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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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Le Marche curiosities: First Fools of the Year

Le Marche curiosities: First Fools of the Year | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The children returned from a day out in Matelica recently, each wielding a  Patenta di Mattu – ‘Licence to be crazy’ – well, who knew you needed a licence?

In the middle ages bankrupts were forced to wear a silly hat and walk around the fountain twelve times whilst ringing a bell and shouting ‘I have given away all my possessions and for this no one should ever believe me again’.  At which point they were officially registered by the council and all debts cleared.

Given their sense of style I think for Italians the hat was the main deterrent (for the English it would be an added bonus).  Nowadays children can run around the fountain seven times and get the Crazy license abd it was with great pride that they reported that they were the first Mattu of the year – they won’t be the last. [...]

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Grotte di Frasassi: Spectacular Caverns in Central Italy's Marche Region

Grotte di Frasassi: Spectacular Caverns in Central Italy's Marche Region | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Italy's most spectacular caverns are the Grotte di Frasassi in the region ofLe Marche, about 65 kilometers inland from Ancona. Stunning stalactites and stalagmites fill the rooms that can be visited on a guided tour of the caves along a well-lit pathway. More adventurous explorers can sign up for a Speleo Adventure Tour. See Visiting Frasassi Caves for information about how to tour these fantastic caverns and see a couple of photos.

There are several interesting sights near Frasassi Caves including a museum, 1th century Romanesque abbey, and the picturesque village and castle of Genga, built on a limestone hill.

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Assalto al Moro | Il Palio di Ascoli

Assalto al Moro | Il Palio di Ascoli è un progetto editoriale che vedrà la luce in questo inizio del 2013.
L’idea nasce dal desiderio di raccontare il fascino che si cela dietro la rievocazione storica della Quintana di Ascoli Piceno – nelle Marche -, evento che ogni anno richiama migliaia di turisti e che ogni cittadino ascolano vive con passione e partecipazione, accompagnare con immagini e video nella magia dell’evento, in quella parte di “vita quintanara” spesso sconosciuta ai più.

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The wonderful spectacle of the annual Palio at Ascoli Piceno. Can't wait for the 2013 season.

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The Most Beautiful Small Towns of Le Marche Tour | Gabriele's Travels to Italy

The Most Beautiful Small Towns of Le Marche Tour | Gabriele's Travels to Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

SEE WHAT THE REGION HAS TO OFFER

You may have visited Italy more than a few times; you may have been to Tuscany, Umbria, Sicily, The Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Rome and Venice! But you haven’t seen what else Italy has to offer until you have experienced le Marche.

• 180 km of coastline
• 500 piazzas
• 1000 important monuments
• 34 archeological sites
• 315 antique libraries housing over 4 million volumes
• 72 historic theatres
• 200 churches which the majority are of Romanesque architecture
• 183 religious shrines
• Largest number of museums and galleries in Italy: 342
• 2 national parks (Monti Sibillini, Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga),
• 4 regional parks (Monte Conero, Sasso Simone and Simoncello, Monte San Bartolo, Gola della Rossa and Grotte di Frasassi),
• 5 nature reserves (Abbadia di Fiastra, Gola del Furlo, Montagna di Torricchio, Ripa Bianca and Sentina),
• 26 cities facing the Adriatic Sea

These are the numbers of le Marche, but as the locals say, that to taste the region a visitor needs only 5 things – his own senses. Tucked between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine mountain range the region can be visited and enjoyed during all seasons.

In the summer, le Marche offers some of the finest white sand beaches of the entire Mediterranean basin. A shallow sea water level makes its coastline the perfect spot for sun worshippers and beach lovers.

Wintertime offers sports activities on the peaks of the Apennines, with alpine and Nordic skiing for all levels.

In the fall, the hills, the region’s most prominent feature, are covered with olive trees and vineyards that produce excellent olive oil and many notable wines.

Small towns, rich with history and each with its unique architectural style, offer excellent accommodations in perfectly restored farmhouses, villas, castles and monasteries. Mix everything with an exclusive local cuisine and you have found the perfect spot for your next vacation to Italy.

