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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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Christians in Ascoli Piceno, Italy enjoy Discipleship Weekend

Christians in Ascoli Piceno, Italy enjoy Discipleship Weekend | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Twenty Christian youths spent an afternoon in Ascoli Piceno, a central Italian town, sharing the Good News through songs, skits, distributing flyers and one-on-one conversations. 
The ministry was part of a Discipleship Weekend organized by church members including Franco Verardi, a vocational minister in Italy, and Titus Robison, the son of missionaries who grew up in Italy and works with churches there.

“We wanted this weekend to be a time of intense Bible study and discovery,” Robison said. “We wanted the Word to speak to them in regard to what it means to be a true disciple of Christ.”


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Italy’s Courage: The unknown story of WW2 escapees and the Italian peasantry

Italy’s Courage: The unknown story of WW2 escapees and the Italian peasantry | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
A little-known story of courage and compassion amongst the Italian peasantry.

“The peasant’s natural sympathy with the underdog asserted itself and their Christianity impelled them to befriend me and to feed me. There was a simple dignity to these humble people who saw me not as a former enemy but as a young man in need of help, a young man making his way home.” Sergeant William Cooper – unpublished memoir.

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Anne Copley is a lawyer living and working in Oxford, England. She bought and renovated a house near Montefalcone Appennino in Le Marche region of Italy 10 years ago, and now spends as much time there as possible. She became fascinated by the story of Allied PoWs and their Italian saviours when she found that most of her neighbours’ parents and grandparents were involved. She now takes part in guided “Freedom Trails” in the area, reviving the memories of 70 years ago. She is also involved with the Casa Della Memoria in Servigliano, a museum dedicated to this subject.


http://camp59survivors.wordpress.com/ 

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Freedom Trail in the Marche : Monte San Martino Trust

Freedom Trail in the Marche : Monte San Martino Trust | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

This is a diary covering the Freedom Trail, based on Servigliano in the Tenna Valley, from September 4th-9th, 2013, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Armistice with Italy, the event that precipitated the mass break-out of Allied servicemen from prisoner of war camps in Italy. The Trail was organised jointly by the Escape Lines Memorial Society and the Monte San Martino Trust.

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Monte San Martino Trust  www

Camp 59 (Servigliano)  Survivors  www

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Overdosing on truffles in Marche

Overdosing on truffles in Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Some people hate them, some people are so obsessed they pay 1,000′s of euros for them. Of course I am talking about truffles. While, I didn’t think it was possible to overload on truffles, but I suppose I was wrong. In one day in the marvelous land that is Marche, I got a true 360 degree truffle experience. In fact, so much so that I not only saw how it was found, color and type variations – but I also tried copious amounts of it and had it rubbed on my face. Yep, I am 100% serious. [...]

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Markets, Castles and Lakes - Marche, September 2010

Markets, Castles and Lakes - Marche, September 2010 | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Each day here seems to melt into the next. Since we’ve arrived at Casa Zazza, our temporary home in Le Marche, our goal has been to experience nearby towns and visit whatever seems interesting or historic near us.
One activity we’ve enjoyed so far is market day in nearby towns.
In the small hamlet near us, Gualdo, the market is not very big. But we’ve made friends with the fishmonger, and had a feast of fresh branzino and orata that we stuffed with herbs and grilled over a wood fire.
In Sarnano, a larger town near us, the market is sprawling, covering most of the village.
Basically, if you can’t buy it at the Sarnano market, you don’t need it. Everything from an array of ladies undergarments to an egg poacher to a live chicken is for sale.
On ward from Sarnano, we visited Castello Pallotta, an old castle (origins dating back to 785 AD), still privately owned, in nearby Caldarola.
Listening via headsets, we learned about the history of the castle.
It was almost like being plopped into castle life, hundreds of years ago. Original furniture, decorations, clothing, tools and implements were all on display. The castle is in a very pretty spot with wonderful views. Well worth a pop in.
After our visit to Caldarola, we made a quick stop in San Ginesio. This town merits a repeat visit because it’s so picturesque, with gorgeous views of the Marche countryside.
The next day, our planned activity was hiking around Lago di Fiastra, a very pretty man-made lake in the heart of the Sibillini National Park. [...]

