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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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8 or maybe Infinite Places to see in Le Marche in 2013

8 or maybe Infinite Places to see in Le Marche in 2013 | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The central Italian region of Le Marche will conquer you with its beauty.

There is some spectacular sightseeing here, with the limestone peaks pitted by deep gorges, ancient, spectacular caves, and dramatic torrents of water pouring into stone pools beneath. The region is bordered in the west by the Apennine mountain range with ski resorts and hiking trails.

The highest point is Monte Vettore in the Sibillini Mountain range, reaching 2476 metres.

The mountains drop to to the coast in gently rounded hills, topped with fortified towns more than a millennium old. The region is full of history, art and culture with Romanesque and Renaissance churches, abbeys, monasteries and sanctuaries surrounded by sweet, gentle hills, fertile slopes of olive groves and vineyards.The Hills drop again to the long, broad, shallow beaches. The 180km of Adriatic coastline is lined with a stretch of spectacular blue flag beaches and the Conero peninsula, with its rugged limestone promontory represent the most spectacular place by the coast.

Every few kilometres you come across pretty hilltop villages, fields of gold, sparkling rivers and lakes, castles, fortresses and medieval walled towns.

You can visit le Marche following the footsteps of Many of the greatest artists, architects, musicians and writers: Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael), Carlo Crivelli, Lorenzo Lotto, Donato Bramante, Rossini, Giacomo Leopardi and Gentile da Fabriano (Just An Example)

Every plan of your visit can not exclude Food and wine tastings. Le Marche has many restaurants with excellent quality and value and boasts an exquisite wine collection including "Verdicchio di Matelica" and "Verdiccio dei Castelli di Jesi", Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, Rosso Conero, Rosso Piceno, Passerina, Pecorino.

Here is a list of useful links to visit the Marche with different approaches, considering the areas with the greatest characterization within which lie, however, unmissable countless tourist destinations.

Urbino

What to see;

Ancona

  • Ancona www
  • Monte Conero National Park www
  • Loreto www

Genga

  • Grotte di Frasassi www
  • Fabriano www

Macerata

Treia

  • Treia www
  • Cingoli www
  • Appignano di Macerata www

Fermo

  • Fermo www
  • Torre di Palme www
  • Porto San Giorgio www
  • Porto Sant'Elpidio www

Ascoli Piceno

  • Ascoli Piceno www
  • Grottammare www
  • Cupra Marittima www
  • San Benedetto del Tronto www

Sibillini National Park

  • Sibillini National Park www
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The 10 Words Travelers Hate To Hear In Italy

The 10 Words Travelers Hate To Hear In Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

We were standing on a train platform in Ancona, Italy, waiting for a train, when my 4-year-old son, Leo, made a surprisingly prescient comment.

"I hope our train's not ritardo," he said, using the Italian word for delayed, which he's heard many times on our trip.

Leo knows only four words in Italian but it occurred to me that two of them- ritardo and chiuso (closed) are two of the dreaded words that travelers in Italy become all too familiar with if they spend enough time in the country. Here are some of the others.


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Another Ancona: Passetto Caves

Another Ancona: Passetto Caves | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The Passetto caves in Ancona are an a-part world. For its inhabitants they are the “beach near your house”. They were dug on the early ‘900 to recover little fishing and pleasure boats and to find a bit of shade during summer sunny days in order to enjoy the seaside so near but difficult to reach, considering the rocky promontory upon which the city has been built. The caves’ owners – called “grottaroli” – do inherit from father to son their respective ones over the years, effecting new works of restoration year by year in order to make the caves more comfortable for them and for their friends; electricity, drinkable water, methane supplied gas-stoves, works in colored wood make the Passetto caves a very unique, magical and enchanting place. Beach is constituted by classic reefs and parallels to the coast; it is frequented by the caves owners and by the locale inhabitants that have the chance to take quick “touch-and-go” sun or water baths.

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Art courses in Le Marche

Art courses in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Nestled in the heart of Italy, the region of Le Marche brags some of the most stunning countryside this beautiful country retains.

With vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see, bordered by a backdrop of the snow-capped Sibillini Mountains, verdurous rolling hillsides, fertile woodlands and pastoral pastures scattered with the cheerful colours of flowers, fruit trees and fauna, Le March has long been a favourite location to inspire and stimulate artists from all over the world.

Given its ageless capabilities of prizing the very best from a painter’s brush, Le Marche is home to plenty of painting holidays and art workshops.

