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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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Monteprandone, the home town of St. James of the Marches - by Mario Granatiero

Monteprandone is located in a dominating position on the river Tronto Valley.
The most ancient document on Monteprandone’s castle dates back to 1039, when Guido Massaro donated the castle and the church San Nicolò to the Abbey of Farfa.
The castle was then under the rule of Fermo. According to the tradition, the municipality’s name stems from Prandone or Brandone, the name of a warrior who struggled with Charlemagne.
Between the 14th and the 15th centuries Monteprandone widened its boundaries with the annexation of several castles. Its territory was reduced in 1935, when Porto D'Ascoli separated from the Municipality.
The Town Hall currently hosts the Giacomo della Marca’s Library, he was a theologian and saint born in Monteprandone at the end of the 14th century. The collection includes many restored codes with miniatures. Walking in the historic centre of Monteprandone, passing through medieval streets, visitors may admire the Collegiate church San Nicolò, where a beautiful wooden Crucifix of the late 14th century is preserved. Monteprandone offers a rich production of arts ceramics, and the appreciated red wine called Rosso Piceno.

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With John of Capistrano, Albert of Sarteano and Bernardine of Siena, James is considered one of the "four pillars" of the Observant movement among the Franciscans. These friars became known especially for their preaching.

To combat extremely high interest rates, James established montes pietatis (literally, mountains of charity) — nonprofit credit organizations that lent money at very low rates on pawned objects.

Not everyone was happy with the work James did. Twice assassins lost their nerve when they came face to face with him. James was canonized in 1726.

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A Fashion Blogger in Ascoli Piceno: Day 1

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Hi from Italy! 
Yes, I'm finally here again with my mom and my sister. I haven't had the chance to visit my family for 10 years, so it definitely feels good to be back. I'm staying at my mom's cousin's house and I'm glad I'll be able to update the blog during my stay, even if it takes forever with the slow Internet connection.
My family lives in Ascoli Piceno, a medieval city located in the middle of Italy's east coast. During our arrival and the first part of our first day here (which is today) it was warm and sunny, but now it's raining cats and dogs. We went for a walk around the city and it feels surreal to be here again. Plus, as a history lover, it's perfect to be surrounded by Roman bridges and medieval buildings. I already ate too much, by the way: white pizza with corn, stuffed olives (olive ascolane), risotto, frozen yoghurt, mini pizza on the go and we still have dinner tonight. 
I already tried to snap as many pictures as possible. I'm so proud to show you the beautiful city I can call my temporary home again.
Dress: Thanks to SUGARHILL BOUTIQUE // Espadrilles: CHANEL // Bag: BALENCIAGA // Sunnies: TOM FORD
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Ascoli Piceno - Piazza del Popolo

Start at the Piazza del Popolo, the traffic-free, travertine-paved main square. This beautifully proportioned outdoor meeting place must be one of the most elegant provincial squares in all Italy. To one side of the square stands the Palazzo del Popolo, a splendid 13thC building guarded over by a monumental statue of Pope Paul III. Look inside to see the arcaded Renaissance courtyard.
Closing off one end of the piazza is the great Gothic church of San Francesco, a sober but pleasing building both inside and out.
The other main square, Piazza Arringo, is almost as impressive as its big sister and is flanked by the Duomo, or cathedral, and the town hall, or palazzo Comunale.

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More about Ascoli Piceno http://www.marchebreaks.com/ascolipiceno.htm 

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Le Marche: History and Cities

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“Le Marche” region is part of Central Italy and offers a blend of northern atmosphere and southern charm. Sea, mountains and hilly rural landscapes dominate its geography and these three aspects have shaped the temperament of its population.

Author Guido Piovene, in his book Viaggio in Italia (1957), defined “Le Marche” as being Italy in one region: “if one had to decide which Italian landscape was the most typical, one would have to choose the Marche… Italy, with its range of landscapes, is a distillation of the world; the Marche is a distillation of Italy.” Giosué Carducci, Nobel Prize Winner and one of the great poets of 19th century Italy, described “Le Marche” in these terms: “This land blessed by God is full of beauty, variety, liberty, with protecting mountains slowly lowering towards the sea, an embracing sea, with greeting, rising hills and shining valleys.” [...]

