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Le Marche encompasses everything one would want from Italy. Incredible countryside from the Sibillini mountains to the glorious coastline, classic landscapes, castellated hilltops towns, culture, art, music, indoor, outdoor and watersports, wonderful wildlife, fun, delicious food and wines, quality fashions and footwear, museums, churches, culture, history – so much to do and see. Experience life to its fullest – experience Le Marche!
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Le Marche and the truffles by RAI for Expo

A small, yet extremely valuable treasure is hidden beneath the earth of the Marche region: the white truffle. This area boasts a long tradition of hunting and selling this refined foodstuff. Dogs are the hunter’s constant companion when out looking for truffles in the woods, and as such, their training is of crucial importance. [...]

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When you think about an Italian Region for the truffle production and expotation, you must think about Le Marche and about Acqualagna.

Acqualagna must be considered the international Truffles Capital because of its numbers. Acqualagna, with about 600 quintals of truffles of all kinds, collects two thirds of Italian production of the precious tuber.

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Amazing!!! Only in Le Marche: truffles thrown during the parade at the Acqualagna Truffle Carnival

Amazing!!! Only in Le Marche: truffles thrown during the parade at the Acqualagna Truffle Carnival | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The 15th of February 2015 in Acqualagna there will be an event not to be missed by all black truffle lovers. The prestigious underground fungus will be the protagonist together with local products and restaurants proposing typical food and a menu purely dedicated to the black truffle. 
For the 32nd Regional Fair of Black Truffle the truffles are not longer sold but given for free. Parades of masked floats donate the truffles to  spectators who reach the town to attend this event. [...]

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Marche Region: an Alternative Itinerary for Nature, Art and White Truffle

Marche Region: an Alternative Itinerary for Nature, Art and White Truffle | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

As some may know, the delicious and exclusive white truffle can be found and savored not only in the Alba and Piedmont region, but also in the municipality of Acqualagna in Italy’s central region of Marche. Although Acqualagna’s population is only less than 5000, it is renowned throughout Europe for its centuries-old tradition of truffle gathering, production and marketing due to its climatic conditions which make it possible to harvest truffles year round. Every year the town hosts several truffle festivals with the most famous taking place each year at the end of October through early November and which attracts many enthusiasts not only from Italy, but from England, Germany and North America as well. [...]

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Searching for Truffles, a Treasure That Comes in Black | The New York Times

Searching for Truffles, a Treasure That Comes in Black | The New York Times | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Hunting for the “diamonds of the kitchen” requires a serious nose.
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Great article of the authoritative New York Times, here is the highlight that most does honor to the Marches:

"We had all heard stories of tourists hunting for hours in the woods of Italy or France, coming back with nothing and ending up at some market where they spent thousands of euros for a kilogram of the stuff.

But why pity them? They had made their choice, traveling en masse to some overly trampled place like Provence or Périgord or Alba, in the Piedmont.

Instead, we were lucky enough to have found a place far from the crowds, in the little town of Acqualagna, in the off-the-beaten-path Italian province of Le Marche.

This is the democratic tartufo,” said Bruno Capanna, the town’s former-mayor-turned-truffle-entrepreneur, who organized our hunt. With the right dog and hunter, he added, anyone could find tartufi neri, or black truffles."

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Lake Michigan Shore: A trip to Italy leads tourists to traipse for truffles

Lake Michigan Shore: A trip to Italy leads tourists to traipse for truffles | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Truffles aren't grown. They are found. So when our hosts from the Italian Tourism Bureau promised us a truffle hunt, the entire group was excited about the adventure. We were only briefed that we'd need to wear the proper footwear—preferably boots we didn't mind getting muddy--and that we'd be traveling to the village of Acqualagna.

A quick look at the map let us know that the ride might be a bumpy one, and it certainly was. Acqualagna is seemingly in the middle of nowhere, but the journey from our hotel on the Adriatic Coast of Italy's Marche region to our destination was an incredibly picturesque ride through the spectacular Furlo River Gorge, and the rolling hills of Italy.

When we arrived in the village, it was obvious we were in a place that was famous for its truffles. References to truffles could be seen everywhere. Acqualagna hosts three different truffle festivals each year: the Regional Superior Black Truffle Fair the second-to-last weekend in February, the Regional Summer Black Truffle Fair in August, and the most famous of the truffle festivals, the national White Truffle Fair in October and November. Read the full article

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The 46th National White Truffle Fair in Le Marche

The 46th  National White Truffle Fair in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

From 30-31 October to  1 - 5 - 6 - 12 - 13 November 2011

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Where to go Truffle hunting in Le Marche, Italy by Prachi Jochi

Where to go Truffle hunting in Le Marche, Italy by Prachi Jochi | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
One of the most fun (and delicious!) things we did on our trip to Le Marche, Italy, was going truffle hunting in Acqualagna. We visited in autumn last year, and because of the preceding wet summer, truffles were plentiful. We still had to rely on the trained nose of truffle hunter, Chicca and her master Giorgio Remedia, but we had the most fruitful visit! Read on to find out more... [click on the photo)

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Truffle Fair in Acqualagna

Truffle Fair in Acqualagna | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Acqualagna’s is the second largest truffle fair in Italy. We are talking above 15,000 people over two weeks.
This appears to be a very generous year, and prices reflect the abundant finds by being exceptionally low. The quote last sunday was around €1,500/kilo for large ones and as low as 1,000 for tiny ones (for a comparison, it was about four times as much five years ago, a very scarce year). [...]

