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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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The Cammino Francescano della Marca between Le Marche and Umbria

The Cammino Francescano della Marca between Le Marche and Umbria | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Or how I was a pilgrim through Le Marche and Umbria

I have got to travel as a pilgrim in the footsteps of Francesco d’Assisi from Ascoli Piceno to Assisi, finishing by the audience of the Holy Father on the place in front of St Peter’s Dome in the Vatican city. [...]

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The Cammino Francescano della Marca between Le Marche and Umbria

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The Monti Sibillini Loop among the 10 great European road trips you must do in your lifetime by Telegraph

The Monti Sibillini Loop among the 10 great European road trips you must do in your lifetime by Telegraph | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Spoleto to Norcia and the Monti Sibillini loop, Italy

This short but spectacular day’s drive out of Spoleto is like a landscape opera in a prologue, three acts and an encore – the latter as you repeat the Spoleto-Norcia stretch on the return journey. The prologue is the gentle, summery, olive-clad plain surrounding the cultured Umbrian hilltown that is your starting point.

A three-mile-long tunnel gives the stagehands time to change the set for Act 1: the Valnerina, a cool, steep-sided green valley dotted with solid stone-built villages that have a vaguely Alpine feel. More bucolic, Act 2 begins with a sweeping vista across a fertile upland plain to the handsome walled town of Norcia, famous for its truffles, sausages and Benedictine monastery, with the Sibillini mountains looming behind.

It’s these that provide the drama of Act 3: the road begins to climb steeply up to Passo di Gualdo, where the Piano Grande, an upland valley famous for its lentils, and the rainbow tapestry painted by its wildflowers, suddenly appears in all its glory.

Starts: Spoleto – take road numbers: SS3, SS685, SS320 from Spoleto to Norcia, then local roads to Preci, Visso, Castelluccio and back to Norcia, returning to Spoleto on the same route.

Length: 101 miles.

Time: Allow just over three hours’ actual driving. Allowing for time for sightseeing and lunch, this makes for a perfect short day’s outing.

Best driven in: Late May or early June when the crocuses, fritillaries and lentils are in flower, turning Piano Grande into a carpet of shifting colours.

Top tip: At 1,452m, the village of Castelluccio is higher than Ben Nevis – so come prepared for snow, even late in the season, though the roads are generally well gritted.

Nearest airport: Perugia.

More information: italia.it/en

Lee Marshall

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Are now dozens of international articles that pose the Sibylline mountains in the most  important bucket lists of active holidays. Here are the last on the online pages of The Telegraph

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"The Palladian Traveler" visits the Sibillini Mountains

"The Palladian Traveler" visits the Sibillini Mountains | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Inside the park, which straddles the border between the Umbria and Marche regions in Italy’s central Apennine mountain range, visitors flock to gaze upon some of the most spectacular, postcard-ready, 360-degree panoramas of the Bel Paese. [...]

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Finally The Palladian Traveler decided to visit the Sibillini Mountains. Here his photo reportage. The Palladian Traveler provides a tad of historical perspective, a dash of humor and tidbits of info that you wouldn’t normally know existed unless you carefully looked between every bit of cobble along the way.

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13th Montelago Fest Launches European Celtic Contest, Main Stage Lineups From Australia, Spain and Germany

13th Montelago Fest Launches European Celtic Contest, Main Stage Lineups From Australia, Spain and Germany | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The Montelago Celtic Festivals tirteenth edition takes place this year on the apennine plains of Colfiorito in central Italy from 6th-8th August, featuring The Rumjacks from Australia, Galicias Mercedes Pen, and Corvus Corax from Germany among the festivals 20-concert programme. This year also introduces the European Celtic Contest for the first time, pitting Europes best up-and-coming artists against each other for the promise of performing at Italys leading Celtic festivals in 2016. [...]

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Discover which is the summer festival located in the apennine border of Le Marche and Umbria that attracts 20,000 enthusiasts and it is realized  with the patronage of the Irish Embassy in Italy, and attracts the attention of the Italian Ministry of Youth and the BBC, thanks to its unique and diverse mix of high-quality cultural and social events. 

http://www.montelagocelticfestival.it/ 

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Hiking between Marche and Umbria: the Monte Cucco ring.

Hiking between Marche and Umbria: the Monte Cucco ring. | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

If you are a mountain lover, you would probably already know the Alps and theirs wonderful and stunning peaks on the border between Italy and Austria, Switzerland and France. But what you probably don’t now, yet, is that in Le Marche there are amazing mountains too: the Apennines! Less higher, I can admit that, and with less snow than in the Alps, but spectacular both in Winter and Summer time. In fact, I deeply suggest you to hike on Le Marche’s mountain more or less in every season. Why? [...]