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Barocci: Brilliance and Grace. Reviewed by Piers Baker-Bates

Barocci: Brilliance and Grace. Reviewed by Piers Baker-Bates | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Barocci: Brilliance and Grace is one of the most stimulating and well curated exhibitions to be held in London in recent years. There is in fact a relative wealth of religious art exhibitions in London currently, the equally excellent Murillo & Justino de Neve: the art of friendship is on show at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Taken together, these exhibitions offer a perspective on early modern religious art that in unusual in England. Furthermore, like the earlier Sacred Made Realexhibition, Barocci has proved a sleeper success and, while visitors are not queuing around the block as they were forLeonardo, the public is coming in a steady stream to view this previously most neglected of artists. Symptomatic of this is that only one of Barocci’s paintings, the Madonna del Gatto, is in an English collection (in the National Gallery itself) and, as the catalogue makes clear, has frequently been treated with disdain.

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Photo: Federico Barocci, 'Last Supper', 1590-9. Chapel of the Santissimo Sacramento, Cathedral, Urbino.

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il Gelso - renovating a "rustico" in Le Marche: a big update

il Gelso - renovating a "rustico" in Le Marche: a big update | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Wednesday evening, 1st of May, a public holiday here. Here, very sensibly, they take their holidays very seriously.

We were sitting outside the local bar listening to a live band playing covers of Johnny Cash and Jefferson Airplane and other incongruities, while the sun set on a sweltering Labour Day Holiday. There was quite a crowd, young and old(er), many having just returned from a day on the beach. They were smoking, drinking, eating pizza and porchetta; these latter being sold from a van set up by a nearby hotel and the quality was excellent. But mostly people were strolling and chatting and the band went largely ignored, pity, because they were rather good.

We have been here nearly eighteen months and know many of the locals, some only by sight, but that doesn't deter any one of them from approaching us to ask whether our house is finished yet, and they all do, and our answer is well practised, "No, not yet, but soon, in two weeks we hope." This news is greeted with hearty congratulations. "Yes", we go on to say, "there are only a few outstanding jobs, we are awaiting the electricity company, the plumber, the electrician and the carpenter to complete them." This information is followed by tight-lipped, knowing smiles, and the congratulations quickly turn to variations on "Good Luck!" What they don't know, and we don't dare say outright, even to ourselves, is that water or not, electricity or not, whatever or not, all our worldly goods are arriving from England in 2 weeks and we are moving in, whatever. Thus the optimistic quote above, which roughly translates as: "And one by one I left them behind me. Geometry! A job done to perfection." [...]

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Taste your olive oil like a pro

Taste your olive oil like a pro | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Tasting oil is really very subjective. The most important thing is whether it gives you a warm glow inside, but of course there’s much more to find if you care to search it out. It’s a bit like going to an art gallery – by just looking, you know which paintings touch you or leave you cold, then you listen to the audio guide and get a whole different perspective. Well if you want to delve the oily depths, follow our suggestions below…

How to taste in five easy steps:

  1. Find a small cup, about the size of an espresso glass. The best thing is actually a disposable plastic espresso cup.
  2. Cup it in your hand, put your other hand over the top and swirl the oil around. You’re warming the oil to release the flavour. The volatile aromatic compounds will evaporate out of the liquid state.
  3. Stick your nose into the cup and inhale deeply, like someone about to make a great speech. What do you smell? Your nose can detect maybe 10,000 different smells, whilst the rather pathetic tongue can only taste 5 things so this stage should give forth some riches.
  4. Now slurp the oil – sip a bit of oil and a bit of air to help spread the taste. What’s there? Grass, artichoke, almond, tomato leaf, hay, straw, spice and melon are all terms officially recognised by the International Olive Oil Council.
  5. Swallow the oil and wait for the tingle – a gentle stinging in your throat; this is a sign of freshness and is caused by the antioxidants/polyphenols which make olive oil so healthy.
  6. You’ll see that on the back of each of your tins, there are tasting notes from the olive farmer who made your oil. Do you agree with them? Or do you taste lemon when they taste almonds?