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Mondavio & Corinaldo – Unspoilt Renaissance Villages in the Heart of le Marche

Mondavio & Corinaldo – Unspoilt Renaissance Villages in the Heart of le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Mondavio
Visit Mondavio and discover one of the loveliest places in Italy. From Ancona enjoy a drive that winds up hill after hill as you move inland. Mondavio is very impressive as you get nearer. The castle and the three bell towers, all within the perfectly preserved town walls, dominate the surrounding countryside
It's worth spending, at the very least, a full day in the town. A morning spent wondering the lovely little streets and soaking up the atmosphere can be followed by an afternoon visiting the perfectly preserved castle and its museum.
The medieval castle was the work of the Tuscan architect Francesco Giorgio di Martini and is apparently revolutionary in its design; with a five storey main tower, in the shape of an octagon, dominating the castle.

Corinaldo
A thousand years of history comes alive within the ancient medieval walls of this delightful gem of a village. The town is surrounded by rolling hills and the sense of timeless peace is unbeatable.
If you really want to get away from it all and see how the other half live (simply but well) Corinaldo is a very good place to do it. This is the sort of town that truly enchants.

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Books Set in Le Marche: The Combover - Adriàn N. Bravi

Books Set in Le Marche: The Combover - Adriàn N. Bravi | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Arduino Gherarducci is the latest in the family line of bald men with ornate combovers. Some combed their hair from one side of the head to the other, some weaved the remnants of their hair together in the middle, but Arduino favors the imperial style of Julius Caesar: forwards, with a fringe. Although fiercely proud of his combover, it has some serious drawbacks. A sudden gust of wind, or a malevolent prankster, could ruin it at any moment. When the worst happens, Arduino decides to abandon his comfortable university life, as a professor of bibliographic data exchange formats, and he heads toward freedom: Lapland. But he only makes it as far as a mountaintop in Le Marche, where he sets himself up as a hermit and his life takes an unexpected turn…

A hilariously dark tale in the tradition of César Aira, The Comboverconfirms Bravi’s unique status among Italian contemporary writers.

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More books set or about Le Marche: 

http://www.pinterest.com/marchebreaks/le-marche-books-italy/ 

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I've always been fascinated by combovers and highly entertained by them. Here, in America it's seen as something to be avoided, although it's an endless source of mirth; the wearer truly believes that beholders of such will be fooled by that swatch of generally dyed-the-wrong-color-hair, sprayed-into-inertia, grown-out and combed over to the-opposite-side-and-ending-in-a-point-so-sharp-it-would-classify-as-a-weapon, thus preventing the wearer a seat on ANY airplane. Bonus points for lounge-lizard polyester-shirts, brightly colored, open nearly to the wearer's midriff and bedecked with either dozens of gold chains, or one large one, with a medallion the size of a small skillet. Highly recommend "Le Marche".

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Castelluccio a bit of Ireland in the Middle of Italy

Castelluccio a bit of Ireland in the Middle of Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

There is a quite secret place in Umbria wraped by the lands of Marche considered as magic, for the view and also some wizards stories that I will not consider in this article. it is name is Castelluccio. I think only people around Umbria and Marche have heard about it and from my point of view it is even better like this, but
I am afraid that this secret won’t last for ever. Advertizing of my region and also locals that prefer save money in little trip rather than go in more turist places I think will broken this secret.
to reach Castelluccio from Ancona, you drive the A14 to Fabriano direction Roma going out Gola Rossa and to further to Visso passing to Muccia, PieveTorina and Visso. [...]

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From Castignano in Le Marche the CEO of the world’s finest hotel ownership and management companies.

From Castignano in Le Marche the CEO of the world’s finest hotel ownership and management companies. | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Giovanni Angelini, the former CEO of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, and who fully retired (in 2009 remaning chairman of the holding) and the staff of Shangri-La has called Angelini's departure the end of an era for a group that grew by leaps and bounds under his tenure. Under his watch, staff turnover was kept at a minimum, an accomplishment he was personally proud of.

Angelini was known to be obsessed with people issues and believed that a company's success rested on the quality of its people and that people needed to be taken care of.

Angelini was appointed CEO and Managing Director in July 1999. He remained on the board after his retirement was announced. In March, he left the board, saying it was time to take a break after more than four decades in the business.

