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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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Summer 2014: July Festas and live music in Le Marche

Summer 2014: July Festas and live music in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Music, dance, shows, carnivals and festivals, food, wine, parties, art, crafts in Le Marche region, Macerata and Ascoli provinces July 2014,
  • Every Day 1600-2200 Museo Malacologico, shells and dinosaur museum Cupra Maritima
  • Every Thursday (except not 14th but Wed 13th) Fermo Antique market
  • Every Sunday art, ceramics, sculpture, crafts, music, poetry at San Benedetto del Tronto
  • 16 July- 20 July inclusive Macerata festa di Luglio in the Rione Vergini from 2000 Foodwine, live music and talent shows
  • 17 Sound Severino Festival at the stunning castle and cloisters of San Severino, 4 bands, food, wine and a crazy circus
  • 17 July- 20 July inclusive Belforte del Chienti from 1900 Music games food and wine
  • 17 July – 20 July inclusive 20th Artistrada Colmurano buskers festival from 1900 jugglers, acrobats, live music, comedy, food and wine
  • 18 July Shoe market Monte Urano 1900- 2400
  • 18 July Anta party at Planets Café in Sarnano
  • 18 Sound Severino Festival at the wonderful castle and cloisters of San Severino, 4 bands, food, wine and a Pop Art installations
  • 18 July-20 July Grottamare Buskers festival, music dance, food and wine
  • 19 July Trodica Festa at Morrovalle, shops, gastronomia, games, entertainment, music, food and wine
  • 19 July Tango Night in the Piazza del Popolo Ascoli Piceno
  • 19 July Music quiz at Bar My Dream in the main Piazza at Sarnano
  • 19 & 20 July Ripe San Ginesio aperativi and DJ 1800 (Sat) 1900 (Sun) and live music from 2200- Sunday “His Clancyness” danceable Indie toons, supporting MGMT, War on Drugs etc also in July
  • 20 July Classical music in Santa Chiara church Sarnano 1830
  • 20 July Live music Planets café Sarnano
  • 22 July Macerata rock and Roll rythyms piazza della Liberta
  • 23 July San Elpidio al Mare 2130, classical guitar in the piazza
  • 24-26 July Monsano Beer and Music festa including homebrew competition
  • 24 July Adam ben Ezra violin, harp, lute lyre recital at Monte Urano
  • 25 & 26 July Montappone Festa, hats, arts, music and food
  • 25 July White Night- All night party at Porto Potenza Picena
  • 25 July Adam ben Ezra violin, harp, lute lyre recital at the castle in Camerino
  • 25/26/27 July Maremoto festival San Benedetto del Tronto
  • 25 July live music Sticky Fingers pub in Sarnano [...]
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Waiting for the Porco Festival 2014, Rotella

14 Agosto 2013, the Porco festival involved the entire little town of Rotella, becoming,  probably the best food festival of the year for the province of Ascoli Piceno. The sagra is set up so that you must see the whole town if you try out an appetizer, 1st course, 2nd course and beer or wine. There is a main stage for the headliner, but each plaza has music at some time during the night. Roast Pork meat and Italian Sausages are the protagonists of the event that celebrates the prince of the domestic animals.

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Speechless in Ascoli Piceno

Speechless in Ascoli Piceno | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

If there is one thing that I could brag about it’s my unbelievably breath taking view of Ascoli from my terrace. After Julia was done talking to us about the logistical things regarding living in the apartment she guided us to the last place we had yet to see, our incredible terrace. As we walked out onto it I was immediately speechless (which is a very rare occurrence for me). I took everything in, the different rich colors of the houses, the ancient towers and churches, the bells chiming  in the background, and the sporadic mountains that surround Ascoli. The view of the city was so beautiful and at that moment I was so overwhelmed with the reality that I was in Ascoli and would be living here for the next month. It was a feeling of pure joy and I couldn’t help but tear up at how lucky I was to be here. I looked over at Amanda who also had water filled eyes, we were both in awe and I loved it. Not everyone can say they had such an amazing trip during their college career and I was so grateful to have had the opportunity to go on this unforgettable trip. For anyone who is interested in studying abroad take the time and look into it, there are a lot of different options though multiple Universities.

