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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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Ideal-City Paintings Express Renaissance Concepts - Epoch Times

Ideal-City Paintings Express Renaissance Concepts - Epoch Times | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Enigmatic paintings on the Renaissance theme of the ideal city are currently on view in Urbino, Italy, at the historic Palazzo Ducale, itself a splendid masterwork of 15th-century Italian architecture.

The paintings of the ideal cities are not pictorial but mathematical and as such represent an ideal world. By using perspective, thought translates into a construction of reality, and all that the artist conceives is created based on mathematical rules.
“The reality is not made of lines and mathematical constructions, but of atmospheric density, light, and shade, by which the painting is broken in the light and is totally created from light, shadow, and atmospheric density” 

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The contribution of the ‘Sibilla Appenninica’ legend to karst knowledge in the Sibillini Mountains

The contribution of the ‘Sibilla Appenninica’ legend to karst knowledge in the Sibillini Mountains | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Geological studies of the Sibillini Mountains carried out mainly during the last century, provided evidence of a hypogeal karst characterized by a small number of caves of limited extent. The only one mentioned by numerous ancient authors is the ‘Grotta della Sibilla’, on account of its legendary references. This cave is the keeper of one of the most fascinating secrets of the Apennines, having been both a place of mountain cult as far back as pre-historical times and the home of the fortune-telling prophetess ‘Sibilla’. Historical sources tell of the presence of someone mysterious at the site from the time of the Romans but amongst the historical descriptions, the testimony of Antoine de la Sale (photo of his map) is most notable: he visited the cave in 1420 and described it as a good-sized cavity within the bowels of the mountain. Nothing about this setting is mentioned in the geological literature or in topographic descriptions, made for the first time at the beginning of the 1940s, when a regular but small cave was revealed. Today rockfall deposits completely obstruct the entrance.

On the basis of the above-mentioned legendary references, geomorphological and geophysical studies started helping to define the real extent of the cave. The planimetric trend of the electromagnetic anomalies surveyed allow us to make hypotheses about the presence of a vast hypogeal system.

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I would like to know more about this electromagnetic/hypogeal system up there.Keep updating thank you.
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A Hiding Place for who had escaped from Camp 59 in World War II

A Hiding Place for who had escaped from Camp 59 in World War II | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Early this month I received an e-mail from Loris Ferretti, son of Onelio Ferretti. Onelio was a young man in the comune of Montelparo, in the Marche region of Italy, during World War II.

“My father told me the Americans [who had escaped from Camp 59] hid with him in a room of a church [Chiesa S. Michele or the Church of Saint Michael] in the village, where in the night my grandmother secretly brought them food, using a ladder that was in that room. My father told me he helped the Americans hide, but he never revealed their names. Then the war ended and they returned to their country. That is all know of this little story.”

“The monks walled up (closed) that room to hide the gold, precious objects of the Church. They opened that room about two months ago. That room was used to hide the fugitives of Camp 59. You could not get up there without a ladder.”

“The room was closed by the monks to hide the gold and valuables during the war, for fear the Germans would steal them. You could only enter from the window using a ladder that was kept inside. My grandmother and other women of the country brought the men food by pulling on a rope. The food was sent up and down in plastic buckets on a rope.”

“I am sending you pictures I took in the hiding place where my father was with the prisoners—the church and the room. There was little light. A door [to this room] was opened just this year.”

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Visit Italy's Le Marche for olives, outlet shopping By Craig Seligman - Bloomberg News

Visit Italy's Le Marche for olives, outlet shopping By Craig Seligman - Bloomberg News | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
The rewards in Italy's Le March region include landscapes worthy of Renaissance masters.

A visit to Italy doesn't have to mean standing in line for hours to view a Giotto or a Tintoretto in a museum. With a rental car, and the stomach for curlicue curves, you can breeze through Le Marche, a less traveled region on the Adriatic Coast.

The rewards include landscapes worthy of Renaissance masters. Immaculate hilltop towns. Fried olives, creamy prosciuttos, depraved lasagnas. And outlet shopping.

Some of the most show-offy scenery is in the south, where the Sibylline Mountains rise theatrically behind the green rolling hills.

The Marche is dotted with beautifully preserved hilltop villages. Each one has its draw.

We drove to Sant'Elpidio a Mare to see its shoe museum, and discovered a good restaurant, Il Melograno, with a fine terrace in the back that looks far out to the sea. It's a good place to try the ubiquitous local specialty, olives ascolane (stuffed with meat and cheese, breaded, and deep-fried — why didn't I think of that?) as well as vincisgrassi, a rich regional lasagna made with cream, veal and unmentionable chicken parts.

