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How To Discover Le Marche and the Real Italy

How To Discover Le Marche and the Real Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

All you need is curiosity and time…
You don’t have to be an art historian or an archaeologist to enjoy all the countless treasures of Italy.
Neither do you have to be a gourmet to enjoy the delights of the Italian kitchen or a wine expert to enjoy the enormous variety of great wines.
All you need is curiosity and time…
Once you are in Italy and get even a small taste of what the country has to offer, you will want to return time and time again. Your interest will be sparked in subjects you had never before even considered. Your horizons broaden with the limitless discoveries you will make in this diverse and intriguing country.
Concentrate on one small area or region at a time. Choose one that is off the beaten track so that you can get a taste of the “real” Italy untouched by mass tourism.
Le Marche (pronounced “lay mar kay”) is a great place to start. Central Italy is where the Renaissance came about. Palaeolithic finds on Monte Cónero provide evidence of civilization from the 9th and 10th centuries BC! This easternmost region of central Italy is alluring in its variety of landscape, located as it is between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine mountains. Most visitors never get beyond the sun and sand of the popular beaches of Le Marche’s 180 kms of coastline. However, the rewards are many for those adventurous ones who take the winding roads inland towards the numerous hilltop villages. There are cobblestone streets with buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and earlier. The spectacular panoramic views will keep you sitting on that café chair on the piazza drinking your cappuccino and dreaming of never having to leave!
For flights from abroad or from other Italian airports, the best point of arrival in Le Marche is the International Aereoporto di Falconare in Ancona.[...]
The best way to see Le Marche, or any region of Italy for that matter, is to rent a car. There are the usual rental firms at the airport but you should book in advance to make sure you get what you want. If you’re not an EU resident, you will need an International driver’s license. Buy good maps – Touring Club Italiano maps are excellent. You will find their offices in all the larger towns and their maps are also available in most of the larger book shops on in the petrol station shops on the motorways.
Whatever you wonder about and whenever any question comes to mind, don’t hesitate to ask people standing beside you in the bar or sitting at the table next to yours on the piazza. People are extremely friendly and helpful and are always more than willing to suggest places you must see, or food and wine you must try. Since this is an area without hoards of tourists, the locals are still curious about where you come from and what you are doing in Italy. It is very easy to start a conversation, even with limited Italian. The famous Italian use of arms, hands and facial expressions is an art that you will soon master and have fun in the process!

What To Do:

  • Conero National Park just south of Ancona. [...]
  • Urbino is definitely worth a visit. 
  • Take the small roads, away from the motor route and tourist buses. Stop in the medieval villages for a walk around.[...]
  • Sign up for a 3-4 week intensive language course [...]

Wherever you find yourself and at whatever time of year, you will feel the warm welcome of the people you meet.

 

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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!
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Urbino and Palazzo Ducale

Urbino and Palazzo Ducale | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Urbino is all about renaissance and Palazzo Ducale is the best example to show you this. Light Palazzo Ducale dominates the city skyline: it is visible from Fortezza and from few squares throughout the city. The most characteristic elements are two thin and very tall towers that were constructed in few stages. [...]

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Le Marche, the new Tuscany - Wall Street International

Le Marche, the new Tuscany - Wall Street International | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

I have always believed at love at first site. I know exactly what I like and when I walk into a hotel or a restaurant I immediately sense whether or not I will have a good experience. This is exactly what happened when I visited le Marche. Most people fall in love with Italy because of its beautiful landscape, great food and picturesque cities. I was one of them. But let me tell you something: as beautiful as it may be it is incredibly unappealing to walk in the main piazza of any town and hear every language but Italian. Passionate and discerning travellers always seek and treasure authenticity, which is what in my opinion, differentiates a holiday from an experience.

Welcome to Le Marche. A stunning, soulful and undiscovered region that will take you back in time and make you instantly fall in love with the so called “stile di vita Italiano”. [...]

