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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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Piobbico | the small town as you have never seen it before

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Piobbico is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Pesaro e Urbino in the Italian region Marche, located about 80 km west of Ancona and about 50 km southwest of Pesaro.

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Great occasion to visit Urbino | Festa del Duca XXXII ed.

Great occasion to visit Urbino | Festa del Duca XXXII ed. | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The city of Urbino comes to life as dancers, musicians, artists and artisans fill the streets during the highly anticipated Festa del Duca. Through the exploration of tradition, the festival promotes new cultural and theatrical research among tourists and residents alike. It is not only an historical pageant but, above all, a pageant that allows individuals to discover the rich cultural and artistic heritage of the "Montefeltro" territory, of which Urbino is indisputably the capital. The districts of the historical centre, through the preparation of shows, exhibitions and workshops, allow visitors not only to admire artistic products, but also to participate actively in the production of local crafts for free. During the festival, the bustling energy in the streets of Urbino creates a cheerful, yet surreal atmosphere; it is as if Urbino itself becomes a magnificent stage upon which visitors and residents become the characters.
There is a myriad of cultural events offered within Urbino's city walls, ranging from theatrical performances and musical concerts, to craft fairs and food banquets. Among the new proposals of this year are two grand games. An arena will be reconstructed in Fortezza Albornoz, a match of Aita, which was a game similar to rugby that was played during the Reinassance period. On the same arena, the archers of the 10 districts of Urbino will compete in an engaging tournament. All of this is done to invoke life during the Reinassance period. The result is a fascinating atmosphere connecting past with present. It is not rare to watch both the re-enactment of a ducal wedding and the exhibi­tion of a contemporary film all in the same day. Those who decide to join the festivities have the opportunity to see elaborate Reinassance costumes and taste foods prepared from authentic Reinassance recipes. The art that blossomed during the Reinassance period is rediscovered and used to create a vibrant and uplifting event to which all are welcome!

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Do you know what AITA is? Discover it at the XXXII Festa del Duca in Urbino


www.urbino-rievocazionistoriche.it 

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Il cappello di paglia - the straw-hat festival, Montappone

Il cappello di paglia - the straw-hat festival, Montappone | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
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If you like hats you must attend Il Cappello di Paglia (the straw-hat festival) at the end of July (from 26 to 28), when they are woven by retirees and sold. Straw-hat it is a tradition there and each one takes 8 hours and 23 feet of straw strips one inch wide and 13 strands strong.

It’s a folkloric event that despite its staginess (oxen pull carts piled with hay) rings sincere, and it marks the only time of the year that the local companies get together to sell hats to the public. Residents dance jigs in the squares, and the wine flows.
Outside the fair, Montappone has its charms. A fraction of the town’s 1,800 inhabitants live in the stone borgo antico on the hilltop, encircled by blunt, stuccoed boxes built on hat fortunes. From The New York Times



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Urbino Now 2013

Urbino Now 2013 is a travel television program focusing on food and wine in Urbino and the Marche region of Italy. This program was conceived and produced by students participating in iEiMedia's summer study abroad program, Urbino Project 2013: Multimedia Journalism in Italy, in association with James Madison University's School of Media Arts and Design. The seven student producers are: Nikki Beck, Kaitlin Birkbeck, Rachel Green, Haley Johnston, Evan Robinson, Kelly Roden, and Megan Vaughan.

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Every year the Urbino Project delights all Le Marche Lovers with "fresh" articles from a different point of view, made by young foreign students about a Region that don't like to talk about itself. http://2013.inurbino.net/ 

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Le Marche, Italy: Research develops new cauliflower varieties

Le Marche, Italy: Research develops new cauliflower varieties | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Italy has many local cultivars of cauliflowers according to the region. "Gigante di Napoli", "Primaticcio di Toscana" and "Tardivo di Fano" are white varieties, whereas "Giallino Precoce di Jesi", "Verde di Macerata", "Verde di Palermo", "Romanesco" (with a pine-shaped head) and "Violetto di Catania" are coloured varieties.

