Gino D'Acampo shows Holly Willoughby where Le Marche is in Italy
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
Gino D'Acampo shows Holly Willoughby where Le Marche is in Italy
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Telecom Italia continues with the deployment of its NGAN (Next Generation Access Network), announcing the start of installation of fibre optic cables in 30 more Italian cities, which will be added to the 37 already covered.
Pesaro will be the town in Le Marche included in this list of cities.
In the new areas covered, the commercial offer with Internet speeds starting at 30 Mbps will be launched during 2014. [...]
Not your usual, garden variety of hotel, this one near Ancona, low-slung and wide-spread in an out-of-town location. A motel concept has parking space for each room right outside its door, but Pineta Hotel offers weary travellers lavishly ample spaces, state-of-the-art technology, a singular style of blue-chip interior design and even the feel-good factor of sustainability. Yep, with its A Class energy certificate, it really does tick all the eco-boxes. There are solar panels on the roof producing more electricity than the hotel uses. At Pineta they plant trees and use energy-saving lighting, recycled paper, ozone air purifiers and the eco-friendliest cleaning and washing products. All rubbish is rigorously recycled, of course. And no fear if the battery’s running low in your EV: it’ll be recharged as you sleep. The 81 rooms come in 5 types with family accomodation too, and are all superb value for the price. If the décor and artwork are a trifle high-key, still you’ll sleep soundly on some of the most comfortable mattresses you’ve tried, shower with enough space to dance as well as sing, blithely access high-speed wifi and subscription tv channels, and get an excellent breakfast too. Pineta Hotel is 20 km inland from Ancona and not a bad base at all for exploring the Marche region - Jesi, Ostra, Senigallia, the Conero Riviera, Loreto, Recanati, Osimo etc: hills and mountains, great beaches, history and fabulous wines.
What to do in the area:
Aeroclub Ancona - Fly and SkyDive - www
Donegal Irish Pub - LiveMusicPub - www
Museo Diocesano - Museum
Museo Tattile Statale Omero - Museum
Pinacoteca Civica Francesco Podesti Museum
Ancona sotterranea - Speleology - www
Scuola Sibilla - Climbing - www
Italcook - Cookery School - www
Noir Club - DiscoDinner - www
Club Scherma - Fencing - www
Campo Pratica di GolfGolf - www
Museo Diocesano - Museum
Pinacoteca e Musei Civici - Museum
Scuola SibillaSki and Snoboarding - www
Assivip - L'enoteca di Jesi - Wine Tasting - www
A 300-year-old farmhouse that has been almost burnt to the ground several years ago is set close to the town of Treia in the Le Marche region of Italy. The old building has been totally reformed and rebuilt to create something new. Was started by the Swiss architects Markus Wespi and Jérôme de Meuron, an extensive, four-year renovation project entitled Casa Olivi was turned into such a modern living space. Amazingly, this building is protected by the Italian Cultural and History Administration. As you can see from the pics below that the outside part of the building has been meticulously preserved. At the same time, the inside part of the building has been remodeled and proffers a minimalist and airy interior too. [...]
Piero della Francesca: Personal Encounters, on view at the Metropolitan Museum beginning January 14, will consist of the following paintings: Saint Jerome and a Donor from the Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice; Madonna and Child with Two Angels (the Senigallia Madonna) from the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche, Urbino; Saint Jerome in a Landscape from the Gemaldegalerie, Berlin; and Madonna and Child from a private collection in New York. [...]
Keen photographer Maurizio Pignotti, 46, spends all night in freezing temperatures painstakingly shooting the breathtaking crystal-clear stars. He uses a technique where he merges together anywhere between 80 and 450 shots to create what he describes as a rainbow of stars.
Space-lover Maurizio, captures the star trails on the borders of the Adriatic Sea - including the Sibillini Mountains National Park, the Conero National Park, and the Gargano National Park.
View our stunning picture gallery below to see the incredible set of images.
For years, I have been talking online about Le Marche, and always in positive terms, ignoring those things I couldn't be proud about.
But there is someone in Le Marche who has made an art of urban decay.
One of the things that makes a great photographer is the ability to see beauty in unlikely places. And images of urban decay can really put that ability to the test.