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Gradara: one of the must see around Pesaro in Le Marche

Gradara: one of the must see around Pesaro in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

One of the must see around Pesaro is certainly Gradara, a pleasant small borough on top of a hill, a typical medieval town bordering with Emilia Romagna. In fact though, Gradara is not purely medieval, as most of the Castle was remodeled in the 1920′s by its last owner, Umberto Zanvettori, who brought in his taste for liberty and art déco, turning the once medieval Castle, so famous for being mentioned in the Divine Comedy, into a masterpiece between decadentism and exoterism. One of the first impressions I had upon entering was a particular resemblance to the mansion of Gabriele D’Annunzio on the Garda Lake, in the north of Italy. Only the legend is left of the story of Paolo and Francesca, the two characters which Dante mentions in the Divina Commedia, the rest is much more recent history, between 1921 and 1923, when the Castle was rapidly restored and its contents, mainly ancient weapons, sold to Castel Sant’Angelo, the former Vatican prison which faces Saint Peter’s church in Rome...

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Discovering Ascoli Piceno

Discovering Ascoli Piceno | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

We arrived in Ascoli Piceno around lunchtime and it was cold and drizzly. Our hotel was supposed to be a 2 star but in reality its way, way better than that.
Last night we had a pizza each for dinner (I mean we are in ITALY!). It was 2 of the best we have had and we will be back - maybe tonight.....Plus it was very cheap and most of the people there were locals so it was a great mixture of people.
We went to a few of the noted tourist spots and we both really liked the walk over an ancient Roman bridge which dates from the Augustan Era and was rebuilt in 1230. Man thats old! Its still in use by vehicles but its very narrow so care must be taken.
At the end of the bridge is an old Roman 'laundry' and when we approached we realised that there was actually an older lady using it! (I use the term 'older lady' with some respect because OMG she was probably not much older than me!) Its a series of stone troughs with what would be a stone equivalent of a washing board, with a continuous feed of spring water. But its COLD water so imagine doing the washing by hand in the winter!...

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Maybe the last remaining wood fired pottery in Italy

Maybe the last remaining wood fired pottery in Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

...After coffee we set off to drive to the last remaining wood fired pottery in Italy. A most unpretentious place just outside the walls of the town that has been run by the same family for over a century and which sells its wares all over the world.

Greg, Kay and the proprietor with some of his yet-unglazed pottery. You can see what I mean by unpretentious, right?

And this is the wood fired kiln. They also have a couple of modern kilns too.

We bought some exquisite wine and water jugs and a couple of other pieces. 

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The "Jester" from Camerino

The "Jester" from Camerino | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Off all the important people in history who came from Camerino, there is one who had a very particular kind of work - that of court jester, hi whose job it was to make princes and courtiers laugh at time when the diversions and entertainment available today were non-existent. But how did a “jester” became important? He did so because he performed his job so well and with such expertise that the hi was sought after by the most important princes of the age and, once he had acquired sufficient experience , he wrote and published a very “serious” book both to defend the nobility of is trade and to set out some guidelines for those wishing to follow in his steps .
He became so famous that a play was dedicated to him, aptly called “The Jester”, written by the singer Margherita Costa and edited in Florence in 1641, He was know as “ the little German” ( il Tedeschino).
His name was Bernardo Ricci and he was born in Camerino on 16th January 1588.
He was still young when he was taken to Rome where he worked for a long time at the papal court before going to the court of the Medici family in Florence . His choice of such an unusual career was influenced by something that had occurred in his childhood...

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Drum Art: snare drums and drum sticks from Petritoli Le Marche

Drum Art: snare drums and drum sticks from Petritoli Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

For those of you looking for the perfect sound, look no further than Drum Art for your snare drums.
Power, heat, maximum sensitivity and fantastic timbre nuances are set in a very elegant design.
Drum Art snare drums are all unique items, handmade by Silvano Biancucci, an Italian skilful wood craftsman. He ensures that every single snare drum is a unique instrument, with an individual sound, which is quite simply...perfection.
Behind every snare drum there are passion, skills, craftsmanship and a great perception: 2,7 centimeters (1.06 inches) thick solid wood drums, able to produce sound and volume never heard before.

