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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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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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Living in Petritoli, Le Marche by Siobhan Daiko

Living in Petritoli, Le Marche by Siobhan Daiko | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

It’s a long drive down from the Veneto, made worse by the fact that we encounter two major hold-ups, and we’re hot, tired, and thirsty by the time we get to Petritoli. But the sunflower fields and beauty of this small town in Le Marche lift our spirits as we leave the motorway behind. [...]

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Altidona, Le Marche: the best place to live for your health

Not feeling great? Your street, suburb or town may be affecting your health - and you can do something about it.

For those keen to move, here a town to consider for a range of common health conditions.

Healthy sea breeze mixes here with fresh breath of wind arriving from the hills.
It wraps the Tower and sneaks past the medieval entrance to the beautiful walls. Then it sweetly disperses into the streets of the small town.
It plays and whirls over the pavements of the main square, watched over by the facade of the 18th c St Mary and San Ciriaco's Church. (A valuable 14th century polyptych of Venetian art and a Virgin with Child, two Saints and the Donator, painted in oil and attributed to Vincenzo Pagani, are preserved in this church.) At last, with delicate tenderness, it slightly touches the Virgin of Mercy, a wooden sculpture representing the art of the Marches from the 16th century, kept in the church having the same name.

What to see:

  • The walls
  • Medieval watchtower of Belvedere
  • Churches of Santa Maria and San Ciriaco
  • Villa Montana and Roman cistern, location of the now disappeared medieval castle
  • Parish church, with a painting by Vincenzo Pagani
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A Wedding in Petritoli, Le Marche

A Wedding in Petritoli, Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

We met everyone at the villa and then we all boarded a bus to Petritoli for the wedding ceremony. Overlooking the rolling hills of the Le Marche region on a nice grassy courtyard area outside the town hall it was the perfect setting
It was incredibly hot outside but luckily there was a nice shaded area to sit for the ceremony. The ceremony was in both Italian and English, kindly translated for the majority of us who didn't speak Italian. After the ceremony we headed back on the bus to the villa for the reception. In true Italian style we were treated to a delicious 9 course meal including Pizza, Pasta, delicious breads and cheeses, sorbets, roast pork and even 2 cakes for dessert. The food just kept on coming and just when you thought you couldn't eat anymore there was another delicious course to eat. There were some great speeches and lots of laughs. The setting for the reception was so unique and I loved the way there was so much space for everyone to move around and to chat with different people throughout the night. It's not often you go to a wedding and get to see people you didn't know before multiple days throughout the celebration. [...]

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How to Pronounce Le Marche

Learn how to say Le Marche correctly

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Old is Gold in Le Marche: paints and colors from nature as in the glorious past

Old is Gold in Le Marche: paints and colors from nature as in the glorious past | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

In the factory of color, you feel only scents of good things, and you can breathing deeply without having that feeling lightheaded as when you inhale paint

Do you know Coffee Bar of Color? It is a space created inside a paint factory that produces paints and natural products for the building industry. 

Spring Color uses pigments (coloring matters) as the natural earth oxides and vegetables. Binding agents (adhesives) are the best kicks and / or milk, egg, wax, oils, fibers and vegetable gums. But even carbonates, sands, celluloses and vegetable solvents. [...]

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Torre di Palme, the enchant of a medieval hilltop town few meters from the sea.

Torre di Palme, the enchant of a medieval hilltop town few meters from the sea.
Torre di Palme is a tiny beautiful and very old village in Marche region.
It is a completely preserved medieval village with a stunning panoramic view over the adriatic shore.

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Visit Le Marche: Santa Vittoria in Matenano, Province of Fermo, Italy

Santa Vittoria in Matenano is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Fermo in the Italian region Marche, located about 70 kilometres (43 miles) south of ...
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It is named after the Roman martyr whose body was brought here by monks in 930. Her magnificent marble sarcophagus, supported on two pillars, stands in the crypt of the parish church, at the far end of the town.
Built in 890 by the Abbat of Farfa Pietro I, it became the strategic centre for all the farfense possessions in Marche. The Abbat Raffredo, in around 930, brought in the village the relics of “Vergine e Martire Vittoria” to protect them from Saracen raids. The relics of Vergine Vittoria, who was a member of a noble roman family, are still preserved in a marble urn in the sanctuary of Collegiata....

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After the devastating flood, Senigallia is ready to welcome its tourists

If there ever was a place with a strong character, it would be Senigallia in the Marche region of Italy. After the floods of May 3, 2014, the locals worked extremely hard to bring their home town back to it's original state: ready to welcome the holiday makers this Summer!!