As dr. Valentino Ferrari from the CRA - Unità di Ricerca per l'Orticoltura (Research Centre) in Monsampolo del Tronto (Marche) says, "many of these are still unknown outside of their area of origin because they are not cheap and they are easily damageable during transportation and handling."
Dr. Ferrari's team is working since the '80s on a way to improve cauliflowers, especially coloured ones, and their qualities.
"For example, it is now possible to grow the "Verde di Macerata" all over Italy thanks to the genetic improvement carried out at the CRA. It is very popular because it is tastier than the white ones and it contains more substances important for our health." [...]

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Until the 1990s, the "Verde di Macerata" was only grown in small veggie plots in the Macerata municipality as it had many defects because plants were not uniform and they ripened at different times and the plant/head ratio favoured plants, meaning it could not be used in intensive crops, a sector dominated by the F1 varieties.

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Muccia - Marche

Muccia - Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

[...] Muccia is a municipal in the Province of Macerata in the region of Marche , located about 70 km southwest of Ancona and about 40 km southwest of Macerata and only about 7 km from Camerino.
In the small central piazza there is an excellent restaurant with a menu specializing in many of the local produce including porcini mushrooms, truffles and game, including Cinghiale (wild boar), venison, partridge, pheasant and woodcock. They are cooked, using recipes from the local area – the food is simple and authentic.
We also met with friends a few times at a little bar, I Giardini.
Muccia is a small, sleepy town with lovely ancient buildings. [...]

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Decoding La Flagellazione | Urbino Project 2013

Decoding La Flagellazione | Urbino Project 2013 | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

In the older part of Urbino, down a curving alleyway lined with history-holding bricks, sits a small unassuming piazza. Now home to a daycare center, the piazza and its crumbling white pillars would be easy to miss on the way to the pizza parlor further along the street. But Andrea Aromatico, a local journalist, claims this spot is the key to a locked part of Urbino’s history. Without hesitation, he announces that it is, in fact, the location of Piero Della Francesca’s famous and mysterious painting, La Flagellazione di Cristo.

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An Urbino native re-interprets one of the most mysterious paintings of the Renaissance.
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Discover Le Marche through Videos

Discover Le Marche through Videos | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Discover Le Marche classic landscapes, elegant hill-top towns, culture, history, fashion, wines, industry through videos in a youtube channel curated by a real passionate.
The channel collect every video is produced about Le Marche, in a meditated digital curation about Nature, Culture, Fashion, Events, Industry, Food, Wines, Arts...
Subscribe the Channel and keep informed with the frequent updates.
If you own a business in Le Marche, you can use this channel to feed your social network presence.
We offer this service, contact us to know our best offers.

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Scopri le Marche, i  paesaggi, le eleganti cittadine in cima alle collina, la cultura, la storia, la moda, i vini, l'industria attraverso i video in un canale youtube a cura di un vero appassionato.
Il canale raccoglie ogni video sia prodotto su Le Marche, in una meditata digital curation sulla Natura, la Cultura, la Moda, gli Eventi, l'Industria, il Cibo, i Vini, le Arti ...
Iscriviti al canale e resta informato sui frequenti aggiornamenti.
Se possedete un business nelle Marche, è possibile utilizzare questo canale per alimentare la vostra presenza sui social network.
Questo servizio può essere ottenuto senza impegno di tempo da parte vostra, contattateci per conoscere le nostre migliori offerte.

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The Shopping Mall on Wheels

The Shopping Mall on Wheels | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

It’s Saturday morning and a sea of demanding customers wave their tickets at the Gramolini family working behind the counter of their mobile cheese and meat store.

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One of the most challenging aspects of their job is learning to work together in such a tight space. Their workspace in the transformed mobile home is about 12 feet in length and three feet wide, which means they have to twist around each other to reach and help customers. Meat is hanging from the ceiling, or resting with wheels of various sized cheeses in refrigerated, glass-fronted cabinets at the consumer’s eye-level.

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A day in the life of Urbino’s town square.

A day in the life of Urbino’s town square. | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Early one recent morning in June, just after the sun has risen, three old men gather in Urbio’s town square, the Piazza della Repubblica. They talk about current events. They laugh. Delivery trucks come and go. Birds sing, and church bells ring every quarter of an hour. The aroma of coffee fills the air outside of Caffè Basili, the piazza’s biggest cafe.

