Located in Le Marche, Offida is surrounded by rolling green hills of olive groves and farmland. [...]
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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!
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Located in Le Marche, Offida is surrounded by rolling green hills of olive groves and farmland. [...]
Cobbled alleys, enchanting Romanesque Gothic church, wine-lovers paradise, Italy off the beaten path, this is Offida in this article
If Ascoli Piceno is one of Italy’s top hidden treasures (and it is), then little Offida, population just over 5000, has to be one of Italy’s top villages. It is a town of lace makers. It has one of Italy’s finest churches, its interior awash in frescoes dating from the 13th century. Some of Italy’s best and lesser known white wines are grown just outside the city limits—and the Piazza al Popolo is full of great architecture, including one of those old, 19th century theaters, cute as a bugs ear, responsible for entertaining the population before the discovery of radio waves. [...]
Thanks to James Martin you are now knowing better what are you missing from the most genuine but lesser known Italy. Only in the first 100 words you will hear about an unmissable church from 13th century,about one of the world's most interesting white wines, about a beautiful theatre and a stunning square. Need more to pack your luggage?
The town’s name has an uncertain origin but an ancient legend connects it to the greek word “ophis”, meaning snake and lots of places in the town are dedicated to this, even the local Theatre is called the Golden Snake.
After a short walk we get to the main square tha has a remarkable Palazzo Coumunale from the XIV century with a beautiful loggetta. The atmosphere in this Autumn day is relaxed and inspiring. [...]
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Gallo pushed on. After several dead ends, she received a response one day from someone named Guiseppe Caioni. (The “i” at the end of the family name was eventually changed to an “e”.) While he shared her father’s name, he could offer only encouragement and patience. No hits to his knowledge, but he’d keep trying. In response, Gallo sent her thanks and a copy of her great-grandparents’ marriage certificate, and hoped for the best.
The best came the very next day. The unknown Guiseppe had learned of someone named Caioni in Appignano del Tronto, and he promised he would find that person. On May 24 – 104 years to the day of Denise Gallo’s great-grandparents marriage – along came an email from Guiseppe.
“I have found your relatives!” it read. “They were surprised and happy and definitely will be pleased to know you.”
Le Marche’s Carnivals are renowned for being spectacular, fun and full of tradition. One Carnival, celebrated on Fat Tuesday (as many are), starts with huge and colorful floats by the shore, and then moves inland for the real party. There is more food than you could imagine, and so many people in costume, just enjoying the frivolity of having a good time.
There is also the Offida Carnival, which consists of men moving a giant fake ox through the streets, then a crowd of young people in robes move it swiftly, in attempt to show the ox’s nature. This used to be performed with a live ox and then it was ritually slaughtered, whereas now they just do so symbolically.
The Fano Carnival, Italy’s oldest, is a huge and beautiful affair, with entertainment, food, exhibits and so much more. They try every year to make it better than the last, with more color and excitement to give people an experience not to be forgotten. It is one giant party, each day different and new with a lot of great things to do free of charge.
The carnival of Macerata has chariots, music, dancing, cake and a whole lot of fun. With all of its colorful displays and confetti everywhere, it truly is a wonderful celebration.
The Ascoli Carnival is a traditional festival of dancing, music, masks, confetti and fun. With so much to do and see it is another carnival worth attending. The Carnival of Ascoli Piceno, starting on January 17th each year, consists of people in masks, doing skits and impersonating celebrities, local government and other well-known people. The city is lit up with beautiful lights, as the streets become theaters and the spectators become participants.
Lastly, the Amandola Carnival is celebrated with two large events. First there is a parade with people in masks everywhere. Then there is what is called the beacon of King Carnival, during which people in old costumes throw wheat and poppy in honor of Blessed Antonio. There are also actors and theater afterwards during this one as well.
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Six days surrounded by masks, colors, music and especially entertainment. It’s the historical Carnival in Offida: for its 2013 edition, this awaited moment of the year has a rich calendar of events ant things to do. And it’s an appointment that you cannot miss during a weekend in the province of Ascoli Piceno.
