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The annual tradition of nativity plays in Italy are a delightful event for the whole family. One of the best 'presepe vivente' takes place in the beautiful town of Porchia in southern Le Marche each year at the end of December and beginning of January. The whole comunity, from newborn baby (as the infant Jesus in the crib) to the oldest residents in the town displaying traditonal old craftman skills -everyone gets involved in the preparations and the actual event. It is not only a heart-warming event on a cold winter night but also one of the many wonderful examples of how generations in Italy work together to keep historical and religious traditions alive in their comunities.

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Le Marche, terra d'infinita bellezza che si riverbera nei suoi prodotti d'eccellenza

Le Marche, terra d'infinita bellezza che si riverbera nei suoi prodotti d'eccellenza | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

Il nostro paesaggio è un sorprendente museo a cielo aperto in cui i piccoli borghi, le città e le località marittime, conservano le proprie opere d’arte in un’atmosfera appartata e intrisa di tradizione. Qui l’intimità degli ambienti naturali è da sempre fonte inesauribile d’ispirazione per i nostri maestri artigiani: a ogni variazione del paesaggio corrispondono odori, sapori, suoni, materie, che vengono sapientemente trasformate in calzature di eccellenza.
Grandi artisti come Carlo Crivelli, Pietro Alemanno e Federico Barocci, raffinati e influenti compositori come Gioacchino Rossini e Giovan Battista Pergolesi, affascinanti letterati come Giacomo Leopardi, hanno contribuito all’internazionalizzazione del nostro territorio [...]


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Le Marche: Italy's well-kept secret | Richard Trenchard | The Holiday Place

Le Marche: Italy's well-kept secret | Richard Trenchard | The Holiday Place | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it
It might not be the most talked-about holiday spot or the most publicised image of typical Italian countryside beauty, yet Le Marche is one beautiful region indeed and one that has conquered the heart of me and my family. On this post I’ll take you through our last stay there and the many attractions we found along the way.
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Europe's new second-home hot spots | Southern Le Marche: bargain Italian beach homes

Europe's new second-home hot spots | Southern Le Marche: bargain Italian beach homes | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

For those Italophiles for whom central Tuscany has lost its true identity amid the volumes of British and American home owners, the neighbouring Le Marche began to appeal. [...]


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Sarah Topps's curator insight, April 10, 5:41 PM

So great to see yet another article about our wonderful area in this  weeks  UK papers. We love living here and guess plenty more people will be coming to explore very soon. www.hideawaylemarche.com

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The BBC in Le Marche | To the Centre of the Earth, Series 3, Italy Unpacked - BBC Two

The BBC in Le Marche | To the Centre of the Earth, Series 3, Italy Unpacked - BBC Two | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

The second leg of Andrew Graham-Dixon and Giorgio Locatelli's journey takes them to the heart of Italy and the regions of Le Marche and Umbria. After a snack of Le Marche style stuffed olives they uncover the Renaissance city of Urbino and the palace of Federico da Montefeltro. Scholar, connoisseur and commander of a private army; Federico is one of the driving forces of the Italian Renaissance. Then, in the dark depths of the Apennine Mountains, they explore one of the largest underground caves in the world, the Grotte di Frassasi. [...]

 


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HolidayinMarche's curator insight, March 4, 9:03 AM

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A lovely portrait of Le Marche

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Can Italy build another Renaissance?

Can Italy build another Renaissance? | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

What would it take to create an environment for new da Vincis, Galileos, Michelangelos and Machiavellis to thrive in modern-day Italy? But what were the essential ingredients of that famous era of art and innovation? And can Italy recreate its winning recipe today?


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The TIME gives the Link to the Urbania's "Festa della Befana" telling us about "The Quirky Ways 7 Other Countries Celebrate Christmas"

The TIME gives the Link to the Urbania's "Festa della Befana" telling us about "The Quirky Ways 7 Other Countries Celebrate Christmas" | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

Only in Italy do the witches bring gifts to children. That’s La Befana, a broom-flying, kindly witch who effectively takes over from Santa–in Italy, “Babbo Natale”—about two weeks after Christmas on Epiphany to deliver gifts to the good, and ash to the bad. Though the witch has her roots in the pre-Christian pagan tradition, she features in some tellings of the Christmas story in Italy — as an old woman who refuses to give the Wise Men directions to Bethlehem because she is too busy cleaning, and is forced to ride a broomstick for eternity as a result. The town of Le Marche, in northwestern Italy, celebrates her coming every January.


