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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 Travel in the Time of Earthquakes

Le Marche Travel in the Time of Earthquakes | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
On August 24th, the world looked on in horror as images came in from central Italy in the aftermath of a dreadful earthquake. It was the second major seismic shock to hit the region in the last decade, and repair and recovery efforts have been hindered by ongoing aftershocks. The damage to the region has…
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Macerata, Le Marche
At the epicentre of several of the major aftershocks, the medieval hill town of Macerata suffered damage which has meant the closing of several churches and other public buildings. Nonetheless, life goes on inside the old walls, home to a 13th century university and the early 19th century neo-classical open-air Arena Sferisterio, which hosts an opera festival every summer.

Urbino, Le Marche
Up in the hills of Le Marche, Urbino is all too often overlooked by visitors to Italy, perhaps because of its slightly isolated location. The heart of the city, dominated by the Palazzo Ducale and Duomo, was all constructed in the same style, making it appear as one contiguous block. The city is particularly famous for its contribution to the arts, as the home of the Renaissance maestro Raphael, to whom there is a dedicated museum in the house of his birth. Head up to the Giardini Pubblici for a wonderful view over the whole city from above.

Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche
This town on the Marche/Abruzzo border is most famous for its olive production, and for the “olive all’ascolana” dish; olives stuffed with meat and fried in breadcrumbs. Piazza dell’Arengo, in the centre of town, is faced onto by the 12th-century Palazzo dell’Arengo, as well as the Duomo. The skyline is dotted with towers constructed over the centuries, around 50 according to some estimates.

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VintageTravel.co.uk dedicates a post to Macerata

VintageTravel.co.uk dedicates a post to Macerata | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
The old hilltop town of Macerata is an exceptional place to visit. From the outer edges of the town you can gaze over the undulating countryside, taking in some of the best views Le Marche has to offer. Though you wouldn’t want to stay gazing for too long, as Macerata’s …
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VintageTravel.co.uk dedicates a post to Macerata

Vintage Travel Offer Hand Picked Villa Holidays in Unspoilt Locations. From Authentic and Historic Houses to Modern Villas - Each with a Private Pool.
Vintage Travel is a Member of ABTA with membership number V5643. IATA and ABTA Members help holidaymakers to get the most from their travel and assist them when things do not go according to plan.
Vintage Travel also possesses the Air Tour Operators License.
Vintage Travel is one of the most reliable companies that operate also in Le Marche territory, beware of those who do not have any certification in the countries they have offers or with no VAT number, Italian or else.

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'Cinderella': Behind the Magic With Oscar-Winning Production Designer Dante Ferretti

'Cinderella': Behind the Magic With Oscar-Winning Production Designer Dante Ferretti | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

As a child growing up in Macerata, Italy, Dante Ferretti — the renowned production designer who won Oscars for Hugo, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street and The Aviator — first saw Disney’s 1950 animated Cinderella in a theater with his parents. [...]

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Discover Macerata in Le Marche

Discover Macerata in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The city is famous for being the birth place of Matteo Ricci, a 17th century humanist and mathematician. Ricci was the first Westerner to visit Beijing in 1601, and would go on to translate various classics like Cicero and Euclid into Chinese.
Macerata is a fairly wealthy city, whose economy is mostly based on agriculture.
If you're in town, there are a few places you should visit. You should start with the Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia, [...]