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Cees Den Hartog's curator insight, January 30, 2013 7:22 AM

Wat heeft Marche allemaal te bieden??

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felicia's comment, January 31, 2013 12:30 AM
why are flowers hung???
Mariano Pallottini's comment, January 31, 2013 6:46 AM
This is common in all mediterranean coasts. People like the flowers and the flowers represent a nourriture for the spirit.
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Macerata | Le Marche Guide

Macerata | Le Marche Guide | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

A hilltop gem built entirely of a soft-coloured brick, the little-known provincial capital of MACERATA is one of the region’s most attractive and historically well-endowed towns. The comparisons with Urbino are inevitable but what Macerata lacks in Renaissance splendour it more than makes up for with its livelier atmosphere, especially on market day (Wed) when the streets and squares are clogged with stalls and punters. Easy paced and with a large student population, it’s an ideal place to wind down in the evenings after exploring the province. For fans of opera and ballet, the annual Sferisterio Opera Festival from mid-July to mid-August, held in Italy’s best open-air venue outside Verona, is a must.

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Loreto | Le Marche Guide | Rough Guides

Loreto | Le Marche Guide | Rough Guides | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The vast majority of people who visit LORETO are pilgrims, over four million of whom arrive every year to pay their respects at what they believe is the House of the Virgin Mary where Jesus spent his childhood. The house is contained within a huge hilltop basilica visible from miles around. However, away from the religious frenzy, the town, it must be said, has little to offer.
The primitive stone House of the Virgin Mary (Santa Casa) with only three walls, sits within a grand and very far from humble basilica, featuring works by such Renaissance luminaries as Bramante, Antonio da Sangallo, Sansovino, Lotto and Luca Signorelli, many of which depict scenes from the life of Mary. Inside the house, pride of place is given to a copy of the famous Black Madonna of Loreto; the medieval original, once crazily attributed to St Luke, was destroyed in a fire in 1921. For the non-believer the religious fervour can come as a surprise, with some pilgrims pressing their cheeks against the blackened, crumbling brick walls mumbling tearful prayers, others on their knees in a trance-like state in front of the Madonna. Talking in here is not a good idea as you will be unceremoniously shushed by the grim-faced nuns. Note that at peak times you may not be able to look around the Holy House as a service is usually being conducted for visiting pilgrims, and it is closed from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
Over the centuries, Loreto built up a covetable collection of treasures donated by wealthy believers. One of the most costly and idiosyncratic was a golden baby bequeathed by Louis XIII of France, weighing exactly the same as his long-awaited heir, the future Louis XIV. The basilica was ransacked in 1798 by Napoleonic troops, most of the plunder ending up on the shelves of the Louvre in Paris. Following Napoleon’s demise, subsequent popes managed to retrieve many of the valuables, but the majority were stolen again in 1974 in what became known as the “holy theft of the century”.
Loreto owes its existence to one of the Catholic Church’s more surreal legends. The story goes that in 1292, when the Muslims kicked the Crusaders out of Palestine, a posse of angels flew the house of Mary from Nazareth, the Santa Casa, to Dalmatia, and then, a few years later, whisked it across the Adriatic to Loreto. In the face of growing scepticism, the Vatican came up with the more plausible story that the Holy House was transported to Loreto on board a Crusader ship. Not surprisingly, though, this new theory doesn’t have the same hold on the Catholic imagination, and the Madonna of Loreto continues to be viewed as the patron saint of aviators: Lindbergh took an image of her on his landmark Atlantic flight in 1927, and a medallion inscribed with her image also accompanied the crew of Apollo 9. For centuries she was also credited with military victories – presumably she was thought to have power over projectiles.

During the Baroque period the Santa Casa was copied by pious architects across central Europe, most notably in Bohemia and Moravia where tens of replicas were built. The finest of these stands next to Prague Castle.