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Between Umbria and Marche: Castelluccio and the Apennine table land

Between Umbria and Marche: Castelluccio and the Apennine table land | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

We were back in the Monti Sibillini today visiting the tiny village of Castelluccio. Castelluccio is an undistinguished village but notable both for being the highest inhabited village in the Apennines and for being on the edge of Piano Grande a high plain covered in wild flowers in May and June. It is a very beautiful spot.

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Castelluccio a bit of Ireland in the Middle of Italy

Castelluccio a bit of Ireland in the Middle of Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

There is a quite secret place in Umbria wraped by the lands of Marche considered as magic, for the view and also some wizards stories that I will not consider in this article. it is name is Castelluccio. I think only people around Umbria and Marche have heard about it and from my point of view it is even better like this, but
I am afraid that this secret won’t last for ever. Advertizing of my region and also locals that prefer save money in little trip rather than go in more turist places I think will broken this secret.
to reach Castelluccio from Ancona, you drive the A14 to Fabriano direction Roma going out Gola Rossa and to further to Visso passing to Muccia, PieveTorina and Visso. [...]

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Le Marche: A Meaningful Place to Start The Bike Across Italy Tour - Ciclismo Classico

Le Marche: A Meaningful Place to Start The Bike Across Italy Tour - Ciclismo Classico | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

There’s a reason our coast-to-coast Bike Across Italy Tour starts in region of Le Marche on Italy’s Adriatic Coast, before continuing through Umbria, Lazio and Tuscany and reaching the Mediterranean Sea. This 11-day journey is inspired by the life-changing solo bike trip Ciclismo Classico founder Lauren Hefferon took in 1983 to reconnect with her roots in little-known Le Marche.

Graduating from Cornell with four years of Italian under her belt, Lauren sent letters to cousins in Le Marche asking to visit and learn more about her family. Landing in Pisa, she biked for five days to reach the little town of Genga, where her grandmother Beatrice Fracassini lived until the age of 18 when she left for the U.S.

“My grandmother’s cousin ran down the road when she saw me, she grabbed my fully-loaded bike and brought me to her family’s house,” Lauren says. “Over the course of the next few days, I met all of the relatives of my grandmother and ate many wonderful meals of Marchegiani specialties.”

The Bike Across Italy Tour spends a day and night in Genga – which has changed since Lauren’s grandmother left this poor town. The discovery of the nearby Grotte di Frassassi in the 1950s and 60s now brings visitors from all over the world. These are largest caves or grottoes in Europe – filled with otherworldly stalactites and stalagmites formed by an underground river.

Tipping a hat to Lauren’s grandfather, Generoso Orazietti who was born in the seaside city of Fano, the Bike Across Italy Tour explores this former ancient Roman settlement with a guided tour ending with a fresh fish dinner prepared Le Marche-style.

Proving just how varied the landscape of Le Marche is, the Bike Across Italy Tour then takes intermediate cyclists inland pedaling through fields and farmland with foothills in the distance. This is where the walled, fairy tale city of Urbino awaits. Under the patronage of the Duke of Montefeltro in the mid-15th century, Urbino enjoyed its own independent Renaissance, resulting in the construction of great palaces and churches as well as the birth of new artistic traditions and indeed, the birth of High Renaissance master Raphael who hails from Urbino.

Our days in Le Marche are just the beginning of our Bike Across Italy Tour but set the tone for a grand Italian journey filled with both connections and surprises.

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Le Marche & Umbria: Three Women, Truffle Dogs and an Uncooperative GPS

Le Marche & Umbria: Three Women, Truffle Dogs and an Uncooperative GPS | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Trip Description: April 28-May 13, 2011. Another adventure with Colleenk! We visit Le Marche, Ascoli Piceno and a few hill towns in Umbria.
Destinations: Countries - Italy; Regions/Cities - Emilia-Romagna, Marche, Rome, Umbria
Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Cooking Classes; Day Tours; Foodie Trip; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; Package Tour; 3-4 people

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Discover regions of Umbria and Le Marche largely ignored by visitors

Discover regions of Umbria and Le Marche largely ignored by visitors | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Travelers willing to take the road less traveled and head into Italy's Umbrian and Marche hills will be amply rewarded, and Travel Channel's Roam Blog takes you there.
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This article invites you to discover Le Marche and Umbria as the neglected Regions by tourists in Italy.