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The legend of the Apennine Sibyl

The legend of the Apennine Sibyl | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

Traditionally the Sybil was a female figure linked to mysterious pagan rites, which was able to read the future and see the past and she would live in the mountains that were named after her.  An ancient legend tells of a virgin prophetess who was condemned by God to remain in the bowels of the mountain until the end of time… She keep in her grotto of the Kingdom of the Sybil gold and precious jewelry, protected by dragons. She is also surrounded by fairs that were attracting knights. The knights who succeeded to enter in her cave had to go out on the ninth day of stay or on the thirtieth, otherwise they would have been her prisoners in the cave forever. [...]


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Rhodes Across Italy | Series 1 - 5. Le Marche | Radio Times

Rhodes Across Italy | Series 1 - 5. Le Marche | Radio Times | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it
Gary Rhodes visits the coastal area of Le Marche and prepares dishes including chickpea soup and wild boar with juniper.

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New York Magazine: Why Won’t Italians Have Cappuccino After Dinner?

New York Magazine: Why Won’t Italians Have Cappuccino After Dinner? | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

And seven other mysterious health beliefs examined.

There is something called the colpo d’aria, and it can give you something called cervicale.You should never leave your house with a wet head.Having a cappuccino after dinner inhibits digestion.Sparkling water helps digestion.A digestivo, like an amaro, grappa, or limoncello, really does help you digest.t’s dangerous to go in the water within three hours of eating, especially for kids.Putting urine on a sting, especially from a jellyfish, helps it heal.Air-conditioning makes you sick.
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FATI's curator insight, September 11, 2014 1:38 PM

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Perché scegliere le "Marche" come meta delle tue vacanze estive?

Perché scegliere le "Marche" come meta delle tue vacanze estive? | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

Perché scegliere le "Marche" come meta delle tue vacanze estive? 

Le Marche catturano perché ti danno la sensazione di vivere a contatto con un mondo genuino che ha conservato le proprie tradizioni. L’ospitalità dei marchigiani è veramente unica, sei in vacanza ma ti senti a casa

Qui tutto è bello! 180 km di coste con spiagge di sabbia dorata...

Scoprirai antichi borghi murati, antiche abbazie, pievi romaniche, deliziosi Bed and Breakfast e piccole trattorie che offrono al turista dei piatti veramente genuini dai sapori sani e casalinghi...



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There's No Such Thing As Italian Food

There's No Such Thing As Italian Food | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

As one of the world’s most loved cuisines it might be a surprise to learn that a true Italian cuisine hardly exists. The truth is, Italian food is still largely considered by regions with each region in Italy creating its own unique cuisine based on its history, people and geography. Each region, and then province and city, adds its treasure to the national identity of Italian food, but the best option is to eat the local plates in every region – here are some of our favorites! [...]


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The Rotondi's List: The Schindler's list in Le Marche to save the national art heritage!

The Rotondi's List: The Schindler's list in Le Marche to save the national art heritage! | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

The first of the Italian ‘Monuments Men’, Pasquale Rotondi, was 31 years old when the Minister of Education at the time, Giuseppe Bottai, called him up on the eve of the war with a task which would make even the toughest Indian Jones shake in his boots: Save the national art heritage!
-Where to keep the masterpieces?
After an extensive search, Rotondi identified the XV century Rocca di Sassocorvaro in the Marche region. The location seemed out of the way. The professor thought that the area would be far from the rumblings of war. There were also large dry underground rooms and thick fortified walls that could guarantee protection for the works that would arrive there from all over Italy.
Rotondi soon realised that the money and equipment weren’t there as they were all being put into the war effort. But somehow the organisational machinery got moving anyway. Masterpieces arrived at the Rocca in absolute secrecy from all over Italy. Even if around the castle there was a continual movement of wooden boxes arriving day and night, no one amongst the German and fascist spies suspected anything. The plan worked perfectly [...]


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Vivere il Piceno: tutti a Force

Il piccolo centro piceno riserva tesori e soprese

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How good is Italian for business? | British Council

How good is Italian for business? | British Council | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

The British Council’s Languages for the Future report identified the ten languages most important to the UK over the next 20 years. Sarah Giles writes about Italian... Speaking Italian is a gold star on your CV [...]


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Grande anticipo d'Estate: i Ponti di Primavera nelle Marche

Grande anticipo d'Estate: i Ponti di Primavera nelle Marche | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

Gli eventi da non perdere per il fine settimana del 25 aprile e il ponte del 1 maggio nelle Marche secondo #destinazionemarche [...]


