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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
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.
A bit of a detour. Today I got the opportunity to go to Carnevale in Ascoli Piceno. It is a medieval celebration that the city has thrown for decades. It lasts for six days. My cousins have told me about it countless times. Indeed, my first image of my cousins is from a photo my father showed me when they were very young, decked out in their best homemade costumes [...]
The special Carnival in Ascoli Piceno 2015, Le Marche, seen through the eyes of an expatriate
Have you ever wanted to live in Italy? Vacation there? Get to know the country on an intimate level - away from major tourist destinations? Take a break from your normal life and live la dolce vita? If your answers to these questions are 'Yes!', then I believe my offer will be of great interest to you. There certainly wouldn't be a more affordable way to visit this country or experience living in Italy.
Le Marche is one of Italy's most underrated regions. It resides on the Adriatic coast and has idyllic coastal towns and countrysides that rival those of Tuscany's. If you're interested in culture, it has two famous opera festivals - the Macerata Opera Festival (the theater - The Sferisterio - is a 2 minute walk away from the apartment) and the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, located about 1 hour away.
If you're interested in having a point of reference for extended European travel, then look no further. You can find cheap flights with Ryanair to anywhere in Europe from the regional airport in Ancona, the major port city, (about a 1 hour bus ride and 3 euro ticket away from the apartment) and can take cruises or ships from there to anywhere along the Adriatic like Croatia, or anywhere in the Mediterranean, like the famous Greek Isles. I also have a personal connection for private sailing. [...]
http://visitascoli.it - A unique way to communicate our territory
A web publishing project, aiming to communicate our city and its peculiarities to an international audience: this is Visitascoli.it, a brand new website to promote tourism strongly wanted by the municipality of Ascoli Piceno with the aid of professionals and experts that contributed proactively to the story and to the creation of contents. Not simply an "online travel guide" then, but a place in which better know the city of Ascoli Piceno and its beauty: history, art, architecture, food and wine, nature. Visitascoli.it is also a useful tool, which helps to live and discover more easily the city that makes the stay more pleasant for tourists.
The 15th of February 2015 in Acqualagna there will be an event not to be missed by all black truffle lovers. The prestigious underground fungus will be the protagonist together with local products and restaurants proposing typical food and a menu purely dedicated to the black truffle.
For the 32nd Regional Fair of Black Truffle the truffles are not longer sold but given for free. Parades of masked floats donate the truffles to spectators who reach the town to attend this event. [...]
Visso is a charming medieval village with a population of just over one thousand inhabitants located in the Province of Macerata in the Marche region on the border with Umbria. It is surrounded by massive walls, medieval balconies, houses, towers, Renaissance noble palaces, stone doorways decorated with Latin aphorisms and coats of arms of noble families that are interspersed throughout the centuries. [...]