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Gradara, Le Marche, Italy

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Gradara is one of the best medieval villages of Italy and is located along the border of Le Marche and Emilia Romagna. It is a popular destination for day-trippers and offers some interesting historical attractions, including the imposing fortress, known to be one of the best-preserved monuments. You can catch some breathtaking views of this village, that has a castle perched up on the hill and overlooking the waters of the Adriatic Sea. Just on the opposite side, you can view olive groves and farms along with fields and vineyards that catch your attention. The whole village evokes a feeling of calm and tranquility with rows of cypress trees and farm cottages neatly lined up along the hillside. [...]

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Le Marche Seen Through Foreign Eyes | Welcome to Ascoli Piceno!

Le Marche Seen Through Foreign Eyes | Welcome to Ascoli Piceno! | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

It’s about time for you all to be introduced to the city I get to call home for 4 weeks of this amazing trip. Ascoli Piceno is a small city of about 60,000 people on the eastern coast of Italy. It is only about a 45 minute train ride from the Adriatic Sea.
Ascoli is a beautiful city with mountainous views, grand architecture, relaxing river-beaches, and an inspiring vitality of life about it. [...]

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Fred Plotkin, Italy For The Gourmet Traveller: Urbino & Macerata

Fred Plotkin, Italy For The Gourmet Traveller: Urbino & Macerata | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

We go to Italy primed for great eating -- it's part of the culture. The art and architecture aren't so bad either. Fred Plotkin is the author of the classic guide Italy for the Gourmet Traveler, which has just been updated. He suggests three towns where visitors can experience what he calls "the real Italy."

Urbino
The region of Le Marche is in the center of the country. I call it eastern Tuscany (it’s actually the Tuscany less touristed). It has a coastline on the Adriatic; wonderful fish. Seventy-six gorgeous, historic opera houses in one little region. For people who love shoes, a lot of the fanciest Italian shoes are made there.
Urbino, which I call a classic town, is where Raphael is from. Nearby are cheese caves where Michelangelo stored his Pecorino cheese. That's the classic town -- Urbino is wonderful.
Macerata
But I would also send you to the town of Macerata. Macerata is now the place when people who have never been to Italy call me up and say, "Fred, we want to go to a place where we will discover as much as we can of Italy in one town," I send them there.
It's a medieval town. It has a university. It's a hill town. It's surrounded by gorgeous green nature, rolling hills.
The lamb from the nearby town Visso is amazing. The pork products are amazing. They have a lasagne only there called vincisgrassi, which does not mean "victory of the fat." It was named for an Austrian general who occupied the place in 1796 whose name was Windischgratz. Windischgratz became vincisgrassi. It's heaven.
They have a fantastic summer opera festival in the Sferisterio, which is an outdoor handball arena that has perfect acoustics. Everything you'd want from Italy in one town. [...]

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The top place for wild swimming in Le Marche - Mercatello sul Metauro, Marche

The top place for wild swimming in Le Marche - Mercatello sul Metauro, Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Italy is not all about the coastline you know. There are so many rivers, plunge pools, lakes and waterfalls to cool down in in the summer heat. La Marche has long been Italy’s vest-kept secret, now the world is eventually waking up to ‘the new Tuscany’ and realising it has everything you could want from a holiday destination. The Cascata del Sasso, on the Metauro river is one of the 10 largest waterfalls in Italy, a little upstream just outside the medieval village of Mercatello sul Metauro, the river bends around a sheer cliff over gentle waterfalls and into pools. Time stands still in this part of the world, you’ll only notice it pass when you begin to feel peckish, and there’s a barbeque for use and picnic tables available.

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Fantastic to learn about some of the wild swimming areas of Marche

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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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Frasassi Caves and the other Caves in Italy

Frasassi Caves and the other Caves in Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

This group of caves [Frasassi Caves] is one of the most famous in the country. Located in the central region of Marche, the caves were reportedly first discovered in 1948, though most sources state that 1971 is when they began to be explored. They feature a series of linked chambers, one of which is a bizarre shape that feels like an endless tunnel when in fact it is one very long chamber. Today the caves are open to the public for daily visits, and they are estimated to be around 190 million years old.