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Le Marche, a world leader in Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil Culture. Why?

Tradition: The cultivation of the olive tree here has ancient origins. Evidence of the quality of the olive oil from the Marches can be found back in Medieval times when the ships, (coming from the Marches region) in order to be able to berth on the shores of Ferrara, were charged a toll, the ‘ripatico’, which took the form of twenty five pounds of oil. This is the historical proof that the oil from the Marches was considered to be superior to that from other areas. In the thirteen hundreds, oil from the Marches was sold to the Serenissima Republic and to Florence to the tune of over two thousand five hundred oil jars per year.
Monovarietal oil cultureThe production of monovarietal olive oils in Le Marche has increased alot during the last few years, due to their favourable chemical and sensory characteristics.

Nowadays to buy a monovarietal extra vergin olive oil, is a life philosophy for a niche market of discerning consumers. That oil, is possible to get the best from the market and from one limited territory, with certain soil and a particular climate.

Monovarietal oil choices: is surprising the typical Le Marche varieties and the quantity of autochthonous olive trees species is huge - Ascolana Tenera, Ascolana Dura, Capolga, Carboncella, Cornetta, Coroncina, Lea, Mignola, Nebbia del Menocchia, Nostrale di Rigali, Oliva Grossa, Orbetana, Piantone di Falerone, Piantone di Mogliano, Raggia, Raggiola, Rosciola Colli Esini, Sargano di Fermo, Sargano di San Benedetto

Association: "Flavor - culturadigusto", it is a Professional Tasters Association who provide their sensory skills and technical expertise to assess the quality of food products, train and educate the consumer, create groups of taste ("Panel") on individual products, sensory analysis to transfer culture to young people, schools, create important synergies with organizations, institutions, universities and research institutes also internationally.

Fabulous Producers: Marche boasts amazing producers with national and international awards and also a meritorious producers that play a worthy role of  culture promoter or safeguarding  the local production:

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“I Forzati della strada” Returns to Marche Region on July 28th

“I Forzati della strada” Returns to Marche Region on July 28th | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

"I Forzati della strada" (The Convicts of the Road) vintage ride event will be held on July 28th in Montelparo, the beautiful village overlooking the hills of the province of Fermo in the Marche region.
The name "I Forzati della Strada" originates from French journalist Albert Londres.
The event is part of the Giro d’Italia d’Epoca and offers participants the opportunity to choose between two routes of 40 km and 80 km, all in the open countryside and half on dirt roads. The group will be escorted by vintage cars and motorcycles, just to recreate the atmosphere cycling that is usually seen in faded black and white movies. Along the route way there will be a number of dining surprises of food and wine.
To give an oportunity to those that do not have a vintage bicycle, road bikes (no mountain bikes permitted) of any vintage will be allowed but cycling kits prior to 1985 will be required.

Event information: www.iforzatidellastrada.it 

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Domus of the Myth, Sant'Angelo in Vado, Le Marche - Italy

Domus of the Myth, Sant'Angelo in Vado, Le Marche - Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The Domus, dated 1st century a.C., is in “Campo della Pieve” that is in Sant’Angelo in Vado (25 Km far from Urbino). It is a Domus of 1000 meters squares with many rooms every one decorated with an elaborate series of two coloured mosaics and polychrome mosaics and everyone is different from the other one. 
The Domus of the Myth is one of the greatest discoveries of this last fifty years for the Central Italy and the Domus is baptized of the Myth because mostly mosaics represent classical mythological figures.
Every mosaic is well preserved and the high quality and the wonderful decorations show a very refined, cultured commission and very specialized workers in mosaic.
There you can admire really fine figures such as: Neptune with his wife Amphitrite on his special carriage “the Triumph Carriage”, Baccus and Medusa.
And then the “Triclinium” enriched with a Fishing Hunting: a moray bites a polyp and the polyp catches a lobster and all around this figure there are forty different decorated medallions and many geometrical themes in black and white.