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Macerata Opera Festival 2014 | L'opera è donna

In 2014 Macerata celebrates the 50th anniversary of its opera season at the Sferisterio with three great heroines of the classical melodrama. They will come through new productions of Aida - which inaugurated the very first season in 1921 - and Tosca, along with a reprise of the well-known Traviata of the mirrors by Brockhaus and Svoboda. All three operas will have a female conductor. 
As a complement to the opera season, there will be conferences, exhibitions and a host of performances as part of the Festival Off, which comes to its third edition.

http://www.sferisterio.it/?lang=en&f=1 

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Macerata | Discovering Le Marche with Professional Guides

Macerata | Discovering Le Marche with Professional Guides | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Macerata was rebuilt in the Medieval Ages (12th Century) on the top of the hill between the Potenza and Chienti rivers, after the desctruction of the Roman downstream city called Helvia Recina. You can see the ruins of Helvia Recina in the archeological area called Villa Potenza.
Piazza della Libertà, built in the Reinassance, is the main square of Macerata. It hosts the Theatre Lauro Rossi, the Town Hall, the University and the Loggetta dei Mercanti, that is to say a graceful two-tier arcades loggia. The Loggetta was commissioned by the cardinal Alessandro Farnese when he was in Macerata at the beginning of the 16th Century (later Farnese became Pope Paul III).
The guided tour includes the Cathedral of St. Julian the Hospitalier, the art gallery in Palazzo Buonaccorsi and the open-air theatre Arena Sferisterio. [...]

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British Prisoners of War, Sforzacosta di Macerata, Italy

British Prisoners of War, Sforzacosta di Macerata, Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The interior of a prisoner-of-war hut. The space is filled by the receding lines of wooden framed bunk-beds. Men, lie and sit on the three-tiered bunks clothed and unclothed

Paul Bullard was a young artist learning his trade at the Royal College of Art when the Second World War broke out. His studies were interrupted by his service in the Royal Artillery, during which he was taken prisoner by Axis forces and held at Campo Concentramento PG 53 at Sforzacosta in Italy. It is this camp that provides the setting of this painting, which highlights the stoicism of the prisoners in coping with the boredom of captivity. The regular and regimented rows of bunk beds emphasise the repetitive nature of internment and the lack of personal space. Yet the lines and structures are broken up by the lively variety of the prisoners, with drying clothes, draped bedding and dangling limbs refusing to be constricted. There is an impression of restless waiting, of life interrupted but nevertheless continuing. Bullard resumed his studies in 1946, completing them the following year. [...]

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Sculpture stolen in Le Marche thirty years ago is found in Venice

Sculpture stolen in Le Marche thirty years ago is found in Venice | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

In the fall of 1984, the large wooden sculpture “Madonna delle Grazie” was stolen from the small church of San Lorenzo in Rio Freddo, Visso in the province Macerata. Now thirty years later the Police Department for the protection of cultural heritage have located and seized the statue in an antique shop in Venice. Fortunately, the pastor of the church Norcia had taken many photos of the churches in the area back in the sixties for the extensive art volume “Visso and its valleys” which was published in 1965.In the book there was a brief description of the church in Rio Freddo and a photo with the wooden statue of the Virgin. Thanks to this photograph the officials were able to identify and locate the sculpture. Unfortunately, the arms of the sculptures were destroyed during the years, but the rest of the artwork is in a good condition.  [...]

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Architectural Mapping 3D - Palazzo Buoanccorsi, Macerata - Luca Agnani

21.03.2014 Palazzo Buoanccorsi, Macerata

Visual Design: Luca Agnani
3D Animation: Luca Agnani, Claudio Cimini
Sound: Giovanni Bedetti


http://www.lucaagnani.com/ 

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Videomapping it’s a video projection technique that transforms a surface in a display. Using suitable software you create animations of the surface which are then projected. The final effect is an illusion in 3D, in practice it is the projection of a video.
Luca Agnani is s Digital lighting, 3d & Visual Mapping Artist born in Macerata in 1976.
Luca works for advertising agencies, organization of events, associations, municipalities and individuals, creating artworks for celebration of a place of worship or a monument, at the opening of a shopping center, or the opening night of a nightclub. 
He was selected to lead his performances at major italian festivals including the Lpm of Rome, the Kernel Festival in Milan, Dancity of Foligno, the Robot in Bologna, Acusmatiq of Ancona and Barrakuda Festival in Croatia.
 Outstanding are his works on the front of the Arena Sferisterio during the week of culture, on the Duomo of Catania on the feast of St.Agatha, on the Mole Vanvitelliana of Ancona for the opening concert of Yann Tiersen and on the Sanctuary of San Michele on the occasion of receiving the UNESCO award.
His works are mainly characterized by the absence of elements and closely related to architecture and its history.

