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Snow le Marche 2012: The Search For The Car

Urbino, february 2012, never seen so much snow.
A young boy discovers his car covered in thick snow.

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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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Montelparo, Le Marche: family trace Italians who sheltered their father from fascists

Montelparo, Le Marche: family trace Italians who sheltered their father from fascists | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

This news article from the London area Ham&High newspaper is provided by Anne Copley. It’s the touching story of a contact made between the family of POW Sydney Swingler, known to the Italians as “Antonio,” and his Italians protectors, the Antognozzi family.

Antonio was sheltered by the Antognozzi family in the Italian village of Montelparo, where they still live, before eventually making it back across Allied lines and returning to his Kentish Town home.

Sydney’s son Colin Swingler, 64, one of four siblings born at the former family home in Highgate Road after the war, said he was delighted to make contact with the Antognozzi family, who had risked their lives to look after his father. [...]


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He said: “If the Germans or Italian fascists had found dad, they could have been killed along with him.

“My family owes them a great debt – if my father had not come back, none of us would be here.”

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La Contesa della Margutta 2014, Corridonia, Le Marche

The historical re-enactment of Contesa della Margutta, takes back in time the town of Corridonia in the province of Macerata in Le Marche, Central Italy. The happening is a revival of an equestrian event set in the medieval-renaissance that took place in the town and takes its name from a dummy representing a “saracino” with female features that was hoisted in the main square during fairs and markets for public amusement. Horsemen belonging to the town districts of Porta Santa Croce, Porta San Donato and Colbuccaro, Porta Sejano, Porta del Mulino, Porta Romana, strike trying to hit the centre of the target, the margutta holds, and thereby score the most points in order to win the coveted Palio. The jousting is preceded by a sumptuous parade of more than 500 characters in period costume and consists of an entire week of games, dances, music, costumes and popular traditions which all contribute to creating an evocative atmosphere.

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Le Marche and the Sybillini Mountains first of Ten of the best food and drink secrets in Europe

Le Marche and the Sybillini Mountains first of Ten of the best food and drink secrets in Europe | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

With its momentous history, cutting-edge culture, and breathtaking landscapes, Europe comprises an extraordinary wealth of sights, sounds, peoples and parties. But it’s the endlessly varied cuisine that makes us reach for our passports again and again. Whether you’ve been to Europe once or 100 times, this European menu of lesser nibbled delights has plenty of places for you to sip and feast your days away.
Eat and drive in unexplored countryside in the Sybillini Mountains, Italy
This drive, which is also manageable by bike or horse, epitomises the best of Italy’s secret countryside, combining great, local food and jaw-dropping scenery. Straddling Umbria and the lesser-known Le Marche region, the 28km trip between the village of Norcia on the Strada Provinziale 477 (or ‘SP477’) winds its way through the tranquil Sibillini Mountains, to the tiny town of Castelluccio. In the spring and summer, the spectacular approach to the valley takes your breath away. The bright blue sky frames fields bursting with colour from thousands of bright red poppies and even brighter yellow rapeseed flowers, dotted with grazing sheep and horses. In the distance is the hilltop town of Castelluccio, famous for its world-class lentils and worth exploring for the traditional, rural feel of its cobbled walkways and rustic trattorias. Save your appetite for the drive back to Norcia, the original home of the norcinerie, or pork butchers, whose streets are littered with shops peddling and restaurants serving the town’s pork and truffle products and local specialty of wild-boar sausage.

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  • FOLLOW THE LOCALS’ LEAD IN BERGEN, NORWAY
  • A QUIETLY COVETED WINE REGION IN LAVAUX, SWITZERLAND
  • SAVOUR A UNIQUE MACARON IN AMIENS, FRANCE
  • DINE IN STYLE IN MORINJ, MONTENEGRO
  • SECRET CRUSTACEAN CAPITAL IN VILA DO BISPO, PORTUGAL
  • THE PERFECT PICNIC IN PARIS, FRANCE
  • SIP IN SECRET CAFÉS, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC
  • TAP INTO A HIDDEN WORLD OF WINE, KAKHETI PROVINCE, GEORGIA
  • SIP, STARE AND SHOP IN SECRET IN BERLIN, GERMANY
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Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, Italy - The Financial Times

Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, Italy - The Financial Times | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

There were boos and cheers, but nowhere will you come closer to the real Rossini than Pesaro

In Pesaro, you can buy Rossini mugs, Rossini figurines, or Rossini baby clothes; you can buy scores or CDs or eat food cooked according to Rossini’s recipes. Swarms of holidaymakers crowd together beneath rented beach umbrellas at one end of town, 

while clusters of Rossini scholars pore over the latest critical editions at the other.
Whether you want to burn yourself to a crisp on the Adriatic shore or hear the latest batch of fine young Rossini singers, Pesaro is the place. [...]

