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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
IN THE HOT Italian summer, I think about Count Giacomo Leopardi, immured in the library of his father’s palazzo in the small town of Recanati in the provincial Marche, inland but within sight of the sea. Almost a total isolate, still in his early twenties in the early years of the 19th century, he was half-consciously forming the project of redeeming Italian poetry from what he saw as two centuries of mediocrity. And he was writing down his opinions in a series of notebooks called the Zibaldone (literally, “hodgepodge”). Translated for the first time into English, thanks to Jonathan Galassi of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, with a team of two editors and no less than seven translators, these notebooks come to more than 2,000 pages. [...]
Political circumstances led Dante into exile from Florence, including in Marche where he provided profound inspiration to the local culture.
Urbino is remembered by Dante in the 27th canto of the Inferno in a dialogue with Guido of Montefeltro, the local lord. Fiorenzuola di Focara owes it notoriety for having hosted Dante Alighieri in a baker's house where the poet experienced the emotion of strong gusts of wind lashing the promontory on which stands a castle by the sea creating the most incredible and dangerous currents.
The Gradara Castle [...]
Fonte Avellana [...]
Dante and the Gastronomical Traditions of Marche [...]
You would normally go to a museum to see things: art pieces, statues, sometimes ancient artifacts from other ages or from other parts of the world. But there are also museums where you can end up making handmade paper in a fascinating ancient way. To be honest, not everywhere you can pretend to be a “Mastro Cartaio” (literally an expert paper-man) but in Le Marche you can find just the right place! The Museum of the Paper in Fabriano where you can really see how it was to be a paper-craftsman centuries ago. [...]
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 [...]
Mariano’s main activity online is digital curation. This means Mariano searches, selects and curates in 7 different topics or “content hubs” the best online contents about the Region of Le Marche. For him, this is an activity 7 days a week and takes more than 8 hours a day. So you can just see how he passionate he is about his Region. [...]
When one comes across Pecorino, it’s natural, for an epicure, – even one well versed in Italian wine culture – to think of cheese. But that’s not what this article is about. Pecorino is also a white grape native to the Marche region of Italy, so named, it is presumed, because the sheep of the region (the Italian word pecora means sheep) liked to snack on the grapes. Or maybe it was the sheepherders; nobody knows for sure. [...]
Fiastra Abbey Marche, the deer sanctuary is only a small part of the Fiastra Abbey Nature Reserve that spreads over 1800 hectares in the Le Marche region. It is managed by the Giustiniani-Bandini Foundation, a private organization, that focuses on safeguarding the lands, scientific research and environmental education. [...]
A multinational group of entomologists has discovered a new species of singing cicada that occurs from southern Switzerland to central Italy. The newly-discovered species has been named the Italian mountain cicada (Cicadetta sibillae).
“The species name ‘sibillae’ is genitive of ‘sibilla’, and is derived from the locality name Monte Sibilla in the Monti Sibillini mountain group (Marche Region). [...]
In addition, the name is indicative to the wife of the first author, with her first name being Sibille,” Dr Hertach and his colleagues wrote in a paper published in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.
The Italian Marches, sandwiched between the towering Sibillini mountains and a long Adriatic coastline, are gradually being recognized as one of Italy’s most fascinating and rewarding regions.
The cultural tour will embrace the perfectly preserved Renaissance town of Urbino, the pilgrimage centre of Loreto, with its magnificent basilica, and the charming mediaeval city of Ascoli Piceno. The historic theatres found in the many hilltop towns also feature prominently on our itinerary, as do three of the region’s major artistic figures, Carlo Crivelli, Lorenzo Lotto and Federico Barocci. [...]
9 Sep – 16 Sep 2015 | Tour Director: Roger White
Hiking in the Sibillini Mountains - From 2 hour circular walks, to hiking up Hell's Gorge, to climbing over 1000 meters to Pilate's Lake, there are so many interesting hikes. Afterwards relax in Amandola with a gelato or coffee, watching the world go by and reflecting on the day.
Some of our favourites walks include:
Gola dell'Infernaccio - a stunning walk suitable for most levels which is especially great during the summer as you are walking by the river Tenna, waterfalls and through shaded beech woods. Slicing through limestone cliffs, you can take a side path up to the San Leonardo Church, the perfect place for your lunch stop. Originally the church was built by a group of Camaldolesi monks in the 9th centuary, before it was abandonned in the 1500's.
