From the Jack Honderd Blog the tales of an unconventional Cycling Tour of Italy. In this stage Jack describe the difficulties and the joy to ride a scenic route from Ascoli Piceno to Pedaso with many climbs, under a menacing weather.. Click to read
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For only $2.99 you can download an ebook that is a It is a smart guide that will help you get the most from your journey to the region.contains a balance of historic information about major towns, monuments and parks as well as practical hands-on suggestions on where to play, shop, eat, drink and relax. It aims to inspire all the senses and help travelers discover this incredible part of Italy.
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With an area of only 88 square miles, Urbino is a small city. Because it is so intimate, the local police officers get to know the citizens well, and it is that personal relationship that marks their enforcing the law.
When I took my niece to the Prada Outlet here in Marche region, she said, “That’s an awful lot of money to pay for something just to carry your stuff around” – she’s right of course, the top designer handbags can cost more than a mortgage payment! However she was thinking only of the functional use, not of the more important issue: ‘The Ultimate Fashion Accessory’.
Yes we do need to carry our ‘stuff’, phone, purse, make-up, keys…but we also express our personality through our choice of a handbag. Depending on who you want to be that day and where you are going… office or evening… you may want to be colourful, classic, stylish, fun, or to have the latest luxury status symbol. Your choice has an effect on the onlooker, who makes a judgement about your personality (as cars do for men).
Whilst it’s fun to have a variety of bags, you really can’t go wrong with a top quality Italian leather handbag. Not only will a classic style remain in fashion a well-made bag will pass the test of time. But why are they SO expensive? Apart from employing the best designers, and having to pay for expensive advertising campaigns, a luxury brand becomes luxury because of the quality of workmanship. The best leathers are used and brass rather than steel alloy fixings. Linings are the best fabric, you will find them hand-tooled and stitched by real craftspeople. The big designer names however, are often priced upwards of £500… Do you really have to “Pay to Play” ? the good news is, NO. I can help you find the top quality leather artisans who make handbags every bit as beautiful here in Marche region.
On this tour I wanted that oooohhhh reaction – when you want to touch it, the perfume of new leather, knowing that somebody took pride in making something beautiful, something to be chosen as a new best friend!
I have written about “Lucio Torresi” before, and remain impressed by the way they keep their designs moving forward with new colourful leathers this year as well as keeping the classic shapes. Famous and prestigious brands choose this artisan workshop for making their handbags, although I’m not allowed to tell you who they are, I can tell you that you can find a little den of a shop under the family-run factory where you can find some real gems from €120. www.torresi.com. Some “Birkin” style bags in various colours at €160 like this happy yellow one, complete with padlock, with the key in the leather toggle which protects the bag from scratches.
My next trip was to Giudi. www.giudi.com. They’ve been creating high quality leather goods since 1975, bags, briefcases, luggage, in vintage and modern styles. Also small leather goods, not only wallets and purses, but phone cases and business card holders, and belts. The outlet store in Morrovalle has rows and rows of gorgeous leather goods. I was given a hand-held computer to bleep the bar codes and read the prices. I found top quality leather handbags (obviously some from last seasons collections) are from just €85 -€100, I found darling little jewel-coloured evening clutch bags at €36. They tell me the brand is renowned in Italy for using natural tanned leather with no chemical polluters added.
Le Marche is probably one of the most underrated regions of Italy. This land is famous for its tiny villages, immeasurable countryside and typical products such as the famous Rosso Conero red wine, Verdicchio white wine, fried olives from Ascoli Piceno and so on. For those who want the chance to experience an unforgettable wine tasting, Le Marche is your best bet. The entire region, with its unspoiled beauty and evocative scenery, is internationally renowned for the production of a smooth variety of white wine, Verdicchio, whose name derives from “verde” (green), recalling the hue of the grape from which it is made. You can see wine being made in Castelbellino, Morro D’Alba or Cupramontana, little known towns situated inland from the Adriatic coast. Here the grape harvest s transforms the raw material into a masterpiece. At Azienda Agricola Alessandro Moroder you will meet a family that has produced wine since the early 1950s and be the direct protagonist in the creation of the product you’ll get to taste: first you’ll pick the grapes in the fields and then see the whole sophisticated procedure that ends up in a stylish bottle of pure, intense and deeply colored wine.