In the afternoon, everyone is at the piazza to eat lunch and take a break from work and school during “pausa,” a time when shops close and the people in town relax. Nearly every seat outside of every cafe is filled. Servers rush between tables with plates of pasta or glasses of beer. Young people sit at the fountain as pigeons wait close by for food to drop. [...]

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Urbino, Italy seen with the eyes of foreign students. In an essay and book of the same title, Non-Places: Introduction to an Anthropology of Supermodernity (1995), Marc Augé coined the phrase "non-place" to refer to places of transience that do not hold enough significance to be regarded as "places". Examples of a non-place would be a motorway, a hotel room, an airport or a supermarket. In the contrary "Piazza della Repubblica" in Urbino is "the Place".

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They grow together! Take advantage of rosy relations around the Adriatic with a trip to Italy and Croatia

They grow together! Take advantage of rosy relations around the Adriatic with a trip to Italy and Croatia | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Further north is the region of Le Marche, with hill towns to rival those of Tuscany and Umbria. It's, pleasingly, significantly cheaper and there are certainly no £14 ice creams here, as in Rome. Known as 'Little Tibet', it is the place that writer Guido Piovene described in 1957 as "the most typical Italian landscape...with its range of landscapes it is a distillation of the world".

The regal Borgo Storico Seghetti Panichi hotel (www.seghettipanichi.it) close to the historical town of Ascoli Piceno is a wonderful place to stay and, strolling around the exceptional gardens, I relaxed and played prince for a while.

This fine guest house is perched on top of a hill and, while you can stay in the luxurious rooms in the grand main building, there are reasonably priced apartments a hyacinth's throw away by the swimming pool - ideal for families.

Nearby medieval town Offida may have only 5,000 inhabitants but it too offers a wealth of ancient culture, not least the deceptively large Santa Maria della Rocca church, which dates back to 1330

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Freemasonry in Urbino (by Hannah Spurrier)

University of Urbino professor Marco Rocchi is known for revealing the secrets behind ancient symbols found on buildings in this famous Renaissance town.

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“I knew that the freemasonry had a real important role in history,” Rocchi said. “And I knew that it has always defended values such as liberty, democracy and so on.”

http://2013.inurbino.net/freemasonry/ 

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Mogliano 1744 - July 4-7

Mogliano 1744 - July 4-7 | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

It is an original show which recalls the magnificence of Mogliano during the eighteenth century when Austrian troops on their way to Naples passed through the village and were hosted by the villagers. For this act Maria Teresa of Austria, Queen of Bohemia and Hungary, promoted it to the status of "Town" [...]

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The Program

THURSDAY 4TH JULY

  • 9.30 p.m. - Popular team game

FRIDAY 5TH JULY

  • 9.00 p.m. - Eighteenth century village
  • 10.00 p.m. "THE SERVANT TURNED MISTRESS" Comic opera in two acts by G.B. Pergolesi

SATURDAY 6TH JULY

  • 9.00 p.m. Eighteenth century village
  • 10.00 p.m. Flag race

SUNDAY 7TH JULY

  • 6.00 p.m. Historical parade
  • 9.00 p.m. Eighteenth century village
  • 11.00 p.m. Buskers final show
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Adam William in Le Marche to work on his next book | Bedtime stories brought to life

Adam William in Le Marche to work on his next book | Bedtime stories brought to life | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Adam William’s complexion was ruddy with excitement at his recent book talk to a crowd of roughly 100 Chinese readers at One Way Street bookstore. His Chinese is fluent, although often a little off-tone.

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The Chinese translation of Williams' novel The Emperor's Bones (2005) came out in May - Adam William - Currently staying in his holiday house in Le Marche, Italy, to work on his next book (a novel set in medieval Egypt at the time of the First Crusade) Williams is caring for his daughter, including taking her to a riding school everyday. But he doesn't intend on passing on any bedtime story traditions to the 6-year-old.

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The best submarine macro life in Europe | David Salvatori & the Macro Underwater Photography in Italy

The best submarine macro life in Europe | David Salvatori & the Macro Underwater Photography in Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Perched above the idyllic blue waters of the Adriatic Sea, Numana is a small coastal town in the province of Ancona.

