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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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Fairy Tale Bridal Inspiration in Gradara, Le Marche, Italy

Fairy Tale Bridal Inspiration in Gradara, Le Marche, Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Italian Bridal Inspiration in Gradara, Italy

“We wanted to show how to create a romantic countryside wedding in an unknown part of Italy. So we decided to go to [Gradara] a little “Borgo” in the hills of Le Marche. We wanted the day to be filled with soft, romantic colors inspired by nature. 

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Becoming an Expat in Le Marche: Logistics

Becoming an Expat in Le Marche: Logistics | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

As a preamble, there have been some general goals behind our decision making process. High on the list has been a desire to keep things as simple, free of stress and as cost effective as possible. Another guiding principle for us was to keep at a minimum the necessity of interacting with the Italian bureaucracy. If that isn’t already something you think about from past experience, once here, it probably will be.

Town or Country? – Location, Location, Location -Where do you want to call home? Our preference remains to live in a community of sufficient size to provide a stimulating cultural life, a variety of services such as dining choices, plus ready access to adequate health care and retains a sense of positive, common identity and life year-round. 

Rent or Buy? [...]

Why Buy A Car? [...]

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Beato Sante - a blissful August day

Beato Sante - a blissful August day | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

One of our family ‘Summer rites’ is taking our daughter Costanza to Beato Sante on ‘Children Blessing Day’ on the first Sunday of August. While in the Marche – and especially during your stay in the province of Pesaro and Urbino (land of Rossini and Raphael) – you may want to visit the convent of Beato Sante (‘Blessed Sante’), close to Mombaroccio and not far from Sant’Angelo in Lizzola, in the hinterland of Pesaro: a real ‘patch of Heaven’.

The convent, built on top of Scotaneto hill – deriving its name from ‘scotani’ (Rhus cotinus, aka Eurasian smoketree, smoke tree or smoke bush) – dates back to the year 1223. It was one of the first Franciscan seats in the Marche region, erected while Saint Francis was still alive. Later on it underwent major changes and the convent we see today dates mostly back to the 17th century, apart from a few still preserved original parts. [...]

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Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche | Here’s Where You Can Retire in Italy for Just $2,000 a Month

Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche | Here’s Where You Can Retire in Italy for Just $2,000 a Month | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

As I walk across the sunny piazza I think how easy it is to feel at home in Ascoli Piceno.

I’m still blurry-eyed when I arrive at the coffee bar, but without my having to say a word, a frothy cappuccino is placed before me, followed by a cornetto filled with a dab of sweet almond paste. The barista, Giuliano, smiles broadly and then chats about the happenings in the neighborhood.

Ascoli is the southernmost city in Le Marche, just across the border from Abruzzo. With 60,000 proud residents, it’s a lively place, with gorgeous travertine buildings and a large but lived-in historic center.

Ascoli is just one corner of Le Marche, a hidden region that offers the classic Italian lifestyle of good food, great wine, and cultural attractions for around $2,000 a month for a couple, and that’s including rent.[...]

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Ascoli Piceno – A jewel in the Marche

Ascoli Piceno –  A jewel in the Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The city of Ascoli Piceno while easy to reach, is also far enough away from the main attractions of the Marche region to keep it off the general tourist track for many people, which is a shame because it’s a real jewel, with plenty to see and do

  • Piazza del Popolo – The most beautiful Piazza in Italy? [...]
  • Olive Ascolane – a culinary wonder!  [...]
  • Ascoli Piceno's Piazza Arringo  [...]
  • Where to Stay in Ascoli-Piceno  [...]
  • When to visit Ascoli Piceno  [...]
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Montecarotto in the land of Verdicchio in Le Marche

Montecarotto in the land of Verdicchio in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

From the natural terraces of Montecarotto you can admire a wonderful landscape, that ranges from the Adriatic Sea to the Pre-Apennines mountains.