Urban decay is the process whereby a previously functioning city, or part of a city, falls into disrepair. Xvemax makes the art of capturing beautiful photographs of a subject that is inherently not beautiful. Xvemax have collected more then hundreds impressive examples of urban decay photography around San Benedetto del Tronto.
Whether it’s images of abandoned rubbish after the weekend's party or simply a disregarded alley or nook, a badly parked car, there is beauty of Le Marche always in background.
Church bells ring out as we enter Urbino, a walled medieval city in the Marche region of Italy. We ride our bikes up and down steep and narrow cobble-stoned alleyways, stopping at a café, across from the Palazzo Ducale, the main attraction in this UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The palace is considered a cultural gem because of its Renaissance paintings. But on this hot day last spring we don't have the time or energy to visit. Instead of works by Raphael and Piero della Francesca, all I want is an Americano and Diet Coke to replenish my electrolytes.
Our group of four riders - a retired Whistler realtor, two Brits and myself - is weary after several long climbs. We're only half way into a 100-kilometre, four-hour ride. And we're here for the romance of Italian cycling, not past artistic glories.
We're staying at the Belvedere Bike Hotel, which has become a magnet for recreational cyclists - many of them from Vancouver - who want guided rides through the kind of hilly pastoral terrain and towns they may have seen in broadcasts of the Giro d'Italia.
The Belvedere has gained a meme-like quality among road bike riders in the Vancouver area. Or at least those who own high-priced carbon-fibre bikes, religiously check their heart rate monitors, enter Gran Fondo races and happily rise at dawn to watch live TV feeds of European Grand Tour bike races.
Not that we mind. It's an adrenalin rush. It's why we came to the Belvedere.
We're happily dazed and spent when we finally dismount at the hotel. Next on the agenda is a poolside lunch, a few hours of rest watching the French Open tennis, a swim in the sea or the pool, aperitivos at dusk and a dinner buffet, with a never-ending supply of vino rosso. Eat. Ride. Drink. [...]
Blue, brown and green: I still have these colours into my eyes after a weekend exploring Conero, a coastal trait facing the Adriatic Sea in Italian region Marche, just a bit south from Ancona.
AroundConero, this is the name of the project which took us in these lands, aims to highlight this area towards the large public. Our tour stretched through Sirolo, Numana, Arcevia, Ancona, Senigallia, Porto Recanati and Loreto, and it didn’t miss the beautiful landscapes of Mount Conero.
I am not exaggerating if I say I came back home with my eyes filled with breathtaking sights, my belly with delicious food and my heart with joy.
Arcevia, Italy is the cutest little town in the Ancona region of Italy. We happened upon this destination because all of my dad’s relatives are from here and we got in touch with a few that still lived there and planned the best Christmas ever.
We rented a stick-shift car, that my dad had apparently forgotten how to drive and we stalled out at every stop (including at a toll booth, which is not a good idea if you cannot speak Italian.) Driving up the winding road to the hilltop castle town of Arcevia was quite scary as a snowstorm started to fall and my dad was driving as he does.
We made it to the town drove around lost on tiny roads looking for our cousins’ house. Finally a man out walking in the snow stopped us, knocked on the window and yelled our last name. We screamed back “Si” and we were found. The whole village was out looking for us!
It was great to meet the “famiglia Italiana” they all looked just like my dad which was super amazing/freaky. [...]
Have you been researching your genealogy? Are you curious about the places your family came from? Not just the country, but the actual villages where your ancestors grew up, got married and raised their families?
Pesaro is a joyful little town lying on the Adriatic Coast, in the north of the Marche, a region in the very heart of Italy. During the summer, Pesaro offers wonderful sandy beaches and stunning views from the top of the hills overhanging the coast and the Adriatic Sea. [...]
Fiorenzuola di Focara, which is 10 km far from Pesaro. In my opinion this place is a little piece of heaven, probably there isn’t any other place as beautiful as Fiorenzuola in the whole coast from Venice until Ancona. Fiorenzuola di Focara is the only medieval suburb 177m above sea level.[...]
Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Urbino is a Renaissance village in central Italy’s Marche region. In the 15th century Urbino attracted top artists and scholars and had a university in 1506.[...]