This is the List of the best caves in Italy

  1. Blue Grotto - Capri
  2. Duino Mithraeum - Duino, Trieste
  3. Ear of Dionysius - Siracusa
  4. Grotta d'Ispignoli - Nuoro
  5. Grotta dei cordari - Siracusa
  6. Grotta del Cavallone - Lama dei Peligni, Chieti
  7. Grotta dello Smeraldo - Conca de' Marini, Salerno
  8. Grotta Gigante - Sgonico, Trieste
  9. Grotte di Borgio Verezzi - Savona
  10. Grotte di Castelcivita - Salerno
  11. Grotte di Castellana - Bari
  12. Neptune's Grotto - Alghero, Sassari
  13. Nereo Cave - Capo caccia, Alghero, Sassari
  14. Pagliacci Cave - Rodi Garganico, Foggia
  15. Pastena Cave - Frosinone
  16. Pertosa Caves - Muraglione, Salerno
  17. Toirano Caves - Savona
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Belvedere Ostrense, Italy: The Motherland Le Marche

Belvedere Ostrense, Italy: The Motherland Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Italy is made up of 20 regions, each with their own personality, beauty, food and dialect. In the central east coast along the Adriatic, you'll find the Le Marche, filled with rolling hills covered in lines of grape vines and ski slopes of sunflowers, topped with fortified Medieval towns. The beaches are blanketed in colorful umbrellas and olive skinned Italians bathing in the sun. Le Marche is a lesser known region of Italy, in the shadows of its popular neighbors Umbria and Tuscany. And that’s just the way we like it.

My mom, uncle Peter and Auntie are Biagettis and 100% Italian Americans whose father, my nonno Aldo, was raised in a tiny town of San Michele in Le Marche, and he and my nonni Flora raised their family in Natick, Massachusetts, along with many others in the family tree who came over. We have countless relatives - cugini - who live near San Michele and my great aunt Italia still lives in the farm house that my great great grandfather bought over a century ago.
We have made this pilgrimage many times before, and this is the third time as an official family reunion in five years, with 25 of us coming over from the States to gather, catch up, and soak in being Italians, Marchegiani, to be specific. [...]

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3 things to do in Ascoli Piceno

3 things to do in Ascoli Piceno | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Ascoli Piceno will always hold a special place in my heart. The place that housed me for 5 weeks. The place where I made great friends. The place where I learned so much, not only in classes, but by experiencing and becoming a part of the culture.
I can bestow some wisdom on future travelers to Ascoli Piceno and Italy:

  1. Yoghi has the best gelato in Ascoli (maybe even in Italy!). You’ll find it right in Piazza Arringo and you’ll never turn back.
  2. Trattoria dell’Arengo is the perfect place for your typical and delicious Italian meal. This is where I had the best pasta, the best fried vegetables, and, of course, the best wine.
  3. No matter if you like olives or not, olive ascolana is a must-try. It is a specialty of Ascoli Piceno. An olive stuffed with meat, breaded, and fried. Unbelievably good.
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Giovanna Garzoni from Ascoli Piceno, the unusual artist of the baroque era

Giovanna Garzoni from Ascoli Piceno, the unusual artist of the baroque era | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Giovanna Garzoni was one of the few woman artists who was, in her time, a successful painter of miniatures. She  especially developed the genre of still life, but also ventured into portraiture and religious themes. Born in Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy in 1600, not being the daughter of a painter as used to happen with the women who came to engage in this activity; however, her parents Giacomo Garzoni and Isabetta Gaia came from families of artisans. Her talent was discovered when she was apprenticed to a pharmacist in her city. A letter written by her in 1620 reveals that she was trained in painting by Giacomo Rogni. [...]

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Giovanna Garzoni (1600–1670) was an Italian painter of the Baroque era. She was unusual for Italian artists of the time for two reasons: first, in that her themes were mainly decorative and luscious still-lifes of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, and second, because she was a woman.

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Wine and food tour Marche Italy: from Verdicchio to Rosso Piceno

Wine and food tour Marche Italy: from Verdicchio to Rosso Piceno | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Crossing the Marche region from Gradara to Offida, this is a tour for wine lovers. The taste of the Nectar of the Gods, will lead you on a tour of the region, crossing 5 districts to discover the white wines and the red wines DOCG appreciated and known all over the world.

1st day –Lacrima and Verdicchio, Tenuta San Marcello - Arrival in San Marcello, province of Ancona, with all the resources, accommodation at the Tenuta San Marcello Country House. Guided tour of the estate and its vineyards. Dinner and overnight at the estate.
2nd day – Enoteca in Jesi - Breakfast and departure for Jesi, visit the Public Enoteca Regionale managed by the Association IVIP. The wine bar is housed in the fifteenth century Palazzo Balleani, in the heart of the old town of Jesi, between Piazza Federico II and the Palazzo della Signoria. Inside you will find a comprehensive review of the various. DOC wines of the Marche Region and the availability of qualified staff. Tasting wine at the table. Return in the late afternoon at Tenuta San Marcello for dinner and overnight.