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A well traveled Italian in Beijing: from Le Marche to China

A well traveled Italian in Beijing: from Le Marche to China | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

At 38, Giovanni Ricci has already chalked up 23 years in some of the world's best kitchens - including the Sheraton Bologna in Italy and the Hilton Prague in the Czech Republic. More recently, he ventured to Asia with a stint at the Saujana Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where he was responsible for the 100-seat award-winning Senja Restaurant.
Ricci comes from San Benedetto del Tronto, an active fishing port and one of the main seaside resorts on the central Adriatic coast in Le Marche, Italy - and the maritime influence is reflected in his shrimp salad and seafood platter.
But he is also schooled in classic Italian, as marked by the chef's tiramisu, a dessert that has already won him accolades and an award in Malaysia.
At Bene Italian Restaurant at the Sheraton Beijing, Ricci takes advantage of the seasonal truffles from November to March to create several signature dishes. One is a black truffle risotto with a veal roll with ham. Another is a buffalo cheese tortellacci with black truffle paste. [...]

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Travel to Italy Tip #4 | Travel to lesser known areas

Travel to Italy Tip #4 | Travel to lesser known areas | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Another way to help save money and make your dream of travel to Italy come true this year is to think outside of the box.  The majority of tourists all travel to the same areas in Italy.  In major cities, the tourists can be found in the same concentrated places.  Of course there are the blockbusters to see, but aside from that you really don’t need to get caught up in the masses.  To increase your enjoyment, see more of the real Italy all while saving money, follow tip #4. [...]

I encourage you to try Le Marche.  You will be lucky to find much more than a few token pages about this in mainstream guidebooks.  Le Marche feels like my personal secret, one that I can’t keep.  You can have it all here, from beaches to quaint villages.  The best part is that you won’t get run over by a herd of tourists snapping pictures. [... ]

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Ascoli Piceno | Le Marche Guide | Rough Guides

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Located between the Monti Sibillini and the Adriatic, ASCOLI PICENO is Le Marche’s greatest hidden gem and lies well off the tourist trail. This seems odd considering it has plenty of grand architecture and a lovely café-lined central square that’s among the most pleasant in the region. At Mardi Gras it hosts Le Marche’s most flamboyant carnival and in August its streets are given over to the Quintana, a medieval festival that incorporates a spectacular joust. If that wasn’t enough, Ascoli’s restaurants and food stalls are the proud purveyors of olive all’ascolana (deep-fried breadcrumb-crusted olives stuffed with veal), the closest Italy comes to the Scotch egg, but much tastier.

Ascoli has a compact centre, surrounded by largely intact walls. Piazza del Popolo is the place to get the feel of the town, while its small number of Roman remains and its churches and museums are scattered throughout the old centre.

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Great Le Marche People: Gioachino Rossini

Great Le Marche People: Gioachino Rossini | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Gioachino Antonio Rossini (February 29, 1792 – November 13, 1868) was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces.  He was born into a family of musicians in Pesaro, a town on the Adriatic coast of Italy which was then part of the Papal States. His father, Giuseppe, was a horn player and inspector of slaughterhouses. His mother, Anna, was a singer and a baker’s daughter. Rossini’s parents began his musical training early, and by the age of six he was playing the triangle in his father’s musical group. Rossini’s father was sent to prison in 1799 for welcoming Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops when they arrived in northern Italy and remained there until June 1800...

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Giovanni Allevi: Hangout from Teatro Carlo Felice

Giovanni Allevi, the famous Le Marche composer, in nice HANGOUT from the Teatro Carlo Felice!

Allevi has been filmed live on 13/11  in the beautiful scenary of the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa. It was the exclusive possibility to follow the orchestra rehearsals of the "Sunrise" tour in preparation.

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Holiday Experiences in Le Marche

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Regali24.it is a website to reward yourself with a gift or to donate someone an unforgettable experience in the Marche.

18 experiences, 22 different places, an offer that surely will grow this summer, A resource for all those who want to live more intensely their holiday in Le Marche, Italy

  • Tandem paragliding
  • Romantic weekend
  • Tandem parachute
  • Enchanting stay for two
  • Sailing cruise with overnight stay
  • Getaways with sea view
  • Airplane flight with parachute
  • Excursion on a sailing boat
  • Weekend Adventure
  • Hydrospeed
  • Wellness


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Un sito internet per regalare e regalarvi esperienze indimenticabili nelle Marche.
18 esperienze, 22 luoghi differenti per un'offerta che da qui all'estate crescerà sicuramente. Una risorsa in più per tutti coloro che vogliano vivere ancora più intensamente la loro vacanza nelle Marche