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Smerillo, Le Marche

Smerillo is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Fermo in the Italian region Marche, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) south of Ancona, about 35 kilometres (22 mi) northwest of Ascoli Piceno and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) west of Fermo, on a spur midway from the Monti Sibillini and the Adriatic Sea.
It houses several remains of the medieval castle and walls. Also notable are the churches of Santa Caterina and San Ruffino.
Source: Wikipedia

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Casa di Noce - Bed&Breakfast - www

Contrada Durano - Farm Holiday - www

Il Vecchio Tasso - Farm Holiday - www

Activities

Museo dei Fossili e dei Minerali - Museum

Museo Pinacoteca dell'Arte dei Bambini - Museum

Pinacoteca d'Arte Contemporanea - Museum

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Urbino Now 2014

Urbino Now 2014 is a travel video magazine focusing on the beauty, culture, art, cuisine, and people of Urbino and the Marche region of Italy. This program features stories about coffee (Sugar Cafe), a chef (Il Gatto e La Volpe), beer makers (Birrificio Pergolese), a winery (Terracruda Winery), and Benelli Shotguns. The episode was produced by James Madison University School of Media Arts and Design students participating in ieiMedia's Urbino Project summer study abroad program.

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Parco Nazionale dei Sibillini: Castelluccio di Norcia, Umbria

Nature in all her dazzling beauty: stunning new landscape video capture the breath-taking mountainside between Umbria and Le Marche
The Italian videomaker Giuseppe De Santis captured beautiful sequences of the area of Castelluccio di Norcia in the Sibillini National Park during the famous blossoming that attracts photographers and video-makers from all Europe..
From the misty mountains to vivid bright blue and red flower carpets, these breath-taking photographs capture the raw and arresting beauty of the natural landscape and the work of a small community of farmers and shepherds.

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Le Marche Hiking | Mt. Priora, Tre Vescovi and Pizzo Berro

Le Marche Hiking | Mt. Priora, Tre Vescovi and Pizzo Berro | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

You can look back to http://ddstanford.blogspot.it/2012/07/3-summitsone-day-with-bacco-in.html Back to the rifugio di Fargno above the town of Casali (or Bolognola); start early and finish at lunch time and you can eat in this "bunker" at 1900 meters above the tree line.  Try and arrive early to avoid any crowds, I started at 810 from the refuge and was the only person on the top of the first 2 peaks. [...]

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Andrea Dichiara: The five senses of a designer between Asia and Le Marche

Andrea Dichiara: The five senses of a designer between Asia and Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
A friend designer, Andrea Dichiara, lives and works in Asia, but during the holidays back in the Marche.I met to chat around design project for the kitchen.
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http://www.2inasia.com

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Marche Holidays 2014

Marche Holidays 2014 | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Discover more about holidays to Marche. Find great deals and get away for less with lowcostholidays. Book today for your perfect break.
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Le Marche on books: Meg Cabot "Every Boy's Got One"

Le Marche on books: Meg Cabot "Every Boy's Got One" | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

"Le Marche is the holiday heaven". Cartoonist Jane Harris is delighted by the prospect of her first-ever trip to Europe. But it's hate at first sight for Jane and Cal Langdon, and neither is too happy at the prospect of sharing a villa with one another for a week--not even in the beautiful and picturesque Marches countryside. But when Holly and Mark's wedding plans hit a major snag that only Jane and Cal can repair, the two find themselves having to put aside their mutual dislike for one another in order to get their best friends on the road to wedded bliss--and end up on a road themselves ... one neither of them ever expected

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Meg Cabot showed me places in Italy I would never thought to go to. As soon as I got home, I started reading on Le Marche, researching when’s the best time to go, even picking out a tour guide.

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Quintana at Ascoli Piceno

Quintana at Ascoli Piceno | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

If your plans for the weekend don’t include a jousting tournament, it probably means…you aren’t in Ascoli Piceno, Italy! The first Sunday of every August is celebrated with a medieval jousting tournament that brings tens of thousands of people to the small town on Italy’s eastern coast. The day is to honor Saint Emidio, the protector of Ascoli Piceno. [...]