3rd day - San Marcello, Hills of Macerata, Fermo - Breakfast and departure to the hills of Macerata, specifically in Matelica, first stop to Monacesca’s Wine Company, tour of the winery and the vineyard. Wine tasting. In the afternoon continue to Fermo, accommodation inside an ancient and historical Palazzo Romani Adami B&B, an old historic home of Fermo. Guided tour of the city of Fermo in the company of Countess Romani Adami.

4th day - Fermo, Offida, Ripatransone - Breakfast in the Palace and departure of Offida, free visit of the town famous for its lace work. Visit of Tenuta Cocci Grifoni, vineyard and his farm, tasting of typical products and wines of their production. Continue to Ripatransone, accommodation at the Relais del Colle, time to relax and enjoy the view from the garden of the property overlooking the Sibillini Mountains. Dinner and overnight.

5th day - Departure - Breakfast and departure to your destination.

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New Life in Le Marche

New Life in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

A short time ago, we passed the one-year anniversary of our arrival in Italy as ‘Elective Resident’ immigrants. On arrival, we began the process of becoming familiar with Ascoli Piceno. Our assessment stated elsewhere in this Blog remains the same – we are delighted with the choice of Ascoli to be our new home and so very grateful to our Ascolani friends for being so generously welcoming.
Over this past year, some gradual changes have been taking place in how we are responding to this new environment. Not very long ago, as I was making my way along the cobblestones of Ascoli Piceno when I realized I was doing it in something of a leisurely saunter. I was not doing my usual ‘power walk’ to get to a destination without ‘wasting time.’ Having spent so many years in the highly intensive corporate world, appearing to be very seriously engaged was essential for survival. To compound matters, I grew up in New York City commuting to High School on the subway during rush hour. In that environment, if you weren’t in a hurry, you had better get out of the way.
In something over a year, I feel I have gone through some level of metamorphosis. [...]

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Petritoli in Le Marche

Petritoli was founded by the Farfense monks around the year 1000 with the name of Castel Rodolfo, maybe from the name of a feudal monk.
Petritoli is a very busy place and you will be amazed by the liveliness of the tourist initiatives, with its festivals, its street markets and the wide offer of cultural competitions and events which range from music to theatre.
The town is perched on a hilltop 358 meters above sea level in the Fermo province of Le Marche in central Italy between the Adriatic Sea and the Appenine range. The village is 16km away from the coast and the delightful seaside resort of Pedaso. It is 35 minutes away from the Sibillini mountains.
The village follows the typical pattern of this region with the main square, Piazza Rocca, at the top housing the 40 metre high clock tower (1831) and the oldest properties (the original monastic centre), and the rest of the yellow brick village winding down below against the rock face.
Teatro dell'Iride (1875) has recently been renovated and now holds regular concerts, plays and other performances. Of the numerous churches, the two most interesting are the 14th-15th century Chiesa di San Prospero and the Chiesa di Santa Maria dei Martiri with its unusual 17th century frescoes set out in 15 octagonal scenes, and rare organ, work of the renowned Callido.

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Summer 2014: July Festas and live music in Le Marche

Summer 2014: July Festas and live music in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Music, dance, shows, carnivals and festivals, food, wine, parties, art, crafts in Le Marche region, Macerata and Ascoli provinces July 2014,
  • Every Day 1600-2200 Museo Malacologico, shells and dinosaur museum Cupra Maritima
  • Every Thursday (except not 14th but Wed 13th) Fermo Antique market
  • Every Sunday art, ceramics, sculpture, crafts, music, poetry at San Benedetto del Tronto
  • 16 July- 20 July inclusive Macerata festa di Luglio in the Rione Vergini from 2000 Foodwine, live music and talent shows
  • 17 Sound Severino Festival at the stunning castle and cloisters of San Severino, 4 bands, food, wine and a crazy circus
  • 17 July- 20 July inclusive Belforte del Chienti from 1900 Music games food and wine
  • 17 July – 20 July inclusive 20th Artistrada Colmurano buskers festival from 1900 jugglers, acrobats, live music, comedy, food and wine
  • 18 July Shoe market Monte Urano 1900- 2400
  • 18 July Anta party at Planets Café in Sarnano
  • 18 Sound Severino Festival at the wonderful castle and cloisters of San Severino, 4 bands, food, wine and a Pop Art installations
  • 18 July-20 July Grottamare Buskers festival, music dance, food and wine
  • 19 July Trodica Festa at Morrovalle, shops, gastronomia, games, entertainment, music, food and wine
  • 19 July Tango Night in the Piazza del Popolo Ascoli Piceno
  • 19 July Music quiz at Bar My Dream in the main Piazza at Sarnano
  • 19 & 20 July Ripe San Ginesio aperativi and DJ 1800 (Sat) 1900 (Sun) and live music from 2200- Sunday “His Clancyness” danceable Indie toons, supporting MGMT, War on Drugs etc also in July
  • 20 July Classical music in Santa Chiara church Sarnano 1830
  • 20 July Live music Planets café Sarnano
  • 22 July Macerata rock and Roll rythyms piazza della Liberta
  • 23 July San Elpidio al Mare 2130, classical guitar in the piazza
  • 24-26 July Monsano Beer and Music festa including homebrew competition
  • 24 July Adam ben Ezra violin, harp, lute lyre recital at Monte Urano
  • 25 & 26 July Montappone Festa, hats, arts, music and food
  • 25 July White Night- All night party at Porto Potenza Picena
  • 25 July Adam ben Ezra violin, harp, lute lyre recital at the castle in Camerino
  • 25/26/27 July Maremoto festival San Benedetto del Tronto
  • 25 July live music Sticky Fingers pub in Sarnano [...]
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Waiting for the Porco Festival 2014, Rotella

