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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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Monte Conero, Marche: a family weekend by the sea suggested by Swide Magazine

Monte Conero, Marche: a family weekend by the sea suggested by Swide Magazine | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

As the perfect combination for all those who love both mountain and sea, and for family weekends away, Monte Conero in Marche region is a unique example of natural treasure in Italy: it consists of an Apennine mountain overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Once here you can visit the wonderful Conero Regional Park but also discover the famous and ancient Roman caves (from Mortarolo to that of San Benedetto), you can practice mountaineering and rock climbing but also enjoy a natural excursion or enjoy a day by its crystal clear sea. [...]

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Growing up Italian: A Pasta Story

Growing up Italian: A Pasta Story | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
“Life is a combination of pasta and magic” Fellini once said. So, it goes for me. The Pasta gene is profoundly embedded in my soul. I learned this art before I learned how to write, watching and sharing the kitchen with women who enjoyed both the process, and the art itself. I have some childhood …

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<<Hello all. I live in between two worlds (USA and Italy) but I'm really grounded. I believe it's a luxury to be able to pick and choose the best of both. Senigallia is not the town where I was born, but it is a place I learned to deeply love while spending part of the summers growing up.>>

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Ascoltare il silenzio nell'Eremo di Monte Giove

Ascoltare il silenzio nell'Eremo di Monte Giove | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Nell’Eremo di Monte Giove vivono ancora sette monaci, uno di loro è persino centenario! Questi uomini di fede hanno scelto di condurre una vita eremitica, dove il tempo è scandito da lunghi silenzi cadenzati da pasti frugali e preghiere.
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http://www.eremomontegiove.it/ 

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Piantone di Mogliano, a territory and its Olive Oil

Piantone di Mogliano, a territory and its Olive Oil | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Olive trees have been growing around the medieval hill top village of Mogliano, in Le Marche for about 2,400 years – long before there was even a town there. The most prized trees in this small area are those of a cultivar called ‘Piantone di Mogliano. It’s a variety so prized that it has its own fan club ‘Associazone Il Piantone di Mogliano’ and is celebrated annually with its own festival ‘Sagra della bruschetta all’olio di Piantone di Mogliano’ (Feast of bruschetta with Piantone di Mogliano olive oil).
It is held in such high regard because on the one hand it is full of complex flavours, whilst at the same time it is wonderfully delicate.


It’s ideal for fish, salads, vegetables and white meat.
Serve your fish with a simple herby sauce. Here are our favourites:
  • Salsa verde (olive oil, parsley, capers and garlic).
  • Chimmichurri (an Argentinian salsa verde with chillies & cumin).
  • Salmoriglio (lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, oregano and parsley).

Corrado Corradini is an olive oil evangelist, and tireless experimenter. There aren’t many olive press barons who would be willing to experiment with making things like thyme or even chocolate olive oil, but Corrado thrives on innovation. He is also a workaholic, and has been known to notch up as many as three days without sleep during the height of the harvest season.

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High Cesano Valley in Le Marche: Pergola, Frontone and Serra Sant'Abbondio

The high Cesano Valley is the venue for all year-round feasts and celebrations. The tourist can wander at will sampling a local cuisine that is simple though based on typical and unrivalled local products. From truffles, mushrooms, honey and chees to high quality local wines. The Cesano valley is just perfect for lovers of good food and wine.
Pergola, the city of the gilded bronzes, a genuine museum town and wine producing centre. At the foot of Monte Catria stands Frontone with its distinctive castle, and Serra S. Abbondio with its still well-preserved Renaissance gateways. On the slopes of monte Catria, instead, stands the monastery of Fonte Avellana, a hermitage dating back to the year one thousand and mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy, a precious monumental complex and centre of monastic spirituality.

