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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 first of 15 most beautiful Italian boroughs for a charming wedding

Gradara first of 15 most beautiful Italian boroughs for a charming wedding | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

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: [...]

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Gradara in central Italy, is a cute medieval borough with a charming castle, one of the best preserved in the whole country.

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A Love Lesson at Gradara Castle

A Love Lesson at Gradara Castle | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

It was home to one of the best known love stories of all time, that of Paolo and Francesca, who made it into Canto V of Dante's “Inferno”. 

Though the town of Gradara is populated by less than 5000 people, it is visited by 500,000 annually. This medieval town is one of the best preserved in Italy and is characterised by the castle that sits overlooking everything. [...]

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Vloasis's curator insight, May 14, 2015 4:24 PM

Interesting, and a place that's new to me.

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The Gradara castle, the romantic setting for Dante’s tragic medieval lovers Paolo and Francesca

The Gradara castle, the romantic setting for Dante’s  tragic medieval lovers Paolo and Francesca | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

According to legend, the tragic story of Paolo and Francesca, the unhappy lovers immortalized by the poet Dante Alighieri in the “Divine Comedy,” took place within the walls of the castle of Gradara, a medieval fortress [...]

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Jennifer M Richardson's curator insight, April 9, 2015 8:34 PM

Thanks for that information. I'm sure that writers on our upcoming Writing Retreat in Palazzo Donati in September this year would love to visit this Castle.

 

http://www.thecreateescape.com.au/upcoming-events/writing-in-a-palace-2015

 

Writing Retreat in Palazzo Donati in Mercatello sul Metauro (Marche) with award winning journalist and author, Claire Scobie.

 

#writers #italyretreat #Dante

Ibon Arzua Crespo's curator insight, April 24, 2015 2:31 AM

Now, those are some noce battlements!!!

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Gradara: an enchanting castle among the fairy hills in The Marche

Gradara: an enchanting castle among the fairy hills in The Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Gradara, one of the most beautiful fortress in Italy, an ancient medieval village located in the soft hills between Emilia Romagna and The Marche. I suggest you a romantic weekend in the castle where Paolo and Francesca lived in.
The two famous lovers, whose love story was immortalized by Dante in his Divine Comedy, were killed by her husband in the late 1200 and they were the protagonists of one of the most tragic love affairs of the MIddle Ages: they were as famous as Romeo and Juliet, but they really existed. [...]

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Gradara's Castle | Dante’s love story of Paolo and Francesca

Gradara's Castle | Dante’s love story of Paolo and Francesca | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Anyone out there who read Dante’s Devine Comedy? It’s a must read book in school in Italy. A classical. If you have though so you know for sure about the love story of Paolo and Francesca. Deeply in love and killed by her husband...

As it comes to less romantic facts: the castle is a medieval fortress which is overlooking the sea and the hilly inland landscape somewhere south to San Marino and north to Pesaro. It is one of the best preserved medieval castles, one of the most visited in the Marche region and place of many museums, musical and artistic events. [...]

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Travel Ideas Italia.it: Gradara

Travel Ideas Italia.it: Gradara | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
"Kissed me upon the mouth all palpitating.Galeotto was the book and he who wrote it: That day no farther did we read therein."Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy

The Rocca di Gradara and its Fortified Borgo (in the Marches Region) represent one of the best-preserved Italian Medieval structures; its set of two surrounding city walls (one of which extends to almost 2,625 feet in length) that protect the Rocca, also make it one of the most aesthetically-imposing.
The Castello or Fortress stands on a hill at 466 ft above sea level, while its mastio or main tower rises an even further 98 feet, keeping watch over the entire valley.  [...]

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Gradara, Le Marche, Italy

Gradara, Le Marche, Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Gradara is one of the best medieval villages of Italy and is located along the border of Le Marche and Emilia Romagna. It is a popular destination for day-trippers and offers some interesting historical attractions, including the imposing fortress, known to be one of the best-preserved monuments. You can catch some breathtaking views of this village, that has a castle perched up on the hill and overlooking the waters of the Adriatic Sea. Just on the opposite side, you can view olive groves and farms along with fields and vineyards that catch your attention. The whole village evokes a feeling of calm and tranquility with rows of cypress trees and farm cottages neatly lined up along the hillside. [...]