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Sassoferrato, Gola della Rossa , Frasassi Caves, Fabriano

Sassoferrato, Gola della Rossa , Frasassi Caves, Fabriano | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Once in Frontone- Serra S. Abbondio. You will find indications taking directing you to the city of Sassoferrato which is an approximate 20 km drive. 
At the doors of the city of Sassoferrato, to the south, you will find the Sentinum park which is know as the one of the most important archeological sites of le Marche. It is formed of two areas, divided by the main road which brings to the city of Fabriano. There are pedestrian walkways which guide from one area to the other and allow to visit both areas. 
A must see is the Rocca Albornoz ( Fortress Albornoz ) , a massive military construction which dates pack to the XIV century which represents the symbol of this city. Constructed in 1365 by orders of Cardinal Egidio Alborboz. It served as a very important defense fortress for Sassoferrato and the surrounding territories. From Sassoferrato , heading north east in direction of Frazione Osteria di Colleponi, after approx.. 8 km. you will find the Gola della Rossa Regional Park along with Frasassi. 

The Gola della Rossa park if the largest protected are of le Marche region. A journey across the Park is "a journey in the heart of the Marches" at the discovery of historical-artistic treasures concealed by landscapes rich in charm and harmony and surrounded by an uncontaminated and luxuriant nature. The large areas is full of woodlands, meadows and walls. This area is also ideal for hiking and there are numerous trails and itineraries to guide you throughout. 
After visiting the park, you can not miss a visit to the Frasassi Caves , a unique wonder of le Marche. These are amongst the most famous caves in Italy and the most spectacular limestone caves in Europe. Over 15 kms of stalactites and stalagmites, lakes and alabaster offer an unforgettable show, attracted by the fairy tale landscape of the "Grotta grande del Vento" ( Great Caves of the Wind) where million of crystals conjure up enchanting images. 

Exit Pierosara heading South towards Fabriano which is less than 30 min drive. Fabriano is famous world wide for paper production as it was the first place in Europe where paper production began back in the XIII century. Visit the cities Museum of Paper and Watermark which is simply fascinating!
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Urbino and Palazzo Ducale

Urbino and Palazzo Ducale | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Urbino is all about renaissance and Palazzo Ducale is the best example to show you this. Light Palazzo Ducale dominates the city skyline: it is visible from Fortezza and from few squares throughout the city. The most characteristic elements are two thin and very tall towers that were constructed in few stages. [...]

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Le Marche, the new Tuscany - Wall Street International

Le Marche, the new Tuscany - Wall Street International | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

I have always believed at love at first site. I know exactly what I like and when I walk into a hotel or a restaurant I immediately sense whether or not I will have a good experience. This is exactly what happened when I visited le Marche. Most people fall in love with Italy because of its beautiful landscape, great food and picturesque cities. I was one of them. But let me tell you something: as beautiful as it may be it is incredibly unappealing to walk in the main piazza of any town and hear every language but Italian. Passionate and discerning travellers always seek and treasure authenticity, which is what in my opinion, differentiates a holiday from an experience.

Welcome to Le Marche. A stunning, soulful and undiscovered region that will take you back in time and make you instantly fall in love with the so called “stile di vita Italiano”. [...]

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Beautiful Tourists in Le Marche

Beautiful Tourists in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

As I rode on the tourist train around Ascoli with my group I felt like the Queen of England waving my hand to all the Italians smiling and staring. One man rode on his bicycle beside us speaking in Italian in such a joyful way. I don’t know what he was saying but I could guess it was something about welcoming us to Italy. It’s almost like a quest to find the new American students, one group of military men bought us all gelato to take a picture with us and then left! Who could turn down free gelato from cute Italian men though? My broken Italian and hand gestures still go a long way. Even if I say “gracias” instead of ‘grazie’ as a thank you, the worst that will happen is it will spark a laugh. Here in Ascoli Piceno the people are so accommodating and happy to help. Everyday I love this city more and more. With the heat I can drink from a fountain coming out of a statue of a horse in the center of Palazzo dell’Arengo and go over to a cafe and order a cappuccino all in the same area, as well as order more gelato!  [...]