The region is also full of interesting spots worth visiting. Cupramontana, for example, is the hometown of Luigi Bartolini, the author of the novel Ladri di Biciclette, Bicycle Thieves, upon which Vittorio De Sica based his famous film of the same name. In addition, the village offers an annual grape-based festival called Festa dell’Uva, where you can take advantage of tons of stands and grab free samples of traditional Italian wines. Le Marche is also a region for music lovers: one of the most recent, brand-new celebrities is Giovanni Allevi, born in Ascoli Piceno, the performer of the main soundtrack of the new Fiat 500 commercial.
Gruppo Ristoratori Italiani is pleased to announce the winners of the annual GRI/Giacomo Bologna Scholarship in collaboration with the National Restaurant Association Education Foundation (NRAEF).
This year, the students traveled to the Le Marche region in Italy where they had been hosted by Domodimonti, a boutique winery located in the picturesque countryside of Montefiore dell'Aso in Le Marche, Italy.
The scholars learned about the production processes at Domodimonti, visited the Pastificio Spinosi for an exclusive pasta making session with the owner of the famous Campofiore pasta, Vincenzo Spinosi. They also visited the Agostini olive oil mill, producer of the award winning extra virgin olive oils followed by educational seminars on the production of the oil, a working farm and restaurant, Lucio Pompili's Symposium, and world renowned Varnelli Distillery.
This year’s scholarship has been awarded to the following students:
The Glenview Mansion in Rockville (Maryland, US) will play host to artist Linda Greigg’s “Le Marche in Miniature” from Sept. 9 to Oct. 2. An opening reception will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The exhibit consists of small scale watercolors that were painted en plein-air in the historic region of Le Marche on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Greigg, an illustrator by trade, grew up in the Washington, D.C., area, and currently resides in Silver Spring. She has traveled extensively in Italy and has a connection to the region through marriage: her husband is a native of Le Marche. “Le Marche in Miniature” refers not only
to the small size of the watercolors, but also to the exhibit’s aim. The works represent a microcosm of the region, focusing on a corner of Le Marche, primarily depicting scenes in the province of Fermo. The Glenview Mansion is located at 603 Edmonston Drive, Rockville. For more information, call 240-314-8600. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The show is located in Conference Room 6 upstairs at Glenview.
10.30am and 8pm on FIHP 1
Each day there will be a 2 hours of summary of the day on the Italian national television "Raisport 2" channel. Actually I didn't find any website, that could provide the channel's streaming outside Italy. Anyway I'll continue to search.
Finally I suggest you to see the Powerslide TV, with new videos every day from the Worlds.
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It’s hard to believe that it’s been over three years since my semester in Ascoli Piceno. At least ten programs of students have been there in that time. Living in my apartment. Walking the same streets. Flirting with our favorite bartenders! Even harder to believe is every time I hear “Return of the Mack” I think of that town.
Suasa has a story to tell – a story of conquest and dispossession, of the rise and fall of a civilisation, and of people living out their daily lives – working, playing and worshipping for hundreds of years, unaware that one day their civilisation would decline and collapse and their descendants would abandon Suasa and take to the hills. The town was founded by Rome between 232 and 220 BC. Roman settlers moved in and divided up the land which had lain fallow and neglected for 50 years, since the battle in 283 BC when Cornelius Dolabella defeated its former inhabitants, the once-proud Galli Senones (Senonian Gauls), conquerors of the Eternal City itself,. Or was the land empty? Were the defeated and scattered Gauls still living there, just trying to keep their heads down? Before the Gauls moved in and conquered the region between the 4th and 3rd centuries BC, the Picentes had lived there, as their Iron Age burials, revealed by archaeology, bear witness. Again, did the Gauls drive out the Picentes or did they just continue to live there as a subject people? After all, the Normans didn’t drive out the Anglo-Saxons from England after the Conquest.
