparich, Zandonai, Badoglio, Sartre, and Hemingway all passed by, and Trilussa, beguiled by the Anisetta, wrote: “How many fables and sonnets Meletti has inspired in me!”
A tale rich in magical shades told by a knowledgeable expert in Italian legends and lore. Three riveting events devoted to the myth of the Sibyl, staged at the very locations where the tradition still lives on. Italian writer Michele Sanvico, author of the novel "The Eleventh Sibyl", will captivate an attentive audience with the narration of the tale of the Sibyl's cave, the gloomy hollow that is situated on Mount Sibyl's peak in Italy.
For hundreds of years Le Marche were widely known throughout Europe because the sinister legend about the Sibyl, the prophetess whose magical kingdom was concealed beneath the mountain that got its name. Nowaday a book...
The process of planning to restore our 1753 farmhouse in the Marchigiano countryside was both thrilling and frightening. So many details to consider-- the expertise of our engineers was key to solving a multitude of challenges. - by Gabrielle Shubert
In the end, the horror stories we’d heard about building in Italy did not materialize for us, in large part due to the integrity and honesty of our team. The only thing that nailed us was the euro/dollar exchange rate, which hit its highest point when we had the most bills to pay. Bene, no one could’ve foreseen that.
This was not what I was expecting to see advertised in a small town in Le Marche. I last saw Deep Purple in about 1971 in Edinburgh, when they were in the process of setting the world record for the loudest rock band ever. It’s hard to imagine that they are still on tour 45 years later. [...]
We had to wait almost 50 years to see the fabulous band of The Deep Purple, pioneer of the heavy metal, in Le Marche and now we are proud to see surprised tourists or expatriates
Have you always dreamed of sleeping under the stars? In this transparent curtain decorated with comfortable mattresses you can. In the morning you wake up with the colors of dawn behind the mountains and the first sounds of nature. All around the soft contours of the hills of Marche (center of Italy), and a lot of possibility for walking or biking.
Why is it Green: La casa dei Nonni Guesthouse is an organic farm in Monteleone di Fermo, Marche, which offers excellent breakfasts with local and organic food, and homemade cakes. The old farmhouse has been restored following the principles of bio-architecture and using traditional materials. Water is heated using solar energy (with solar panels), and recycling is more than 80%.
How much does it cost: € 70 per day for the transparent curtain with double bed and separate bathroom. Included the excellent organic breakfast. [...]
Eco Glamping in Le Marche in the province of Fermo
Pronounced MAR-kay, this thumb-shaped region of eastern Italy is a beautiful and surprisingly affordable alternative to Tuscany. It’s got beaches (180km of sparkling turquoise Adriatic coastline to its east), mountains (the Apennines border its west), plus oodles of culture-packed hill towns filled with medieval architecture and renaissance treasures. Le Marche is your next great road trip …
Ryanair Travel Blog dedicates another article to le Marche titling: Italy Uncovered: Why You Need to See Le Marche
Alitalia recently unveiled its new staff uniform collection at the Nazionale Spazio Eventi in Rome. The…
Alitalia recently unveiled its new staff uniform collection at the Nazionale Spazio Eventi in Rome.
The collection has been designed and tailor-made by a team of nearly 500 people in Italy, with fabrics made in Tuscany, silk in Como, men’s uniforms tailored in Puglia, and leather accessories in Naples, and shoes in the Marche region.
Following the popularity of last month's guide to unsung Italy, our experts have racked their brains to come up with another 21 beautiful spots you've probably not heard of. [...]
The Marche region, east of Umbria, is kinder to the pocket but can't quite match Tuscany when it comes to landscapes, handsome towns and first-rank culture - with a few exceptions.
"A fine central piazza and celebrated food – notably olives – mark out the small town of Ascoli Piceno, close to the Adriatic coast," says Tim Jepson. "It's also within striking distance of the region's finest scenery, the Monte Sibillini National Park.
"Nearby Urbino, with its superb Ducal Palace, is larger and better known, but also remains relatively unvisited."
Italy is a popular family holiday destination; pasta, pizza, sandy beaches, child-adoring locals and favourable weather, what more could you ask for? Well, quite a few of us parents need an injection of culture or something at least to engage our brains while we’re on holiday. Can you still amble through an Italian city admiring the art and architecture with young kids in tow or are you better off retiring to the seaside until your offspring are in their teens? Well, I think if you pick the right part of Italy you can definitely have your torta and eat it. So, here are my top five Italian holiday destinations for families with young children. [...]
Holiday With My Family is the blog of an expert Family traveller that put Ascoli Piceno on the top 5 family friendly holidays in Italy . Here how the choice has been justified:
4. Southern Marche
The delightful town of Ascoli Piceno in the south of Le Marche tends to be overlooked in favour of the big hitters of Tuscany and Umbria. However, it has a particularly spectacular Renaissance square, the car-free Piazza del Popolo where you can try the local delicacy of stuffed, deep fried olives. As with most historic Italian towns, Ascoli is perfect for aimless wandering although there’s plenty to occupy art and architecture enthusiasts should the kids allow it with an impressive art gallery, Pinacoteca Civica, and many fine buildings. Half an hour east of Ascoli sits the coast where mile after mile of sandy beach awaits you. The seaside isn’t in the same league as Puglia or Calabria but it is incredibly child friendly (plenty of toilets and little play areas). I wasn’t a fan of the regimented deck chairs when I first visited but the area has grown on me over the years. I particularly like the umbrellas which on some beaches come with a safety deposit box for your valuables, such an Italian touch! And I also love the way Italians take passeggiatas through the shallows on the beach as if on a high street, stopping to chat to friends and relations along the way. Heading back inland, the area is very rural so good-value and family-friendly agriturismos abound with delicious homemade food as standard.
