Not to be confused with Appignano del Tronto further south in Ascoli, this medieval town is known nationally for its production of ceramics (produced here for over 500 years) furniture and clothes. Map showing location of Appignano ...
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
The Frasassi Climbing Festival was naturally born from a desire to show the beautiful side of the Natural Regional Park of Gola della Rossa and Frasassi. The whole park covers an area of 10.026 hectares of protected land and one of the most interesting things to see among others are undoubtedly the Frasassi Caves with its impressive 240 m high central chamber. But the rest doesn't lack behind, the whole area is a series of towering limestone gorges, perfect for outdoor activities such as climbing or slacking. This year, the festival revolves around three main events, climbing marathon, trail running, and for the very first time, the highline meeting. [...]
On September 9th-13th, within the Frasassi Climbing Festival 2015, will take place the first edition of Frasassi Highline Meeting. You can enjoy 10 highlines, 4 different spots, 250meters of total height, spaceline and rope swing!
Discover the awesome beauty of "Gola della Rossa and Frasassi Natural Park in 5 days of sports, nature, music
Donato Bramante, the architect who introduced High Renaissance architecture style, was born in 1444 in Italy. The child of a family of farmers, he spent much of his childhood in reading, writing and practicing his painting skills. Bramante’s life before 1477, that makes first thirty years of his life, is not much known yet but it …
Donato "Donnino" di Angelo di Pascuccio said il Bramante (Fermignano, Le Marche 1444 – 11 March 1514) was an Italian architect, who introduced Renaissance architecture to Milan and the High Renaissance style to Rome, where his plan for St. Peter's Basilica formed the basis of design executed by Michelangelo. His Tempietto (San Pietro in Montorio) marked the beginning of the High Renaissance in Rome (1502) [wikipedia]
For 15 days in August, a group of 23 G&G students and faculty traversed the European Alps and Apennines from Germany, through Switzerland, and into Italy. The group travelled some ~3,000 km taking in the sedimentary record of Earth history preserved in the tectonic settings of these two mountain belts. [...]
23 G&G students from the Yale University visited the Lago di Pilato and the Gola del Furlo in Le Marche for Geology & Geophisics Studies. Geochemists and climate scientists were treated to pelagic carbonate sediments in Marche, Italy that record Milankovitch cycles in great detail in addition to evidence of bolide impact and extinction at the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary. The Bonarelli OAE2 event in Furlo Gorge, Italy.
Our series uncovers the best unsung beach holiday resorts in Europe. Here we visit Gabicce Mare, an Italian spot surrounded by time warped villages and pretty coastal path [...]
Here the the Telegraph's highlight of the article:
North of Pesaro, south of Riccione, on Italy’s Adriatic coast.
Families with children of all ages.
Good walking and fantastic scenery in nearby Monte San Bartolo nature reserve.
It’s a scenic enclave on a built-up coast, offering safe swimming and entertainment for all tastes.
ITALY is at the heart of many Mediterranean cruise itineraries, but while visiting Rome and Venice is on many people’s must-do list, this colourful country offers much more. [...]
Ancona is a busy ferry port and relatively unknown cruise port, but it is becoming increasing popular for excursions to the 15th century UNESCO-listed walled city of Urbino.
Full of Renaissance architecture, this south west Italian town was the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance artist Raphael.
You can visit the house where Raphael was born in 1483, and see Italy’s most stunning Renaissance palace, the Palazzo Ducale.
Its art collection is renowned.
The magnificent cathedral also has important art, such as a painting of The Last Supper by Federico Barocci, but the town has plenty of little boutiques selling hand-crafted souvenirs and delicious local food.
When Padre Pietro Lavini, already a Capuchin friar walking in Francis’s footsteps, came for the first time to the ruined church of San Leonardo high in the Apennines, his experience was almost the same. The stones seemed to say: “Why don’t you rebuild us?” Pushed by some mysterious force, he found himself answering: “Why not?” [...]