The Ponte di Pioraco is a Roman bridge in Pioraco, central Italy, presumably erected under emperor Augustus (r. 30 BC-14 AD).
It belonged to a branch road of the Via Flaminia, which ran from Nocera Umbra to the east through Pioraco, San Severino, Treia and Osima to Ancona. The structure has a single arch vault. At one end a small segmental arch springs from the ground to the quarter point of the main arch; it worked as a floodway. The Ponte del Gran Caso, which is also located in central Italy, features a similar design.
Gated storefronts, dark grocery stores, and deserted streets might not be the greeting you’d expect upon arrival in Urbino, the quintessential Renaissance city. But if the time is between 12:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., this is the likely scene.
The Italian pausa, similar to the Spanish siesta, is a break in the midday for storeowners and employees alike to close up shop and escape the busy day. While the rest of Italy grows closer to the international 9-to-5 work day, small cities and towns like Urbino still retain traditional practices. Giovanni Garbugli, owner and operator of the Sugar Caffé in Urbino, says most workers during pausa go home, enjoy a small lunch, take a little rest or even a nap, finish some much overdue housework, or pick up a book to read.
For a tourist in Urbino, the two-to-four hour lull can generate extreme frustration. The most necessary tasks of the day always seem fall within pausa. But don’t get discouraged, says Garbugli; instead, embrace the local custom and find your inner Italian. How to pass the time? He suggests taking in the unforgettable views on a walk around the city, planning activities for the next day, or sitting and enjoying the Piazza della Repubblica with a cappuccino shakerato (iced cappuccino) at Caffé Basili. Then watch as the streets of Urbino come alive once more.
Roberto Clemens Galletti di Cadilhac was born on December 29th 1879 in "San Venanzo", the family home near Torre San Patrizio in the Italian Regione of le Marche. His father, Arturo, was a Colonel in the artillery who had fought with Garibaldi in the Italian "Risorgimento" and later became mayor of Torre San Patrizio and a member of the Italian Parliament. His mother, novelist Margaret Collier, was the daughter of Sir Robert Collier, First Lord Monkswell, Gladstone's Attorney General.
Galletti attended the School of Engineering at the University of Rome.
He worked for the Marconi Company for some time but formed the Galletti Wireless Telegraph and Telephone Company in 1912 after conflicts with Marconi. He moved to France because of the Marconi monopoly in Italy and set up a powerful transmitting station at Leschaux in the Savoi region of France.
The station was by the river Rhône. which guaranteed the necessary dampness at the foot of a "falaise" or cliff for obtaining a proper "earth". At the top of the 500 metre cliff stood ten wooden poles to which the ten wires of the aerial, each wire measuring 950 metres, were anchored. The signals from Leschaux were received in Tuckerton, New Jersey, USA, in the winter of 1913-14.
The outbreak of World War I followed soon after the opening of the station. Unfortunately, the importance of having one of the world's most powerful radio transmitters was lost on the French authorities and equipment such as high-tension dynamos and large condensers was sequestrated for the war effort. Although the material was returned after the war, Galletti found his station in a useless condition when he was allowed to reenter it in 1923.
Galletti carried on with his scientific studies.
In the years 1928-31 Galletti worked with the Ferranti Company in Manchester on the development of a directional beam aerial and used it to guide an airplane successfully on a flight from Manchester to Bristol and back again. While the use of radio location had already been used for aircraft navigation, this was one of the first examples of the use of a dedicated navigation signal. The flight was documented in an article of the Manchester Evening Chronicle of July 2nd, 1931.
The year after, on August 18th 1932, Galletti died suddenly at his home in Murs, France, after a life dedicated to science. Information about Galletti can be found at the Galletti Museum in St Maurice de Rotherens (Savois, France) and among the Ferranti Company archives held in the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.