Then in 1960, Padre Pietro a Cappuccian monk made this his hermitage and started building his own gothic church once more. The church is beautiful but simple and surrounded by nature, this has been his mission for over 40 years and you may even be lucky enough to meet him working on the shurch or growing his own veggies.
Lago di Pilato - slightly more difficult (and you might just ache a little the next day, but it is certainly worth it!) amazing views all round and the most rewarding part of the 1000 meter climb is when Pilates Lake comes in to view. You will pass through beech woods and plateus and make sure you make an early start in summer as it can get quite hot up there.
However, be careful you are not tempted to take a dip in the waters though as they are protected, being the only home in the world where the tiny fairy shrimp Chirocephalus Marchesonii live. The coral coloured shrimp swims tummy up and you may just be able to spot them. In the middle ages there were rumours that devils and ghastly spirits lived up here.
Dogana Loop - further away but well worth the drive - a long (15.5 kms) but easy walk with stunning views over Castelluccio, Monte della Laga and the Piano Grande. Halfway along the walk is the rifugio Colle Le Cese, where you can be refreshed or eat your lunch.
Part of the walk is on the Grande Anello dei Sibillini and you will be rewarded at every turn with a new vista. A really beautiful walk with only one slightly steep climb just near the end.
Lama Rosse or Red Blades - take a hike up to these wonderful creations being eroded by the elements into cliffs and pinnacles. You will walk through thick shady woodland and may be mistaken for thinking you have wondered into the Middle East.
The walk starts by the beautiful blue Fiastra Lake where you can bathe in the designated swimming areas. Dammed in the 1950's the lake provides hydro-electric power.
From the Lama Rosse, you can also continue to the Grotta dei Frati, a small cave hidden away in the rocks
Agriturismo Coroncina is a bed and breakfast in the beautiful Le Marche region of Central Italy. It is a lovely country house with a vegetarian restaurant, swimming pool and wellness centre. It is five minutes drive from the pretty town of Belforte del Chienti, in the province of Macerata, which is 80km south of Ancona.
On my ten day vacation visiting family in Italy, I took the opportunity to visit some of the lesser-konwn attractions in my family's backyard. Tuscany is beautiful, and the world knows it. But the Marche are just as beautiful and, in comparison, relatively undiscovered. My family lives in Fabriano, a small town nestled in the Apennines. [...]
The second leg of Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli’s journey takes them to the heart of Italy and the regions of Le Marche and Umbria. After a snack of Le Marche style stuffed olives they uncover the Renaissance city of Urbino and the palace of Federico da Montefeltro. Scholar, connoisseur and commander of a private army; Federico is one of the driving forces of the Italian Renaissance. [...]
Every Thursday during July and August the beautiful city of Fermo in Le Marche plays host to a huge night market. The marked is packed with all sorts of stalls selling antiques, crafts, art and locally produced food, including delicacies like fresh truffles. People travel from all around to visit and it really starts to come alive after 10pm. The main hub of the night market is in the square, Piazza di Popolo, and spills out onto the streets leading off it. [...]
The second leg of Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli's journey takes them to the heart of Italy and the regions of Le Marche and Umbria. After a snack of Le Marche style stuffed olives they uncover the Renaissance city of Urbino and the palace of Federico da Montefeltro. Scholar, connoisseur and commander of a private army; Federico is one of the driving forces of the Italian Renaissance. Then, in the dark depths of the Apennine Mountains, they explore one of the largest underground caves in the world, the Grotte di Frassasi. [...]
In the area of Frasassi, along the Frasassi’s Gorge, the Sentino river has created a spectacular environment and the mountains that surround it are full of caves of every kind. If you are already skilled, you can pick up your gear and start exploring...
The Frasassi area is well known for the famous Frasassi Caves which were discovered in 1971 and that are about 18km long...
When I’m asked what it’s like shopping in Italy I realized that it’s quite a tricky question to answer because shopping in Italy isn't always an easy task. But before you yawn, there is information about this fantastic area that I have to share with you. Once a month we drive 20 minutes to our…
Read a sample or download The Poems of Giacomo Leopardi by Giacomo Leopardi with iBooks.
Giacomo Taldegardo Francesco di Sales Saverio Pietro Leopardi was an Italian poet, essayist, philosopher, and philologist. Although he lived in a secluded town in the ultra-conservative Papal States, he came in touch with the main thoughts of the Enlightenment, and, by his own literary evolution, created a remarkable and renowned poetic work, related to the Romantic era.