Read the story of a Capuchin Friar who rebuilt in 40 years a ruined hermitage above the Gorge of Hell in Le Marche, the same Padre Pietro who abandoned recently his work on earth to help in the Paradise.
Where will we go now to the Christmas midnight mass? It was so nice proceed in the snow with lanterns in hand through a terrifying gorge to discover one of the churches up on the sibylline mountains closer to God.
Roy David Studio have completed the transformation of an old stone stable, in Marche di Fermo, Italy, into a holiday home with a contemporary white interior. [...]
I really like this article, despite contains the unforgivable error of locate Montelparo in Tuscany instead of in the Marche.
Each restoration of a farmhouse is a success for the beautiful Marche Region because safeguards the architectural heritage that, otherwise, would be lost forever. But when a restoration is performed as the one described in this article, then, you almost want to invoke any blessing from heaven upon the enlightened owners. Fortunately there's not a shortage of examples.
Having never been a fan for the often underwhelming Italian beaches on the Adriatic side, I was not excited about our trip down the coastline of Le Marche along the Riviera di Conero. I started to cheer up as we passed several metal food trucks selling porchetta (roast suckling pig) along the coast. [...]
Few words sum up the impressions of a foreign family in Le Marche
<<After a week, I left genuinely impressed by the natural beauty, delicious food, friendly people and historic towns of Le Marche.>>
Read the long article with dozen of photos.
After learning some geology, we went to the beach and ate lunch at an AMAZING restaurant that looked out at the Adriatic. After being served up two types of delicious pasta with fresh caught muscles and shrimp followed by sardines with bread and olive oil, the waiters brought out a whole smorgasbord of shellfish: more muscles, two types of escargot and mini clams. With white wine, looking out at the coast, eating shellfish in the warm summer sun [...]
A student of geology writes about his experience in the Marche on TravelBlog. Here her positive comment: << I could hardly be more happy! After lunch we went swimming, and the water was so warm and salty, like nothing I have experienced before. Molto bene!>>
Gabicce is in the northeast part of the Adriatic coast of Marche region and it is located at the feet of the natural park of Monte San Bartolo. The nature reserve is feasible through small paths through the hills until you get to the beaches,orby the panoramic road which, with its breathtaking scenery overlooking the sea connects Cattolica, Gabicce and Pesaro. [...]
A place in Le Marche with naturalist beaches which are distant and inaccessible to the chaotic life.
Bill serenaded his comrades using a beautiful black Scandalli accordion that he bartered from a starving Italian family in exchange for food. [...]
Motorcycle dispatch rider Bill was the corporal in Alf’s unit when they were stationed outside the town of Castelfidardo - the world capital of accordion builders.
Bill - a talented musician who had played organ in his local cinema before being called up - was impressed by Alf’s Settimio Soprani accordion and wanted an instrument of his own.
The pair learned of an Italian family who owned a Scandalli Butterfly Model and had a whip-round amongst the soldiers to get enough food to exchange for it.
Alf said: “Bill went round the whole company to get what he could in the way of spare food and anything else that might swing the bargain....
He's one of the most powerful men in Italian fashion, we speak to the entrepeneur who built the Tod's brand and discover the source of his Midas touch. The headquarters of tod’s are as sleek as they come. The all-white office block and factory gleam among the rolling hills of central Italy, more reminiscent of a successful Silicon Valley start-up than a European luxury leather goods label. Inside the Le Marche-based building, bright sunshine floods through glass walls and a vast, royal-blue oil painting of the famous Gommino shoe is the only flash of colour in an otherwise uniformly white interior. [...]
The Hong Kong Tatler, a glossy magazine focusing on fashion and lifestyle (as well as coverage of high society and politics) has dedicated an article to Diego Della Valle. The magazine is targeted towards the asian upper-middle class and members of the aristocratic upper class, and those interested in society events. Originally published by Condé Nast Publications, the Hong Kong Tatler and all the Asian Tatlers are owned by the Swiss- based Edipresse Group.