He's won several awards including Asia Pacific Hotelier of 2005 by Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels, recognised for "his achievements in and dedication to the Asia Pacific hotel industry and a steadfast commitment to excellence".

Angelini's commitment to people can be traced back to his childhood. His formative years were spent in a small town called Castignano within the Marche region on the Adriatic Coast of Italy.

It had a population of 3,000 and everyone knew each other and helped each other like a big family.

"My father was so uneasy when he had an argument with someone," Angelini told All Business in an interview in 2006. "Growing up in that environment, one learns a lot in terms of values, attitude, respect and sense of belonging."

He added: "To this day, I feel very uncomfortable to manage in a harsh way."

And his favourite part of being a leader: "I love to develop people and see people achieving their career and professional goals." [...]

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Beato Sante, Convent in Montefabbri PU, Le Marche | Beato Sante (a ‘patch from Heaven’)

Beato Sante, Convent in Montefabbri PU, Le Marche | Beato Sante (a ‘patch from Heaven’) | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

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 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.

Giansante Brancorsini (the ‘Beato Sante’), born of a noble family in Montefabbri, close to Urbino, moved there in 1370 after killing a man in self-defense, in order to expiate his sins. He gained popularity thanks to his strong faith and to the many prodiges achieved while alive (among which the taming of a wolf; the miracle of an oak tree which, after receiving his blessing, started producing acrons with a little cross on them). Today it is a destination for pilgrimages and – to me – is a ‘patch from Heaven’ (both spiritually and phsycally, as I love to find my inner peace there, surrounded by centuries-old woods). [...]

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Lazzaro Morelli, the worker at the threshold of God

Lazzaro Morelli, the worker at the threshold of God | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Sculptor Lazzaro Morelli was born on this day in 1608 in Ascoli Piceno. After training with his father in Florence, Lazzaro moved to Rome to join the studio of sculptor Francois Duquesnoy. He later became assistant to Gianlorenzo Bernini, working for him until Bernini’s death in 1680. Bernini entrusted a number of important projects to Morelli, including the Chair of St. Peter, the majority of the travertine statues carved for Piazza San Pietro,  the statue of Truth and the shroud on the tomb of Alexander VII, and the angel holding a scourge on the Ponte Sant’Angelo.  [...]

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He is said to have sculpted the horse and the lion for Bernini's Fountain of the Four Rivers in Piazza Navona. Lazzaro also sculpted the statue of Benignity for the tomb monument of Clement X in St. Peter's.  He also completed some of the saints in the roof-line of the external colonnades of Piazza San Pietro. He also participated in the decoration of the church of San Pietro Martire in Ascoli Piceno. Morelli also designed the aedicule outside the church of San Francesco in Piazza del Popolo of Ascoli Piceno. Set against an external wall, it was an altar that could be used by the condemned as they were led to execution.

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Le Marche | The other Italy ...

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[...] Italy has 2 types of people, according to me. One that works with his hands, and the other that works with his head.
On our way to Ascoli Piceno, in Le Marche, our first stop was at Zia Paolina and Zio Alfredo’s home. After many hugs and kisses, Paolina showed us around. What I saw left me speechless. They are self-sufficient, there is no need to leave the property.
High on the hill, behind their casa, are the gardens.
Everything on the property is for consumption, especially the furry and feathered.
We headed outside and around the corner to another small room. Here is where Paolina and Alfredo make, and store, il vino (the wine).
Also housed in the cellar are Paolina’s bottled tomatos and wheels of cheese.
Amazing ? I’d say. The Italians that work with their hands are the heart and soul of what makes the country of Italy so inviting, to me. [...]