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From Recanati to Naples in the footsteps of Giacomo Leopardi

From Recanati to Naples in the footsteps of Giacomo Leopardi | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
With Mario Martone's 'Il Giovane Favoloso', in competition at the International Venice Film Festival the world is reminded of Giacomo Favoloso's genius. As is seen in the film, with Leopardi, the places in which he lived were intrinsic to his thoughts and work.
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http://www.marchebreaks.com/giacomoleopardi.htm 

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The Marche: alchemy and mystery of the the "Villa del Balì"

The Marche: alchemy and mystery of the the "Villa del Balì" | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

[...] The Villa del Balì is located in S. Martino, where is possible to dominate both Saltara and the neighboring countries. In this place in the ancient times was built a temple dedicated to the god Mars. Over time, it was easy the transition from "Mars" to "Martin": historical evidences speak about a chapel dedicated to St. Martin since 1165.
Villa was restored in 1564 by Vincenzo Negusanti, Bishop of Dalmatia and dean of the Council of Trent, and it became a place for his studies, rest and meditation. [...]
The Villa was sold in 1667 to the Count Gastone Marcolini, Grand Prior Balì (Balì, from which the villa takes its name, is the highest rank in the ancient orders of chivalry) of the Order of Knights of St. Stephen, Pope and Martyr, and remained in family ownership until 1852 Marcolini, to become the property of the Society of Jesus and then of the city of Fano.
The Count Marcolini made a crypt under the lawn in front of the villa. The crypt is composed of four crosses of Lorraine, arranged to form four right angles. It's very smooth: one of the arms extends to descend into a square room placed at 7 m depth: the CRYPT. In the vault the ceiling is painted with a white and red huge cross.
The bricks of the floor are also arranged to form a cross, and in its center there is a well-blind. An apse and two shrines are located in front of the entrance. The whole structure was used for initiations into knightly orders, many of which are rooted in cryptic traditions. Unfortunately, today the crypt is down and remains closed to the public.[...]

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English Tea Party in Le Marche

English Tea Party in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Last weekend saw all the ex-pats all over the world busily celebrating in their own way and we too in Petritoli decided to fly the flag with the British spirit! A few of us got together to bake cakes, make sandwiches, sausage rolls and we even had jelly and blancmange. It was just a little English tea party but we invited a few Italians along for the ride and they thoroughly enjoyed themsleves even if they didn't really like the jelly and blancmange!

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A post from the past: Is Le Marche the Next Tuscany? TNYTT

A post from the past: Is Le Marche the Next Tuscany? TNYTT | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

"They're kind and they're gentle and they're modest and they're slow."

Slow?

"They're a bit slow in that they'll spend a half a day talking to you," he explains. "The people from northern Italy would probably say they're a bit medieval here."

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The town of Treia, Macerata and the "Pallone col Bracciale"

The town of Treia, Macerata and the "Pallone col Bracciale" | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Treia is a quintessential hill town in the heart of Le Marche filled with Romanesque, Renaissance and Neoclassical architecture. In July we saw posters around the town for ‘Disfida del Bracciale’. Our friend Stefano explained that Treia is famous for hosting a traditional ball game dating from Renaissance times called The Challenge of the Armlet (also known as Pallone col bracciale).

Pallone col Bracciale (Wikipedia)
He said that it was similar to tennis but instead of racquets, the players use a device called a ‘bracciale’- a sort of wooden cylindrical spiked glove worn over the hand and forearm. A hard leather ball is pounded back and forth between two teams of three, with a high wall (between 14 and 20m) on one side, permitting deflection back into the field of play. The court is very long - around 90m. Scores are the same as in tennis – 15, 30, 40, game – and the first team to win six games is the victor.

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Wine Le Marche: Azienda Agricola Colleluce Vernaccia di Serrapetrona

Wine  Le Marche: Azienda Agricola Colleluce Vernaccia di Serrapetrona | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The Vernaccia of Serrapetrona is a natural red sparking wine that it can be obtained by 85% of the autochthonous vineyards Vernaccia and 15% of Sangiovese, Montepulciano or Ciliegiolo.
The best grapes are kept and dried in special rooms, the rest, instead, is pressed at the moment of the grape harvest and it is put in steel tanks for the first fermentation.
After 2 month also the dried grapes are pressed for the second fermentation. The two parts, that are not completely fermented, are finally positioned in autoclave to allow the third fermentation.

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Wine Excellence in Italian Marche Region at www.colleluce.it

 

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Best Le Marche Accommodations: Agriturismo Coroncina, Belforte del Chienti

Best Le Marche Accommodations: Agriturismo Coroncina, Belforte del Chienti | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Agriturismo Coroncina is a bed and breakfast in the beautiful Le Marche region of Central Italy. It is a lovely country house with a vegetarian restaurant, swimming pool and wellness centre. It is five minutes drive from the pretty town of Belforte del Chienti, in the province of Macerata, which is 80km south of Ancona.

