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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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Merry Christmas Wishes Le Marche Style

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From Le Marche to Pompeii and Naples within a day

From Le Marche to Pompeii and Naples within a day | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Many foreigners residing in the Marche, maybe also lot of tourists and surely Marchigiani, know the benefits of having useful daily bus routes to Rome. These transports, mainly intended for students and workers, become advantageous, expecially in summer, for tourism visits to the most important monuments in the world and very useful to reach the airport with all its international connections.
Now there is another extraordinary opportunity. There are bus lines that connects Le Marche to the Campania Region, to reach Naples and Pompeii, 4 times a day.
This means you can schedule a visit to the excavation of Pompeii with return within the day.
Do not you believe it?
The line is the linea2mari.com of Cardinali and, for example, leaving from Porto San Giorgio at 7a.m. (6:59) you can get Pompeii at 12:30. You can have your lunch there, make your visit to the incredible monument and take the bus at 16:30 to get back Porto San Giorgio at 22:10, spending only 50 € both ways.

I suggest you to visit Naples in these days before Christmas, especially the area of Via San Gregorio Armeno.

A trip to Via San Gregorio Armeno in Naples during the Christmas period is absolutely necessary.  Via San Gregorio Armeno is filled on both sides with shops selling everything that you could possible imagine and more. Tiny terracotta figurines, windmills, hay bails, fruit and bread baskets, battery-operated figures making pasta, political personalities, footballers and to complete your nativity kit, a whole town to arrange them in. If you want to take pictures and watch artisans making figures and buildings from scratch, you can chose the end of September and october as they prepare for the Christmas rush.

With these bus lines you can also schedule a trip to the Reggia di Caserta with even 5,45h for the visit.

http://www.linea2mari.com/?mobile=0 

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Pompeii in a day - Pictures: click here

Via San Gregorio Armeno - Pictures: click here 

Reggia di Caserta - Pictures: click here

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Selusi Ambrogio's curator insight, December 16, 2013 5:14 AM

Se Le Marche sono più vicine a Pompei e Napoli, anche Pompei e Napoli sono più vicini alle Marche, un motivo in più per rendere un viaggio unico in Italia ancora più originale e particolare. Bisogna offrire pacchetti per stranieri che offrano le mete immancabili italiane, ma anche posti non visti da tutti gli amici di chi viene, luoghi incontaminati, l'Italia meno sfruttata e la natura, le Marche sono uniscono tutto ciò in un clima di serenità e piacevolezza. Esercenti unitevi!

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What I Did on My Christmas Vacation (in Le Marche)

What I Did on My Christmas Vacation (in Le Marche) | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

I am back from an unbelievably beautiful holiday in Italy where my mom, my brother and I spent Christmas and New Year’s with my father’s family in Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche.

We had such a beautiful time, filled with so much laughter and talk and of course … food! So. Much. Food.

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Christmas in Ascoli Piceno

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

On December 19 I leave for Europe to spend Christmas with my family in Italy. This will be the first time since 2006 that I have spent Christmas with them. To say I’m antsy would be an understatement. All I can think of is being with them, hearing the lyrical fall of the Italian language, feeling their embrace.

I can’t wait to wander through the piazza in Ascoli Piceno. Wrapped in an overcoat with a scarf, gloves and a cap, I will once again traverse the travertine piazza built nearly 3000 years ago. I will smile at the beauty of a few simple strands of Christmas lights strung across the square while Christmas carols play over the loudspeaker. I will once again visit my favorite cafe for pastries and a delectable espresso. I will savor and savor again.

Christmas will be magical.[...]

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Christmas in Le Marche

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Christmas in Le Marche is always been traditional since the time Emperor Aurelian decreed in 274 A.D that the Nativity Feast should take place on 25 December to coincide with the pagan festivals surrounding the Winter Solstice.

The first nativity scene decorated the village of Greccio, 80km east of Rome and synonymous with 25 December celebrations throughout Italy. In 1223 Giovanni Vellita created one in Le Marche at the behest of St Francis of Assisi who held a mass in front of the nativity scene which established it as the holy symbol of Christmas.

The traditional Christmas in Italy revolves around the church, religious festivals, families and feasting. Indeed no festival is ever complete without the element of food. The Christmas season starts with La Vigilia (the vigil) on the 24 December and finishes with L’Epifania (the Epiphany) on 6th January, it encompasses Natale (Christmas) on the 25th, San Stefano (St Stephens) on the 26th, San Silvestro on New Year’s Eve and Capodanno on New years Day.

In Le Marche, La Vigilia on 24th December has an equal importance to Christmas, and is celebrated with a huge feast of at least 7 courses that usually includes fish. A typical Vigila dinner begins with antipasti of different fish dishes such as smoked salmon, lumache (snails in a tomato sauce), seafood and marinated anchovies.

The first course, primo piatto, consists of pasta or risotto with a fish sauce. Fish is also unmissable for the secondo (second dish). In relation with the territory around Le Marche, the family choose the fish of the tradition: baked trout, langoustines, stoccafisso (stockfish) or baccalá (dried salt-cured cod), eels, red mullet, or, fried whitebait. As traditional contorno (side dish), bitter greens such as Cicoria, especially sauted with oil and garlic represent a perfect choice for Le Marche Christmas Vigilia. In alternative there are seasonal vegetables or contorni such as Roast Fennel or Globe artichokes. As conclusion the unmissable sweet specialities such as torrone (nougat), panettone, pandoro, and exotic fruits plus a glass of Vino Cotto, a smoky flavour, sweet wine originates in Roman times.

Most locals go to mass at midnight to pray, sing carols and celebrate the birth of Jesus. This heart warming night is concluded with socialising, hugging and kissing as friends and neighbours exchange greetings and toast each other in the Piazza of the Church with a local wine or a warming punch, mulled wine or vin brule.

Christmas Day starts slowly and noisy as children wake to open the Christmas Gifts, conscious to have a better second chance with the witch delivery the day of La Befana, the epiphany (6th of Jannuary). All the family, with relatives from other towns, is now around the table for the Christmas lunch. Gorgeous anti pasti of cold meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables etc. give only an idea of the large meal that will follow. The first course is something "in brodo" (in broth) such as meat cappelletti or wild mushroom filled tortellini and then something baked "al forno", such as vincisgrassi, the famous Le Marche lasagna made with Chicken livers or Cannelloni, . For the main course, there is a range of meats cooked al forno or grilled "alla brace" on an open fire and even fried. Typically le Marche style is the great variety of meat used: leg of lamb, stinco (pork), and chicken, stuffed olives Ascolana Style. The main course is usually accompanied by side plates of roast potatoes and other seasonal vegetables, winter salad leaves. Then again the sweet specialities such as torrone, panettone, pandoro and, if the relatives were generous: Panforte di Siena, Cantuccini, Saporelli...

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Presepe vivente di Genga: live nativity set in Le Marche

Presepe vivente di Genga: live nativity set in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Rather than being made up of wood or plastic figures, a live nativity set has real people and animals instead. These presentations in Le Marche tend to attract visitors from the surrounding community. Some live nativity sets have people posing in static positions, whereas the actors move about, talk or sing in others.

The one in Genga it will be: 

- St. Stefano (26 December 2011)

- Festa dell'Epifania (6 Jennuary 2012)

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