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Beautiful Tourists in Le Marche

Beautiful Tourists in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

As I rode on the tourist train around Ascoli with my group I felt like the Queen of England waving my hand to all the Italians smiling and staring. One man rode on his bicycle beside us speaking in Italian in such a joyful way. I don’t know what he was saying but I could guess it was something about welcoming us to Italy. It’s almost like a quest to find the new American students, one group of military men bought us all gelato to take a picture with us and then left! Who could turn down free gelato from cute Italian men though? My broken Italian and hand gestures still go a long way. Even if I say “gracias” instead of ‘grazie’ as a thank you, the worst that will happen is it will spark a laugh. Here in Ascoli Piceno the people are so accommodating and happy to help. Everyday I love this city more and more. With the heat I can drink from a fountain coming out of a statue of a horse in the center of Palazzo dell’Arengo and go over to a cafe and order a cappuccino all in the same area, as well as order more gelato!  [...]

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127 Reasons why I love (and hate) Senigallia

127 Reasons why I love (and hate) Senigallia | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Sadly, I was only in Senigallia for barely 4 days. I hate the fact that I could not be there the rest of the summer. There are those places where you wish you could stay longer but you have to leave. Senigallia is one of those.

I wish I could stay and spend my summer there. I wish I can go to the Summer Jamboree. I wish I can eat more Brodetto and seafood pasta.

I wish I could make every other trip I take feel as good as this.


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Le Marche: From Dusk till Dawn

If you ask me, where is your land, do you know how could I answer you? Where the sun rises and goes down. Where the river flows. Where the mountains touch the sky.

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Insider's Guide to Corinaldo, Le Marche

Insider's Guide to Corinaldo, Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

"One of the most beautiful small towns in Italy. It actually belongs to an association called “I borghi più belli d’Italia” (“Italy’s most beautiful small towns”) which claims to have strict entry conditions." This is an insider's guide to Corinaldo: what to do, what to see, what to buy, where to eat, festivals and more [...]

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5 Things That Make Senigallia So Special

5 Things That Make Senigallia So Special | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Oh, Senigallia .. this not so well-known city at the Adriatic Sea in Italy charmed me. It not only recovered from a flood in May, no, this city seems to think: now more than ever.
There are probably hundreds of reasons that make a trip to Italy special and why you should visit this small town but I’ve put together a list of 5 things that I think make this place so special in 2014.
1. The beach

2. The taste of Italy: Food & Drinks

3. Recreation? Boat Trip!

4. Rock’n’ Roll at the Summer Jamboree

5. People and their lifestyle

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Life and Death in Urbino | Stepping inside the Oratorio Della Morte

Life and Death in Urbino | Stepping inside the Oratorio Della Morte | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The confraternity of the Oratorio della Morte was founded in 1578 and, like all Catholic confraternities, was established to perform specific social services. This brotherhood carried out the task of transporting the dead from their homes to the church, hence the name Oratory of Death. The confraternity also provided housing for widowed women so that they would not fall into poverty or prostitution. In many ways, confraternities like this one were predecessors to the social programs implemented by modern governments. Today, the confraternity continues to offer shelter to those in need. [...]

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Cartoceto’s olive oil industry is looking out for the environment

Cartoceto’s olive oil industry is looking out for the environment | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Galiardi, a farmer, producer, and environmental advocate, has built himself into an olive oil connoisseur. His passions are organic production, quality products, and the desire to leave a small environmental footprint on his land. Based in Cartoceto, a region long known for olive oil, Cantine Galiardi stresses excellence through progressive ideas. [...]

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The enchanting charm of Le Marche: Castelbellino, Ancona Province

Castelbellino is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Ancona in the Italian region Marche, located about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southwest of Ancona. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 3,930 and an area of 5.9 square kilometres (2.3 sq mi)

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Ancona: Villa Favorita Story

Ancona: Villa Favorita Story | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Villa Favorita, elegant historic residence owned by the Count Louis Ricotti, is part of a building complex also consists the Stable, the Lemon House, the ‘Winter Garden’ and an adjoining farmhouse. The complex is located in the center of the estates of the family Ricotti in suburban location Baraccola, south of town of Ancona. It was made since the end of the eighteenth century and completed during the first decade of the nineteenth century.  [...]

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Meet the woman from Le Marche who deals truffles to NYC's top restos

Meet the woman from Le Marche who deals truffles to NYC's top restos | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Sparvoli, 37, isn’t selling anything illegal. She’s selling truffles — specifically black Italian summer truffles and black winter truffles from Australia (a burgeoning growing region for the fungi given its opposite seasons) — to Pierre Schutz, the executive chef at the Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges.
Francesca Sparvoli wheels around an insulated bag filled with about $6,000 worth of black truffles. She sells the pricey fungi to top chefs around the city and is on call 24/7.
Two years ago, Sparvoli, a native of the Marche region of Italy and a former journalist, moved to New York City with her then-boyfriend, now-husband, businessman Marco Bassi, to break into the NYC truffle trade. She and Bassi had always wanted to move to the city after visiting several times to run marathons, and the truffle business is in her blood — her family has been dealing truffles for three generations, and Marche is a major region for the fancy fungi.