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A Tale of 3 Tractors, Life in Le Marche, Italy

A glimpse of life in Le Marche, Italy of 2 American expats running a farm, inn & cooking school DEEP in the Italian countryside! Without a tractor, it takes the help of  three neighbors and their tractors, to help the couple to prepare the soil for the huge orto (fruit & vegetable garden)! 

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rewanrio's curator insight, May 2, 2013 7:25 AM

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Best Beaches in Italy: Mezzavalle Beach, Riviera del Conero

Best Beaches in Italy: Mezzavalle Beach, Riviera del Conero | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Since it’s been Earth day this week, we thought it would be a great idea to celebrate the wondrous beaches across Italy.

The Adriatic Coast is known for keeping beaches that can only be described as hidden jewels. It has a long and varied coastline with easy accessible sandy beaches, and more secluded ones that have to be reached by boat. Le Marche can boast about having the highest number of blue flagged beaches meaning they’re well kept and have an eco-label attached.

Mezzavalle is one of our favourite beaches purely because of how secluded it is, this is due to a 20 minute trek down a cliff on a winding path – but it’s a perfect excuse to witness the turquoise waters that surround you. Located in Monte Conero,north of the famous Riviera del Conero – it’s adorned with fresh white pebbles, and lots of greenery.

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Down the Rabbit Hole in Italy

Down the Rabbit Hole in Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Coming into Italy is falling into Wonderland. Some things are too big, some things too small, some pieces of American life are missing, some colorful things added, and everyone is a character.
It is a distorted mirror; at first, everything may seem normal—it is, after all, a developed country on par with the United States. But then the façade begins to shatter and a real world—a world so very different emerges.

The first thing to notice is the size. Cars are smaller (otherwise they could not park anywhere), people are shorter, cities are closed into tinier spaces. The shops are smaller, miniature ones filling in the medieval structures still standing.
Cafés and Tobaccherie (tobacco shops) rule the land, interspersed with hundreds of independent stores selling clothes and fruit and shoes and bread and hose and watches. These wonders—these independent shops with familial atmospheres—collectively take the place held by large corporations like Wal-Mart in the United States.
Another appliance gone missing is the dryer. Instead, clothes are left to hang for a day to air-dry.

While Italy has some quirks, it is just as functional as the United States. I love browsing little shops and food markets and sitting in a café that is not Starbucks, have learned to light a stove and cook without a microwave, and have gained enough resistance to walk to the third floor of Ballantine without losing my breath.

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Learn to Fly on the Sibillini Mountains

The National School of flight "The Sibillini" is affiliated with the Federazione Italiana Volo Libero (Italian Federation of Free Flight) and certified by the Aero Club of Italy with the No. 7.
It was the first flight school in Le Marche and one of the first in all Italy.
The school offers base and advanced courses and tourist flights flight for:

  •   hang gliding
  •   paragliding
  •   two-seater
  •   paramotor


More info (only in Italian):http://www.limanhouse.com/ 

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How great is this....... may have to try it!

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Italy’s Marche region with largest delegation at the Italian Pavilion in Libya Build 2013

Italy’s Marche region with largest delegation at the Italian Pavilion in Libya Build 2013 | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

After the successful participation of last year, a group of 24 Italian companies from the Marche region will take part in the 9th edition of “Libya Build”.
Libya Build is slated to be the largest international event in the “new Libya”, specializing in construction, architecture and engineering, furniture and interior decoration, and will take place in Tripoli 19-23 May 2013.
At the Italian pavilion (Hall no. 4), which will consist of 119 companies, the group representing the Marche region will be the largest single Italian regional delegation.
“With a company for every 9 inhabitants the Marche region, located in central Italy and overlooking the Adriatic coast, has a dynamic industrial sector”, said Umberto Bonito of 3B Expo & Consulting, organizer of the Marche delegation.
The Marche delegation will consist of “a concentration of small and medium-sized enterprises, strongly “export-oriented”, with a wide range of specialization in the traditional sectors of the “Made in Italy” range, such as mechanics, building, wood and furniture, etc, and with a long history of trade relations with Libya”, added Bonito.
Whilst other international business delegations and conferences seeking meetings with officials have recently postponed visits to Libya, the Marche delegation seeks B2B contacts. [...]