14 Agosto 2013, the Porco festival involved the entire little town of Rotella, becoming,  probably the best food festival of the year for the province of Ascoli Piceno. The sagra is set up so that you must see the whole town if you try out an appetizer, 1st course, 2nd course and beer or wine. There is a main stage for the headliner, but each plaza has music at some time during the night. Roast Pork meat and Italian Sausages are the protagonists of the event that celebrates the prince of the domestic animals.

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Speechless in Ascoli Piceno

Speechless in Ascoli Piceno | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

If there is one thing that I could brag about it’s my unbelievably breath taking view of Ascoli from my terrace. After Julia was done talking to us about the logistical things regarding living in the apartment she guided us to the last place we had yet to see, our incredible terrace. As we walked out onto it I was immediately speechless (which is a very rare occurrence for me). I took everything in, the different rich colors of the houses, the ancient towers and churches, the bells chiming  in the background, and the sporadic mountains that surround Ascoli. The view of the city was so beautiful and at that moment I was so overwhelmed with the reality that I was in Ascoli and would be living here for the next month. It was a feeling of pure joy and I couldn’t help but tear up at how lucky I was to be here. I looked over at Amanda who also had water filled eyes, we were both in awe and I loved it. Not everyone can say they had such an amazing trip during their college career and I was so grateful to have had the opportunity to go on this unforgettable trip. For anyone who is interested in studying abroad take the time and look into it, there are a lot of different options though multiple Universities.

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Sassoferrato, Gola della Rossa , Frasassi Caves, Fabriano

Sassoferrato, Gola della Rossa , Frasassi Caves, Fabriano | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Once in Frontone- Serra S. Abbondio. You will find indications taking directing you to the city of Sassoferrato which is an approximate 20 km drive. 
At the doors of the city of Sassoferrato, to the south, you will find the Sentinum park which is know as the one of the most important archeological sites of le Marche. It is formed of two areas, divided by the main road which brings to the city of Fabriano. There are pedestrian walkways which guide from one area to the other and allow to visit both areas. 
A must see is the Rocca Albornoz ( Fortress Albornoz ) , a massive military construction which dates pack to the XIV century which represents the symbol of this city. Constructed in 1365 by orders of Cardinal Egidio Alborboz. It served as a very important defense fortress for Sassoferrato and the surrounding territories. From Sassoferrato , heading north east in direction of Frazione Osteria di Colleponi, after approx.. 8 km. you will find the Gola della Rossa Regional Park along with Frasassi. 

The Gola della Rossa park if the largest protected are of le Marche region. A journey across the Park is "a journey in the heart of the Marches" at the discovery of historical-artistic treasures concealed by landscapes rich in charm and harmony and surrounded by an uncontaminated and luxuriant nature. The large areas is full of woodlands, meadows and walls. This area is also ideal for hiking and there are numerous trails and itineraries to guide you throughout. 
After visiting the park, you can not miss a visit to the Frasassi Caves , a unique wonder of le Marche. These are amongst the most famous caves in Italy and the most spectacular limestone caves in Europe. Over 15 kms of stalactites and stalagmites, lakes and alabaster offer an unforgettable show, attracted by the fairy tale landscape of the "Grotta grande del Vento" ( Great Caves of the Wind) where million of crystals conjure up enchanting images. 

Exit Pierosara heading South towards Fabriano which is less than 30 min drive. Fabriano is famous world wide for paper production as it was the first place in Europe where paper production began back in the XIII century. Visit the cities Museum of Paper and Watermark which is simply fascinating!
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