This is my entry for the video section of the Hot Ice 2015 Photoshooting contest in Sarnano, in the Marche region, Italy. The weather was not perfect but it was a super fun day!
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!
Curated by Mariano Pallottini
Marche, this region gently sleeping on the Adriatic side. Its perfect territory has everything we need for a good holiday, from the mountains to the sea, through gorgeous landscapes in the countryside and tiny cute hamlets in the hills where the pollution doesn’t even exist and the air is as fresh as 300 years ago.
One of this small medieval villages is Sarnano, become an independent municipality in the second half of the 13th Century. The old city center, perched on a small hill [...]
Having experienced skiiing for the very first time, I would like to share some information about Sassotetto, high in the Sibillini mountains near Sarnano, Le Marche, and part of the Italian Appenines. For novice skiers, this resort is ideal since it is relatively inexpensive and accessible. It is possible to stay at the resort itself - there are several hotels, although we chose to stay near Sarnano and take the daily shuttle bus to the resort. There are two main centres at Sasso Tetto; Sasso Tetto and La Maddalena. We went to the latter and having walked the short distance from the bus to the ski school, enquired about an hour's lesson.
We were surprised that the lesson price was so reasonable; €30 for an hour for an individual but €40 for two people (See the detailed Sibillini Ski School price list). Our instructor was Domenico; although he probably spoke a little English we opted for our lesson in Italian. The hire of ski boots, skis and sticks was a reasonable €10 per person for the day, and once we were kitted out, he took us to the nursery slope for some tuition.
The church of the “Madonna di Loreto” was constructed in the XV century by the “wool guild” constituted by craftsman of the textile, weaving texture and colouring cloth mill.
In 1619 the church was in part reconstructed and restored as it now appears, for the devotion of the Madonna, in relationship to the promenade from the south that where going on a pilgrimage to the sanctuary of the “Madonna di Loreto”, situated north and in the direction of Assisi in Umbria.
The building is constituted of a single central nave in a rectangular form of approx. 17.30 m x 7.30 metres and approx. 8.00 metres in height, orientated with its principal axis north – east, south – west; the entrance is exposed south – west while on the opposite side is situated the sanctuary constructed in a heavy vaulted ceiling in spider - formation probably built in the XVI century.
On the side adjacent to the stream is positioned the priests residence home developed on a two – floor layout.
The church nave is covered with a barrel – shaped vault constructed of a cane and gypsum chamber supported to the wood truss – beam roof being the main constituted part of the supporting roof structure. The higher part of the walls and the vaulted ceilings are decorated of relative paintings of the Madonna di Loreto, paintings that dates back to the XVII century and of valuable exquisite workmanship of its perspective.
In the centre of the vault is a configuration of the holy home of Nazareth of Loreto with the Madonna and the Angels, a glimpse partial view of the arcade open gallery is positioned in front of the “holy home”.
The paintings cover an area of approx. 175 sq.m. of remarkable importance to emphasize the partitioning wall of which contains the altar painted an architectural structure in a canopy form with six red Verona marble pillars, giving a splendid perspective of the perfect elements of a remarkable architectural effect.
The entire building is constructed of masonry brick – work in red cotto externally left as it appears.
Vittore Crivelli (1444-1502) was the youngest brother of Carlo Crivelli under whom he probably trained. Around 1465, he followed his brother to Zara, Dalmatia where he took on a pupil and by 1481 had moved to the Marches. He settled in Fermo with his brother and spent there most of the rest of his life.