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Offida, a gem in southern Le Marche

Offida is one of the southern Marche's smaller gems. Offida has pre-historic origins, was dominated by Romans and was a feud in the 11th century.  Offida is rich in monuments, starting from the castle’s walls and the stronghold, built according to a design by architect Baccio Pontelli.
Santa Maria della Rocca is today one of the most precious testimonies of the Romanesque architecture in the whole region and is one of the area's most important examples of Piceno monastic art. The building began as a Longobard castle before being passed to the Abbey of Farfa around 1000. The present building dates back to 1330, it has three high, slender polygonal apses, with a Gothic portal at the foot of the central apse. Inside, visitors may admire interesting frescoes dating back to the 14th century and belonging to the Bologna school. The frescoes around the apse were attributed to the monk Fra Marino Angeli of Montalto Marche, who worked in Offida in 1423. The upside-down sarcophagus used as altar dates back to the Roman age and represents the God Silvano. In the surrounding area is the beautiful crypt, composed of three naves, which become five in the transept .[...]
The unusual triangular main piazza dominated by the beautiful town hall - one of the finest examples of 15th century civic architecture in the Marche. The Municipal Palace (13th-14th centuries) has on its main front a porch with cylindrical columns and round arches made of brickwork. The arches hold a slender loggia.
The Sant’Agostino Sanctuary dates back to the 14th century and was re-built in the 18th century, it shows on its left side Romanesque-Gothic characters. Inside are paintings by local artists of the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as a precious reliquary of the Eucharistic Miracle occurred to Luciano in 1273.
The Church of Addolorata has a Renaissance porch and an earthenware cornice with a 16th-century fascia, adorned by 15th-century friezes.
Back in the town centre, a web of narrow alleyways beckon you to explore - look out for the numerous Renaissance details while you wander about. Then to round off a visit you could always buy some of the hand-made lace - pizzo a mano.
Lace making is one of Offida's most common crafts. Women can still be seen, seated at their doorways in old town passageways, working intently, often with great rapidity, with bobbins, threads of white or grey yarn and pins on designs of flowers and animals.

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Where to stay, what to do and buy:http://www.marchebreaks.com/offida.htm 

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Another beautiful place to visit when you come to stay at Bella Vallone! 

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The Regions of Italy, From A to Z: Le Marche

The Regions of Italy, From A to Z: Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Do you know Italy… by region? It might seem like a lot to ask, but if you’re planning a trip to Italy, knowing Italy’s regions is a great place to start!

The country is broken up into 20 official regions, which you can think of as districts—similar to states or provinces. What are the different regions, what are they known for, and which ones should you travel to? Here’s help!


Le Marche

This relatively little-known region in central Italy is hilly and mountainous, and has long stretch of coastline along the Adriatic. Historically agricultural and poor, today, it’s known for its specialized industries, like furniture and textiles. Tourism is popular here, too—although there are far fewer tourists than in many of Italy’s other regions!—with travelers attracted to the region’s lovely beaches, mountains, and small towns.

Visit Le Marche if: You’d like to get off the beaten path; you want to hit the beach (the beaches around Rimini are especially popular in summer); you want to hike or enjoy other outdoor activities; you’re on a budget.

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Spring Breaks Foraging for Wild Edibles in Le Marche

Wild edible plants are everywhere you turn in Le Marche. Not only is it free food, but eating wild plants is healthy and a... huge stride toward wilderness self-sufficiency.
In Le Marche, searching for wild greens can be a great side activity for Tourists interested in food and cooking.
Traffles, mushrooms or wild fruits are not always availables, so wild edible greens and the most desired asparagus can be a wonderful attraction for spring breaks.

La Tavola Marche, always in front with these kind of promotional initiative, had, recently, guests foraging for wild greens in the field around the accommodation. Jason, the chef, helped them identifying the different edibles and with bags full of dandelion greens, poppy greens, crespigno & more they head into the kitchen to create a rustic tart with the fresh picked wild greens, ricotta & prosciutto.
After the work is done, guests dined on the efforts with a dinner filled with local seasonal dishes!