  • Volo in parapendio biposto
  • Week end romantico
  • Lancio tandem con paracadute
  • Soggiorni incantevoli per due
  • Destinazione Paradiso
  • Crociera in vela con pernottamento
  • Vacanze brevi con vistamare
  • Volo in aereo con i paracadutisti
  • Escursione in barca a vela
  • Week end avventura
  • Hydrospeed
  • Wellness
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Food Festivals in Le Marche

Food Festivals in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Food and wine are one of the main reasons to go to Le Marche. Each province of Le Marche has its specialties and typical products known and enjoyed all over the world with unique flavours. Numerous festivals are organized all year where you can enjoy savouring this delicious cuisine in the company of the local people. On many occasions the wine is free and this tells a lot about the generosity of the Le Marche people.


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Italy and its regions offer a great selection of food festivals throughout the year. Are you ready for your first foodfestival vacation?

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Explore the Region Marche

Explore the Region Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Our journey through Marche begins from the Piceno area near the coastal area of

  • San Benedetto del Tronto, a beautiful town proudly flaunting its wonderful promenade shaded by palm trees. Leaving behind the sea of and moving up the hills we arrive in the town of ...
  • Aquaviva Picena huddled around its medieval fortress which was once the stronghold of the Dukes of Aquaviva. This is where the pagliarolle are still handmade.  We dine and we begin with fricantò a type of vegetable based ragù cooked for a very long time.  Another typical Aquaviva Picena is the ncip-nciap, rabbit, chopped, stewed and pan fried with oil, olives, garlic, rosemary and S & P.  From Aquaviva Picena, we move on to 
  • Ascoli Piceno, home to one of the most beautiful Italian squares; Piazza del Poppolo, surrounded by the harmonious colonnade of different style arches.  If you happen to be around on the first Sunday of August, you should not miss the Quintana parade, a magnificent nightly parade that takes place in Piazza del Popollo.  Time to sit down at the table.  As a first course, maccheroncini del Campofilone cooked with a chicken giblet sauce.  Ascoli Piceno is the perfect place to enjoy the original Olive all’Ascolana, olives stuffed with a mixture of meats, eggs, cheese and nutmeg.  For dessert cicerchiata, balls coated with honey and caramelized sugar, prepared with dried fruits.  To take in a breathtaking view of this wonderful town, just take a stroll in the Parco della Rimembranza. We now head for 
  • Fermo, renowned for it footwear and hat manufacturing. And from here we travel to Macerata with its Piazza Della Libertà which seems to be the local inhabitant’s living room.  In 
  • Macerata we try 2 local cold meats:  The ciauscolo, a soft pâté salami, and the mazzafegato, a type of ciauscolo combined with pigs liver. Now we move to 
  • Ancona and its port.  With the sea behind us, we are in Piazza della Republica.  A short walk uphill and we reach Pizza del Plebiscito, we pay homage to a symbol of the Marche cuisine: the vincisgrassi, very rich and tasty pasta accompanied by a delicious Verdicchio de Castelli di Jeseiwine.  And now for the brodetto al anconatana, the traditional Ancona fish soup.  The brodetto all’anconetana has a very dense consistency and is served with lightly toasted bread.  After a pleasant walk we get to the Cathedral of San Ciriaco, on the Guasco hill.  Leaving Ancona we travel to 
  • Arcevia, where the romantic Leopardi Garden is an absolute must.  Returning towards the Adriatic Coast we reach Pesaro.  
  • Pesaro is called the city of the four M s: Mare, Monti, Musiche and Maioliche.  (sea, mountains, music and ceramics) and it is also the native town of Giocchini Rossini.  Its seafront promenade is favored by the locals, and it is from this very promenade we leave Pesaro for
  • Urbino, a prime example of a Renaissance city declared UNESCO world heritage site. To communicate the overwhelming emotions felt on arriving in Urbino, we use the words of someone with a deep rooted love for this town: Carlo Bo, who was the rector of Urbino Universtiy, named after him, for 54 years.  He said ” Anyone who arrives in Urbino unaware of its history and it importance is met with total astonishment, or rather, a miracle.  Set in the hilly landscape that support the city’s access roads is a fairy-like mansion totally unscathed by the passing of time”.  The mansion Carlo Bo refers to its Palazzao Ducale, a Renaissance masterpeice, with its Torricini and it Cortile D’Onore.  The Marche Nattional Gallery is located here.  The historic center of Urbino is entirely constructed in brick and is surrounded by defense walls. Intense hunger is calling for a break.  We decide to pay tribute to the Urbino DOP Casciotto, made from a mixture of sheep and cow milk.  


