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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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Gradara: one of the must see around Pesaro in Le Marche

Gradara: one of the must see around Pesaro in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

One of the must see around Pesaro is certainly Gradara, a pleasant small borough on top of a hill, a typical medieval town bordering with Emilia Romagna. In fact though, Gradara is not purely medieval, as most of the Castle was remodeled in the 1920′s by its last owner, Umberto Zanvettori, who brought in his taste for liberty and art déco, turning the once medieval Castle, so famous for being mentioned in the Divine Comedy, into a masterpiece between decadentism and exoterism. One of the first impressions I had upon entering was a particular resemblance to the mansion of Gabriele D’Annunzio on the Garda Lake, in the north of Italy. Only the legend is left of the story of Paolo and Francesca, the two characters which Dante mentions in the Divina Commedia, the rest is much more recent history, between 1921 and 1923, when the Castle was rapidly restored and its contents, mainly ancient weapons, sold to Castel Sant’Angelo, the former Vatican prison which faces Saint Peter’s church in Rome...

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Castello dei Pecorari - a future small luxury spa hotel in Le Marche

Castello dei Pecorari - a future small luxury spa hotel in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

This is the story of a project that slowly rescue, restore and rebuild the amazing medieval Castello dei Pecorari deep in the heart of the white truffle region of Le Marche in Italy.

The castle, which is on the border of Marche, Tuscany and Umbria, was once owned by the Ubaldini family and for centuries was part of a series of castles and watch-towers that acted as a communications network to the Castello Brancaleone in nearby Piobbico.The castle was last inhabited in the 1930s, before it was allowed to fall into its current ruined state. The intent is a sympathetic and authentic restoration of this castle back to its orginal structure, but with the likely usage being converted into a small luxury spa hotel.

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Gradara: the Stronghold, Paolo and Francesca

Gradara: the Stronghold, Paolo and Francesca | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

This is one of the best preserved examples of medieval town in Italy. 

Gradara received numerous awards for its uniqueness, such as: “Capital of the Middle Ages”, Orange Flag, an eco-tourism and environment award of the Italian Touring Club and it has been rated among the most beautiful villages in Italy.

The story of Paolo and Francesca is well known thanks to Dante Alighieri who dedicated the fifth Canto of the Inferno of Divine Comedy to this unlucky love.

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