Visit | The wonderful Town Walls, built in 1509 according to the plan of the Architect Albertino di Giacomo from Cremona, is one of the most interesting fortifications of the Esino Valley. Particularly remarkable is the polygonal tower with its open gallery and the cylindrical turret.
The Collegiate Church - built at the end of the XVIII century on the ruins of the Medieval Castle. Inside the church, you can admire the remarkable and wonderful “Virgin with the Angels” painted by Ramazzani (XVI century), “Mary Immaculate with the Saints” by Sarti (XVII century) and a beautiful wooden statue of Christ (XVII century). The church boasts also extremely precious ornaments and vestments and an organ dating back to the beginning of the XVIII century. Inside the Crypt of Maria Leonia Baldoni, there are several relics of saints and martyrs.
The Conventual Church of St. Francis – built in 1612 but consecrated firstly in 1803. Here you can admire a “Nativity” by Antonio Massi from Jesi (XVII century) and a bas-relief with the “Adoration of St. Francis”.[...]
The Communal Theatre [...]
The Mail Art Museum [...]

Festivals: National Festival of the Pasquella Songs – January 6 th
Exhibition-Market of the Marches’ wines- 1st week of July Meeting, wines exhibitions, tasting, art exhibitions, musicals and plays – 1st week of July
St. Placido Fair – Last Sunday of September

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Urbino seen from the air

Urbino seen from the air a stunning short film put together by Poliedro aka Simone Balduini.
The beautiful images of spires, churches and plazas of the historic northern Le Marche town were captured in a unique way by attaching a dslr camera to a drone.

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Beautiful bird-eye view of the historical center of Urbino. The music transforms the visual pleasure into a true audiovisual experience.

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Guided Sibillini Hikes and Walks in Marche in August 2014

Guided Sibillini Hikes and Walks in Marche in August 2014 | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Hiking in Le Marche's Sibillini Mountains in August 2014, guided tours and night time stargazing, hikes and walks from Sarnano, Amandola and Montemonaco
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Campofilone, the capital of egg pastas

Campofilone è un comune italiano di 1931 abitanti della provincia di Fermo, nelle Marche. Per approfondimenti: http://blog.marcafermana.it/campofilone/
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You enter the village trough Porta Marina, then you will arrive at Piazza del Comune, which replaced the XV century building and at S.Bartolomeo’s Abbey

Down to the plain there is fortified building dating back to XVI century.

Campofilone is well known for its gastronomic speciality, the popular “maccheroncini”, egg noodles hand-cut, dating back to XV century, even mentioned in Benedictine documents.

Accommodations

MareMurò - Bed&Breakfast www

Vecchia Monta - Farm Holiday www

Cumana Blu - Residence www

Shopping

Cantina Di Ruscio - Wines www

Anticapasta - Pasta www

La Campofilone - Pasta www

Marcozzi di Campofilone - Pasta www

Maroni & Marilungo - Pasta www

Spinosi - Pasta www

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Wandering, Wondering, Stumbling, and Finding.

Wandering, Wondering, Stumbling, and Finding. | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The past week found me wandering around the Marche region to vent some of my growing restlessness and entertain my rambling thoughts.  The adventures started out on an ominous note, as walking up the first hill out of the city ...

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Living in Petritoli, Le Marche by Siobhan Daiko

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

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

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

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

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

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

What to see:

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

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

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

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Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, Italy - The Financial Times

Rossini Opera Festival, Pesaro, Italy - The Financial Times | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

There were boos and cheers, but nowhere will you come closer to the real Rossini than Pesaro

In Pesaro, you can buy Rossini mugs, Rossini figurines, or Rossini baby clothes; you can buy scores or CDs or eat food cooked according to Rossini’s recipes. Swarms of holidaymakers crowd together beneath rented beach umbrellas at one end of town, 

while clusters of Rossini scholars pore over the latest critical editions at the other.
Whether you want to burn yourself to a crisp on the Adriatic shore or hear the latest batch of fine young Rossini singers, Pesaro is the place. [...]