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Carnival in Le Marche, the Best of Italian Folklore

Carnival in Le Marche, the Best of Italian Folklore | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Le Marche’s Carnivals are renowned for being spectacular, fun and full of tradition. One Carnival, celebrated on Fat Tuesday (as many are), starts with huge and colorful floats by the shore, and then moves inland for the real party. There is more food than you could imagine, and so many people in costume, just enjoying the frivolity of having a good time.

There is also the Offida Carnival, which consists of men moving a giant fake ox through the streets, then a crowd of young people in robes move it swiftly, in attempt to show the ox’s nature. This used to be performed with a live ox and then it was ritually slaughtered, whereas now they just do so symbolically.

The Fano Carnival, Italy’s oldest, is a huge and beautiful affair, with entertainment, food, exhibits and so much more. They try every year to make it better than the last, with more color and excitement to give people an experience not to be forgotten. It is one giant party, each day different and new with a lot of great things to do free of charge.

The carnival of Macerata has chariots, music, dancing, cake and a whole lot of fun. With all of its colorful displays and confetti everywhere, it truly is a wonderful celebration.

The Ascoli Carnival is a traditional festival of dancing, music, masks, confetti and fun. With so much to do and see it is another carnival worth attending. The Carnival of Ascoli Piceno, starting on January 17th each year, consists of people in masks, doing skits and impersonating celebrities, local government and other well-known people. The city is lit up with beautiful lights, as the streets become theaters and the spectators become participants.

Lastly, the Amandola Carnival is celebrated with two large events. First there is a parade with people in masks everywhere. Then there is what is called the beacon of King Carnival, during which people in old costumes throw wheat and poppy in honor of Blessed Antonio. There are also actors and theater afterwards during this one as well.

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Prof. Stephen Wooten of the University of Oregon talks about Study Abroad Program in Macerata | Food and Culture in Italy

The Macerata Food & Culture program allows students to develop fuller understandings of complex food-related issues and gain new insights into the ways in which food mediates social, political, environmental, cultural and economic processes.

The Food & Culture program will include opportunities for classroom, field-based, and service learning. Students will learn firsthand from everyday people: farmers, fishers and truffle hunters, family cooks and professional chefs, and creative entrepreneurs who are building internationally recognized sustainable food businesses that preserve and celebrate regional heritage. All majors are welcome; courses may be suitable for students in food studies, business, environmental studies, sociology, international studies, geography, humanities and anthropology.

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Columbia University in Le Marche to Explore a great Milestone in Earth History

Columbia University in Le Marche to Explore a great Milestone in Earth History | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Tourists flock to Italy to see Michelangelo’s David and other iconic hunks of Renaissance stone, but in a trip over spring break, a group of Columbia students got to visit rocks that have shaped the world in even more profound ways. In the limestone outcrops of Italy’s Apennine Mountains, geologist Walter Alvarez collected some of the earliest evidence that a massive fireball falling from space some 66 million years ago was responsible for killing off the dinosaurs. Geologists have trekked to the region since then to study that catastrophic event as well as others imprinted in these rocks.

In March, it was the Columbia students’ turn. Led by Steven Goldstein and Sidney Hemming, scientists at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, and visiting scientist David Barbeau, the students touched evidence of undersea mudslides, the drying of the Mediterranean Sea, and several extinction crises, including the one that ended the Age of Dinosaurs.