Every year, on the second Sunday of June, a celebration in honour of Galletti takes place in France at Saint Maurice Rotherens. In his native town, Torre San Patrizio, the new Cineteatro has been dedicated to him.
In June of 1999, the 120th anniversary at his birth was marked by his native district with an International Conference on the Origins and Development of Wireless Telegraphy.
The hermitage of San Leonardo is a little Gothic church built, or rather rebuilt by Father Pietro Lavini. The hermitage is inhabited only by a priest and his servant. Both are now elderly. In the hermitage is a small fountain (always very appreciated by tourists tired of the trail). The meadows at the church, you can see breathtaking views of the ring formed by the surrounding mountains. On sunny days, the ring of mountains will be immersed in an unforgettable shades of green and blue. For many, the walk ends here, lie down on the grass, eat, relax and come back, there are, however, other routes leading to higher parts of Gola dell'Infernaccio (Hell's Gorge).
Tipicità is the ultimate Marche Region showcase, an exhibition of all “Marche Product” contents, including food, wines, touristic supply and Made in Marche creations. An “event container” including: congresses, guided tastings, workshops and several brand new formats of foodtainment. An authentic experience that will drag your senses and soul through landscape, history, art, nature food and wine… continue
Italy's Marche Regione held an opening ceremony to celebrate its new office in Dalian in Northeast China’s Liaoning province on Sept 9, 2012.
Dalian signed the cooperation agreement with Italy's Marche Regione covering fields such as fashion, advanced manufacturing and modern service industries.
Marche Regione is one of the significant economic areas in Italy and has established seven offices in China to date.
During the Dalian Fashion Festival this year, Marche Regione also set up a fashion life venue called "Impression Marche" at the World Expo Center.
The 700-square-meter venue was designed by an Italian designer to display fashion apparel, hats, shoes, bags and wine.
As a young teen growing up in her hometown of Pesaro, Italy on the Mediterranean Coast, Camilla Berti always liked watching the Disney TV show "The Sleepover Club."
So when she arrived in Marietta to spend a year as an exchange student at Marietta High School, she was pining to have a slumber party of her own.
In Italy, a sleepover happens when girls go out together and end up at a friend's house to sleep. There might not be tons of food, games and giggling as is the American tradition.
"It's just to sleep, not to watch movies," said Berti.
There was sleeping -eventually-at the sleepover that Berti's host parents, Stassa and Jay Phillips of Marietta, threw for her last Saturday in honor of her 17th birthday, which was Aug. 23.
Berti, her host family and eight exchange student friends arrived at the Phillips' welcoming 19th-century home on Washington Street about 8:30 p.m.
As the sleepover began, Berti and friends trekked upstairs to the comfy, casual and over sized attic bedroom on the top floor of the Phillips home.
Dropping flip flops, pillows and sleeping bags on the bedroom floor, the girls settled in for Berti's introduction to the great American sleepover.
Slumber parties are a rite of passage for the majority of U.S. girls and part of American pop culture.
In 1965 Mattel even introduced the "Slumber Party Barbie."
And think of Rizzo belting out "Look at Me, I'm Sandra Dee" at a Pink Ladies' sleepover in the movie "Grease."
Or there are the mean-girl slumber parties on the TV shows "Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Gossip Girl."
Then there's Jack Lemmon in the cinema classic "Some Like It Hot." In his female disguise as Geraldine, he hopes for quality time with sexy Sugar Kane (played by vampy Marilyn Monroe).
Lemmon's hopes are dashed when a gaggle of boisterous girls joins in for a memorable pajama party.
Berti's sleepover included the equally-memorable movie "The Notebook" and a rousing round of the board game Apples to Apples.
In between, the girls noshed on tortilla chips and salsa.
"I don't like spicy food," declared Berti. Instead, her salsa choice was pineapple.
Then there were the Oreo cookies, a true icon of American pop culture.
With impressive restraint, Berti didn't pop her first Oreo in her mouth.
Twisting the two chocolate parts of the cookie in opposite directions, Berti enjoyed eating what she called "the white part."
