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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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Pireta, Matelica: a corner of Murano in Le Marche

Pireta, Matelica: a corner of Murano in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Since 1987, the artisan company Pireta owned by Roberta Merlo, works realizing precious glass objects with the technics of Murano glass and blown glass. The name "PIRETA" is inspired by a butterfly from Ecuador whose transparent wings resemble the transparency of glass and red spots at their ends reminiscent of the fire of the furnace.
All the production is represented by unique works of rare beauty made entirely by hand that take inspiration from the vegetable and animal world. Small ornaments, wedding favors, unique jewelry.
Different the technics used: glass worked "luce", classic blown glass, Glass Fusion thanks to a big furnace.

Vicolo Lozzo 35
62024 Matelica (MC)
Tel 073786431
Cell Roberta Merlo 3488997489
E-mail roberta_merlo@libero.it

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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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Le Marche curiosities: First Fools of the Year

Le Marche curiosities: First Fools of the Year | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The children returned from a day out in Matelica recently, each wielding a  Patenta di Mattu – ‘Licence to be crazy’ – well, who knew you needed a licence?

In the middle ages bankrupts were forced to wear a silly hat and walk around the fountain twelve times whilst ringing a bell and shouting ‘I have given away all my possessions and for this no one should ever believe me again’.  At which point they were officially registered by the council and all debts cleared.

Given their sense of style I think for Italians the hat was the main deterrent (for the English it would be an added bonus).  Nowadays children can run around the fountain seven times and get the Crazy license abd it was with great pride that they reported that they were the first Mattu of the year – they won’t be the last. [...]

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