From about 200 million years ago to 6 million years ago, the vast, shallow Tethys Sea covered much of the Apennines, in Italy’s Umbria-Marche region. As the tiny plants and animals that lived in the sea died, their shells and skeletons piled up, leaving a record of the environment in which they lived. Later, tectonic forces rearranged this landscape, forming the Apennines in several bouts of squeezing and stretching. The activity left limestones made up of tiny microfossils exposed on land, providing a page-by-page story of the past. [...]

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The Osservatorio Geologico di Coldigioco (OGC)  Frontale di Apiro (MC) is an independent center for research and education in geology, art, and cuisine. Located in the beautiful, tiny hilltop village of Coldigioco in the Apennine mountains of central Italy, OGC consists of sleeping, eating, and living facilities, geological labs, art studios, kitchens, and a small fleet of vehicles.Sandro Montanari and Paula Metallo run OGC with assistance from friends and colleagues from the U.S.A. and Europe.

http://www3.geosc.psu.edu/~dmb53/OGC/ 

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Gualdo (MC) & Cancello Est on a Radio Program in South Africa

Passport to the World - Journalist Maryke Roberts raves about Gualdo MC and Cancello Est. Cathy Retief-Neil will be sharing interesting insights on Gualdo, Italy on the travel programme, Passport to the world. The very respected travel journalist Maryke Roberts shares insights and travel tips on her recent trip to the village of Gualdo Macerata and particularly to Cancello Est 

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Macerata in Le Marche the most 'liveable' city in Italy

Macerata in Le Marche the most 'liveable' city in Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
A new study shows which of Italy's towns and cities are most 'liveable' in terms of the environment - and reveals a gulf between the north and south of the country.
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The study revealed a huge divide between the north and south of the country. Macerata in central Italy was crowned as the most liveable city, but the rest of the top ten were all northern cities, other than Oristano in Sardinia....

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The Sferisterio, Macerata: turning a stadium for a sport in decline into a theatre

The Sferisterio, Macerata: turning a stadium for a sport in decline into a theatre | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The neoclassic Sferisterio in Macerata, however, is a truly unique open-air stadium. ...It features the typical arched layout of similar structures in antiquity, and was in fact used for matches of what used to be a popular traditional game called “pallone a bracciale”.In 1920, the Sferisterio was renovated with the aim of turning it into a proper venue for opera performances. [...]

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We all know about the Italians' passion for calcio, but in the past, at the end of the nineteenth century, was the sport of the pallone col bracciale the most popular game. This article tells us about the decision in the '20s to turn a stadium designed for this ancient sport but in decline, in a theater. Was it a success?

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The unique, all-year charm of Le Marche’s Macerata

The unique, all-year charm of Le Marche’s Macerata | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The old hilltop town of Macerata is an exceptional place to visit. From the outer edges of the town you can gaze over the undulating countryside, taking in some of the best views Le Marche has to offer. Though you wouldn’t want to stay gazing for too long, as Macerata’s interior is crying out to be explored and discovered. [...]

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Le Marche: From Dusk till Dawn

If you ask me, where is your land, do you know how could I answer you? Where the sun rises and goes down. Where the river flows. Where the mountains touch the sky.

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50th Macerata Opera Festival: Opera is Female

In 2014 Macerata celebrates the 50th anniversary of its opera season at the Sferisterio with three great heroines of the classical melodrama. They will come through new productions of Aida - which inaugurated the very first season in 1921 - and Tosca, along with a reprise of the well-known Traviata of the mirrors by Brockhaus and Svoboda. All three operas will have a female conductor. 
As a complement to the opera season, there will be conferences, exhibitions and a host of performances as part of the Festival Off, which comes to its third edition.

http://www.sferisterio.it/?lang=en&f=1 

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Pope asked the participants of the 36th pilgrimage from Macerata to Loreto, to pray for the Peace in Palestine

Pope asked the participants of the 36th pilgrimage from Macerata to Loreto, to pray for the Peace in Palestine | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Pope Francis on Saturday evening made a phone call to a group of young Italians who were on pilgrimage, encouraging them to embrace hope in God and reject mediocrity.