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127 Reasons why I love (and hate) Senigallia

127 Reasons why I love (and hate) Senigallia | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Sadly, I was only in Senigallia for barely 4 days. I hate the fact that I could not be there the rest of the summer. There are those places where you wish you could stay longer but you have to leave. Senigallia is one of those.

I wish I could stay and spend my summer there. I wish I can go to the Summer Jamboree. I wish I can eat more Brodetto and seafood pasta.

I wish I could make every other trip I take feel as good as this.


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Le Marche: From Dusk till Dawn

If you ask me, where is your land, do you know how could I answer you? Where the sun rises and goes down. Where the river flows. Where the mountains touch the sky.

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Insider's Guide to Corinaldo, Le Marche

Insider's Guide to Corinaldo, Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

"One of the most beautiful small towns in Italy. It actually belongs to an association called “I borghi più belli d’Italia” (“Italy’s most beautiful small towns”) which claims to have strict entry conditions." This is an insider's guide to Corinaldo: what to do, what to see, what to buy, where to eat, festivals and more [...]

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5 Things That Make Senigallia So Special

5 Things That Make Senigallia So Special | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Oh, Senigallia .. this not so well-known city at the Adriatic Sea in Italy charmed me. It not only recovered from a flood in May, no, this city seems to think: now more than ever.
There are probably hundreds of reasons that make a trip to Italy special and why you should visit this small town but I’ve put together a list of 5 things that I think make this place so special in 2014.
1. The beach

2. The taste of Italy: Food & Drinks

3. Recreation? Boat Trip!

4. Rock’n’ Roll at the Summer Jamboree

5. People and their lifestyle

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Life and Death in Urbino | Stepping inside the Oratorio Della Morte

Life and Death in Urbino | Stepping inside the Oratorio Della Morte | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The confraternity of the Oratorio della Morte was founded in 1578 and, like all Catholic confraternities, was established to perform specific social services. This brotherhood carried out the task of transporting the dead from their homes to the church, hence the name Oratory of Death. The confraternity also provided housing for widowed women so that they would not fall into poverty or prostitution. In many ways, confraternities like this one were predecessors to the social programs implemented by modern governments. Today, the confraternity continues to offer shelter to those in need. [...]

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Cartoceto’s olive oil industry is looking out for the environment

Cartoceto’s olive oil industry is looking out for the environment | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Galiardi, a farmer, producer, and environmental advocate, has built himself into an olive oil connoisseur. His passions are organic production, quality products, and the desire to leave a small environmental footprint on his land. Based in Cartoceto, a region long known for olive oil, Cantine Galiardi stresses excellence through progressive ideas. [...]

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Gradara, Le Marche, Italy

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Gradara is one of the best medieval villages of Italy and is located along the border of Le Marche and Emilia Romagna. It is a popular destination for day-trippers and offers some interesting historical attractions, including the imposing fortress, known to be one of the best-preserved monuments. You can catch some breathtaking views of this village, that has a castle perched up on the hill and overlooking the waters of the Adriatic Sea. Just on the opposite side, you can view olive groves and farms along with fields and vineyards that catch your attention. The whole village evokes a feeling of calm and tranquility with rows of cypress trees and farm cottages neatly lined up along the hillside. [...]

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Le Marche Seen Through Foreign Eyes | Welcome to Ascoli Piceno!