These wonderful places are busy with activity and filled with the noises of the clinking of tiny spoons on saucers, the banging of the filter on the bar to empty it of the used espresso grounds, the double crank of the handle to release the pre measured grounds to the filter, the slow dribble of fresh brewed espresso to a small espresso mug, the woosh of the steamer and bubbling of the submerged wand into milk. There are no fancy menus with a variety of coffee drinks, roasts, and flavors. All coffee is short, strong, and just hot. All milk is whole, steamed, and foamy. All things the way it should be [...]
Tiffany Dodier is an American Student that in Ascoli Piceno has discovered the culture of Coffee. As a Coffee Lover she doubts can easily come back home without such a good, black, sensual, hot drink. ...
Travel back in time to Renaissance Italy and revel in the splendors of the magnificent Ducal Palace. David tries his hand at Renaissance ceramics, then feasts on a meal of pasta with porcini and truffle mushrooms.
This is a program of Vibrant TV Network. that presents the show this way: An incredible journey through Italy with David Rocco see the country, and witness some master chefs and local food creatives share their recipes and delight the senses. Discover some of Italy’s hidden gems of culture and cuisine and get inspired.
Giovanni Santi, father of the artist Raphael, died on 1 August 1494 in Urbino. He was in his late 50s. In addition to training his more famous son, Santi had a successful career as court painter and poet at the Court of Urbino. Born to a wealthy merchant family in the small town of Colbordolo, Santi pursued an artistic career and joined the lively art scene at the court of Duke Federico da Montefeltro in the 1470s. Santi’s work shows the influence of both Netherlandish and central Italian painting that he came to know while working at court. He likely came into contact there with Pietro Perugino, with whom his son Raphael would apprentice at the turn of the century. [...]
Giovanni Santi, Raphael‘s father, was not a bad artist himself. Giorgio Vasari in his “Lives of the Artists” described G. Santi as a “pittore non molto eccellente” – (not a very distinguished painter), he added “uomo di buono ingegno e atto a indirizzare i figliuoli per quella buona via” (a man of good intelligence and capable of directing his sons along that good path).
(Alys Blakeway on June Osborne's work, Giorgio Vasari)
Anisetta Meletti is the name of a local artisan produced anise liquor produced in Ascoli Piceno from local ingredients including the best green anise in the world. Have a glass at Caffè Meletti in Piazza del Popolo. [...]
Silvio Meletti learned her mother’s technique and recipes and started studying French essays on distillation (His family still owns his book dated 1700) and after several experiments, he enhanced the recipe and distillation technique that is still used today to obtain the Anisetta Meletti.
This recipe main ingredient is the green anise (Pimpinella anisum), a type of anise typical of the mediterranean area; green anise is strongly aromatic because of the clay nature of the soil in the Marche region and particularly in the Ascoli area...
It is really reducing defining this place misterious…or even mystical…because I would rather say magical! It could be an amazing location for any fantasy film: an octagonal temple framed in mountain’s cave which gets deeper into darkness.[...]
My barista knows me better than anyone else in Ascoli. She greets Katie and I with a cheerful “ciao” every morning and she even knows our orders by heart; a cappuccino and cornetto con marmellata for me and for Katie, it’s a Caffè Americano and cornetto con Nutella. [...]
We have the occasion to read about the more Ashley's impressions about Ascoli Piceno. She comes from a small town in New Hampshire, USA and arrived in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, to take three academic courses.
Land of myths the Sibillini Mountains owe their name to the priestess Sibilla, who was able to predict the future and lived in a stone grotto. The Monti Sibillini National Park, is dominated by Mount Vettore (2,476 mt), a mount which name originates from "Iuppiter Victor", a park 70.000 hectares between Umbria and Marche that offers numerous trekking opportunities.