Fermo is a province in the Marche region of central Italy. The province stretches from the Sibillini Mountains to the Adriatic Sea and its main geographic features are the valley of the River Tenna and the River Aso that form the southern border of the province. The coastline consists of beach areas interlaced with shady…
The food blogger Jovina Coughlin introduces you to the Italian province of Fermo and in a long article presents its beauties, industry and, last but not least, its cuisine.
Wave arrivederci to crowds of tourists, gridlocked traffic and over-priced gelato. We’ve tracked down 10 of Italy’s most beautiful sea-side hideaways for you to discover this summer. Puglia Famous for being the stiletto heel on the ‘boot’ of Italy, Puglia’s sunny coastline is popular with in-the-know Italians looking for a quiet patch of sand …
Happily sandwiched between the Apennines and the Adriatic Sea, the Le Marche region does village charm and seaside bliss in equal measure. Map out your beach adventure from Ancona and paradise is yours.
Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle, Sirolo, Marche: A short boat ride from Sirolo’s Porto Humano will take you to The Beach of the Two Sisters and its powder soft sand, dramatic cliffs and gentle Adriatic waves.
GPS coordinates: 43°31’11.1″N 13°37’05.6″E
Portonovo: Located on the pristine shores of the Conero Riviera, in the heart of the Parco del Conero national park, Portonovo has got all the ingredients you need for a low key beach holiday. Some say it’s the most beautiful beach on the entire Adriatic coast. They might be right.
GPS coordinates: 43°33’50.7″N 13°35’21.0″E
As with most things here in Ascoli the costs are amazingly low as this is a non-profit enterprise, possibly subsidized. For example, we are paying the same for our nine four-hour-each cooking classes, taught by a local chef, as I paid for one four-hour cooking class through the Culinary Institute in San Diego – and we get to eat what we cook..
Few good reasons to Live in Le Marche
In southern Le Marche, you will chance upon the small town of Ripatransone. Italia! discovers the narrowest alley in Italy among the medieval architecture.
In the hidden hilltop town of Ripatransone, Le Marche, Nina Richards discovers the narrowest alley in Italy among the medieval architecture
I have been baking pizzas since I was a teenager so I could be more independent while studying and travelling around the world. For two years I lived in New Zealand, where I discovered the spirit of adventure. I was working as a cook and I loved riding my motorbike and going from hostel to hostel to make pizzas for all the people there – just because I liked it. Then I started having ideas about making food on the road. In New Zealand I met my Danish girlfriend, and I followed her to Denmark. [...]
Michele Lucarelli from San Costanzo in Le Marche after few years of nomadism around the world, went to Denmark to run a business.
Nowadays his ‘Bike and Bake, a 400 kilo cargo bike with a portable oven to cook pizzas in the street, is a success reality. In fact Lucarelli received the approval and thanks even from the Queen of Denmark after he gave to her a pizza as a birthday present, receiving back a letter with the royal stamp.
Michele, that is 35, has spent one month, giving interviews to several Italian newspapers and radio stations. The situation in Italy is so critic that all the Italian interviewers were extremely excited about the success of this "escaped brain".
Maybe the recognition who made him so proud was the Medal of Civic Merit he received in Rådhuspladsen, from San Costanzo in Le Marche Region, for exporting the little known ‘Crescia d’la Stacciola’ a kind of regional pizza.
Learn, study in depth and live the Italian Renaissance by meeting two of its main protagonists: Carlo and Vittore Crivelli. Meetings, experiences, visiting places and looking at masterpieces will be connected by an enthralling plot. A surprising cultural vacation-trip. Whatch the video.
The Mystery of the Lost Crivelli in Le Marche or how to promote a Travel destination with the Renaissance Art
Italy has so many beautiful spots in which to have your perfect wedding day but if you are looking for that extra special charm, then boroughs are what you are looking for.
Boroughs are “frazioni” of a village, a sort of subsection which was usually built before or after the village or “paese”. They can be very picturesque, complete with small streets winding up and down hills and houses with the typical tiled roofs that give that overall romantic Italian look. It really would add that extra touch of class to your wedding day! Here is a list of the most beautiful Italian boroughs: [...]
Gradara in central Italy, is a cute medieval borough with a charming castle, one of the best preserved in the whole country.
The Authentic Italian Hamlets Association (AIHA) has pointed out 12 hamlets undertaking a process of modernization, aimed at increasing their population and tourism. With this purpose, they have become “host communities” plunging tourists into local life.
Montedinove (Ascoli Piceno) occupies a breath-taking portion of Marche territory, whose panorama includes the Adriatic Cost and Conero Mount up to the Gran Sasso. The typical local product is Red Apple, whose growing is performed in an eco-friendly way.
“Terre di Piero,” a unique route following the masterpieces of the 15 th century artist Piero della Francesca. This initiative traverses these four regions, whichare home to the landscape that inspired his work.
Highlight: "Tourists on the trail of Piero della Francesca in the Montefeltro area, stretching from the inland parts of the Province of Rimini to the borders between the Province of Pesaro and Tuscany, will have the opportunity to witness first-hand the landscapes that appear in the background of some of the artist’s famous paintings. Thanks to research by two art history scholars, it has been possible to locate and identify seven panoramas that Piero della Francesca depicted in his works. The locations have all been equipped with special viewing “balconies” containing pictures of the paintings so that visitors can compare the works with the actual sights."