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Smerillo, Le Marche

Smerillo is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Fermo in the Italian region Marche, located about 80 kilometres (50 mi) south of Ancona, about 35 kilometres (22 mi) northwest of Ascoli Piceno and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) west of Fermo, on a spur midway from the Monti Sibillini and the Adriatic Sea.
It houses several remains of the medieval castle and walls. Also notable are the churches of Santa Caterina and San Ruffino.
Source: Wikipedia

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Accommodation

Casa di Noce - Bed&Breakfast - www

Contrada Durano - Farm Holiday - www

Il Vecchio Tasso - Farm Holiday - www

Activities

Museo dei Fossili e dei Minerali - Museum

Museo Pinacoteca dell'Arte dei Bambini - Museum

Pinacoteca d'Arte Contemporanea - Museum

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Urbino Now 2014

Urbino Now 2014 is a travel video magazine focusing on the beauty, culture, art, cuisine, and people of Urbino and the Marche region of Italy. This program features stories about coffee (Sugar Cafe), a chef (Il Gatto e La Volpe), beer makers (Birrificio Pergolese), a winery (Terracruda Winery), and Benelli Shotguns. The episode was produced by James Madison University School of Media Arts and Design students participating in ieiMedia's Urbino Project summer study abroad program.

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Parco Nazionale dei Sibillini: Castelluccio di Norcia, Umbria

Nature in all her dazzling beauty: stunning new landscape video capture the breath-taking mountainside between Umbria and Le Marche
The Italian videomaker Giuseppe De Santis captured beautiful sequences of the area of Castelluccio di Norcia in the Sibillini National Park during the famous blossoming that attracts photographers and video-makers from all Europe..
From the misty mountains to vivid bright blue and red flower carpets, these breath-taking photographs capture the raw and arresting beauty of the natural landscape and the work of a small community of farmers and shepherds.

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Le Marche Hiking | Mt. Priora, Tre Vescovi and Pizzo Berro

Le Marche Hiking | Mt. Priora, Tre Vescovi and Pizzo Berro | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

You can look back to http://ddstanford.blogspot.it/2012/07/3-summitsone-day-with-bacco-in.html Back to the rifugio di Fargno above the town of Casali (or Bolognola); start early and finish at lunch time and you can eat in this "bunker" at 1900 meters above the tree line.  Try and arrive early to avoid any crowds, I started at 810 from the refuge and was the only person on the top of the first 2 peaks. [...]

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Andrea Dichiara: The five senses of a designer between Asia and Le Marche

Andrea Dichiara: The five senses of a designer between Asia and Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
A friend designer, Andrea Dichiara, lives and works in Asia, but during the holidays back in the Marche.I met to chat around design project for the kitchen.
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http://www.2inasia.com

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Marche Holidays 2014

Marche Holidays 2014 | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Discover more about holidays to Marche. Find great deals and get away for less with lowcostholidays. Book today for your perfect break.
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Le Marche on books: Meg Cabot "Every Boy's Got One"

Le Marche on books: Meg Cabot "Every Boy's Got One" | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

"Le Marche is the holiday heaven". Cartoonist Jane Harris is delighted by the prospect of her first-ever trip to Europe. But it's hate at first sight for Jane and Cal Langdon, and neither is too happy at the prospect of sharing a villa with one another for a week--not even in the beautiful and picturesque Marches countryside. But when Holly and Mark's wedding plans hit a major snag that only Jane and Cal can repair, the two find themselves having to put aside their mutual dislike for one another in order to get their best friends on the road to wedded bliss--and end up on a road themselves ... one neither of them ever expected

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Meg Cabot showed me places in Italy I would never thought to go to. As soon as I got home, I started reading on Le Marche, researching when’s the best time to go, even picking out a tour guide.

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Quintana at Ascoli Piceno

Quintana at Ascoli Piceno | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

If your plans for the weekend don’t include a jousting tournament, it probably means…you aren’t in Ascoli Piceno, Italy! The first Sunday of every August is celebrated with a medieval jousting tournament that brings tens of thousands of people to the small town on Italy’s eastern coast. The day is to honor Saint Emidio, the protector of Ascoli Piceno. [...]

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Quite inspiring pictures of the cavalry tournaments of Ascoli Piceno (Italy)

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Olive all'Ascolana: The Amabile's Recipe

Olive all'Ascolana: The Amabile's Recipe | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

In my last post, I wrote a little bit about my family’s history, specifically about my great-grandmother Amabile who hailed from the region of Marche in Italy. In honor of her, I made olive all’ascolana which is a stuffed, fried olive dish from the town of Ascoli Piceno in southern Marche. I wanted so much for these olives to be a triumph, and though they were tasty, they required more effort than I’m willing to spend on an appetizer. [...]


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Frasassi Caves and the other Caves in Italy

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

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

This is the List of the best caves in Italy

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

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

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

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

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