Offering art courses in Le Marche is The Retreat, a family-run business which provides courses for painters of all abilities to relax, take in the sheer beauty of this stunning Italian region and be inspired. Ran by John, a professional English artist and art tutor and Jana, who is an exceptional cook, The Retreat offers art courses in Le Marche for individual painters, couples and groups...

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Italy's rustic seaside paradise of Riviera del Conero

Italy's rustic seaside paradise of Riviera del Conero | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Italy's rustic seaside paradise of Riviera del Conero For the inaugural installment of Over Here, I have enlisted the enthusiasm of one of the most excitable characters to ever cross my travel...


Riviera del Conero rests just south of the city of Ancona, along the east Italian coast. It hosts a scattering of picturesque Italian seaside towns and beautiful beach coves drenched in colour and nature. “My earliest memory of Riviera del Conero is the colours of this place: nature, flowers and obviously the blue of the sea in contrast to the white of the beaches”, says Antonia. “Visitors will find warmth, colours and flavours of a typical Italian place of paradise”, he adds...

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Not only Tuscany in Italy: Le Marche Landscape

Not only Tuscany in Italy: Le Marche Landscape | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Pronounced "lay markay", the name Le Marche is plural and is sometimes translated into English as "The Marches".
The landscape of Le Marche is as various as it could be: a flat coastal plain in the east, dramatic snow capped Apennines mountains in the west and in between gently rolling countryside covered with small hilltop towns and villages. Undulating wheat fields, olive groves, vine hillsides and dramatic ravines give to the countryside a romantic, timeless flair.

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Travel Options Getting To Le Marche

Travel Options Getting To Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Reach Le Marche by Flights, Ferries, Train, Eurotunnel, and once there rent a car, has never been so easy.

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Le Marche Italy-An Introduction to Italy's Best Kept Secret

Le Marche Italy-An Introduction to Italy's Best Kept Secret | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Le Marche and get to know its treasures in an intimate and almost familial way. Within its regional borders, one can sample a taste of all Italy has to offer. From its hills of sunflowers to its coastal seas; from its medieval towns to its legend filled mountains; from Roman ruins to modern shopping—Le Marche has EVERYTHING...

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Cheap Flights to Le Marche with Ryanair

Cheap Flights to Le Marche with Ryanair | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Cheap flights to Le Marche with Ryanair. Book cheap flights to Ancona from London Stansted. Save on airline tickets, airfare and travel deals.

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I Love Touring Italy – The Marche Region

I Love Touring Italy – The Marche Region | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

If you are looking for a European tourist destination, consider the Marche region of central Italy. Depending on your interests, it is an ideal vacation spot. You can get classic Italian food, and wash it down with fine local wine. And the Marche region hasn't yet been discovered by tourists. There's a tradeoff; you won't have to fight the crowds to see what you want to see. On the other hand, you'll have a hard time finding fancy hotels. And the roads are not always the best, not much of a surprise when you consider the region's hilly terrain. We'll start our tour of this region in the north and work our way south...

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Montelparo: Le Marche off the beaten path

Montelparo: Le Marche off the beaten path | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

"All of Italy in one region’’ is a very common description of Le Marche. This as yet barely known and hence unspoilt part of Italy is a veritable treasure chest of surprises. The countryside rolls from the majestic Gran Sasso and Sibilline mountains through wonderfully green and fertile hills and valleys to a superb coastline of Blue Flag standard sandy beaches. Montelparo is midway between these mountains and the coast which makes it a perfect location to visit the whole region. It is typical of the many hilltop towns; houses built of the beautiful honey coloured bricks and stones tumble down the hillside. The historic centre with its quaint cobbled streets is enticing with many of its buildings dating back to the 13th century. The town has one of only two museums in Italy dedicated to a unique collection of antique bicycles, carts, hand carts and trolleys used by local craftsmen and women

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Discovering Ascoli Piceno

Discovering Ascoli Piceno | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

We arrived in Ascoli Piceno around lunchtime and it was cold and drizzly. Our hotel was supposed to be a 2 star but in reality its way, way better than that.
Last night we had a pizza each for dinner (I mean we are in ITALY!). It was 2 of the best we have had and we will be back - maybe tonight.....Plus it was very cheap and most of the people there were locals so it was a great mixture of people.
We went to a few of the noted tourist spots and we both really liked the walk over an ancient Roman bridge which dates from the Augustan Era and was rebuilt in 1230. Man thats old! Its still in use by vehicles but its very narrow so care must be taken.
At the end of the bridge is an old Roman 'laundry' and when we approached we realised that there was actually an older lady using it! (I use the term 'older lady' with some respect because OMG she was probably not much older than me!) Its a series of stone troughs with what would be a stone equivalent of a washing board, with a continuous feed of spring water. But its COLD water so imagine doing the washing by hand in the winter!...