Agriturismo Coroncina is to the north of the stunning national park of Monte Sibillini. [...more.infos] [+accommodations]

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Christmas in Ascoli Piceno by gelatojournal.com

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

Here in Ascoli Piceno, the Christmas season has gotten off to its official start with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary on December the 8th. Although a very few subtle indications of jumping the decoration starting gun in store windows may have shown up in mid to late November, there is nothing in evidence that reflects the trend in the U.S. of Christmas overrunning Halloween.

The two principal Piazzas, Popolo and Aringo, have been strung with festive lights (as above). The Christmas Market ‘chalets’ have been erected in Piazza Aringo along with the community Christmas Tree in addition to the holiday ice-skating rink. Loudspeakers play Christmas music. [...]

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The Marches on Italia.it

The Marches on Italia.it | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Surprising and wonderful in its diversity, this region of Central Italy, with its winding yet symmetrical form, shows off its multi-faceted beauty through cliffs and caves that overlook unforgettable beaches, hills that are steeped in history, and rich traditions and cultures, all set against a backdrop of mountains  (that are, by the way, well-equipped for ski lovers). 
The Marches is mostly comprised of hills and mountains; the region embraces the Adriatic side of the Umbria-Marche Appennines, yet in contrast features low-lying, sandy beaches.  [...]

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An Italy waiting to be discovered, in Le Marche

An Italy waiting to be discovered, in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Rambling around tiny hilltop towns (still stuck in the Middle Ages), walking down pristine beaches with only the waves (and a few seagulls) for company, driving down country roads flanked by miles of vineyards, descending into the depths of the earth to explore one of the largest subterranean caves in Europe, sitting in the caffè in the piazza, sipping the local liqueur and watching the nonni on their passeggiata - yes, there is another Italy waiting to be discovered, places still off the tourist radar, minus the touts that you might encounter in Venice, Rome or Florence... Don't get me wrong - I love the 'grand tour' cities as well and I have already visited them twice (I cannot get enough of Venice!). But, there is so much more. So whether you're a first time visitor or have already 'done' Italy, consider one of the lesser known regions.  [...]

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The adventures of an INDIAN BLOGGER IN LE MARCHE. Prachi is an enthusiast travel&food blogger, Life Marche Magazine invited her to visit our Le Marche, beautiful, Region.
Prachi has collaborated with National Geographic Traveller, Vogue, Mint (an associate of WSJ in India), BBC Good Food, Conde Nast Traveller and Time Out Mumbai to name a few and she is contributing writer on Make My Trip, burrp! and Foodhall Online, amongst others.

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Millecento Brewery, in Le Marche: elevate the spirit

Millecento Brewery, in Le Marche: elevate the spirit | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Millecento brewery taking its name from a Romanesque little Church of San Cassiano in Valbagnola dating from 1119, that rose up in a monastic Estate on Appennine mountains, between Le Marche and Umbria.
On the Estate there is a Rural Home perfect for outdoor type who enjoys hiking and trekking (very close to the Estate there is the beautiful Sentiero Italia that pass through italian peninsula!); here you can also take part in nice workshop about homebrewing or beekeeping.
Millecento beers are made with San Cassiano mineral waters and are named with the monks names: Tommaso, Giovanni and Gregoire each one with its history and nature.

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http://www.birramillecento.it/ 

http://www.tenutasancassiano.it/ 

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Ripani Bags Shooting the FW2014-15 Collection in Ascoli Piceno

The most renowned places and buildings of Ascoli Piceno hosted the photo shooting of the Collection Fall Winter 2014- 2015 by Ripani, the bags factory of the neighbouring Region Abruzzo.
The staff was based inside the famous Caffè Meletti and started to shoot in the Renaissance city lounge: Piazza del Popolo. The glory of the Gothic church of San Francesco and the Palazzo dei Capitani became the backdrop of a wonderful catalog. 