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Meet the woman from Le Marche who deals truffles to NYC's top restaurants

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Urbania, Le Marche: Church of the Death and Cemetery of Mummies

Urbania, Le Marche: Church of the Death and Cemetery of Mummies | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

A trip to the Marche can not rule out a visit to Urbania, the city with the most macabre italian museum: the museum of the “mummies” or better, the cemetery of mummies, enclosed within the Church of the Dead. In the crypt behind the high altar, are exposed 18 naturally mummified bodies.

The story begins in 1567 when it was founded in Urbania the Brotherhood of the “Good Death.” The statutes of the Brotherhood was composed of as 31 chapters, but the precise purpose of the association was free transportation of corpses, assistance to the dying, the registration of the appropriate books of the dead and the distribution of alms to the relatives of deceased. The burial of the bodies took place in the back of the small church, in a land used as a cemetery. [...]

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Days 6 & 7, Ascoli Piceno! La famiglia!

Days 6 & 7, Ascoli Piceno! La famiglia! | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

I would have to say that this piazza is my favorite place in the whole world. I love getting a latte and half a dozen pastries and just sitting outside watching my hometown walk by. Of course, sitting alone at a table with six desserts causes the waiter to look at me sideways. I know what he’s thinking: “Fat American”. I don’t care.

My favorite restaurant is also there, Cafe Lorenz. Every time I come to town, I must eat there. I’ve promised Barry that I will take him to both of these places. I’m sure he will enjoy them as much as I do. [...]

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Caves of the Passetto: the "grottaroli"

Caves of the Passetto: the "grottaroli" | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

A short note about the origin of the name Passetto. PASSO (step) is the place through which it takes place or is allowed to pass. PASSETTO (little step) is short, so short wheelbase, shorter. This place is the shortest sea crossing, the most convenient of all the steps along the coast. A date from when the name is lost in memory, but it is likely that farmers- fishermen have used since time immemorial. PASSETTO is the stretch of coast that runs from the Chair of the Pope (Seggiola del Papa) to the Stepped Path (Scalinata), but is used by extension to denote the whole stretch of coast where there are caves. [...]

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San Benedetto's Marina

There are about 5,000 berths available in ports Marche, two thirds of these were for boats under 10 meters.
The main feature of the Marches ports is that they satisfy primarily demand for so-called permanent or residential tourism: it is those who buy a place boat in port for long enough and move their boat with a certain frequency.
The Marche coast has a rather low natural attractiveness and seaworthiness not always optimal, but has a background rich in natural and cultural resources, and some points of excellence even as the sea of the Conero Riviera. 


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From Le Marche to United States, a story of emigration

From Le Marche to United States, a story of emigration | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

With an unbridled determination and little grasp of the English language, the equivalent of a fourth-grade education and $30, three Pasquini brothers — Domenico, Antonio and Ludwig, all in their teens — left their native Sassoferrato, Italy, in 1917 to discover a better way of life: The American Dream in a land of opportunity. [...]

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Macerata Opera Festival 2014 | L'opera è donna

In 2014 Macerata celebrates the 50th anniversary of its opera season at the Sferisterio with three great heroines of the classical melodrama. They will come through new productions of Aida - which inaugurated the very first season in 1921 - and Tosca, along with a reprise of the well-known Traviata of the mirrors by Brockhaus and Svoboda. All three operas will have a female conductor. 
As a complement to the opera season, there will be conferences, exhibitions and a host of performances as part of the Festival Off, which comes to its third edition.

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A good reason to support Argentina: Lionel Messi has Le Marche Origins

A good reason to support Argentina: Lionel Messi has Le Marche Origins | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Messi is an incredible son of the Italian community in Rosario that produced the little boy who was dispatched, at 13 years old and just 4ft 10in tall, to Barcelona’s academy from his hometown club of Newell’s Old Boys. Messi’s family heritage is mainly Italian immigrants from the Marche region of the old country, as well as a Spanish great-grandmother. The maiden name of his mother Celia, whose face he has tattooed on his back, is the unmistakeably Italian Cuccittini.
So the footbal player Lionel Messi has origins in Recanati: in 1866, in fact, Angelo Messi was born in Recanati and in 1883 emigrated to Argentina in search of fortune. [...]