Our journey through the Marche has come to an end!

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Appassionata's curator insight, February 5, 2013 4:41 AM

So much to see in Le Marche....... make a visit!

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The Sanctuary of Loreto in Le Marche

The Sanctuary of Loreto in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

In discovery of the Santa Casa and its many artistic works

The splendid City of Loreto, tucked inside the countryside of the Marches Region, owes its fame to the sanctuary where the Santa Casa della Vergine Maria (Shrine of the Holy House of the Virgin Mary) is preserved and venerated. It is a holy place defined by Pope John Paul II as “the true Marian heart of Christianity.” The sanctuary has been one of the most important pilgrimage sites for the Catholic faith for centuries, having been visited by approximately 200 saints and beatified persons, as well as by numerous Popes.
According to ancient tradition, and today substantiated by historical and archaeological research, the Santa Casa is the house from Nazareth where the Virgin Mary was born, educated, and where she received the Annunciation.
The house was composed of one room in masonry, with three walls in stone placed so as to enclose a rock cavern.

This cavern is worshipped by pilgrims who flock to Nazareth, that is to the Basilica of the Annunciation, while the three stone walls, as legend has it, were brought to Italy (first passing through Illyria) by crusaders expelled from Palestine in 1291. The walls arrived in Loreto in 1294.
Not only, but documents and archaeological excavations have continued to reinforce the hypothesis that the walls of the Santa Casa were transported to Loreto by ship, an initiative undertaken by the Angeli Family, nobles who ruled over Epirus at the time.

Indeed, one document dating back to 1294 (recently discovered), testifies that Niceforo Angeli, despot of Epirus, in offering his daughter Ithamar’s hand in marriage to Philip of Taranto (son of the King of Naples, Charles II of Anjou), gave the Prince a dowry that included such treasures as the “holy stones taken from the Home of our Lady the Virgin Mother of God.”
In order to protect these humble stone walls, and to receive the ever-larger masses of pilgrims visiting the sacred relic, construction works on the magnificent Sanctuary of Loreto were begun in the mid-15th Century.


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The Retreat's curator insight, February 2, 2013 9:48 AM

Another great scoop from Mario about the magic Marche area. Great work Mario!

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The Popstar who gave new life to the Accordion: Peter Dranga in Castelfidardo, Italy

Pop artists included, electro music and DJ from around the world rediscover the analog sound of the accordion. Many hits of the moment confirm the trend with the happiness of the most famouse producer in the world located in Le Marche in Central Italy.
Peter Dranga introduced the accordion to the Russian stage. As the first person to do this, Dranga created a new genre which revived this forgotten instrument. After his first performance, this new pop style developed rapidly. Now he has many fans and imitators. Due to his contributions, accordion presentations have become an entertaining spectacular as he manages to dance with this heavy instrument on parquet and even on ice.

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Le Marche Guide: Pesaro, Fano and around | Rough Guides

Le Marche Guide: Pesaro, Fano and around | Rough Guides | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The vast majority of tourists come to PESARO, an agreeably tranquil backwater, much of which dates from the 1920s and 1930s, for a lazy bake on the long stretch of sandy beach and little else. Though popular with Brits and Germans on cheap package holidays and Italian families on annual getaways, this sometimes overlooked resort has gone slightly more upmarket in recent years with the bog-standard seasonal three-star hotels up against stiff competition from some world-class luxury establishments. Away from the bronzing masses, Pesaro’s old town has an enjoyably off-the-beaten-track feel and makes for half a day’s exploration. With regular transport connections to lesser-known towns like Gradara and Fano, it also makes a feasible base from which to explore northern Le Marche.