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Le Marche Good base for cycling

Le Marche Good base for cycling | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

As you may know, Le Marche is characterized by alternating ridges and river valleys descending from the Apennines to the sea. There is a coastal band, which is narrow in places and fairly wide in other places. This band is rather densely populated and more or less industrialized. Then there is a band of foothills, with small walled hill towns and farmland, and, finally the mountainous zone. The best cycling is found in the foothills, where the ridges aren't so high that you would have long climbs to go from one valley to another, and where there are lots of small roads without a lot of vehicle traffic.
Pesaro, Gabbice Mare, the park of Monte San Bartolo, inland from Fano, Fossombrone, Monterado or Mondavio, Corinaldo, Barbara, or Castelleone di Suasa, Belvedere Ostrense Morro d'Alba and San Marcello, the regional park of Monte Conero, Osimo, Offagna, Castelfidardo, upper Potenza river valley, Matelica . 
Here are two web sites, in Italian, with advice about cycling itineraries in the province of Pesaro:
http://www.pesarobike.it/ 
http://www.gabiccemarebike.it/percorsi.php 
Both have itinerary maps, which should be understandable without translation.
Here is a very complete list of bike itineraries for all the provinces in Le Marche:
http://www.piste-ciclabili.com/regione-marche 


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This is what bvlenci has replied on the Tripadvisor forum about a request.

bvlenci is the most active expert about Le Marche on Tripadvisor with more than 29K forum post most of them about Le Marche


http://www.tripadvisor.com/members/bvlenci 

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Montefalcone Appennino

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Montefalcone Appennino  offers a breathtaking landscape that stretches from the Sibillini Mountains  to the Maiella, from Gransasso to  Conero Mount up to the Adriatic sea.

In the historical center of Montefalcone located in the historic building Felici, mansion dating from XVII century, there is the Museum of fossils and minerals, part of the broader museum complex. The museum has built a collection of nearly 1200 minerals and fossils from all over the world, and a section dedicated to fossils found in the area of Montefalcone, which  was in the age of the Lower Pliocene was covered by the sea.

[photo]“Madonna with the child” of the painter Pietro Alemanno. The real name of the painter is Pietro Grill, but he signed Alemanno, most likely due to its Germanic origins, he moved to Ascoli Piceno around 1470 perhaps attracted by the existence of a large community of Germanic origins. [...]

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Azienda Agricola Si.Gi. finalist Oscar Green 2013

Azienda Agricola Si.Gi. finalist Osca Green 2013  http://www.agricolasigi.it/  - http://www.oscargreen.it/ 

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The Azienda Agricola Si.Gi, candidate to recive the OSCAR GREEN 2013 by Coldiretti, wants rediscover the flavors, aromas and colors of the ancient tradition of the Marche.
The products are entirely handmade, with only the highest quality raw materials, with attention to the old local varieties and wild fruits that are disappearing from the market.
The success key of the Si.Gi. company is based on raw materials from Le Marche and the entire management of the process.
The originality of tradition in respect of the ancient local recipes maceratesi. The search and retrieval of long-forgotten fruit. An organic farming, which guarantees the purity of raw materials. A method of processing simple and natural, in full respect of the seasonality in full handmade throughout the production process.
Jams, jellies, oil, fruit sauces, condiments, executed entirely by hand, through the use of simple tools, such as the masher at different sizes, traditional cooking methods and no use of chemical thickeners. Jellies and jams without pectin, without stabilizers or preservatives in oil, or extraction of natural dyes, the greater or lesser extent and density of the product is produced exclusively by the different methods of cooking, while its freshness is preserved through meticulous preservation techniques to the natural, in accordance with the seasonal cycles.

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The Azienda Agricola Si.Gi, candidate to recive the OSCAR GREEN 2013 by Coldiretti, wants rediscover the flavors, aromas and colors of the ancient tradition of the Marche.
The products are entirely handmade, with only the highest quality raw materials, with attention to the old local varieties and wild fruits that are disappearing from the market.
The success key of the Si.Gi. company is based on raw materials from Le Marche and the entire management of the process.
The originality of tradition in respect of the ancient local recipes maceratesi. The search and retrieval of long-forgotten fruit. An organic farming, which guarantees the purity of raw materials. A method of processing simple and natural, in full respect of the seasonality in full handmade throughout the production process.
Jams, jellies, oil, fruit sauces, condiments, executed entirely by hand, through the use of simple tools, such as the masher at different sizes, traditional cooking methods and no use of chemical thickeners. Jellies and jams without pectin, without stabilizers or preservatives in oil, or extraction of natural dyes, the greater or lesser extent and density of the product is produced exclusively by the different methods of cooking, while its freshness is preserved through meticulous preservation techniques to the natural, in accordance with the seasonal cycles.