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Speechless in Ascoli Piceno

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

If there is one thing that I could brag about it’s my unbelievably breath taking view of Ascoli from my terrace. After Julia was done talking to us about the logistical things regarding living in the apartment she guided us to the last place we had yet to see, our incredible terrace. As we walked out onto it I was immediately speechless (which is a very rare occurrence for me). I took everything in, the different rich colors of the houses, the ancient towers and churches, the bells chiming  in the background, and the sporadic mountains that surround Ascoli. The view of the city was so beautiful and at that moment I was so overwhelmed with the reality that I was in Ascoli and would be living here for the next month. It was a feeling of pure joy and I couldn’t help but tear up at how lucky I was to be here. I looked over at Amanda who also had water filled eyes, we were both in awe and I loved it. Not everyone can say they had such an amazing trip during their college career and I was so grateful to have had the opportunity to go on this unforgettable trip. For anyone who is interested in studying abroad take the time and look into it, there are a lot of different options though multiple Universities.

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The Rancia Castle, Tolentino

The Rancia Castle, Tolentino | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The Rancia Castle owes its name to the ancient granary - named “grancia” after the latin “granica” and the French “grange”- used by the Cistercian monks of Fiastra Abbey at the end of the XII century. For defence reasons the farm was already provided with a donjon, probably originally made of wood, as wheat depots were the first target to be destroyed in case of attack.
The building was turned into a fortress between 1353 and 1357 by the architect Andrea Beltrami da Como by order of Rodolfo II da Varano from Camerino, who was aware of the strategic and military potential of the depot.
When the Jesuits took possession of the Fiastra Abbey in 1581, the Castle lost its military connotations and was restructured as a big farm and used to host pilgrims on their way to Rome. 1782 pope Pio VI came to Tolentino and granted all the possessions of Fiastra Abbey, including the Castle, to the noble family Bandini. The last descendant, Maria Sofia Gravina di Ramacca, in 1974 gave the Castle to the Municipality of Tolentino, who is the actual owner.
Many important events took place here; the most important was the battle fought May 2 and 3, 1815 between the French army led by Gioacchino Murat and the Austrian army led by the General Federico Bianchi, hosted in Parisani-Bezzi Palace, now called Napoleonic Museum.
The battle of Tolentino 1815 has been regarded as the prologue of Waterloo and the first battle of the Italian Risorgimento (the so called “Resurgence”).

opening times:

  • summer: April - September 

morning 9.00-13.00
afternoon 15.30-18.30

  • winter: October - March

morning 10.00-13.00
afternoon 15.00-19.00
the castle is closed on mondays, on December 25, December 31/afternoon - and on 1 January
admission:
full ticket 4,00 €  - reduced 2,50 €
tel. 0733.973349 - info guide:348.0883989 info@tolentinoturismo.it 

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Drum Art: snare drums and drum sticks from Petritoli Le Marche

Drum Art: snare drums and drum sticks from Petritoli Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

For those of you looking for the perfect sound, look no further than Drum Art for your snare drums.
Power, heat, maximum sensitivity and fantastic timbre nuances are set in a very elegant design.
Drum Art snare drums are all unique items, handmade by Silvano Biancucci, an Italian skilful wood craftsman. He ensures that every single snare drum is a unique instrument, with an individual sound, which is quite simply...perfection.
Behind every snare drum there are passion, skills, craftsmanship and a great perception: 2,7 centimeters (1.06 inches) thick solid wood drums, able to produce sound and volume never heard before.

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Local Tips for San Benedetto del Tronto, Le Marche

Local Tips for San Benedetto del Tronto, Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Located on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, San Benedetto del Tronto is an active fishing town and popular seaside resort town. So it makes sense that the 8km of coastline is the main attraction for visiters who want to relax in the sun or walk along the promenade enjoying the views and watching the fishing boats

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San Ginesio Le Marche

San Ginesio Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Entering into the walled town of San Ginesio, it appears to offer everything you would expect from an isolated Italian community. Passing under the grand archway is like passing through a liminal gateway into an Italian fairy tale...

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Gatto Cucine: the furniture excellence of Le Marche

Gatto Cucine: the furniture excellence of Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Gatto Cucine – thanks to the entrepreneurship of its founder, Mario Gatto - was one of the first Italian companies in the 1950s to start the revolution of “modular” kitchens. Since then, Gatto has sailed through decades of transformation with success and has made a name for itself in the evolution of the “made in Italy” kitchens. The Marchigiano model Gatto Cucine is located near the sea and Parco del Conero (a natural park) in Camerano, in the district of Ancona. Its location is not just any place, but symbolizes a set of values. Gatto has earned the title of being a Marchigiano model of excellence for development. Its constantly evolving business system is a dynamic expression of creativity and innovation, representing the values of a local working community, the territory and its rich traditions.

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