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The Castle of Gradara in Le Marche

The Castle of Gradara in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

A Medieval fortress towers over Gradara, on the border between Marche and Romagna: a castle where love and death entangled for centuries.
The castle’s 30-meter-tall keep and crenellated walls were the scene of much intrigue, many fatal romances, as well as political events: it is where the most prominent aristocratic families of the region decided to fight the Papacy during the Middle Ages.
Built around 1150 on a hill 142 meters above sea level, the Castle and village of Gradara – enclosed by two rows of city walls – are one of the best-preserved examples of Medieval architecture in Italy.

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Where to Sleep

Agriturismo della Serra - Farm Holiday - www

Villa Matarazzo - Historical Stay - www

Where to Eat

La Botte - Restaurant - www

Activities

Teatro Comunale di Gradara - Theatre

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Exploring the Northern Le Marche in Vespa

With a Vespa to explore the northern part of Le Marche: Baia di Vallugola, Casteldimezzo, Fiorenzuola di Focara, Gradara. The famous italian scooter, as you can see from the video, is the best vehicle to explore a territory with a beautiful nature, historical monuments, sightseeing points but that also presents narrow roads, and intricate passages.

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Fried Black Locust Flowers and the Medieval Town & Castle of Gradara

Fried Black Locust Flowers and the Medieval Town & Castle of Gradara | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Beautiful medieval Gradara. It's a town in the Marche region of Italy, on the opposite side of Tuscany. Marche is less traveled by tourists but equally beautiful and more serene. Town after town, there's always something beautiful to see. The people are relaxed and friendly. And the food, like in all regions of Italy, is superb.Gradara is the cradle of the tragic kiss between Paolo and Francesca told by Dante in the 5th canto of “Hell” in his Divine Comedy. This forbidden kiss has inspired so many artists and poets in different periods.

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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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Gradara Le Marche, welcome to the world of history

Who has never heard, at least once, about the unfortunate love of Paolo and Francesca and about its tragic end? Their love story, which has become famous all around the world thanks to great poets and historiographers, took place in Gradara in the remote 1289… Small town of antique origins and with a typical hilly landscape of the countryside around Pesaro, Gradara still shows its history of roman settlement and of centuries-old Seigniory. 

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Discovering Le Marche at the first visit

Discovering Le Marche at the first visit | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

I spent three days in the Le Marche Region of Italy.... Admittedly, I had never heard of the Le Marche region before and was mispronouncing the name of the region (pronounced lay MAR-kay)...

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First time visiting Le Marche? Read this article if you want an answer to these questions

  • Getting to the Le Marche area? 
  • Best Ways to Get Around in the Le Marche? 
  • Best Time to Visit Le Marche region of Italy?
  • What Should I Eat While Visiting Le Marche?
  • Where Should I go in Le Marche? 
  • Where Should I Stay in Le Marche?
  • How Can I Find More Information about Le Marche?

and get a proposal tour of the northern seaside area

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Dante in the Marche Region

Dante in the Marche Region | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Political circumstances led Dante into exile from Florence, including in Marche where he provided profound inspiration to the local culture.

Urbino is remembered by Dante in the 27th canto of the Inferno in a dialogue with Guido of Montefeltro, the local lord. Fiorenzuola di Focara owes it notoriety for having hosted Dante Alighieri in a baker's house where the poet experienced the emotion of strong gusts of wind lashing the promontory on which stands a castle by the sea creating the most incredible and dangerous currents.

The Gradara Castle [...]

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Dante and the Gastronomical Traditions of Marche [...]


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A tiny church with great paintings – San Giovanni Battista in Gradara

A tiny church with great paintings – San Giovanni Battista in Gradara | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

When I visited the little fortified town of Gradara I had as well a look into the churches. I always go into churches as they give often peaceful moments, a shelter when it’s cold or too hot and they have mainly amazing artworks. In this case I happened in the main church of Gradara: the church San Giovanni Battista (Saint John the Baptist). [...]

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If you love Romeo and Juliet, go to Gradara in Le Marche

If you love Romeo and Juliet, go to Gradara in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

When we left Rimini, located on the Adriatic coast of Italy at the southern edge of Emilia Romagna, and headed south to the neighboring region of Marche, I did not expect to see much in terms of scenery or landscape. Italy was about to surprise and delight me once again!

As soon as we crossed into the Marches region a few miles south of Rimini, the scenery miraculously changed to one of green rolling hills, small Roman and Medieval towns perched on the hilltops or hidden in sea level coves, and quaint and quiet country roads wimding through a rural landscape seemingly forgotten by the modern world.

“Have you read the Divine Comedy by Dante?” asked our guide. “In 1310 or so, Dante Alighieri wrote about this castle, the Castle of Gradara, in his poem the Divine Comedy. He told the tragic love story of Paolo and Francesca, a true story which took place in that castle, and which later inspired Shakespeare to create the fictional Romeo and Juliet story. [...]

