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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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Le Marche Travel in the Time of Earthquakes

Le Marche Travel in the Time of Earthquakes | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
On August 24th, the world looked on in horror as images came in from central Italy in the aftermath of a dreadful earthquake. It was the second major seismic shock to hit the region in the last decade, and repair and recovery efforts have been hindered by ongoing aftershocks. The damage to the region has…
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Macerata, Le Marche
At the epicentre of several of the major aftershocks, the medieval hill town of Macerata suffered damage which has meant the closing of several churches and other public buildings. Nonetheless, life goes on inside the old walls, home to a 13th century university and the early 19th century neo-classical open-air Arena Sferisterio, which hosts an opera festival every summer.

Urbino, Le Marche
Up in the hills of Le Marche, Urbino is all too often overlooked by visitors to Italy, perhaps because of its slightly isolated location. The heart of the city, dominated by the Palazzo Ducale and Duomo, was all constructed in the same style, making it appear as one contiguous block. The city is particularly famous for its contribution to the arts, as the home of the Renaissance maestro Raphael, to whom there is a dedicated museum in the house of his birth. Head up to the Giardini Pubblici for a wonderful view over the whole city from above.

Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche
This town on the Marche/Abruzzo border is most famous for its olive production, and for the “olive all’ascolana” dish; olives stuffed with meat and fried in breadcrumbs. Piazza dell’Arengo, in the centre of town, is faced onto by the 12th-century Palazzo dell’Arengo, as well as the Duomo. The skyline is dotted with towers constructed over the centuries, around 50 according to some estimates.

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Urbino among the Italy’s Most Stunning Hilltop Towns

Urbino among the Italy’s Most Stunning Hilltop Towns | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Built atop hills for defensive purposes, surrounded by thick defensive walls, steep embankments, or cliffs, Italian hilltop settlements provided natural defenses for some of their early inhabitants, and today, they make for some of the best destinations to visit in Italy. In fact, these hilltop towns are so stunning, it’s hard to believe they’re real! [...]

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Urbino among the Italy’s Most Stunning Hilltop Towns by tripstodiscover.com

Urbino is off the well beaten path, but it’s one of the most beautiful and romantic hilltop towns in the country. Located in the Marche region in central Italy, it’s set around a Renaissance palace and has historical significance as the birthplace of Raphael. Ducal Palace houses one of the  most illustrious Renaissance art collections in all of Italy, and the entire town was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be sure to visit the 17th-century Duomo and explore Raphael’s house, which is now a museum. When you need more energy, fuel up with an espresso at Caffe Basili, and then head to Albornoz Fortress at the top of the town to savor the amazing views of Urbino sprawled out below.

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Urbino: Games & Toys From Renaissance to Baroque at Galleria Nazionale delle Marche

Urbino: Games & Toys From Renaissance to Baroque at Galleria Nazionale delle Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

An exhibition, titled 'Games and toys from the Renaissance to the Baroque', is on view at Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino, through February 5, 2017. Organized in collaboration with the Kunsthistorisches Museum, the exhibition focuses on the two significant periods of history, Renaissance and Baroque, through an unusual and original location of games, toys and hobbies that spread from the fifteenth to six hundred throughout Europe. [...]

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Urbino: Games & Toys From Renaissance to Baroque at Galleria Nazionale delle Marche

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The National Gallery of Le Marche in Urbino

The National Gallery of Le Marche in Urbino | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
One of my most memorable experiences of my trip with arsviva to Le Marche and Umbria was my visit to the National Gallery of Le Marche in Urbino, a medieval town with steep, romantic streets, a stunning cathedral and the intriguing museum at the birthplace of master painter Raphael. The gallery is located in a…
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After Italy allowed to take pictures in museums we can notice an enrichment of the travel blog posts. It happens also in Urbino in The National Gallery of Le Marche.

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Le Marche among the favourite hidden Italian gems of the Telegraph readers

Le Marche among the favourite hidden Italian gems of the Telegraph readers | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Musical chairs and mountain mishaps in the Apennines

Collamato, near beautiful Fabriano in the Marche, crowns a foothill of the Apennines. We went for my stepson’s wedding. In our apartment, attached to the castle walls, a lizard skidded frantically on tiles buckled by the recent earthquake. I helped the old ladies of the village prepare paninis for the reception in the village hall, where the Irish and English taught the Italians to play musical chairs. The language barrier was overcome by smiles and gestures.

We had a week of fun, visiting elegant Urbino one day, the dramatic limestone caves of Sassoferrato another, eating in hilltop restaurants and getting lost in the mountains.

Returning years later to stay with our daughter-in-law’s mother, we were welcomed as Padre di Tom and Mama Due, and plied with wine made from his own grapes by Honorio, the shopkeeper. The two breakages during musical chairs game had been forgiven.