The stretch of twenty kilometers of coastline along the Adriatic Sea from Ancona to Numana is called the Conero Riviera, taking the name from the Conero Mountain which is overlooking this area. Famous for the immense beauty of Renaissance architecture and art on land, under the waves this rocky coastline boasts some of the best macro life in Europe.

From the biological point of view then, the sea bottoms of the Conero Riviera represent an extremely fascinating environment. The waters appear dyed green from the richness of phytoplankton, the base of many food chains. The diverse array of macro life is sustained by this great abundance of food coming from the phytoplankton. [...]

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Great Article. Here the best highlight: "The limited available space ensures these organisms are very concentrated, and the walls of the wreck are covered and full of life: spider crab, porter crabs, blue crabs, small gobies, several species of shrimp, and an incredible amount of species of sea slugs battle for living space in a unique ecosystem where hard and soft bottom organisms live together."

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Life in Osimo | Cultural Exploration: Switzerland, Italy, France, and Holland 2013

Life in Osimo | Cultural Exploration: Switzerland, Italy, France, and Holland 2013 | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Ciao from Osimo! The students are having such a wonderful time here so far! While everyone was a bit nervous on the train, they were able to quickly adapt to their new lifestyles after being swept away by their new Italian families.
So what is life like in Osimo? This is how one student described it: “Sleep, eat, beach, ice cream, beach, shower, eat, ice cream, sleep, and repeat.” As you might imagine, the students do not want to leave quite yet.
Everyone, including the host families, have all said they’ve had amazing experiences so far. We are so proud of the kids for making strong efforts to become family members instead of guests. Many families and locals have commented on how terrific the students have been this week. We are happy to learn how much fun everyone is having, and to know that they are getting great cultural experiences with their families!

Stay tuned for more in-depth insights from the students on this past week in Osimo!

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Ciao from Osimo! 

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An epic day of gastronomic experiences in Le Marche - Part one

An epic day of gastronomic experiences in Le Marche - Part one | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

“I don’t think I can do it…I can’t eat any more!”.

Words I never ever thought I would utter in Italy after so much food eating training before our trip and three previous trips under my belt, however it finally happened on our almost 12 hour food tour in Le Marche [...]

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...Maccheroncini con Pomodori (really, really thin spaghetti a bit like angel hair with tomatoes), Tagliatelle con porcini e tarfufo (pasta with mushrooms and truffles) and Ricotta ravioli con burro e salvia (ravioli with sage and butter).  Then their speciality of Agnello Fritto (fried lamb), more Olives all’Ascolane and also Cremini (a thick cream, crumbed and fried) all with more Rosso Piceno to drink. Then desserts (Pannacotta and Semi-Freddo), coffees all round, Vin Cotto (the Le Marche version of a dessert wine except not really sweet) then Limoncello.  All of it was (as always) simple, tasty and gratifying. At this point we were stuffed but there was still an entire afternoon still to come…

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Festa De Le Cove... harvest festival Italian style...

Festa De Le Cove... harvest festival Italian style... | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

There are an inordinate number of festas (street parties/festivals) and sagras (usually to do with eating) happening all over Italy for most of the summer months. Wherever you go there will be people eating, dancing and drinking in small towns and villages all of them offering something traditional and steeped in history. In Petritoli we have several of these and the biggest is the Festa De Le Cove. It’s a harvest festival celebration of sorts. A whole weekend of fun. [...]

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Great article, here one good highlight: "The town is beautifully decorated and each year there’s a different theme, this year it was poppies and sunflowers. At the roundabouts and road junctions they put life size dummies made of straw"


Photos: Giancarlo Fabiani 

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The Art of Evolving | A family business moves from hand-crafted to machine-made

The Art of Evolving | A family business moves from hand-crafted to machine-made | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

In Canavaccio di Urbino, a suburb of the university town, a factory welcomes visitors with a sign that reads “Artista del Legno”—Artist of Wood. Inside, countless hand-crafted, three-dimensional wooden pictures hang on the walls of the hallway and offices. The intricate inlays depict scenes of towns like Urbino, farmers, musical instruments, and the Cross; the products of patience, time and quiet craftsmanship. But behind a closed door at the end of the lobby, come the harsh noises of enormous machines. Nowadays, the factory makes laser-cut plexiglass and wooden goods such as display shelves and boxes.