The centre of town is the dignified Piazza del Popolo, in which the rituals of the pavement café scene are played out against the sharp lines of Fascist-period buildings and the Renaissance restraint of the Palazzo Ducale. All of the main attractions are within a five-minute walk of here. Although the town has a clutch of museums, the main attraction is undoubtedly its beach. A tree-lined grid of rather bland and boxy looking apartments marks the long sandy beachfront, enlivened here and there by some rather marvellous Art Nouveau villas, including one on Piazzale della Libertà whose eaves are supported by white plaster lobsters.

FANO is no longer quite the haven it was when Robert Browning washed up here in 1848, seeking respite from the heat and crowds of Florence. A large swathe of the seafront is dominated by an ugly industrial port, and although its beaches remain splendid, they now attract thousands of package tourists every year. Nevertheless, Fano is a pleasant enough place if a little humdrum, and comfortably combines its role as resort with that of small fishing port and minor historical town, the latter well worth the effort of leaving sand and sizzle for half a day’s wander.

Fano’s Roman precursor, named Fanum Fortunae after its Temple of Fortune, lay at the eastern terminus of the Via Flaminia, which traversed the Apennines to Rome. The town is still built around a Roman crossroads plan: Via Arco di Augusto and Corso Matteotti follow the routes of the cardus and decumanus, and their junction is marked with a copy of a Roman milestone stating its distance from the capital (195.4 Roman miles).

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N.22 - Successful "Case History" of foreigners buying a property in Le Marche - Anne and Cees

N.22 - Successful "Case History" of foreigners buying a property in Le Marche - Anne and Cees | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Anne and Cees during a holidays abroad, realised they were missing something in life. Both had a good job; Anne was an interior designer and Cees worked in a nice hotel. They had a nice house in the neighbourhood of Nijmegen in Holland. They were really loved by a cute little dog and numerous friends. These people like many others in this moment were subconsciously looking for a new “home” telling each other things like “I wouldn't like to live here” or “This is a nice place to live, maybe” or “what a good feeling in Italy”.
Italy was a dream and they were scared by the many differences along the territory.
Where to Live? Close the Mountains, by the sea,in big cities or in the countryside.
They decided to go for the most beautiful spots within the budget, looking for a good place more than a nice house.
In 2008 they had a 3 weeks holiday in the Le Marche and Abruzzo Regions.
The first week in northern Le Marche was fantastic; beautful landscapes with hills and forrests and very friendly people. Beautiful towns and great food and wine.
The second week they were in Abruzzo, absolutely nice place but very different than Le Marche. Less vegetation and much dryer. The third week they got back to Le Marche and really started to “house hunting”. In just a week the couple found an initial house . You won't believe, the changed idea other three times but finally they got the right one.
It was a neglected old farmhouse with 8 hectares of land, with vinyards, orchards and an olive grove. This was going to be their Bed & Breakfast and Mini-Camping.
Situated on an ideal spot, 25 kilometres from the Adriatic coast and 40 kilometres from the Apennine Mountains.
There was a delay to find the sum to renovate the house because of Credit Crunch, but now they could live their dream.
Helped by laborious builders they could open right for the good season and start to get the money back.
With 2 B&B rooms, an Mini-apartment and 8 spots for tents on a sort of Mini Camping, they think their life is set to success. Helped by people promoting the place, and thanks to internet, the first month of activity they were fully booked and had great fun with fabulous guests.
Going together to local festas, sagras, restaurants and wineries; cooking for them 3 times a week and all the other things they had in mind. Even now off of the season they have guests making them very positive for the better seasons.