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San Severino Marche, where the 13th century is still alive

San Severino Marche, where the 13th century is still alive | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

I have rarely seen a more charming medieval place than San Severino Marche...

Now, the lower part of town is very nice, with the egg-shaped main square and the impressive buildings.. this place must have been quite powerful in the past. I read San Severino was always fighting with Camerino, the first being “ghibellino” and the latter a stronghold of the Vatican. However, I have to say, despite the great view in Camerino, San Severino is by far more beautiful. Instead of being a dark, religious mountain town like Camerino, San Severino is more bright, square. If Camerino reminded me of the 1500′s or the Inquisition (maybe because there is a quite important provincial prison there.. in a former church), San Severino is more like the 1200′s, the beginning of the end of Medieval time, the time of the first Universities, but also of crusades (amazing fresco on the theme in San Severino)... make sure to walk up to the tower and visit the amazingly beautiful Castello al Monte. It’s basically a whole village hidden from the view, intact walls all around and a small vibrant community living in it. Quite impressive really. Once you made it on the top, where the monastery and the tower are, you have to go down to the village and then I’d suggest follow the walls to the right, until you find an entrance arch. Make a few more steps and be careful.. you will pass by a little door leading to a court. There you will see a portal that seems to come out of The name of the rose by Umberto Eco.. it’s so freakingly intense really... 

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Painting holidays and Art Workshops in Italy at The Retreat

Painting holidays and Art Workshops in Italy at The Retreat | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Set in stunning counrtyside of Le Marche in the heart of Italy, The Retreat offers fully inclusive art holidays for lovers of all things Italian. Our courses are ideal for the individual painter, couples and painting groups alike and are suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced artist. Our guests come from all over the world and many have returned for repeat visits to enjoy a great creative holiday with a truly personal touch...

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Urbania Befana Feast from January 2 to 6 (National Befana Feast)

Urbania Befana Feast from January 2 to 6 (National Befana Feast) | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
For five days the beautiful town of Urbania in the Marche region will celebrate the National Feast of the Befana, the old witch who, in the Italian folklore delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5).
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A French Article about the the Sibillini Mountains, Le Marche - LeMonde.fr

A French Article about the the Sibillini Mountains, Le Marche - LeMonde.fr | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Le Monde.fr - Loin des grandes villes d'art du pays, les monts Sibyllins représentent un autre aspect de l'Italie. Une Italie montagneuse et verdoyante, accueillante et féerique.

 

The Monde.fr - Away from the major art cities of the country, the Sibillini mountains are another aspect of Italy. An Italy of Mountains, green, inviting and enchanting.

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Undiscovered Italy: Ascoli Piceno in the Marche Region - by Francine Segan

Undiscovered Italy: Ascoli Piceno in the Marche Region - by Francine Segan | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
I recently had the best meal of my life, and of course, it was in Italy!

And so began my love affair with the entire province of Ascoli Piceno one of the most marvelous, and yet relatively undiscovered, areas of Italy. Un-touristy and friendly, beautifully restored yet totally authentic, and still relatively inexpensive compared to other Italian regions. Ascoli Piceno has it all— ancient Roman ruins, medieval hilltop towns, Renaissance art, lively nightlife. The area has mountains as well as beaches, nature, culture, shopping and fabulous food and wines.

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Urbino’s ducal palace: a testament to war and art - The Boston Globe

Urbino’s ducal palace: a testament to war and art - The Boston Globe | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Once the most feared man in Italy, Federico III da Montefeltro is remembered today for his extraordinary good taste.
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Gradara: Le Marche that surprises you

Gradara: Le Marche that surprises you | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Have you ever been surprised by a place that you’d never even heard of before? That’s how I felt when I spent an afternoon in Gradara, Italy. Gradara is the quintessential medieval town, nothing less than Carcassonne. Gradara is among the top hundred reasons to visit Le Marche in your "grandtour"...

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