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Annabel Bailey from Berkshire seems to be enchanted by the warm, authentic Italian atmosphere of the Le Marche villages and towns.

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Sarah Topps's curator insight, August 11, 2016 1:15 AM
Well it certainly is our favourite place to be and we never get tired of the stunning surroundings. Do come and see for yourselves. We still have some availability for this summer http://hideawaylemarche.com
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Travel to Marche, Tuscany’s Lesser-Known Neighbor

Travel to Marche, Tuscany’s Lesser-Known Neighbor | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

In central Italy, lies Marche. This little-known region borders Umbria, Emilia-Romagna, Lazio, and Tuscany. Perhaps due to its mountainous landscape and lack of a major airport, Marche has remained relatively unknown. Fly into Florence, rent a car, and set your GPS for about two hours east. The trip is not for the faint of heart: roads are as crooked as a politician and climb high into the tree-covered Apennine Mountains. A railway runs the length of the region along the Adriatic Sea, but to get to the heart of Marche, a car {and a bit of Italian} is necessary. [...]

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If it is true that we do not snub mass tourism, who is to blame if bloggers continue to identify Le Marche such as the minor Tuscany?

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Lezioni di Inglese a Jesi's comment, July 24, 2016 4:24 AM
Molto interessante. Grazie!
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Urbino among the 7 Picturesque Towns in Italy to Dream About

Urbino among the 7 Picturesque Towns in Italy to Dream About | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
The best Italy tours always start with Rome, Venica or Pisa buthere are another 7 picturesque towns in Italy to dream about until your next vacation:
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An inspiration for several Italian painters and a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site, Urbino is that kind of romantic and vibrant escape you need on your Italy tour. The hill town preserved its unique Renaissance appearance through its iconic palaces, churches and other iconic public edifices.

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Urbino among the Best "Wiki Loves Monuments Italia" Winners

Urbino among the Best "Wiki Loves Monuments Italia" Winners | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Calling all citizens to capture and share – in pictures - Italy’s cultural and artistic heritage. This is the premise behind the “Wiki Loves Monuments Italia” contest, which has recently selected the ten photographs that will take part in the international round with all participating countries to be held in mid-November. Below are the ten photographs selected for Italy from more than 12,000 images. The top spot was awarded to Emilia-Romagna, with a photo showing Casone Serilla, a former fishing
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The Ducal Palace of Urbino by Luslino is one of the photo selected  as winner for the "Wiki Loves Monuments Italia".

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Focus on Urbino

Focus on Urbino | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Though Italian cities such as Rome, Florence, and Venice seem to receive the majority of travelers’ attention—and deservedly so—the country is home to many special towns full of medieval history, picturesque views, and unforgettable experiences. [...]

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"Urbino is a true Italian village, full of culture and charm. Its remote location tucked into a sloping hillside has helped preserve the walled city’s Renaissance past, and its proud residents have assembled it on display for the benefit of future generations."

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Giovanni Santi from Le Marche: when the merit of the sons makes people forget the fathers

Giovanni Santi from Le Marche: when the merit of the sons makes people forget the fathers | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Giovanni Santi, father of the artist Raphael, died on 1 August 1494 in Urbino. He was in his late 50s. In addition to training his more famous son, Santi had a successful career as court painter and poet at the Court of Urbino. Born to a wealthy merchant family in the small town of Colbordolo, Santi pursued an artistic career and joined the lively art scene at the court of Duke Federico da Montefeltro in the 1470s. Santi’s work shows the influence of both Netherlandish and central Italian painting that he came to know while working at court. He likely came into contact there with Pietro Perugino, with whom his son Raphael would apprentice at the turn of the century. [...]

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Giovanni Santi, Raphael‘s father, was not a bad artist himself. Giorgio Vasari in his “Lives of the Artists” described G. Santi as a “pittore non molto eccellente” – (not a very distinguished painter), he added “uomo di buono ingegno e atto a indirizzare i figliuoli per quella buona via” (a man of good intelligence and capable of directing his sons along that good path).

 (Alys Blakeway on June Osborne's work, Giorgio Vasari)

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Benedetta Tintillini's curator insight, August 3, 2015 5:04 AM

Giovanni Santi, Raphael‘s father, was not a bad artist himself. Although Giorgio Vasari in his “Lives of the Artists”described Santi as a “pittore non molto eccellente” – (not a very distinguished painter), he added “uomo di buono ingegno e atto a indirizzare i figliuoli per quella buona via” (a man of good intelligence and capable of directing his sons along that good path).  