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The Story of Pasquale Rotondi the Monuments Man of Italy

The Story of Pasquale Rotondi the Monuments Man of Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

During the last part of Second world War a clandestine operation was planned and executed to hide thousands of masterpieces from theft or destruction by the Nazis. The man behind the still little known  operation was the art historian Pasquale Rotondi. Pasquale Rotondi was 31-years-old when the Italian Minister of Education commissioned him to carry out a task of great cultural significance: to hide and to preserve some of the Italy’s most prestigious artworks. As the Superintendent of the Artistic and Historic Heritage in Urbino, Rotondi was a prime candidate for the job. [...]

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Jewish Life in Urbino

Jewish Life in Urbino | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Maria Luisa’s family dates back to the 1400s in the Renaissance city of Urbino. Maria is the local caretaker of the synagogue and the Jewish cemetery outside the city. Nadia, a friend of Maria, has lived in Urbino for most of her life.

During the Renaissance and under the reign of the Montefeltro family, Jews lived throughout the community, worked in banking and other professions and shared many of the same rights as their Catholic neighbors: the right, for example, to buy, hold, and sell real estate and to employ Christian servants. By the second half of the 15th century, one-third of Urbino’s population was Jewish. [...]

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The first documented Jewish presence in Urbino dates from the middle of the 14th century. Several land purchases are recorded from that time, particularly by the family of Master Daniel, in the district if Gadana (called to this day “Mountain of the Jews”). One of these lands was probably used as burial ground. Due to continued landslides, a new cemetery opened in 1874, not far from the old one. The old tombstones were relocated along its Eastern wall.

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50th Macerata Opera Festival: Opera is Female

In 2014 Macerata celebrates the 50th anniversary of its opera season at the Sferisterio with three great heroines of the classical melodrama. They will come through new productions of Aida - which inaugurated the very first season in 1921 - and Tosca, along with a reprise of the well-known Traviata of the mirrors by Brockhaus and Svoboda. All three operas will have a female conductor. 
As a complement to the opera season, there will be conferences, exhibitions and a host of performances as part of the Festival Off, which comes to its third edition.

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Truffle hunting in Le Marche

Truffle hunting in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Acqualagna, along with Alba, are two Italian towns associated with truffles. As a highly appreciated delicacy truffles play important role in haute cuisine. Known from ancient times they have been eaten in a variety of traditional dishes throughout Europe. Due to its high price and restricted hunting regulations only selected restaurants serves dishes with truffles all year round. The industry of Acqualagna – a small town where I stayed in – has been focused on truffles for almost 50 years. They made a huge effort to switch their production towards truffles and it is impressive today how many shops and restaurants sell high quality truffles. And what is even more impressive the conditions of Marche hills are so good they allow to grow all species of truffles! While I wish to visit Marche in December, when white truffles are collected, I still had amazing time there: I got invited for a truffle hunt! [...]

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Focolare Movement Ascoli Piceno

Focolare Movement Ascoli Piceno | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

«In Ascoli Piceno, a city in Central Italy, the Focolare is present in numerous parishes of the city, in many ecclesial bodies, aside from the many environments of professional and civic life. In fact, many of our co-citizens have come to know the Ideal of unity, through the meetings proposed by the Diocesan Movement of the Focolare.
We dream that our city can become a city of fraternity, we look first of all at the relationships that animate it, at the good that circulates, at the abundant commitments of many in the different sectors and we are amazed. We try to weave a network of relationships among people, lay and religious institutions, associations, movements, highlighting their specific characteristic with the aim of realizing the common good. The city thus becomes a laboratory of fraternity.

With this goal in mind we have constituted an association whose title already expresses our objective “Amolamiacitta’ (Ilovemycity)” onlus. [...]

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Listen to the Stunning Voice of Serena Abrami

Listen to the Stunning Voice of Serena Abrami | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Abrami is from Italy’s gorgeous Le Marche region of Italy and she’s gained a little fame as a result of appearing on Italy’s San Remo music festival. One suspects Abrami is mere footsteps away from fame. Time for you to have a listen. [...]

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