Why I love living in… Pesaro, Italy
I live in central Italy in the seaside town of Pesaro. Everyone cycles here. Not just the lycra-brigade, but little old ladies with handbags too. Mammies or daddies with piccola Maria beaming at the front of the bike, and piccolo Mario singing at the back. Local composer, Gioachino Rossini, probably started like that. Adopted local tenor, Pavarotti, just continued the tradition. Of course the rolling hills of the surrounding countryside provide a bit more challenge, but pit-stops are pleasant in the beautifully preserved medieval villages dotting local peaks like Gradara, Urbino or San Leo. [...]
In May, The Irish Times invited readers abroad to tell about their relationship with the place they have made home, and why they love living there. This story is one of the entries The Irish Times has received. Read more here
Senigallia is a top destination for carefree holidays in the sun, sea, good food, romantic evenings and a bit of culture, which is always a plus. Here the atmosphere is very soft, just like the sand of the famous “velvet beach”, famous worldwide for its fine sand. [...]
Senigallia hosts the annual Italian summer Jamboree 50s festival. The city is located in the Adriatic Riviera, beautiful marine landscapes and much more. This is also a preferred holiday destination for many families from all over the world. It is because Senigallia is a quiet, clean and exceptionally Italian town with a lot to give back to its visitors.
Between 1st and 9th August 2015 the town will be transformed by the noisiest and biggest music festival on the Adriatic as the Summer Jamboree 50s fest will once again take over Senigallia and turn it into the most exciting August party place in Europe. Music from the 40s and 50s of the past century will be played and performed live on stage.
BOBBY BROOKS WILSON
SLICK STEVE and the GANGSTERS
GARY “DETROIT” WIGGING
LINDA GAIL LEWIS
GARY us BOND
The neoclassic Sferisterio in Macerata, however, is a truly unique open-air stadium. ...It features the typical arched layout of similar structures in antiquity, and was in fact used for matches of what used to be a popular traditional game called “pallone a bracciale”.In 1920, the Sferisterio was renovated with the aim of turning it into a proper venue for opera performances. [...]
We all know about the Italians' passion for calcio, but in the past, at the end of the nineteenth century, was the sport of the pallone col bracciale the most popular game. This article tells us about the decision in the '20s to turn a stadium designed for this ancient sport but in decline, in a theater. Was it a success?
Since arriving and getting a chance to explore the city I have fallen in love with this place.Ascoli Piceno is a picture perfect medieval town made up of hilly streets and wonderful piazzas. My favorite thing to do is walk around the city and find new places I have not seen yet/get lost in the twisting streets. [...]
I think the future of tourism promotion is not the self-referentiality of the operators, neither the partisan work of bloggers. The future is the digital curation. Allow others to speak well about Le Marche, you must just collect and disseminate the reviews, blog posts, photos and videos. Read about the positive experiences of the Spain. Long live the Digital Curation.
Every Wednesday and Saturday, a vacant piazza comes to life as local farmers unload crates of vibrantly colored fruits, vegetables, cheeses and grains to sell to the people of Ascoli Piceno. Around, there are people with canvas bags selecting the best items for the coming week’s provisions. Children run and dance through the rows of vendors. [...]
It is beautiful read about our farmer markets seen through the eyes of a Us citizen, where the farmer markets are taken so seriously. In italy they represent a re-discovered activity. Till forty years ago especially in le Marche, they were the consuetude inside the public fairs, organized more often than today, in every town and village. It was the base of the italian economic system when agriculture was the main source. Nowadays is the way to meet the people which supply important products of our diet, in a world where beautiful is not always healthy.
Down in the Piazza del Popolo, I enjoy my first taste of Italian cappuccino with a cornetto con marmellata at Caffé Portos. Around me, I see older gentlemen and couples having their morning caffé as they read the newspaper written in foreign Italian script. One man sings “Oh, Happy Day” and I can’t help but think, “yes it really is.” Since arriving in Ascoli Piceno last week, I have been given repeated reminders of how much of a treasure this quaint town is just by immersing myself and existing in this culture. [...]
Ashley, from a small town in New Hampshire, USA, arrived in Ascoli Piceno, Italy, to take three academic courses, each acquainting her with Italian culture in their own unique way. Here one of her articles. [read more]