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Acqualagna: Truffles Capital of the World?

Discover the Le Marche town that with the slogan of "fresh truffles all year round" is the candidate to be the true world capital of the truffles. In the province of Pesaro Urbino, that counts 22000 licensed truffle hunters on a population of 363092 (one every 16 inhabitants), is clear how Acqualagna, that counts 200 truffle hunters on a population of 4500 (1/22), can collect every year a number that stands at an average of 600 quintals of truffles of all kinds that represents the 2/3 of the entire Italian production. So when you think about Truffles and Italy ... think about Acqualagna!!!

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White Gold: A Look at the 2012 Italian Truffle Trade - The Role of Le Marche

White Gold: A Look at the 2012 Italian Truffle Trade - The Role of Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

For Americans, this time of year means turkeys and pumpkin pies. For Italians, and owners of the world's most expensive restaurants, it means white truffles. From late October until Christmas, the ten-week season is one of the shortest — and most profitable — on the culinary calendar. But this year, a hot, dry summer has left many patches barren, and some are calling it one of the scarcest truffle seasons ever. Even still, restaurants don't seem to be having too much trouble tracking truffles down this year. How so? We tracked truffles from Italy to restaurant tables in the U.S. to find out.

Of course, it behooves people in the truffle business to play up the low-stock, high-quality angle since it drives prices astronomically high. “The season hasn’t started as well as we would have liked,” Andrea Pirotti, the mayor of Acqualagna, says. Acqualagna, located in the Le Marche region of Italy on the eastern slope of the Apennines, is considered one of the most important white truffle regions in the world. It’s not as famous as Alba to the north, where people flock for its much followed white truffle auctions in October. But when Alba postponed the auctions with little warning this autumn, Acqualagna and its young mayor were forced into the unlikely role of telling the world what to expect from the 2012 crop. "We've seen prices consistently at 3,000 Euros and higher per kilo," Pirotti says. (That's $3,817 for about 2.2 pounds; truffle geeks can follow the near-daily fluctuations in Italian truffle export prices here.)

This kind of pricing naturally lends itself to all sorts of marketing gimmicks. Oscar Farinetti, the founder of Eataly, held a press conference at the megamart's Rome location in October to declare the quality of this year's limited crop exceptional. When, last weekend, a one-kilo truffle was found near Acqualagna, Farinetti offered to give it to President Obama to celebrate his reelection. The catch, of course, is that Obama has to pick it up himself at Eataly's New York location.

But how does export price actually affect American restaurants? The price of a decent white truffle — which depends not only on weight, but also on shape, hue, and age — has topped $3,400 per pound this year, says Huntington Beach, California, importer Roberto Saracino. (That's about twice as much as the export prices.) Restaurant owners are understandably secretive about where they buy truffles and how much they pay for them, but when Saracino and I spoke a few weeks ago he told me he'd shipped about one pound of fresh white truffles to Sirio Ristorante at the Aria Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Sinatra at the Wynn, and Le Cirque at the Bellagio, where a truffle tasting menu goes for $395 before tip, tax, and wine.

In fact, I knew about that truffle sale before Saracino told me. In the hills above Roccafluvione, a tiny Italian town in the Le Marche region with a single functioning traffic light, 6,000 miles from the Las Vegas Strip, I met Bruno, a shaggy Lagotto Romagnolo — a breed favored by truffle hunters. Bruno had unearthed the biggest white truffle in the batch that was later shipped to Saracino, and then on to his Las Vegas clients. Bruno’s find was a lovely plum-sized specimen, a speckled hazelnut shade (the ideal hue). The dog dug it up on a Monday. It was brushed clean, weighed, and packaged on a Tuesday morning and then shipped by Bruno’s owner, Silvio Trivelli, to Saracino. It arrived in California less than 48 hours after being dug up from the woods of Roccafluvione.

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Proud of Le Marche: Enrico Mattei

Proud of Le Marche: Enrico Mattei | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Enrico Mattei (April 29, 1906 – October 27, 1962) was an Italian public administrator. After World War II he was given the task of dismantling the Italian Petroleum Agency Agip, a state enterprise established by the Fascist regime. Instead Mattei enlarged and reorganized it into the National Fuel Trust Ente Nazionale Idrocarburi (ENI). Under his direction ENI negotiated important oil concessions in the Middle East as well as a significant trade agreement with the Soviet Union which helped break the oligopoly of the 'Seven Sisters' that dominated the mid 20th century oil industry. He also introduced the principle whereby the country that owned exploited oil reserves received 75% of the profits.

Mattei, who became a powerful figure in Italy, was a left-wing Christian Democrat, and a member of parliament from 1948 to 1953. Mattei made ENI a powerful company, so much so that Italians called it "the state within the state."He died in a mysterious plane crash in 1962, likely caused by a bomb in the plane. The unsolved death of Mattei has obsessed Italy for years and was the subject of an award-winning film The Mattei Affair by Francesco Rosi in 1972.

Enrico Mattei was born in Acqualagna, in the province of Pesaro and Urbino, Marche and in 1923 he became an apprentice in the tannery industry in Matelica.

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