The Offida historical Carnival 2013 starts on February 7 with the event Bambini in maschera (“Masked children”), set in the Serpente Aureo Theater (the entrance is free for children). While February 8 it’s the day of the Lu bov fint: an ox-shaped outline will parade through the streets of the city, carried by a cheerful cortège.
On February 9 and 10 there will be two all-night dances: both of them will start at 10pm in the halls of the Serpente Aureo Theater. And this theater will be the location for the Veglionissimo di Carnevale (“Big Carnival all-night dance”), on February 11: at Midnight the historical Congreghe (“Clans”) of Offida will enter in the stage and in the parterre.
Lastly, on February 12, there will be the main event of the Carnival 2013 in Offida: it’s the Mardi Gras, in Piazza del Popolo: at 3pm will occur Maschere in festa (“Maks in the feast”); at 7pm there will be the Vlurd, a giant pyre.
For the complete program of the historical Carnival 2013 in Offida, visit the official website Inoffida.it.
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In search of Giuseppe Tassi: Ascoli Piceno and Offida
So my dad is Jeff, and his dad is Leo, and they were all born in the US, and that's as far back as I know. But I've heard that Leo's dad (my great-grandfather) was one Giuseppe Tassi, who was the one to come over to the US from Italy. And then I heard that he (and some other relatives) came from a town called Offida. Here's the story of how I sought it out (click)
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Lost in time are the origins of Offida, medieval hilltown of Le Marche, certainly inhabited in the Bronze Age, later by a local Italic tribe, then finally by the Romans. The town’s name might derive from the temple dedicated to the serpent Ophis/Ophite, sacred edifice, where worship took place before a golden snake. Legend relates that the high priest of the temple could miraculously cauterize open wounds and bites by passing his wrist, wrapped with a writhing sacred snake, over the injury. The legend lives on in Offida: il serpente aureo (“golden snake”) recurs again and again in place names of the town: after visiting the nineteen-centruy frescoed theater, Teatro Serpente Aureo, we walked down Corso Serpente Aureo to the Ristorante Ophis (ah, that snake again!)...
By Charles Joseph
The Carnevale Storico della città di Offida is held religiously every year and offers excitement and passion, merriment and pageantry, entertainment and as much food and drink that anyone could ever wish for.
This spirit of the Carnival is deeply rooted in the Offidani psyche. To an outsider the festival may seem like the greatest binge of all time, but it actually camouflages what really goes on. Despite the modern standards of carnivals today, for the Offidani (this was once a predominantly agricultural community) this ritual dates back well over 500 years. It is an ancient ritual celebrating man’s constant struggle with nature.
Carnival peculiarities include colourful members of the congreghe (similar to contrade or quartieri in other parts of Italy) parading the streets and plying onlookers with their quirky brand of music, La buffata del Martedi Grasso where il Sindaco, il Prete, il Notaio ed il Possidente (the mayor, the priest, the notary and the land owner) all dress up and stuff themselves full of food in Piazza del Popolo, drinking champagne out of potties, I Velurd, a strange, pagan ritual involving setting fire to bamboo canes and finally, Lu Bov Fint (il bue finto), a comical race which is rather reminiscent of a Spanish corrida, only that instead of a real bull what you get is a man inside a wooden frame with a fabric covering, pretending to be an ox.
Picture the following scene: packed streets as the backdrop and red and white (white for purity and red for sacrifice) costumed clad citizens as part of the scenery. The race begins and the ox is chased all the way across town, accompanied by the high drama of frenzied cries as the “animal” charges with a vengeance, venting its fury at anyone getting in its way. This goes on for hours. By early evening a fine haze of dust envelopes the streets as the crowd regroups in Piazza del Popolo. The mood seems tense. The ox is chased around the piazza one final time before meeting its timely end. Nature (the ox) has returned to dominate the Offidani for another day. But this time the people have won the battle yet again.
The words of one happy local seem to capture the mood…“il bue è finto si, però l’allegria è tanta” (the ox may be artificial but there is much happiness here).
Maria Grazia Pasqualini, from Offida, preserves the pillow lace tradition which has been handed on for three generations and the originality of the lace is guaranteed by the association of Offida's Pillow Lace.
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