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Montelupone artichoke Festival 5-6 May 2012

Montelupone artichoke Festival 5-6 May 2012 | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

How many places can boast a view of a sunrise over the sea, a view of snow-capped mountains and a lazy sunset of rolling green hills that seemingly go on forever? My guess is not many; but come to hinterland area around Montelupone in Le Marche and you got all that plus a cute little ancient hilltop town to roam around in. If you time it right, you could be roaming around while they celebrate their annual artichoke festival.
Le Marche has everything. Le Marche easily competes as a prime destination rather than a secondary alternative. All those romantic ideas you have of Italy, well… Le Marche does a really good job at providing them.
Montelupone is a small, walled town high above the farms that supply it with all the produce it needs. Naturally the local Monteluponese artichokes are what makes this town a little more distinctive to similar towns in the area. Here they’ve been growing them for generations and were one of the first towns in Italy to celebrate them, this being the 51th sagra and usually celebrated on one of the first weekends of May.

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Fermo Motocross World Championship, Italy MXGP Qualifying race

Fermo is the traditional Italian round, here Motocross World Championship races take place since the seventies. The track is placed on hills close to the city, alternating between big jumps and series of curves. The sandy terrain allows to race in all weather conditions.

Check out this great video of Honda World Motocross Team's Evgeny Bobryshev, which includes his on-board highlights from the qualifying race in Fermo, Italy, Italy for round three of the MX1 World Championship.

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Come to work in Le Marche:TPM Manager EMEIA Job Ascoli Piceno, Italy - apply online

Come to work in Le Marche:TPM Manager EMEIA Job Ascoli Piceno, Italy - apply online | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

TPM Manager EMEIA
Job Number: 546769
Location: Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Business Unit : Security Technologies Sector
Ingersoll Rand is uniquely qualified to create and sustain safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Our people and our market leading brands, including Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Schlage®, Thermo King®, and Trane®, work together to inspire progress for our customers. For more information about Ingersoll Rand visit www.ingersollrand.com.

From its market-leading electronic and biometric access control systems to personal scheduling systems and architectural hardware such as steel doors and frames, our Security Technologies sector helps make the places we live, work and play safe, secure and productive.

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Animation Film Made in Le Marche: Gladiators of Rome - Official Trailer

Rainbow's latest and greatest film directed by Iginio Straffi and scripted by Michael J. Wilson, the Oscar-winning writer of A Shark's Tale and Ice Age 2. It will be officially released in 2012.
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It is the age of Imperial Rome. Young Timo is an orphan of Pompeii's terrible eruption, adopted by general Chirone and raised in the most famous Gladiators' Academy in Rome. Is this the beginning of a new legend? The legend of a great hero? Not so much! Timo is not exactly gladiator material...

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Acclaimed mosaic artist Ben Craven exhibits 'Once upon a time' at the Palazzo Bonfranceschi in Belforte del Chienti

Acclaimed mosaic artist Ben Craven exhibits 'Once upon a time' at the Palazzo Bonfranceschi in Belforte del Chienti | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Last night we attended the launch of a very special exhibition in an appropriately atmospheric venue. The exhibition 'Once Upon a time' by Ben Craven was set in the International Dynamic Contemporary Art Museum (otherwise known as the Palazzo Bonfranceschi) in the breathtaking hilltop town of Belforte Del Chienti. British Ben Craven has spent almost a decade living in Le Marche with his young family amongst the rural community and farmers for whom the exhibition was dedicated.

The exhibition 'Once upon a time' by Ben Craven.

As neighbour's of Ben's we too have experienced the inherent values of the Marchegano people (tireless hospitality, kinship & kindness) representing an enduring traditional Italian community, we felt the exhibition captured the core of these people.

The exhibition cannot be said better than in the words of the (MIDAC) director Alfonso Caputo in

'The portraits by Ben Craven are very tangible. They are heavy for the matter that composes them. They are heavy for the fullness and complexity of the lives portrayed. They are heavy for the stories they contain. They are signs of a non superficial passage among the things of the daily world. They are not just faces, but also and especially the dialogues that have been developed with these people.

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The 10 Words Travelers Hate To Hear In Italy

The 10 Words Travelers Hate To Hear In Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

We were standing on a train platform in Ancona, Italy, waiting for a train, when my 4-year-old son, Leo, made a surprisingly prescient comment.

"I hope our train's not ritardo," he said, using the Italian word for delayed, which he's heard many times on our trip.

Leo knows only four words in Italian but it occurred to me that two of them- ritardo and chiuso (closed) are two of the dreaded words that travelers in Italy become all too familiar with if they spend enough time in the country. Here are some of the others.


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Gentile da Fabriano and the International Gothic style

Gentile da Fabriano and the International Gothic style | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Gentile da Fabriano (c. 1370 – 1427) was an Italian painter known for his participation in the International Gothic style. He worked in various places in central Italy, mostly in Tuscany. His best known works are his Adoration of the Magi (1423) and the Flight into Egypt.