“Don’t let yourselves be discouraged by failure or anxiousness that wants to remove your dreams, that wants to close you into its dark mentality rather than letting you fly in the light of hope. Please, do not fall into mediocrity, into that mediocrity that lowers and makes us grey, for life is not grey, life is for betting on grand ideas and for great things,” he said in a phone call on June 7 to the participants of the 36th annual pilgrimage from Macerata to Loreto, Italy.

The basilica in Loreto is believed to contain the “holy house” where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary at the annunciation.

The Pope said that was pleased to be with the young pilgrims “virtually,” the Holy See Press Office reports. He asked especially for their prayers for the June 8 meeting of prayer at the Vatican with the presidents of Israel and Palestine and the Orthodox Christian Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I.

“I ask you please, unite yourselves to us and ask God, through the intercession of the Madonna of Loreto, to make resound in that land in a new way, the song of the angels, ‘Glory to God in the highest and peace to mankind’,” the Pope added. [...]


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5 outdoor operas - travel in the Mediterranean

5 outdoor operas - travel in the Mediterranean | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The Mediterranean summer is the season not only for al fresco lunches but al fresco arias, when some of the leading opera singers emerge from the shadows of La Scala, La Fenice and other European theatres. Several performances will be staged in historic settings, including 2000-year-old amphitheatres with pin-sharp acoustics and seats where audiences once cheered their favourite gladiators.
As well as the romance of the settings, opera under the stars tends to be a much more relaxed, less dressy affair than formal theatres and the average age of the audience a decade or so younger than the indoor patrons. Prices, too, are generally more affordable.

1. Verona, Italy
2. Macerata, Italy - A medieval hilltown in the little-known but hugely appealing Marche region lies in between the Apennines and the Adriatic coast. The neo-classical Arena Sferisterio, an elliptical sweep of neo-classical colonnaded balconies, open to the stars and originally built in the 1820s as a ball court (for a game not unlike the Basque pelota). Since the stage is 100 yards long, following the action during a performance can be a bit like trying to keep your eye on the ball at the Centre Court in Wimbledon.

Performance details and booking: http://www.sferisterio.it/programma-2014/?lang=en 

3. Torre del Lago, Italy
4. Orange, France
5. Savonlinna, Finland


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Architectural Mapping 3D in Le Marche

21.03.2014 Palazzo Buonaccorsi, Macerata Visual Design: Luca Agnani 3D Animation: Luca Agnani, Claudio Cimini Sound: Giovanni Bedetti
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Cycling the Province of Macerata in Le Marche

Thirteen cycling routes for discovering ,on two wheels, one of the most authentic Italian provinces. From the magic Sibillini Mountains to the blue Adriatic Sea: nature, history, architecture, gastronomy.

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Vatican asked to honour Jesuit who tried to evangelise China

Vatican asked to honour Jesuit who tried to evangelise China | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The Vatican on Friday received a request to beatify an Italian Jesuit priest favoured by Pope Francis whose attempts to evangelise China in the 16th century were thwarted by the Church.

"The papers for the beatification process for father Matteo Ricci have been received by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints," said Claudio Giuliodori from the Macerata diocesis in southern Italy, where the Jesuit was born in 1552.

Ricci, who died in Beijing in 1610, has been held up several times by the Jesuit pontiff as an exemplary evangelist.

"We must always ask forgiveness and look with shame upon the apostolic failures brought about by a lack of courage. I am thinking, for example, of the pioneering intuitions of Matteo Ricci which, at the time, were abandoned," Francis said in a speech in November. [...]

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Matteo Ricci was born in Macerata in 1552, the same year that Francis Xavier died off the coast of China on Shangchuan Island. Although Ricci was not the first Jesuit missionary to enter China, his legacy has perhaps been the most significant. 

http://ricci.bc.edu/people/matteo-ricci-0 

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