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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!
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The Feast of the Epiphany and Celebration of La Befana

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According to the Italian legend, La Befana, a witch-like woman riding on a broom, refused to join the Wise Men on their journey to see the baby Jesus. When she regrets her decision, she sets out to bring gifts to the Child but never finds him. Instead, she leaves gifts for other children. Italian children leave out their shoes or put up stockings for the Befana to fill on January 5th, Epiphany Eve.

And the legend continues that every Epiphany Eve, the old, tattered and soot-covered Befana flies around the world on a broomstick and comes down chimneys to deliver candy and presents to children who have been good during the year. For those who have fallen a bit short of model behavior, la Befana will leave lumps of coal.  Knowing that all kids can’t be perfect year-round, some shops in Italy sell carbone or black rock candy that actually looks like pieces of coal…so even those not quite perfect can still enjoy a sweet treat.

Unlike Santa Claus, La Befana has been an Italian tradition since the XIII century and comes from Christian legend rather than pop culture.

The arrival of la Befana is celebrated with traditional Italian foods such as panettone and marks the end of the long and festive holiday season in Italy. In honor of the Three Wise Men, Italians go to church and enjoy spending the day with family. [...]

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Urbania, the ancient Casteldurante

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Urbania is a pretty medieval town in Le Marche where you can experience Italian life in a friendly "provincia"atmosphere. Although the ancient Casteldurate is an hilltop town is mostly flat, making it pleasant for walking especially because all the attractions are all within walking distance of one another. What to see.

  • Urbania's Ducal Palace, once the summer residence of the Duke of Urbino, now houses the Civic Museum, library, and art gallery. As you walk through the palace you'll see historical ceramics, paintings, engravings, and a globe and map collection.
  • Urbania's mummies cemetery in the Chiesa dei Morti or Church of the Dead has 18 naturally mummified corpses on display. Read more about the Urbania Mummies Cemetery
  • Museo Diocensano, the former Bishop's residence, displays ceramics and paintings from the 1300's to 1900's.
  • Ceramics are produced in small family-run workshops in Urbania. You'll find high quality ceramics for sale in several ceramics shops around town, but one of the best is Ceramica d'Arte L'Antica Casteldurante di Gilberto Galavotti e Giuliano Smacchia, Piazza Cavour 4.

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Le Marche and the Ceramic Production

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Ascoli Piceno and Urbania (or Casteldurante) have been centers for handmade ceramics since the 15th century. Nowadays there are ceramic Museums with precious historical pieces, workshops where you can see artists at work, shops where to buy high quality handmade ceramic pieces, school where take ceramics classes yourself. Many of the modern pieces you can find in the shops are replicas of local 15th-16th century ceramics, painstakingly copied from the originals.

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