L'album contiene 150 antiche cartoline e vecchie fotografie, accuratamente restaurate, della città di Ascoli Piceno - Marche
Slideshow video containing 150 restored old postcards and photographs, about the magnificent town of Ascoli Piceno in southern Le Marche.
In a famous prophesy a medieval monk known as Venerable Bede wrote that "Rome will exist as long as the Colosseum does; when the Colosseum falls so will Rome; when Rome falls so will the world.”
While that moment isn't at hand, the Colosseum is a mess. Traffic pollution has blackened the once colorful walls and pieces have fallen off. The recession means the city can't afford to clean up the ultimate symbol of ancient Rome's might and majesty, so they took up an offer from a modern Italian icon, the luxury leather goods company Tod's, owned by Diego della Valle.
Valle told CBS News’ Allen Pizzey that he’s spending $33 million to fix the monument because he is an Italian.
“I am very proud to be Italian,” he said. “This is the most important Italian monument and symbol.” [...]
According to the Italian legend, La Befana, a witch-like woman riding on a broom, refused to join the Wise Men on their journey to see the baby Jesus. When she regrets her decision, she sets out to bring gifts to the Child but never finds him. Instead, she leaves gifts for other children. Italian children leave out their shoes or put up stockings for the Befana to fill on January 5th, Epiphany Eve.
And the legend continues that every Epiphany Eve, the old, tattered and soot-covered Befana flies around the world on a broomstick and comes down chimneys to deliver candy and presents to children who have been good during the year. For those who have fallen a bit short of model behavior, la Befana will leave lumps of coal. Knowing that all kids can’t be perfect year-round, some shops in Italy sell carbone or black rock candy that actually looks like pieces of coal…so even those not quite perfect can still enjoy a sweet treat.
Unlike Santa Claus, La Befana has been an Italian tradition since the XIII century and comes from Christian legend rather than pop culture.
The arrival of la Befana is celebrated with traditional Italian foods such as panettone and marks the end of the long and festive holiday season in Italy. In honor of the Three Wise Men, Italians go to church and enjoy spending the day with family. [...]
Mano d'Opera Fabriano, 19/12/2013, bis #2 Quartetto d'archi della Canalgrande Adriatic Baroque Orchestra Christoph Timpe violino, maestro di concerto Klodian...
Italy-focussed Sound Oil has been awarded the Santa Maria Goretti permit, which could give it access to gas resources of over 24 billion cubic feet. [...]
UK-based Sound Oil expects first gas from Casa Tiberi onshore project in Italy to come in early 2014.
The UK-based firm is also working on the Rapagnano field, which delivered first gas in May.
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Ancona is the regional capital of Le Marche with a population of about 103.000. It was founded around 400BC by Greek settlers from Syracusa in Sicily. The name is derived from the Greek language meaning “elbow” after the shape of the promontory to the north of the harbor. Ancona is an important port city, especially for passenger traffic to and from the other side of the Adriatic Sea and from Greece and the Orient. It is an industrial and service center with a big marine fishing fleet. The Maritime Fishing Research Institute and the National Association of Sea Fishing Cities are situated in Ancona and it also hosts the International Fishing Trade Fair.
The following is an intro to some of the highlights in Ancona, all within walking distance from the train station and the port.
Forgotten Fruits and processing, the success key of a farm company in Le Marche.
Agricola Si.gi. for Le Marche represents (typically based on wheat and sugar beets crops), a modern concept of farming, the one that combines the production with processing into products with higher added value.
But Si.Gi. doesn't forget the tradition. The contrary. Rediscovering old preparations and products, Si.Gi. has built its succes. Here comes: the Sapa, the sun dried visciole (wild cherries), mulberry black whole fruit jam, white figs jams, wild plums jam, quince with sapa jam, apple mint jam, jelly apples and quince jam, Vinocotto, Vino di Visciole (wine and wild cherries) and, ultimately, the Giuggiolone (the old original jujube broth).