"Whatever happens, we will never go back. We love Marche"

Cees den Hartog
Anne Klein Severt
www.casolareresole.com 

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Cees Den Hartog's comment, January 27, 2013 3:55 AM
Yes, thank you. I'm in Montottone next 3 weeks. If you want to come by, you always are welcome for a café or a bichiere di vino. Carassai is only 10 minutes away.
Mariano Pallottini's comment, January 27, 2013 4:00 AM
Thank you very much for the invitation. I accept with pleasure.
Cees Den Hartog's comment, January 27, 2013 4:07 AM
Let me know in front, because I will be working a lot outside if the weather stays nice.
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Studiolo of Federico da Montefeltro - "The finest Italian Renaissance room in America"

Studiolo of Federico da Montefeltro  - "The finest Italian Renaissance room in America" | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Within the vast halls and imposing galleries of New York's Metropolitan Museum, well-hidden from the casual visitor, resides the finest Italian Renaissance room in America. The studiolo from Gubbio (e.c. Umbria), in Le Marche region of Italy and the former southern capital of the Montefeltro lands, is a marvel of the Renaissance woodworker's skill.
This studiolo, which tricks the eye with its seeming three-dimensionality of fictive cabinets, objects you could grab, and projecting benches, proved to be the final architectural triumph created for Federico da Montefeltro (1422–1482)
Richly decorated in intarsia work, it was a small bookroom and place of private contemplation, the setting for intimate discussions between the ruler and a privileged visitor. The construction of Federico's first studiolo, still in situ in the Urbino palace, began in 1476. From this time, the architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini was in charge of all of Federico's construction projects.
In dramatically expanding his father's modest Gubbio residence, Federico had extended it toward the local cathedral while leaving a cathedral plaza between the buildings. This constrained the eastern wall in an eccentric angle, and the studiolo, installed within the odd angle of this wall, thereby acquired its disproportionate, rhomboid shape.
Like its kin, the Gubbio studiolo is a marvel of inlaid woodwork, a triumph of the intarsiatore, the artisan in inlay. Many types of wood are required—spindle-wood, bog oak, cherry, walnut, pear and mulberry—including wood stained by fungus, producing a polychrome palette; these permit the full development of patterns and colors that inform the illusionistic results of three-dimensional depth, shadows and perspective. Two elaborately coffered ceilings, in gold and polychrome, crown the main section and the window alcove. The blank walls above the intarsia wainscoting once held allegories of the liberal arts and portraits of the Famous Men whom Federico emulated.
Created in the Florentine workshop of the brothers Giuliano and Benedetto da Maiano, the studiolo was installed in Gubbio from 1480 until 1483. The final panels, installed after Federico's death, reference Guidobaldo, but virtually all the panels reflect Federico's life, interests and achievements. The intarsia panels "read" clockwise from the left of the doorway. The prime viewing site is in the center, facing the long wall, with one's back to the window alcove; the Order of the Garter dominates the view. The viewer's ideal height, 5-foot-6, incidentally tells us how tall Federico was.
Federico's personal military, scientific and literary interests parade before us: fictive cabinets partially ajar display arms and armor, armorials, scientific devices, musical instruments and scores, documents and writing tools, caged songbirds and many, many books. Some items spill out of the cabinets or rest on equally fictive benches, while others recede into the shadows. The Latin inscriptional frieze extols the merits of approaching Learning with humility. Light comes from the principal window in the alcove and from two eyebrow windows high up in the same "eastern" wall. A patterned, tiled floor completes the ensemble. The setting mimics the shapes and orientation of the now-bare stone room in Gubbio.

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Fly Fishing under the Towers of Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche

The River Park A.R.S. Tronto is the incredible reality within the marvelous town of Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche Region. The River Park is a Fly Fishing zone of 7 km with the characteristic of "No kill area" strictly "catch and release" full of big sized Rainbow Trouts where is possible to fish 365 days per year. The river presents wonderful chalk streams, perfect water condition most of the year all inside a historical marbled town really appreciated by tourists from every part of the world.
For the strong rustic habitat of the river, although is located in a middle sized town, is possible to observe the presence of wildlife such as porcupines, otters, badgers, herons and the occasional presence of ungulates.


The annual fishing permit is € 50, the daily permit is € 8


Contact the local Fly Fishing Club http://www.flyfisherman.it/  or the best Fly Fishing Shop of the province: http://www.ale-fly.com 

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Pesaro - Timelapse Video

Pesaro is a prosperous fishing town in the north of the Marche region that has a number of beautiful unspoilt beaches. As with many of the coastal towns in Le Marche Region, Pesaro is relatively unknown to tourists and as such still maintains its cultural and historic charm. This quaint seaside town is the ideal setting for a relaxing holiday in the gorgeous Marche region of Italy

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There are about 150 wild wolves in Le Marche

There are about 150 wild wolves in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The Marche Region has commissioned a study monitoring the wolf in Le Marche region in the period 2010-2012. Just these days the dossier was presented. The investigation is part of a comprehensive program carried out by several institutions. 