Alys Blakeway's comment, August 18, 2015 6:27 PM
Bravi Mariano e Benedettina ! I used the exact words of your insights in my blog which Mariano scooped on 1.12.2012."Raphael was not Perugino’s pupil, but Giovanni Santi’s." https://alysb.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/perugino-perugin-giovanni-santi-raphaels-father/
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La Muta Speaks | Urbino Project 2015

La Muta Speaks | Urbino Project 2015 | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

La Muta is a portrait of a sitting woman with no expression. The background is calm. Intriguing to viewers yet questionable to past critics, the painting is a classic Renaissance work. [...]

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Rachel Dale tells you about the restoration of the most Leonardesque painting of Raphael and among the best portraits by his hand. Read how the birthplace of the artist assisted two times to the return of the work.

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The International School on Foraminifera Urbino, Le Marche, Italy

The International School on Foraminifera Urbino, Le Marche, Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Since its inception in 2006, the International School on Foraminifera in Urbino has been the world’s leading training school devoted to the study of foraminifera. The three-week training course is held at the newly-refurbished Collegio Internazionale at the University of Urbino. The school boasts an international teaching faculty who are among the world’s leading experts in their respective research fields. The full course consists of approximately 50 hours of lectures and 60 hours of practical work. [...]

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Foraminifera are found in all marine environments and are an important part of the marine food chain.
Because different species of foraminifera are found in different environments, paleontologists can use their fossils to determine past environments.
Many students from every part of the world come in Le Marche to follow summer courses to know better about foraminifera finding an interesting environment for their studies and... why not... for their amusement.

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Urbino among 10 Italian Hilltop Towns You Have To See Before You Die 

Urbino among 10 Italian Hilltop Towns You Have To See Before You Die  | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

So you're planning a trip to Italy but you don't want to just see the famous tourist traps. You long to experience genuine Italian culture. Yet everywhere you look for tips, be it from websites, travel agents, or your well-traveled friends, they only talk about the same old places: Rome, Venice, Florence...
Does the real Italy even exist any longer, you wonder?
Indeed it does, and it's in full magical display in the fairy-tale hilltop towns. The places where time has stopped, where secret pasta recipes are passed through generations. Where flowers adorn centuries-old stone houses, and where locals know each other by name.
Italy hides many hilltop towns like these, but the following ones are some of the most breathtaking: [...]

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Urbino comes first among 10 Italian Hilltop Towns You Have To See Before You Die by Huffingtonpost Australia

1. Urbino, birthplace of Raphael, the prodigious painter

It's here that one of the superstar painters of the Renaissance era was born. Raphael would go on to vie for glory with none other than Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci. The town itself is a maze of tiny, steep alleys with great vistas from the top.

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Urbino in Le Marche among the Italy’s Lesser Known UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Urbino in Le Marche among the Italy’s Lesser Known UNESCO World Heritage Sites | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Each year, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee convenes to discuss which cultural and natural sites around the world merit recognition for their “outstanding value to humanity,” a status that affords them greater protections. Italy boasts a whopping 51 World Heritage sites—more than any other country in the world.
Italy’s most celebrated UNESCO sites—Rome, Florence, Venice, and the Amalfi Coast—need no introduction. But Italy’s charm lies beyond these obvious places, which are saturated by visitors year-round. [...]

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The National Geographic mentions Urbino in Le Marche among the Italy’s Lesser Known UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

For most, the term "Renaissance" engenders thoughts of Florence, Tuscany, and Umbria, but evidence of the cultural movement can be found throughout Italy. The small hilltop town of Urbino - nestled in the Marche between the Apennine Mountains and Adriatic Sea—was one of the most significant cultural centers of the Renaissance in the 15th century.

The patron behind Urbino’s flourishing arts and culture scene was Federico da Montefeltro, a brilliant military leader, intellect, and lover of the arts. Montefeltro commissioned the magnificent Palazzo Ducale, one of the most beautiful examples of Renaissance palaces in Italy. The palace has since been converted into the National Gallery of the Marche and houses the works of Renaissance artists.

Palazzo Ducale is the main attraction in town, but a visit is not complete without seeing the birthplace of one of the most celebrated painters and architects of the High Renaissance, Raphael. The home’s interior is bare but quaint.

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Urbino among the 10 Italian places not to be missed to admire the Genius of the Renaissance

Urbino among the 10 Italian places not to be missed to admire the Genius of the Renaissance | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Urbino
Located in Italy's seldom visited Marche region, Urbino is a true gem; one of the capitals of Renaissance. Here Federico da Montefeltro, the most skilled warlord of his time and duke of the city from 1444 to 1482, commissioned a magnificent Palace: a wonder of early Renaissance architecture, today symbol of the city in the world.