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Quite inspiring pictures of the cavalry tournaments of Ascoli Piceno (Italy)

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Olive all'Ascolana: The Amabile's Recipe

Olive all'Ascolana: The Amabile's Recipe | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

In my last post, I wrote a little bit about my family’s history, specifically about my great-grandmother Amabile who hailed from the region of Marche in Italy. In honor of her, I made olive all’ascolana which is a stuffed, fried olive dish from the town of Ascoli Piceno in southern Marche. I wanted so much for these olives to be a triumph, and though they were tasty, they required more effort than I’m willing to spend on an appetizer. [...]


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Valle del Fiastrone, canyon and lake Fiastra

Valle del Fiastrone, canyon and lake Fiastra | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Here is a nice, shaded hike below Lake Fiastra starting at Monastero at the cemetery.  One can visit the canyon dug by the river over millions of year and walk through the water between the tall rock walls and also visit the Grotta dei Frati or cave of the monks where they lived in this hermitage ages ago. [...]

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Travel tips by "the guardian": Monti Sibillini National Park

Travel tips by "the guardian": Monti Sibillini National Park | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Go hiking in a true Italian wilderness, take a luxury train trip back home, or get a taste of Nice, says Joanne O’Connor

Why go?
Straddling the provinces of Le Marche and Umbria, the Sibillini mountains are among the most beautiful in Italy. Evocative place names summon the magic of this wilderness, once believed to be a haunt of witches and sorcerers. The national park is ringed by medieval villages, which, if they were in Tuscany, would be crawling with tourists. Though the tourism infrastructure is surprisingly low-key, you won’t have to travel far to find a simple agriturismo serving up regional specialities such as wild boar and lentils. [...]

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Fairy Tale Bridal Inspiration in Gradara, Le Marche, Italy

Fairy Tale Bridal Inspiration in Gradara, Le Marche, Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Italian Bridal Inspiration in Gradara, Italy

“We wanted to show how to create a romantic countryside wedding in an unknown part of Italy. So we decided to go to [Gradara] a little “Borgo” in the hills of Le Marche. We wanted the day to be filled with soft, romantic colors inspired by nature. 

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Becoming an Expat in Le Marche: Logistics

Becoming an Expat in Le Marche: Logistics | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

As a preamble, there have been some general goals behind our decision making process. High on the list has been a desire to keep things as simple, free of stress and as cost effective as possible. Another guiding principle for us was to keep at a minimum the necessity of interacting with the Italian bureaucracy. If that isn’t already something you think about from past experience, once here, it probably will be.

Town or Country? – Location, Location, Location -Where do you want to call home? Our preference remains to live in a community of sufficient size to provide a stimulating cultural life, a variety of services such as dining choices, plus ready access to adequate health care and retains a sense of positive, common identity and life year-round. 

Rent or Buy? [...]

Why Buy A Car? [...]

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Beato Sante - a blissful August day

Beato Sante - a blissful August day | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

One of our family ‘Summer rites’ is taking our daughter Costanza to Beato Sante on ‘Children Blessing Day’ on the first Sunday of August. While in the Marche – and especially during your stay in the province of Pesaro and Urbino (land of Rossini and Raphael) – you may want to visit the convent of Beato Sante (‘Blessed Sante’), close to Mombaroccio and not far from Sant’Angelo in Lizzola, in the hinterland of Pesaro: a real ‘patch of Heaven’.

The convent, built on top of Scotaneto hill – deriving its name from ‘scotani’ (Rhus cotinus, aka Eurasian smoketree, smoke tree or smoke bush) – dates back to the year 1223. It was one of the first Franciscan seats in the Marche region, erected while Saint Francis was still alive. Later on it underwent major changes and the convent we see today dates mostly back to the 17th century, apart from a few still preserved original parts. [...]

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Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche | Here’s Where You Can Retire in Italy for Just $2,000 a Month

Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche | Here’s Where You Can Retire in Italy for Just $2,000 a Month | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

As I walk across the sunny piazza I think how easy it is to feel at home in Ascoli Piceno.

I’m still blurry-eyed when I arrive at the coffee bar, but without my having to say a word, a frothy cappuccino is placed before me, followed by a cornetto filled with a dab of sweet almond paste. The barista, Giuliano, smiles broadly and then chats about the happenings in the neighborhood.

