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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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The Lacemakers of Offida | Making 'merletto' on the 'tombolo' in Le marche

The Lacemakers of Offida | Making 'merletto' on the 'tombolo' in Le marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

In the central Italian province of Le Marche there's a small town called Offida. It's a walled hilltop town covering about 50 sq kms, at about 300 m ASL, and has a little over 5,000 inhabitants. And it's famous for handmade lace, called 'merletto'. The lace is tatted on stuffed oval pillows in a time-honoured tradition. The old ladies of Offida can be found in their doorways, tatting away, ready to sell you an exquisite little bit of lace to take home. [...]

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In Le Marche, Golden Serpents, Lace Wonders

In Le Marche, Golden Serpents, Lace Wonders | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

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!)...

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