Le Marche Seen Through Foreign Eyes | Welcome to Ascoli Piceno! | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

It’s about time for you all to be introduced to the city I get to call home for 4 weeks of this amazing trip. Ascoli Piceno is a small city of about 60,000 people on the eastern coast of Italy. It is only about a 45 minute train ride from the Adriatic Sea.
Ascoli is a beautiful city with mountainous views, grand architecture, relaxing river-beaches, and an inspiring vitality of life about it. [...]

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Fred Plotkin, Italy For The Gourmet Traveller: Urbino & Macerata

Fred Plotkin, Italy For The Gourmet Traveller: Urbino & Macerata | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

We go to Italy primed for great eating -- it's part of the culture. The art and architecture aren't so bad either. Fred Plotkin is the author of the classic guide Italy for the Gourmet Traveler, which has just been updated. He suggests three towns where visitors can experience what he calls "the real Italy."

Urbino
The region of Le Marche is in the center of the country. I call it eastern Tuscany (it’s actually the Tuscany less touristed). It has a coastline on the Adriatic; wonderful fish. Seventy-six gorgeous, historic opera houses in one little region. For people who love shoes, a lot of the fanciest Italian shoes are made there.
Urbino, which I call a classic town, is where Raphael is from. Nearby are cheese caves where Michelangelo stored his Pecorino cheese. That's the classic town -- Urbino is wonderful.
Macerata
But I would also send you to the town of Macerata. Macerata is now the place when people who have never been to Italy call me up and say, "Fred, we want to go to a place where we will discover as much as we can of Italy in one town," I send them there.
It's a medieval town. It has a university. It's a hill town. It's surrounded by gorgeous green nature, rolling hills.
The lamb from the nearby town Visso is amazing. The pork products are amazing. They have a lasagne only there called vincisgrassi, which does not mean "victory of the fat." It was named for an Austrian general who occupied the place in 1796 whose name was Windischgratz. Windischgratz became vincisgrassi. It's heaven.
They have a fantastic summer opera festival in the Sferisterio, which is an outdoor handball arena that has perfect acoustics. Everything you'd want from Italy in one town. [...]

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The top place for wild swimming in Le Marche - Mercatello sul Metauro, Marche

The top place for wild swimming in Le Marche - Mercatello sul Metauro, Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Italy is not all about the coastline you know. There are so many rivers, plunge pools, lakes and waterfalls to cool down in in the summer heat. La Marche has long been Italy’s vest-kept secret, now the world is eventually waking up to ‘the new Tuscany’ and realising it has everything you could want from a holiday destination. The Cascata del Sasso, on the Metauro river is one of the 10 largest waterfalls in Italy, a little upstream just outside the medieval village of Mercatello sul Metauro, the river bends around a sheer cliff over gentle waterfalls and into pools. Time stands still in this part of the world, you’ll only notice it pass when you begin to feel peckish, and there’s a barbeque for use and picnic tables available.

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Fantastic to learn about some of the wild swimming areas of Marche

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Days 6 & 7, Ascoli Piceno! La famiglia!

Days 6 & 7, Ascoli Piceno! La famiglia! | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

I would have to say that this piazza is my favorite place in the whole world. I love getting a latte and half a dozen pastries and just sitting outside watching my hometown walk by. Of course, sitting alone at a table with six desserts causes the waiter to look at me sideways. I know what he’s thinking: “Fat American”. I don’t care.

My favorite restaurant is also there, Cafe Lorenz. Every time I come to town, I must eat there. I’ve promised Barry that I will take him to both of these places. I’m sure he will enjoy them as much as I do. [...]

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Caves of the Passetto: the "grottaroli"

Caves of the Passetto: the "grottaroli" | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

A short note about the origin of the name Passetto. PASSO (step) is the place through which it takes place or is allowed to pass. PASSETTO (little step) is short, so short wheelbase, shorter. This place is the shortest sea crossing, the most convenient of all the steps along the coast. A date from when the name is lost in memory, but it is likely that farmers- fishermen have used since time immemorial. PASSETTO is the stretch of coast that runs from the Chair of the Pope (Seggiola del Papa) to the Stepped Path (Scalinata), but is used by extension to denote the whole stretch of coast where there are caves. [...]