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Meantime, the laser machines keep working. Like other dying crafts, inlaid woodworking becomes a memory, preserved in examples scattered around Italy, and by a few remaining practitioners.

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'Show Me Your Trick' - Civitanova Marche

Video of the "Show Me Your Trick" tour in Civitanova Marche

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The Kuka skatepark in Civitanova Marche is a beautiful reality of central Italy. Powered by the Administration closely with local enthusiasts, now the skate park is home of major national events

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Omaggio ad Ascoli Piceno | Destinazione Ascoli Piceno

"Una passeggiata per le strade della città vecchia ascolana è come lo sfogliare a caso un volume di storia dell'arte e avere la fortuna di incontrare le illustrazioni più rappresentative e espressive dei vari periodi dell'arte italiana" Jean-Paul Sartre

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A walk through the streets of the old part of Ascoli is like leafing randomly through a book on the history of art and having the good fortune to find the most representative and expressive illustrations of the various periods of Italian art. Jean-Paul Sartre

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Wild Animal Rescue | At a center outside Urbino, strong bonds form between man and anima

Wild Animal Rescue | At a center outside Urbino, strong bonds form between man and anima | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Maurizio Saltarelli opens a shoe box and reaches in. The baby porcupine is so small it is able to fit, literally, in the palm of Saltarelli’s hand. It is time to feed the animal—again. An orphan whose mother was killed in an accident, the porcupine needs to eat every two hours.

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Three employees and four volunteers dedicate their time and effort to make sure animals are healthy and secure. Since it was established in 2009, the center has taken in an average of 1,500 animals a year. They include raptors, wolves, foxes, wild boar, deer, turtles, and the occasional baby porcupine.

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Cracking da Vinci’s Code | Discovered in Le Marche the backdrop da Vinci used for La Gioconda

Cracking da Vinci’s Code | Discovered in Le Marche  the backdrop da Vinci used for La Gioconda | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

[...] With apologies to Dan Brown, two Urbino women may have cracked da Vinci’s code.

Today, artist and photographer Rosetta Borchia and college professor Olivia Nesci are credited with unveiling one of the many secrets of the Mona Lisa. Along the way they have created a new science which they call “landscape hunting” – the specialty of identifying the locations of landscapes in historic paintings.

“We know the location of the backdrop da Vinci used for La Gioconda,” Nesci says confidently, using the other name Italian’s apply to the Mona Lisa. “And that helped identify her, too. [...]

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Fantastic article, this is the best highlight:

“We were in a theater in Pennabilli presenting our book and every person in the valley was there,” says Borchia. “After we presented our discoveries and images in the end of the presentation, people who lived in the area shook our hands – some in tears – and said that they recognized the landscape. They recognized the place they lived in the Gioconda. They would say, ‘This is Pennabilli, our land!’”

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An early look at Fabio Trabocchi’s Casa Luca

An early look at Fabio Trabocchi’s Casa Luca | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
The casual restaurant is named after the chef's 9-year-old son, but is inspired by his late father.

To understand why Fabio Trabocchi named Casa Luca after his 9-year-old son, you have to understand the chef’s own childhood in Le Marche, Italy, where almost every weekend the young Trabocchi received an education in Italian cooking from his father.

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Trabocchi said, are grounded in classic recipes of Le Marche, which Giuseppe often prepared at home.

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Casciotta Cheesemakers - by Stephanie Gross

Casciotta d’Urbino is one of Italy’s oldest, most celebrated cheeses. Its popularity dates back to the 1500s, when Michelangelo bought a farm in Urbino to make sure he would always have the cheese readily available. In 1982, Casciotta d’Urbino was granted Protected Designations of Origin (PDO) recognition, or in Italian, Denominazione di Origine Protetta (DOP) from the European Union.

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[...] But here in their adopted home in the Marche, the Soru brothers work to perfect cheeses that are characteristic not of Sardinia, but of Urbino. Giovanni and Sebastiano have owned and operated this organic farm and dairy since 1989. Located in Sassocorvaro, the 120-acre operation is home to 150 sheep, a dozen wandering cats, and a family of seven dogs. Its specialty is the local delicacy, Casciotta. [...]


http://2013.inurbino.net/cheese-and-culture/ 

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