As the touching, tear-jerking movie came to an end, Berti's eyes remained dry but not those of her friend Micaela Avero, an exchange student from Germany.
Every good birthday pajama party needs a special birthday cake.
Berti's was an ice cream cake extravaganza. Showing her growing fondness for American sweets, she gushed over the cake.
"I liked everything about it, especially the green and white 'Happy Birthday' writing," said Berti.
As the wee hours of Sunday morning rolled around, Stassa Phillips, sneaked upstairs to check on the girls.
"They were up until 2 in the morning," Stassa laughingly remembered.
The caves represent a journey full of surprises: about thirty kilometers long, on eight different levels of concentrations limestone that formed huge stalactites and stalagmites. Really a unique in nature!
The first cave you can visit beginning the path is the one called "Ancona abyss." Majestic, it is considered one of the largest in the world: its physical size is comparable to that of the Cathedral of Milan!
I'm sure it will be a so exiting experience for you too: I was so enchanted by the beauty of these caves.
It is easy to imagine Le Marche as Tuscany may have been 20 years ago. Beautiful coastline melds into very attractive rolling countryside with gorgeous hilltop towns, which finally gives way to dramatic mountain ranges which have sensibly been declared national parks. The two decade gap indicates the blessed lack of tourist traffic through the region, although we may have been spoilt due to the furnace-like conditions which prevailed during our stay...
With summer vacation now over for most of Italians, the coastal areas are returning to a less frenetic period. There are still almost 4 million Italians on holiday (plus a few lucky Americans), but the high-season prices are down and there are a few secret places I like to go to. Much of the activity is in the vineyards, or back in the cities, where the jobs are and the concentration of population lives and works. This is one of my favorite times to go to the coast and luxuriate in the sensation of the air, sea and land. Sure it’s a little lonely, this time of the year. But the harvest is still going strong. Vegetables are ripening, the grapes are filling up with sugar and the bounty of the sea has less demand on it. Did you know right now that fishing has been slowed if not halted in some areas? According to Coldiretti, in a September 2 release, “Fishing is expected to stop at the beginning of the week including all activities from the Ionian and Tyrrhenian Sea as announced by Coldiretti ImpresaPesca, emphasizing that the provision in force until October 1st will affect the coast from Brindisi to Imperia involving seven regions, while fishing has already stopped since August 6th in the Adriatic from Pesaro to Bari.”
So while the fish can now have a vacation for the next month, to repopulate, where does one go? Sicily? The Maremma? The Ligurian coast? Calabria?
There is an area from Ortona to San Benedetto del Tronto, that if I had the time, I’d head straight for. No Languedoc for me, no Bordeaux, no Tuscany, no Piedmont. This is the time to get to a piece of Italy that has changed very little. Or rather, along with all the changes the world and Italy has seen, this area still maintains a strong identity. The produce, the protein and the wine, this is a place where one can find it all and not at a premium. Friends of mine go and continue to return there. For years I have gone there. Not lately though. Work in Tuscany has called me, and the West Coast, which for so many years I ignored, has taken me in the past few years. But the East Coast, Abruzzo all the way to the Marche border, there is a spot in my heart for this place, one that will never be eviscerated.
Part of the reason was the connection I had with a friend and the winery he was connected to. This friend, who passed away Sept 7, 2005, was from San Benedetto del Tronto and the wines from Abruzzo that he loved, starting with the Montepulciano, were not mere wines. They were extensions of his land, his identity. When he died, those wines died a little to me as well.
It’s hard to lose a friend after 30 years, especially after having traveled with him, and depended on him for my view of Italy. Since his passing, I have forged a different perspective on Italy and wine. In a way, it has enlarged. Partially because I changed my work role not too long before my friend died. My world expanded. My friend passed to another shore. As well, I needed to make a transition.
Why we love Italy in the autumn, especially late September, October and November, from the lower prices and crowds to the beautiful weather in Italy!
Thinking of coming to Italy in autumn? You’re in luck—it’s one of our favorite times to visit Italy. Here are just five reasons why we love Italy in the fall!