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San Benedetto's Marina

There are about 5,000 berths available in ports Marche, two thirds of these were for boats under 10 meters.
The main feature of the Marches ports is that they satisfy primarily demand for so-called permanent or residential tourism: it is those who buy a place boat in port for long enough and move their boat with a certain frequency.
The Marche coast has a rather low natural attractiveness and seaworthiness not always optimal, but has a background rich in natural and cultural resources, and some points of excellence even as the sea of the Conero Riviera. 


http://www.circolonautico.info/ 

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From Le Marche to United States, a story of emigration

From Le Marche to United States, a story of emigration | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

With an unbridled determination and little grasp of the English language, the equivalent of a fourth-grade education and $30, three Pasquini brothers — Domenico, Antonio and Ludwig, all in their teens — left their native Sassoferrato, Italy, in 1917 to discover a better way of life: The American Dream in a land of opportunity. [...]

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Macerata Opera Festival 2014 | L'opera è donna

In 2014 Macerata celebrates the 50th anniversary of its opera season at the Sferisterio with three great heroines of the classical melodrama. They will come through new productions of Aida - which inaugurated the very first season in 1921 - and Tosca, along with a reprise of the well-known Traviata of the mirrors by Brockhaus and Svoboda. All three operas will have a female conductor. 
As a complement to the opera season, there will be conferences, exhibitions and a host of performances as part of the Festival Off, which comes to its third edition.

http://www.sferisterio.it/?lang=en&f=1 

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A good reason to support Argentina: Lionel Messi has Le Marche Origins

A good reason to support Argentina: Lionel Messi has Le Marche Origins | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Messi is an incredible son of the Italian community in Rosario that produced the little boy who was dispatched, at 13 years old and just 4ft 10in tall, to Barcelona’s academy from his hometown club of Newell’s Old Boys. Messi’s family heritage is mainly Italian immigrants from the Marche region of the old country, as well as a Spanish great-grandmother. The maiden name of his mother Celia, whose face he has tattooed on his back, is the unmistakeably Italian Cuccittini.
So the footbal player Lionel Messi has origins in Recanati: in 1866, in fact, Angelo Messi was born in Recanati and in 1883 emigrated to Argentina in search of fortune. [...]

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The Story of Pasquale Rotondi the Monuments Man of Italy

The Story of Pasquale Rotondi the Monuments Man of Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

During the last part of Second world War a clandestine operation was planned and executed to hide thousands of masterpieces from theft or destruction by the Nazis. The man behind the still little known  operation was the art historian Pasquale Rotondi. Pasquale Rotondi was 31-years-old when the Italian Minister of Education commissioned him to carry out a task of great cultural significance: to hide and to preserve some of the Italy’s most prestigious artworks. As the Superintendent of the Artistic and Historic Heritage in Urbino, Rotondi was a prime candidate for the job. [...]

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Jewish Life in Urbino

Jewish Life in Urbino | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Maria Luisa’s family dates back to the 1400s in the Renaissance city of Urbino. Maria is the local caretaker of the synagogue and the Jewish cemetery outside the city. Nadia, a friend of Maria, has lived in Urbino for most of her life.

During the Renaissance and under the reign of the Montefeltro family, Jews lived throughout the community, worked in banking and other professions and shared many of the same rights as their Catholic neighbors: the right, for example, to buy, hold, and sell real estate and to employ Christian servants. By the second half of the 15th century, one-third of Urbino’s population was Jewish. [...]

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The first documented Jewish presence in Urbino dates from the middle of the 14th century. Several land purchases are recorded from that time, particularly by the family of Master Daniel, in the district if Gadana (called to this day “Mountain of the Jews”). One of these lands was probably used as burial ground. Due to continued landslides, a new cemetery opened in 1874, not far from the old one. The old tombstones were relocated along its Eastern wall.

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