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The Port of San Benedetto del Tronto

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Although the port of San Benedetto del Tronto remains one of the busiest fishing ports in Italy, thanks to a fleet able to fish in all the oceans of the world, the decline is evident also in this beautiful descriptive video. San Benedetto del Tronto looks to the future waiting for projects able to valorize its strenght points.

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Le Marche and the Coffee Industry

Le Marche and the Coffee Industry | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The Coffee industry of Le Marche is another example, in this Region, of high quality products able to conquer the international Markets.

The success keys of the brands are based on the rich flavor selection of the best Arabica and Robusta beans selected around the world or expressly cultivated in sustainable farms, and on high technology coffee machines able to guarantee the making of the perfect espresso with an intense and long lasting taste.

The firsts Le Marche companies have appeared in the territory around 1880 thanks to adventurous merchants and nowadays, with an international presence, the coffee industries of le Marche are aiming to bring a new fresh taste of Italian coffee on abroad market.

It is thank to small activity, as the case of Torrefazioni, tiny roasters, that the most pure spirit of the "coffee pleasure" is locally preserved.

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A quick visit by bike to Ascoli Piceno

Selezione di passeggiate ciclistiche in città. Canzone: The bones of you Artista: Elbow
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Ascoli Piceno is a town very well visitable by bicycle. Almost completely flat, Ascoli Piceno has a network of shady medieval alleys that puts you in an past era and also has interesting climbs in the green.

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Halloween in Mogliano, le Marche

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Last week everyone in Mogliano was busy. Lorries trundled into town to unload giant figures, leaving us with two dragons staring down from the hill above the market place, and a leering face strung high above the road leading through the old town. Men on ladders shrouded the street lights with red and black fabric and the bars and restaurants filled up with decorations until it became difficuilt to grab a quick coffee without picking up long strands of white cobweb or the occasional small black bat. Signs appeared on the street corners, directing us to the Vampire House, the Tunnel of Horror and the way out. [...]

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Cultural Activities in Le Marche

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If you are scheduling long holidays in Le Marche or you are planning to spend time before your definitive expatriation in central Italy, you may wonder what kind of social activity you are going to have. Our suggestion is to start from summer language courses that permit you to meet other foreigners based in your area. After a basic italian you can join art courses or dance courses and you can start to meet local people. With a better italian you can join a Cookery School and Music Courses (if not expressly organized for foreign people).
The cultural activities are unlimited in Le Marche: Art Courses, Music Courses, Dance Courses, Design Courses, Language Courses.
For those serious about learning Italian, studying the language in Le Marche is the optimal method. Schools in Italy offer homestays, cultural excursions, cooking and language courses, and summer vacation courses.

Visit this web sites:

http://www.marchebreaks.com/culturalactivities.htm 

http://www.marchebreaks.com/marchecookeryschools.htm 

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Urbino Now Magazine 2013, the app

Urbino Now 2013, the interactive, multimedia travel magazine of Italy's Le Marche region, a student-produced publication from ieiMedia is now an interactive iPad magazine produced by the 2013 students. Visit ieimedia.com for details about summer study-abroad classes in multimedia journalism, international reporting, storytelling, playwriting, and more.

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LinguaMia - International Institute of Italian | Italian language school in Castelplanio, Italy

LinguaMia - International Institute of Italian | Italian language school in Castelplanio, Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

LinguaMia is located in Marche region, in the heart of Italy, and more precisely in the green valley of the province of Ancona. School's location and its beautiful surroundings made of olive trees, vineyards and green hills, makes LinguaMia an ideal location to study Italian in Italy. Students can enrich standard language courses with seminars about art, history, Italian culture or business, and can decide between classes only in the morning to intensive courses and one-to-one lessons

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Frasassi's Cavernous Wonderland

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In 1971,  team of cave scientists exploring the area around the Frasassi Gorge near Ancona, Italy, made one of the most exciting cave discoveries.
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Exploring the Northern Le Marche in Vespa

With a Vespa to explore the northern part of Le Marche: Baia di Vallugola, Casteldimezzo, Fiorenzuola di Focara, Gradara. The famous italian scooter, as you can see from the video, is the best vehicle to explore a territory with a beautiful nature, historical monuments, sightseeing points but that also presents narrow roads, and intricate passages.

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