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Accommodations

Pineta - Camping & Holiday Village - www

Ca' Vernaccia - Country House - www

Il Biroccio - Country House - www

La Valle del Vento - Country House - www

Agriturismo dei Duchi - Agriturismo - www

Fosso del Lupo - Agriturismo - www

Pietra Rosa - Agriturismo - www

San Domenico - Hotel - www

Restaurants

La Trattoria del Leone - www

Nenè - www

Vecchia Urbino - www

Activities

Casa Natale di Raffaello - Museum

Galleria Nazionale delle Marche - Museum

Museo Cittàdino, Palazzo Bonaventura Odasi - Museum

Museo Diocesano "Albani" - Museum

Museo Lapidario - Museum

Museum Graphia - Museum

Cine Teatro Ducale - Theatre

Teatro C.u.s.t.- Theatre

Teatro Raffaello Sanzio - Theatre

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Urbino: torna "a casa" la Venere di Tiziano

Urbino: torna "a casa" la Venere di Tiziano | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Gli Uffizi hanno annunciato il prestito della cosiddetta Venere di Urbino, capolavoro di bellezza e sensualità dipinto da Tiziano nel 1538. A distanza di cinque secoli dalla sua commissione, l'opera torna per la prima volta nelle stanze del Palazzo Ducale nella città marchigiana, per cui era stata realizzata.
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A 478 anni dalla sua realizzazione, torna nelle Marche la Venere di Urbino di Tiziano

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Venus of Urbino returns to Le Marche

Venus of Urbino returns to Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Nearly five centuries after it was painted, Titian's Venus of Urbino (1538), currently housed at Florence's Uffizi Gallery, will temporarily return to its home city in Le Marche. From September 6 to December 8, 2016, the Renaissance masterpiece will be displayed in Urbino's Ducal Palace, the space where it was originally housed.
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This work, completed in 1538 for the Duke of Urbino Guidobaldo II Della Rovere as a gift to his young wife Giulia Varano, is very interesting for the allegories:

  • Venus, the goddess of love, is the allegory of the marital obligations of the marriage, a model of eroticism. 
  • The dog is the symbol of marital fidelity.
  • The house maid looking down at the young girl as she rummages in a chest symbolizes the motherhood.

The painting is a tribute of Tiziano to his friend-master Giorgione, author of the Sleeping Venus.

It is considered the representation of the perfect Renaissance woman who, just like Venus, becomes the symbol of love, beauty and fertility.

Exceptionally in Urbino in Le Marche, you can see the Venus of Urbino by Titian in the Uffizi Gallery the prominent art museum located adjacent to the Piazza della Signoria in central Florence.

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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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Discover Urbino

Discover Urbino | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The origins of Urbino are very old. The name “Urvinum” probably comes from the Latin word “urvus” (“Urvum” is the curved handle of the plow). The city is very well preserved and it represents the high point of Renaissance art and architecture, harmoniously adapted to its environment and its Medieval past, so that it is a wonderful and unique place.  During its short cultural supremacy, the city attracted some of the most distinguished scholars and artists of the Renaissance, who created a consistent urban complex that influenced cultural development of the rest of Europe. [...]

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Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Urbino is a Renaissance town in central Italy’s Le Marche region. In the 15th century Urbino attracted top artists and scholars and had a university in 1506 

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Urbino as seen from a foreigner's photographic lens

Urbino as seen from a foreigner's photographic lens | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

I think it is pretty easy to tell why Urbino is a World Heritage Site:
The walled city seems to climb over itself, with layers of pointed roofs culminating at the Ducal Palace.
With the gorgeous palace at its core, Urbino still feels like a college town. The University infuses a young vibe into a very Renaissance village. [...]

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This article shows how easy it is for foreigner bloggers create content on the Marche Region. Just a camera and the ability to describe what has been captured in the pictures. This is what the public wants to read, simply.

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"The Travelling Light" discovers Urbino

"The Travelling Light" discovers Urbino | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Driving up through the mountains to this thousand-year-old plus town, you emerge at the crest of a hill and the sturdy fortress walls protecting the city appear. Urbino is a World Heritage site; the myriad cool, dark alleyways off the main streets make up a kind of maze where you could get lost without trying, the stone buildings stand grand, tall and silent, it's the birthplace of Renaissance painter/architect Raphael too. You can feel the history here as you walk through.[...]

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"The Travelling Light" is Katie. She has grown traveling and now works freelance maybe to have the possibility to keep wondering the world looking for special places to share with us.

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Travel Back in Time: Urbino

Travel back in time to Renaissance Italy and revel in the splendors of the magnificent Ducal Palace. David tries his hand at Renaissance ceramics, then feasts on a meal of pasta with porcini and truffle mushrooms.
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This is a program of Vibrant TV Network. that presents the show this way: An incredible journey through Italy with David Rocco see the country, and witness some master chefs and local food creatives share their recipes and delight the senses. Discover some of Italy’s hidden gems of culture and cuisine and get inspired.