The good news: the wolves' population continues to grow.

In Le Marche it has estimated a population between 137 and 155 animals. The DNA analyzed, collected into three main areas (north, center, south) describes about six main packs of wolves. Beautiful animals in good health... and we can start thinking about guided tours for their observation and listening.


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alessandrapirasdetorrens's comment, January 25, 2013 1:30 PM
Any thought about developing tours to safely look at the wolves in their natural habitat. I know a lot of people in the US who would be willing to travel for such a unique experience.
alessandrapirasdetorrens's curator insight, January 25, 2013 1:41 PM

Times are ripe for creativity in the tourism and hospitality industry. Travellers are looking for something new.Communities ar looking for ways to attract tourists. Wolves watching anyone?

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Santoni - Fatto a Mano su Misura

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Individuality as distinctive sign: from those who create, for those who wear.
Bearing in mind the desire of the most exigent ones – connoisseurs, experts, style fanatics – Santoni introduces the Fatto a Mano su Misura. A service, not a collection.
Santoni’s unique savoir faire, craftsmanship and tradition are at the client’s complete disposal.
Fatto a Mano su Misura represents the evolution and peak of Santoni’s craftsmanship. The experience acquired during forty years of excellence in the art of shoemaking is at the service of the client and of his wishes. The privilege of owning a unique product, specially designed and built according to one’s own wishes, expresses the purest sense of Santoni Fatto a Mano su Misura, an exclusive experience.
[...] The creation of a handmade shoe follows a specific procedure: foot measurement, selection of the shape, of the hides, and of every single detail. Every aspect of the shoe is adjustable ad libitum to the client’s request. From the lasting to the coloring, the construction of a custom shoe can take over two months. The pleasure is amplified by the waiting for the perfect object. The outcome is a one-of-a-kind shoe, impossible to imitate, fruit of true genius and human manual ability, personalized in every single detail. An experience that can be understood only wearing a pair of Fatto a Mano su Misura: this is authentic pleasure.

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Being Young in Le Marche

Young Videomakers from southern le marche, showing their video skills in a video reel, offer an idea of what mean to be young in le Marche, running among passions, sports and... video making.

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Giovani videomakers del sud Marche, mostrando le loro abilità nell'elaborazione video, offrono un'idea di cosa significa essere dei ragazzi nelle Marche, dividendosi tra passioni, natura, sport e ... videomaking.

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Aristocratic Italian White: Conti Leopardi Verdicchio Classico 2011

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Verdicchio is a crisp Italian white grape that makes wines with “considerable personality” (The World Atlas of Wine). You’ll find it in the Marche (pronounced “mar-kay”) region along the Adriatic coast. Unlike most Italian whites, it’s known for its ability to age, and the best offer a nutty, buttery complexity. Conti Leopardi, acclaimed at the 2011 International Wine & Spirit Competition, was crafted by a noble family who have made wine in the Marche since 1500.

If you're into literature, you may have heard of the Leopardi family — their ancestor Giacomo, a 19th century poet, is as important to the Italians as Shakespeare is to the English-speaking world. Today, the family is just as proud of their reputation for excellent wines. In fact, it wasn’t hard to persuade the present-day Count Leopardi, Pierfrancesco, to grant our customers access to the family’s pride-and-joy Verdicchio.
The Leopardi's vineyards are located more than 1,100 feet above sea level, where brilliant sunshine, the cooling influence from the Adriatic and low-yielding ancient vines produce aromatic, intensely flavored Verdicchio grapes. Thanks to its proximity to the sea, the Marche is a top spot for fresh seafood. So locally, this elegant white — with notes of citrus, minerals, almonds and fresh herbs (which will also develop a subtle nuttiness over time) — would be enjoyed with simple grilled white fish, shrimp or calamari.

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