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Sassoferrato and the Piccola Grande Italia Festival of little Municipalities

Sassoferrato and the Piccola Grande Italia Festival of little Municipalities | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Sassoferrato, 8000 people. Surely, this town will have a bar, a church, a woman who weaves on Sunday…

But no! There are 12 churches full of frescoes and fantastic art, a monastery called Santuario Madonna del Cerro, an abbey, a castle, and a very important archaeological site called Sentinum, which sits along the ancient Via Flaminia road system, not to mention quite a few museums, from art to archaeology to ethnography.

Things you might never get to see will be open to you during the Piccola Grande Italia festival on June 2, 2012. If I were you I’d go to Sassoferrato. There are some incredible treasures there, besides the ones I’ve pictured here (a scene from the Abbey and a mosaic from the archaeological museum).

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Vatican opens its doors to unique art exhibit: "Meraviglie dalle Marche"

VATICAN CITY - If you wanted to admire masterpieces of religious art by Titian, Raphael, Lorenzo Lotto, Guido Reni, Carlo Crivelli and other masters in museums around Italy's central Marche region, it could cost you a few weeks of time and a hefty hotel bill. Now, 50 paintings from 15 museums in the region rich in natural beauty and artistic heritage are on exhibition at the Vatican. Called "Meraviglie dalle Marche," or Marvels from the Marche, the exhibition is on display in the Braccio Carlo Magno, at the end of the left-hand colonnade of St Peter's Square, until June 10. [source http://alphaomegaarts.blogspot.fr]

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Gracious Living for Expats: Jacquie Pender in Ripatransone, Italy

Gracious Living for Expats: Jacquie Pender in Ripatransone, Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

My friend Jacquie Pender is a woman with many homes. She lives in Yokohama but has chosen to feature her home in the town of Ripatransone, Italy. At the end of March, I visited Jacquie in Italy for just two days but I could have easily stayed for two weeks. I felt immediately at home and relaxed in Jacquie’s gorgeous home; Jacquie is a skilled and gracious hostess and her town of Ripatransone cast a magic spell over me and made me want to s-l-o-w r-i-g-h-t d-o-w-n. One of the highlights of my stay was going to the town bar for an aperitivo… when we were actually looking for the technician to fix Jacquie’s heat. As Jacquie said, “If you wait long enough, everyone always shows up.” And, sure enough, he did… looking for all the world like Clark Kent. I know that you will enjoy the time you spend in Jacquie’s beautiful corner of Italy.
Ripatransone is a small town sitting high on a hill between the Sibillini mountains and the Adriatic coast in central Italy. It’s in the beautiful region of Le Marche, not frequented a great deal by tourists from outside of Italy. As a result, it has retained its charm, warmth and culture; life continues to be “slow”.

My apartment is an old house (not sure how old) that was totally restored in 2005 and was converted into two apartments. It is on two levels and is about 116 square meters. One of my favorite parts of the house is my terrace, especially in the summer, watching the swallows, swirling and dancing in the thermals. It’s a lovely space to spend time with friends consuming the fresh local produce and vino! The changing landscape with views of the Adriatic, colors changing depending on the weather and beautiful red and orange sunrises on those jet lagged mornings when I am up early. Summer nights, sitting on the terrace listening to the various concerts being performed in the open air ampitheatre, operas, the children’s ballet concert, Italian hip hop, there’s something for everyone… that’s what I love.

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Italy Travel : Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche

Italy Travel : Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

It’s no secret I like lesser known, off-the-beaten-path places in Italy. It’s in these areas that a very authentic experience can be had. The Le Marche region would certainly make the cut. The area shares a border to the west with Umbria and to the east, you’ll find a lovely coastline along the Adriatic sea.

Ascoli Piceno is the southernmost province in Le Marche. 

Why visit Ascoli Piceno?

Other than the food and wine (which of course always tops my list of reasons to visit a place) Ascoli Piceno has

  • medieval towns
  • Roman ruins
  • many historic churches
  • charm and authenticity
  • a perfect combination of green mountains, little towns, sandy beaches and rocky coastline
  • two natural parks, Sibillini National Park and Gran Sasso-Laga National Park
  • local craft artisans; goldsmiths, leather, terracotta, majolica, pillow lace
  • hardly any tourists. And it’s inexpensive compared to other popular areas of Italy
  • convenient to nearby Umbria and Rome – about 2 hours from each. Abruzzo is even closer.

