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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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Hidden Jems: The best part of Italy - If you like Tuscany… try Le Marche

Hidden Jems: The best part of Italy - If you like Tuscany… try Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Umbria is the obvious alternative to Tuscany but its hills and wines are fast becoming as well known as its neighbours’. So if you’re looking for somewhere new to visit but with the charm and scenery of Tuscany, try Le Marche - a mainly agricultural region on the Adriatic coast with just an hour between the beach and the Sibillini mountains. The Sibillini national park is ideal for walking, gentle cycling, mountain biking or horse riding. E lsewhere the region is dotted with caves including the famous Grotte di Frasassi which includes a cavern so large that it would fit Milan Cathedral inside it. The wines are little known outside Italy but are a joy to discover, while the food, like the region, is a mix of sea and land with regional dishes of both fish and game.

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Traditional rust color hand printed linen Le Marche

Watch this video to discover one of the oldest traditions of Central Italy coming from Tuscany and arrived in Le Marche passing trough the Emilia-Romagna.

The Hand printed linens are realized using hand-carved wood block prints and colors made with natural ingredients as iron oxide, white flour and vinegar.

The patterns were inspired by rural life. Grapes, wheat, the rooster, sunflowers were the prevalent regional symbols.

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Urbino: A secret Italian hilltop town

Urbino: A secret Italian hilltop town | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Urbino is up a very steep hill, lined with ancient stone houses and tall towers. Wonderful buildings surround the piazza, no loud ads to be seen.

Central Italy has three provinces: Tuscany and Umbria are well-known, Le Marche less so. Each has a hilltop town listed among UNESCO’s World Heritage sites. Tuscany has San Gimignano, Umbria has Assisi, and Le Marche has Urbino. Its remarkable legacy of independent Renaissance culture is the reason for inclusion on the list.

San Gimignano and Assisi are indisputably beautiful. They’re also busy. Especially on lovely summer days.

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Central Italy by a foreigner called Firenze

Central Italy by a foreigner called Firenze | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

I was in Italy at the end of October and beginning of November, in the provinces of Tuscany, Umbria, and Le Marche...

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Le Marche: A Meaningful Place to Start The Bike Across Italy Tour - Ciclismo Classico

Le Marche: A Meaningful Place to Start The Bike Across Italy Tour - Ciclismo Classico | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

There’s a reason our coast-to-coast Bike Across Italy Tour starts in region of Le Marche on Italy’s Adriatic Coast, before continuing through Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany and reaching the Mediterranean Sea. This 11-day journey is inspired by the life-changing solo bike trip Ciclismo Classico founder Lauren Hefferon took in 1983 to reconnect with her roots in little-known Le Marche.

Graduating from Cornell with four years of Italian under her belt, Lauren sent letters to cousins in Le Marche asking to visit and learn more about her family. Landing in Pisa, she biked for five days to reach the little town of Genga, where her grandmother Beatrice Fracassini lived until the age of 18 when she left for the U.S.

“My grandmother’s cousin ran down the road when she saw me, she grabbed my fully-loaded bike and brought me to her family’s house,” Lauren says. “Over the course of the next few days, I met all of the relatives of my grandmother and ate many wonderful meals of Marchegiani specialties.”

The Bike Across Italy Tour spends a day and night in Genga – which has changed since Lauren’s grandmother left this poor town. The discovery of the nearby Grotte di Frassassi in the 1950s and 60s now brings visitors from all over the world. These are largest caves or grottoes in Europe – filled with otherworldly stalactites and stalagmites formed by an underground river.

Tipping a hat to Lauren’s grandfather, Generoso Orazietti who was born in the seaside city of Fano, the Bike Across Italy Tour explores this former ancient Roman settlement with a guided tour ending with a fresh fish dinner prepared Le Marche-style.

Proving just how varied the landscape of Le Marche is, the Bike Across Italy Tour then takes intermediate cyclists inland pedaling through fields and farmland with foothills in the distance. This is where the walled, fairy tale city of Urbino awaits. Under the patronage of the Duke of Montefeltro in the mid-15th century, Urbino enjoyed its own independent Renaissance, resulting in the construction of great palaces and churches as well as the birth of new artistic traditions and indeed, the birth of High Renaissance master Raphael who hails from Urbino.

Our days in Le Marche are just the beginning of our Bike Across Italy Tour but set the tone for a grand Italian journey filled with both connections and surprises.

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Travel to Italy Tip #4 | Travel to lesser known areas

Travel to Italy Tip #4 | Travel to lesser known areas | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Another way to help save money and make your dream of travel to Italy come true this year is to think outside of the box.  The majority of tourists all travel to the same areas in Italy. In major cities, the tourists can be found in the same concentrated places. Of course there are the blockbusters to see, but aside from that you really don’t need to get caught up in the masses. To increase your enjoyment, see more of the real Italy all while saving money, follow tip #4.

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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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A post from the past: Is Le Marche the Next Tuscany? TNYTT

A post from the past: Is Le Marche the Next Tuscany? TNYTT | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

"They're kind and they're gentle and they're modest and they're slow."

Slow?

"They're a bit slow in that they'll spend a half a day talking to you," he explains. "The people from northern Italy would probably say they're a bit medieval here."

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