This last product and the gluten free production permitted to the company to conquer the prestigious “oscar green 2013” the italian farming prize (http://www.oscargreen.it/dotnetnuke/it-it/socazagrsigi.aspx )
The Giuggiolone SI.GI. is obtained by macerating the fruit of the jujube in Trebbiano wine in a very particular way that has lasted almost three years and allows to extract the oily juice of the fruit. The Giuggiolone is a beverage made of wine with a deep golden color.The nose offers all the perfume of ripe fruit of the jujube and taste fully confirms the nose also showing to be well balanced. But the jujube, besides being so tantalizing for the palate, also has excellent medicinal properties. It contains triterpenoid saponins, small quantities of alkaloids, glycosides, flavonoids, but especially vitamin C. Indeed 10 jujubes equivalent to 2 oranges. Its main therapeutic properties are as follows: hepatoprotective, ipocolesterolemiche, antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, emollient and expectorant. In folk medicine is considered one of the four fruits "pecs" with figs, dates and raisins.
Another charming, romantic Italian small town set on a hill in the Le Marche region. And it has so much to offer – stunning views of the Apennines and Renaissance culture (let us mention that Raphael used to live here and his house is now a museum that is a must-see) The town itself is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. We warmly recommend an espresso at Caffè Basili in the Urbino’s Piazza della Repubblica so you have enough energy to visit Albornoz Fortress and capture some postcard-perfect photos!
Head back to the Middle Ages as the splendid city of Ascoli Piceno transforms itself back into the bustling medieval city it once was for La Quintana. It’s a high-energy jousting match that rivals the excitement of Siena’s more famous Palio.
Near the Adriatic coast, about an hour south of Ancona, Ascoli Piceno has been celebrating this festival every August since the 1300s. Locals in resplendent costumes fill the stunning historic center with colorful banners. Events include flag-throwing competitions, accompanied by drums and trumpets.
Armored knights and women in glorious gowns lead the way to the arena for the main event, the Giostra della Quintana. This jousting match pits Ascoli’s six sestieri (districts) against each other, with inhabitants rooting loudly for their neighborhood’s horse and cavalier to win the cherished, hand-painted Palio (a special drape).
The jockey must maneuver his horse on the tight turns of a figure 8-shaped race course, while grasping a long, heavy wooden lance that he uses to pound the target, called “The Moor.”
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Here is a summary about Le Marche:
More people head east from Tuscany and Umbria, to upland Le Marche, where villa and other prices are lower.
Prices in Le Marche, a central Italian alternative, might be up to 25 per cent lower for similar properties, but the region has fewer historic towns and often less captivating scenery than its rivals.
Landscapes here can be spectacular – in the south the region shares the Sibillini mountains with Umbria – but elsewhere the high, often bare hills lack Tuscany and Umbria’s softer pastoral charm. Le Marche also has far fewer historic towns than its rivals, although the best of them, Urbino and Ascoli Piceno, are very good indeed.
Where is the “new Tuscany”?
Le Marche is one of several regions dubbed “the new Tuscany”.
Beaches near Monte Conero, near Ancona, are standouts.
The Arena di Verona summer opera season may be better known, but in terms of direction and orchestral quality, most Italian opera cognoscenti will tell you that the Rossini Opera Festival in the composer’s birthplace of Pesaro, in central Italy, is the hot summer ticket. Only one of the Festival's three annual Rossini opera productions is staged outdoors in the Adriatic Arena, but with the delightful 19th century Teatro Rossini as the backdrop for the other two, that’s no loss. The 2014 Festival runs from August 10 to 22 and includes a staging of the little-performed high drama Aureliano in Palmirea, directed by the dean of the Italian theatre world, Luca Ronconi.
Rossini Opera Festival (00 39 0721 3800294; rossinioperafestival.it). Book as soon as you can after tickets are put on public sale on April 28 2014, as this is a popular event with a loyal following. JMB Travel (01242 221300; jmb-travel.co.uk) – a leader in opera house and music festival holidays – has itineraries for the Rossini Opera Festival from £695pp based on two sharing.
Tuscan and Umbrian itineraries bicycle bare the most popular, thanks to the regions’ usually gentle walking and many historic towns. Other routes are to be found in the Lakes, on the Sorrentine Peninsula (above Amalfi), Sicily and Le Marche.
Less well-known than its hill-towns and gentle pastoral countryside, Umbria’s Sibillini national park, on its eastern flanks, has some spectacular mountain scenery. It offers ample opportunities for walking along historic paths, and mountain biking on trails originally made for peasants’ carts.