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Domenico Alaleona the great “musicologist-composer” from Le Marche

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Domenico Alaleona (1881 - 1928) may not be a name familiar to contemporary audiences, but in his time he was highly regarded as a composer, musicologist, and choral conductor by the likes of Puccini and Toscanni. Alaleona represented the first Italian case of “musicologist-composer” , a role which today is predominant in comparison with the past. Domenico Alaleona was born in Montegiorgio, a small village in the south of Marche (central Italy) Alaleona belongs to that large group of composers who tried to renew the Italian musical language at the beginning of 1900s, by linking the retrieval of Gregorian chant and of Reinassance classical poliphony with the most recent composing techniques, and by completely ignoring the Romantic experience. The musical culture of that time was characterized by the lack of univocal certainties and by the consequent search for identity on the part of the artists, who were pursuing it towards different directions. The Italian musical panorama was dominated by the veristic opera, but parallely some new interests in Renaissance music were emerging, with the consequent revaluation of such figures as Frescobaldi and Monteverdi.

Alaleona developped the “theory of the division of the octave in equal parts”, which would find accomplishment in two important theorical writings appeared on the Rivista Musicale Italiana in 1911: The modern horizons of musical technique. Theory of the division of the octave in equal parts and Very Modern Harmony, where , in his search for new linguistic codes and ethical horizons, Alaleona foretold the intuitions of great Central European composers, as Schonberg, arriving explicitly at theorizing dodecaphony.

MIRRA is his only opera, composed 1908 - 1912, and was premiered in 1920, and then lay dormant until 2002: this recording captures a concert performance in 2003 by the chorus and orchestra of Radio France conducted by Juraj Valcuha. It bears hearing and demands attention!

The story is adapted from Vittorio Alfieri's Greek-based tragedy in which Myrrha refuses to marry Prince Pereo, confessing that her secret passion is for her father Cinyras! Yes, a remodeled Electra story with all the requisite confrontations between father/daughter, suicides, and scandal. The music shows influence of Strauss, Debussy, Wagner, Puccini, Mascagni and other lusty sources.

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Supporting talented artisans in Le Marche

Supporting talented artisans in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Italy has a reputation for high quality local crafts, but the country’s artigiani – traditional artisans – have struggled to compete with the increasing commercialisation of their country in recent years. Indeed The Guardian reported that Italian artisans were turning increasingly to the internet and the convenience of selling to supermarkets, in order to try and make a living. It seems that the traditional crafts of Italy are in danger of being lost to mass production, with the demise of uniqueness and quality that such a move usually entails.
However, my wife is determined to fight for the country’s artigiani. From our Italian base in Le Marche Dawn Cavanagh-Hobbs, a co-founder in our family-run company Appassionata, is supporting and working alongside local artisans. The individuals that Dawn works with are often the third or fourth generation of their family to carry out the specialist local crafts. Their workshops range from tiny warehouses to ramshackle wooden huts.
Dawn explains,“I feel privileged to have had the chance to meet and support so many talented artisans in Le Marche. Appassionata’s ethos is to support small local businesses and to help the region’s economy wherever possible. Many of the artisans we work with have tiny facilities at their disposal but what they produce is incredible.”

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The Marchigiani Ways

The Marchigiani Ways | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The people – the Marchigiani are unbelievably stubborn and inflexible in my opinion. Not strikingly positive qualities at first glance you might think? And indeed, perhaps one of the reasons why tourism has been slower to take off in the same way as other areas of Italy.

For example, the Marchigiani still take their three hour lunch break each day. A concept which is absolutely alien to me as I’m doing well if I get time to eat a Pot Noodle at my desk while typing and talking on the phone simultaneously. When we were renovating our house in Marche, I remember flying into Ancona just before lunch and driving south along the A14 to get to the office of our Architetto. I was surprised to be met with the news that he was just going home for lunch for several hours, so perhaps I could wait until he returned. Initially I was surprised, even irritated, but then realised I actually admired this adherence to his values – why would he compromise on his lunch with his kids just because I had flown across Europe to meet with him?[...]