Ascoli is the southernmost city in Le Marche, just across the border from Abruzzo. With 60,000 proud residents, it’s a lively place, with gorgeous travertine buildings and a large but lived-in historic center.

Ascoli is just one corner of Le Marche, a hidden region that offers the classic Italian lifestyle of good food, great wine, and cultural attractions for around $2,000 a month for a couple, and that’s including rent.[...]

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Ascoli Piceno – A jewel in the Marche

Ascoli Piceno –  A jewel in the Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The city of Ascoli Piceno while easy to reach, is also far enough away from the main attractions of the Marche region to keep it off the general tourist track for many people, which is a shame because it’s a real jewel, with plenty to see and do

  • Piazza del Popolo – The most beautiful Piazza in Italy? [...]
  • Olive Ascolane – a culinary wonder!  [...]
  • Ascoli Piceno's Piazza Arringo  [...]
  • Where to Stay in Ascoli-Piceno  [...]
  • When to visit Ascoli Piceno  [...]
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Montecarotto in the land of Verdicchio in Le Marche

Montecarotto in the land of Verdicchio in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

From the natural terraces of Montecarotto you can admire a wonderful landscape, that ranges from the Adriatic Sea to the Pre-Apennines mountains.

Visit | The wonderful Town Walls, built in 1509 according to the plan of the Architect Albertino di Giacomo from Cremona, is one of the most interesting fortifications of the Esino Valley. Particularly remarkable is the polygonal tower with its open gallery and the cylindrical turret.
The Collegiate Church - built at the end of the XVIII century on the ruins of the Medieval Castle. Inside the church, you can admire the remarkable and wonderful “Virgin with the Angels” painted by Ramazzani (XVI century), “Mary Immaculate with the Saints” by Sarti (XVII century) and a beautiful wooden statue of Christ (XVII century). The church boasts also extremely precious ornaments and vestments and an organ dating back to the beginning of the XVIII century. Inside the Crypt of Maria Leonia Baldoni, there are several relics of saints and martyrs.
The Conventual Church of St. Francis – built in 1612 but consecrated firstly in 1803. Here you can admire a “Nativity” by Antonio Massi from Jesi (XVII century) and a bas-relief with the “Adoration of St. Francis”.[...]
The Communal Theatre [...]
The Mail Art Museum [...]

Festivals: National Festival of the Pasquella Songs – January 6 th
Exhibition-Market of the Marches’ wines- 1st week of July Meeting, wines exhibitions, tasting, art exhibitions, musicals and plays – 1st week of July
St. Placido Fair – Last Sunday of September

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Urbino seen from the air

Urbino seen from the air a stunning short film put together by Poliedro aka Simone Balduini.
The beautiful images of spires, churches and plazas of the historic northern Le Marche town were captured in a unique way by attaching a dslr camera to a drone.

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Beautiful bird-eye view of the historical center of Urbino. The music transforms the visual pleasure into a true audiovisual experience.

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Guided Sibillini Hikes and Walks in Marche in August 2014

Guided Sibillini Hikes and Walks in Marche in August 2014 | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Hiking in Le Marche's Sibillini Mountains in August 2014, guided tours and night time stargazing, hikes and walks from Sarnano, Amandola and Montemonaco
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Campofilone, the capital of egg pastas

Campofilone è un comune italiano di 1931 abitanti della provincia di Fermo, nelle Marche. Per approfondimenti: http://blog.marcafermana.it/campofilone/
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You enter the village trough Porta Marina, then you will arrive at Piazza del Comune, which replaced the XV century building and at S.Bartolomeo’s Abbey

Down to the plain there is fortified building dating back to XVI century.

Campofilone is well known for its gastronomic speciality, the popular “maccheroncini”, egg noodles hand-cut, dating back to XV century, even mentioned in Benedictine documents.

Accommodations

MareMurò - Bed&Breakfast www

Vecchia Monta - Farm Holiday www

Cumana Blu - Residence www

Shopping

Cantina Di Ruscio - Wines www

Anticapasta - Pasta www

La Campofilone - Pasta www

Marcozzi di Campofilone - Pasta www

Maroni & Marilungo - Pasta www

Spinosi - Pasta www

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Wandering, Wondering, Stumbling, and Finding.

Wandering, Wondering, Stumbling, and Finding. | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The past week found me wandering around the Marche region to vent some of my growing restlessness and entertain my rambling thoughts.  The adventures started out on an ominous note, as walking up the first hill out of the city ...

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