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Marche, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria celebrate one year of the "Terre di Piero"

Marche, Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany, Umbria celebrate one year of the "Terre di Piero" | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

“Terre di Piero,” a unique route following the masterpieces of the 15 th century artist Piero della Francesca. This initiative traverses these four regions, whichare home to the landscape that inspired his work.

 
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Highlight: "Tourists on the trail of Piero della Francesca in the Montefeltro area, stretching from the inland parts of the Province of Rimini to the borders between the Province of Pesaro and Tuscany, will have the opportunity to witness first-hand the landscapes that appear in the background of some of the artist’s famous paintings. Thanks to research by two art history scholars, it has been possible to locate and identify seven panoramas that Piero della Francesca depicted in his works. The locations have all been equipped with special viewing “balconies” containing pictures of the paintings so that visitors can compare the works with the actual sights."

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Between Umbria and Le Marche: Monte Cucco Park & Fonte Avellana Monastery

Between Umbria and Le Marche: Monte Cucco Park & Fonte Avellana Monastery | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

A beautiful itinerary in the Apennines along the borders of Northern Le Marche and Umbria: religious architecture and beautiful nature in Central Italy [...]

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A little tour inside the heart of the Apennine Mountains, an area chosen in the middle age fo find spiritual inspiration and so today is very rich of very interesting religious edifices. From the striking natural beauty surrounding the mountain ranges to horse riding or hike, stroll, ride or bike across the varying terrain to explore

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Running: ItaIy Coast to Coast - Team Relay Across Marche Umbria and Tuscany

Running: ItaIy Coast to Coast - Team Relay Across Marche Umbria and Tuscany | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

This coast-to-coast race takes running relay teams from the Adriatic Sea to the Tyrrhenian Sea, passing through Italy’s stunning vineyards and olive tree groves along the way. The route follows the backroads through Marche, Umbria and Tuscany and takes 4 days to complete.

Each runner has to tackle 55 miles each day, with a new running taking over each day for the team. The post-run meals are definitely a highlight, as is the scenery and the friendly atmosphere among runners. (source)

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Forget the timer, don't think about how fast you’re going. 
Relax, run and take in your surroundings: a slice of Italy that inspires travelers to fall in love.
Welcome to the "Italy Coast to Coast": a run that – instead of being just a difficult competition – is an evocative trip, almost mystical, along which travelers will encounter the unexpected.


official site http://www.italiacoast2coast.it/ 

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Parco Nazionale dei Sibillini: Castelluccio di Norcia, Umbria

Nature in all her dazzling beauty: stunning new landscape video capture the breath-taking mountainside between Umbria and Le Marche
The Italian videomaker Giuseppe De Santis captured beautiful sequences of the area of Castelluccio di Norcia in the Sibillini National Park during the famous blossoming that attracts photographers and video-makers from all Europe..
From the misty mountains to vivid bright blue and red flower carpets, these breath-taking photographs capture the raw and arresting beauty of the natural landscape and the work of a small community of farmers and shepherds.

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Between Umbria and Le Marche - The lentil fields of Castelluccio

Between Umbria and Le Marche - The lentil fields of Castelluccio | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Despite being some 1500 metres above sea level, Castelluccio is known throughout Italy for its lentil harvest. The lentil fields are laid out all round village. The crop is planted when the snows melt in March and typically harvested in early August.

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Hidden Jems: The best part of Italy - If you like Tuscany… try Le Marche

Hidden Jems: The best part of Italy - If you like Tuscany… try Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Umbria is the obvious alternative to Tuscany but its hills and wines are fast becoming as well known as its neighbours’. So if you’re looking for somewhere new to visit but with the charm and scenery of Tuscany, try Le Marche - a mainly agricultural region on the Adriatic coast with just an hour between the beach and the Sibillini mountains. The Sibillini national park is ideal for walking, gentle cycling, mountain biking or horse riding. E lsewhere the region is dotted with caves including the famous Grotte di Frasassi which includes a cavern so large that it would fit Milan Cathedral inside it. The wines are little known outside Italy but are a joy to discover, while the food, like the region, is a mix of sea and land with regional dishes of both fish and game.

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Travel to Italy Tip #4 | Travel to lesser known areas

Travel to Italy Tip #4 | Travel to lesser known areas | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Another way to help save money and make your dream of travel to Italy come true this year is to think outside of the box.  The majority of tourists all travel to the same areas in Italy. In major cities, the tourists can be found in the same concentrated places. Of course there are the blockbusters to see, but aside from that you really don’t need to get caught up in the masses. To increase your enjoyment, see more of the real Italy all while saving money, follow tip #4.

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