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David Monacchi: from Le Marche around the world capturing the sounds of the rainforest

David Monacchi: from Le Marche around the world capturing the sounds of the rainforest | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Researcher and eco-acoustic composer David Monacchi has been using DPA Microphones 4060 miniature microphones to capture the sounds of the rainforest as part of his long-term environmental sound-art project entitled Fragments of Extinction (A Sonic Journey into the Ecosystems of the World’s Tropical Rainforests, with the official endorsement of Greenpeace and WWF)

David Monacchi, who is Professor of Electroacoustic Music at the Conservatorio G. Rossini in Pesaro, Marche, Italy, is collaborating with various institutions on this project, which involves traveling to some of the world's most remote areas of intact rainforest to record complex soundscape portraits.
Field recordings of environmental sound events, either natural or produced by anthropic contexts, provides the main source of sound research for the eco-acoustic approach. 'Concrete' materials become the basis for acoustic and anthropological research, sound documentaries, sonorizations applied to visual and performing arts and electro-acoustic compositions.

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http://www.davidmonacchi.it 



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Mediconterraneo - Premio Libero Bizzarri 2012

Mediconterraneo - Premio Libero Bizzarri 2012 | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

“Mediconterraneo - incontro di popoli e di prospettive” sessione estiva del 19° Premio Libero Bizzarri che si terrà dal 10 al 15 luglio presso la Palazzina Azzurra di San Benedetto del Tronto. L’iniziativa racconta il Mediterraneo del XXI° secolo grazie a scrittori, intellettuali, musicisti, cineasti con l’obiettivo di far crescere la conoscenza, far circolare idee, ridurre lo spazio a pregiudizi e luoghi comuni. La Palazzina Azzurra sarà sala cinematografica a cielo aperto, luogo di immagini, suoni, parole e degustazioni, luogo di incontri ed eventi che avranno come protagonisti autori, storie, e personaggi legati al Mediterraneo – (dm) – Tutto il programma disponibile su www.fondazionebizzarri.tk 

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Richard Loring talks about his visit to Gualdo on South African Radio

Richard Loring talks about his visit to Gualdo on South African Radio | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Cathy Retief-Neil will be sharing interesting insights on Gualdo, Italy on our travelling programme, Passport to the world. The very respected impresario/playwright, Richard Loring will be visiting us at Radio Helderberg. 
Some artists hit the top spot as singers, others as screen idols, and others as stage actors. Armed with extensive stage, singing and film experience, looks and loads of ambition, RICHARD LORING has done all three and achieved incredible success in the entertainment field as singer, movie star and stage actor.

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Listen here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jRumaRDSe34


More about Richard Loring: http://www.richardloring.co.za 

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MARCHE Region: a travel through images of Giorgio Marinelli

MARCHE Region: a travel through images of Giorgio Marinelli | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

"I have begun a long trip throughout Marche region carrying my camera, with the intention of describing our land through the images. From the Conero Coast to the Sibillini mountains, passing through the countryside, in a continuous up and down of towns and villages, discovering the human impression and the human history”. This book has been published also thanks to the contribution of the Pieralisi Group."

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In Search of Beauty and Health in Le Marche Macerata Province

In Search of Beauty and Health in Le Marche Macerata Province | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Discover the best Spa Resorts for beauty, health and wellness treatments in the Macerata Province in Le Marche. Romantic and relaxing stays, destination spas, historically in Le Marche such spas were developed at the location of natural hot springs or sources of mineral waters. Over a typical week long stay such facilities provide a comprehensive program that includes spa services, physical fitness activities, wellness education, healthy cuisine and special interest programming.
Some destination spas offer an all-inclusive program that includes fitness classes, healthy cuisine, educational classes and seminars as well as similar services to those in a beauty salon or a day spa. Guests reside and participate in the program instead of just visiting for a treatment or purely for a vacation. In the Marches region many destination spas are not located in spa towns. Spa towns are generally identified by the word "Terme".
Resort spas are generally located in resorts and offer similar services e.g rooms with services, meals, body treatments and various fitness programmes.

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