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Fairy Tale Bridal Inspiration in Gradara, Le Marche, Italy

Fairy Tale Bridal Inspiration in Gradara, Le Marche, Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Italian Bridal Inspiration in Gradara, Italy

“We wanted to show how to create a romantic countryside wedding in an unknown part of Italy. So we decided to go to [Gradara] a little “Borgo” in the hills of Le Marche. We wanted the day to be filled with soft, romantic colors inspired by nature. 

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(Wikipedia) The Gradara Castle is a medieval fortress that is located in the town of Gradara, Marche, in Italy. It is protected by two walls, the outermost of which extends for almost 800 meters, making it the imposing structure. Particularly striking is the view of the fortress and the underlying historical village at night. The castle is one of the most visited monuments in the region and is the scene of museum events, musical and artistic. [...]#gradara #castellodigradara #pesarese #marche #lemarche #marchebreaks#lifemarche

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Gradara and the Grottoes di Frasassi

Gradara and the Grottoes di Frasassi | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Not exactly in chronological order, but Friday I made an afternoon trip to Gradara. The main tourist site in town is the castle.  I really enjoyed imagining the people who had lived there; the castle had some really interesting passageways that I liked to think about people scurrying down on a secret trip. One of the rooms in the castle was inspired by Francesca and Paolo, real life lovers who were featured in Dante's "Inferno" for their scandalous affair and tragic demise.[...]

The caves were a spectacular site to see, with towering stalagmites and stalactites in huge cavernous rooms (the first room was large enough to fit Milan's Duomo inside). [...]

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The Best Small Towns in Central Italy, in Pictures

The Best Small Towns in Central Italy, in Pictures | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

There are hundreds of charming small towns in Italy—but the towns in Tuscany, Umbria, Marche and Italy’s other central regions are some of the most beautiful (and interesting!).
Need to be convinced? Here are ten of our favorite small towns in central Italy, in photos… ranging from a foodie’s paradise to a spa-lover’s heaven. (And don’t miss our previous posts on the best towns in southern Italy and on the top ten towns in Tuscany!). Which one is your favorite? [...]

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  • Norcia, Umbria
  • Spello, Umbria
  • Todi, Umbria
  • Gradara, Le Marche - Lying on the border of Le Marche and Umbria, Gradara’s biggest claim to fame is its imposing castle. The town is also well-known for providing the setting for the tragic romance between Paolo and Francesca in Dante Alighieri’s Inferno. [...]
  • Senigallia, Le Marche - boasts an 8-mile stretch of golden sand and clear, shallow waters to lure visitors (most of them from Italy and Europe). As well as a popular seaside town, Senigallia also is home to some impressive historical buildings. The fortress, Rocca Roveresca, is massive structure for a relatively small town. As well as serving as the town’s stronghold, it was the headquarters of an important artillery school, prison, hospital and, finally, orphanage. Today, it hosts exhibitions and cultural events. And in front of Rocca Roveresca is Piazza del Duca, with its lovely fountain, Fontane Delle Anatre (Fountain of the Ducks), built in 1599. Don’t miss the Foro Annonario, a remarkable circular structure built in the 19th century with its 24 Doric-style columns.
  • Caramanico Terme, Abruzzo
  • Nemi, Lazio
  • Montefiascone, Lazio
  • San Casciano dei Bagni, Tuscany
  • Anghiari, Tuscany
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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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New Form of hospitality: 7 "Alberghi Diffusi" in Le Marche

New Form of hospitality: 7 "Alberghi Diffusi" in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Partly a house and partly a hotel, dedicated to those people who do not like hotel stays; in short, this is a new form of hospitality that takes the name of “Albergo Diffuso” . Its main components are distributed in different buildings, all located in the same village/town. The term “diffuso” (diffuse) denotes a structure that is horizontal, and not vertical like the one pertaining to traditional hotels, which often do not constitute a pleasant sight, reminding us of blocks of flats. ADs satisfy the tourists’ demand of stays in renowned and famous areas and towns, of contact with residents and local people rather than only with other tourists, and of the traditional comforts offered in hotels, such as room service or a restaurant. This form of hospitality has showed to be very efficient for the valorisation of towns and villages that are artistically or architecturally peculiar and interesting; through ADs we can valorise old and dismissed buildings and, at the same time, we can avoid to solve the problems of hospitality only through the construction of new structures.

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