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The town of Ascoli Piceno itself has both a new town and an old town. In the old town, you’ll see plenty of travertine marble, ancient facades, ruins and tiny mazes of streets. It once held about 200 towers, but today only about 50 are visible...

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Music from Le Marche: Nesli, "Simboli"

Francesco Tarducci better known as Nesly Rice and more recently simply as Nesli (born Senigallia, Italy 29 December 1980) is an Italian singer and music producer for Teste Mobili Records. He is younger brother to the rapper Fabri Fibra.

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Le Marche is a Happy Melting Pot

Le Marche is a Happy Melting Pot | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

We drove into the countryside somewhere between Cupramontana and Staffolo to Luigi’s summer family home. It was a beautiful place (just like every freakin place I encoutner out here) with plenty of olive trees. A cute little tent area was set up and many long tables awaited our arrival.
Of course there was plenty of wine, too much food, and great conversation. Most of the people in attendance were actually Dutch or Belgian transplants. It was so interesting to hear so many languages going on. And I was so impressed with the ease these northern euopeans had of switching from Italian to English keeping in mind they also have a native language of their own. In all the chaos of 50 europeans milling around drinking wine/champagne, I met a nice American man named Richard. Richard is probably in his late 40′s and originally from Philidelphia. His story of how he came to be here was quite unique, although sad in some parts. But he has been in Italy now for about nine years. Gave up a wonderful tenured position as a computer science professor (one of his students helped co-found Google apparently) to move out to the countryside of Italy. I think he appreciated the refreshingness of talking to an American, even though I’m half his age.
While the amount of food was overwhelming, it was really great to have more vegetables this feast. I had fresh fava beans which were DELISH. And there was multitude of fruity desserts. I counted six different desserts…I felt like I was still recovering from brunch on Sunday so I was a little less enthusiastic with the picture taking...

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In Search of the Roots in Le Marche

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In search of Giuseppe Tassi: Ascoli Piceno and Offida
So my dad is Jeff, and his dad is Leo, and they were all born in the US, and that's as far back as I know. But I've heard that Leo's dad (my great-grandfather) was one Giuseppe Tassi, who was the one to come over to the US from Italy. And then I heard that he (and some other relatives) came from a town called Offida. Here's the story of how I sought it out (click)

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10 Reasons to Travel to Urbino: A UNESCO Site in Le Marche

10 Reasons to Travel to Urbino: A UNESCO Site in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Urbino’s historic center has a magnificent array of medieval and well-preserved Renaissance buildings nestled in a picturesque countryside setting that was unscribed by UNESCO in 1998.

  1. Urbino was the birthplace of Raffaello Sanzio
  2. Visit the elegantly proportioned Palazzo Ducale
  3. The Galleria Nazionale delle Marche
  4. The elegant, Neo-Classical Duomo
  5. Have a “Vino con Vista” at La Vecchia Fornarina, the oldest restaurant in Urbino
  6. Visit the Umani Ronchi Winery
  7. Food experience from polenta to porchetta and white truffles
  8. The Macerata Opera Festival from July 15 to August 15 www.maceratagallery.it
  9. Holy Places Tour: Oratory of St John the Baptist, Church of San Francesco, the Church of San Domenico, the Santa Chiara and San Bernardino monasteries
  10. Attend glorious “Holiday Festivals and Events”
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Marvelous Marche Region of Italy  by Carolyn O'Neil | ajc.com

Marvelous Marche Region of Italy  by Carolyn O'Neil | ajc.com | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

While throngs of visitors flock to Tuscany and Venice, the region known as Le Marche or simply Marche on the east coast of Italy is just waking up to tourists. If you refer to the country’s geographic comparison to the shape of a boot, Marche (pronounced ‘mahr-keh’) is positioned just above the heel so would be the calf of the boot. From the lavender lined cliff views of the Adriatic to the hilly Renaissance towns filled with priceless art and gilded historic theaters there’s much to discover and very little competition to see the sights. “It’s way out of the way. There are no tourists down there,” says Atlanta native Doug Strickland of Integrity Wines who travels to Marche to source sustainable wines. “It’s a beautiful region with great chefs. There are cool chapels and well restored ancient buildings.” During my visit to the Marche I was delighted with the freedom to explore places on my own. Unlike Florence and Rome where you have to wait in long lines to gaze upon the statue of David or crush into the Coliseum, it was so quiet I could have reached out and touched the works of Raphael at the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino, where the great artist was born. A rustic farm house lunch of fava beans, pastas and rabbit at the Locanda Ca’ Andreana near Urbino was enjoyed in the company of the family dog sleeping by the door.

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