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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, April 17, 11:14 AM

E' arrivata la Febbre d'Estate, lo strano ed inquieto stato d'animo che ci fa cambiare il guardaroba, pulire casa, indossare sempre più frequentemente abiti comodi e tecnici e trovare mille scuse per passare del tempo all'aria aperta. Le temperatura sale e non solo in senso figurato, con la bella stagione si ha voglia di sgambettare con le persone preferite. E' proprio nella ricerca delle cose da fare che #destinazionemarche blog ci viene incontro con una sciarada di eventi quasi imperdibili. Con un occhio al risparmio, però, si può pensare di abbinarne più di uno alla volta

Sarah Topps's curator insight, April 17, 5:17 PM

Lots of fantastic events coming up in Marche very soon.

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Unusual fashion accessories manufacturers in Le Marche.

Unusual fashion accessories manufacturers in Le Marche. | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

Here are four unusual fashion accessories manufacturers in Le Marche.
We have "Slave to the Ancestors" producing sunglasses with leather frame, "Tuttigufi" that produces accessories and jewelery in the form of small owls, cats and other animals using old buttons.
There is "Poculum" producing papillons in tempered and satin glass and the "Casetta di Marzapane" which produces handmade jewelry with the materials and the most unusual shapes.

www.slavetoancestors.com  - Montegranaro
www.tuttigufi.it  - Fano
www.poculummoda.it  - Porto Sant'Elpidio
www.casettadimarzapanebijoux.com  - Ascoli Piceno


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22nd-29th September Stone Carving Workshop with Janet Cameron | The Retreat

22nd-29th September Stone Carving Workshop with Janet Cameron | The Retreat | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it
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Visiting Le Marche this summer? So why not join one of our creative courses for a truly unique holiday experience. Choose from painting photography and sculpture courses run at The Retreat set in the heart of the stunning marchesian countryside. Let yourself be inspired by endless panoramic views across the rolling hills with it's many ancient hill-top towns dotted across the landscape. Visit the Roman city of Ascoli Piceno with it's travertine Renaissance squares the beautiful beaches of the Adriatic sea to the East and the mystical Sybillini Mountains to the West on our excursions around the area.

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Dove mangiare bene ad Ascoli Piceno

Dove mangiare bene ad Ascoli Piceno | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it
Locanda del Medioevo: é un ristorante in pieno centro storico ad Ascoli Piceno. In questa tipica locanda si fa un tuffo nella storia medievale di Ascoli. Dai camerieri in abiti d’epoca, all’ambientazione medievale magica ricostruita in modo impeccabile. Nella sala principale ci sono diversi personaggi dipinti, luce soffusa a lume di candela, che regala al locale la magia, l’intimità che serve. Nella Locanda del Medioevo non si mangia solo pizza, ma anche zuppe, piatti tipici ascolani, carne e diversi antipasti. [...]Taverna di Cecco: [...]La Cittadella: [...]
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Le Marche: Italy's well-kept secret by Richard Trenchard on HolidayPlace.co.uk

Le Marche: Italy's well-kept secret by Richard Trenchard on HolidayPlace.co.uk | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

Sprawled over the central Italian hills, and fringed by a narrow coast, is the region of Le Marche (pronounced mark-ay). The four of us – wife, two children and I – flew in to the port city of Ancona, driving up to our villa just over 40 miles southwest in our hire car. We absolutely love it here; it's scenic, unspoiled and incredibly welcoming. It's been compared to neighboring Tuscany as being just as charming, but not as crowded or expensive, which I'd say is about right.[...]


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7 Reasons Why Growing Up In An Italian Family Is The Best

7 Reasons Why Growing Up In An Italian Family Is The Best | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a part of one of those crazy, big, Italian families? Better yet, ever wonder what it’s like to grow up in one of them? Fortunately, I was lucky enough to grow up in one of those families… and the stories I can share from my lovely family are endless.

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, December 2, 2014 3:28 PM
  1. Sunday
  2. The Cousins
  3. The Parties
  4. What language are they even speaking?
  5. You know somebody who knows somebody who…
  6. The Traditions
  7. The Love
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Le Marche Celebrates the Harvest Season and Truffles

Le Marche Celebrates the Harvest Season and Truffles | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

Found in Italy’s Piedmont, Marche and Tuscany regions, growing among the roots of poplar, beech, hazelnut, oak and willow trees, is the rare European white truffle. This, the world’s most expensive mushroom, has a price tag that can exceed $2700 per pound. White truffles are very aromatic, with a strong flavor that can be described as earthy, musky or garlicky. Light brown or yellowish in color and smooth in texture, they are usually shaved raw over a dish.

Italy is packed with wonderful truffle fairs and festivals in October and November. Long-term festivals and markets take place in Alba in the Piedmont region, in Acqualagna in Marche and in San Miniato in Tuscany.

In Le Marche, Acqualagna, the town that calls itself the “truffle capital” holds a white truffle fair on weekends starting at the end of October through mid-November. In fact, Acqualagna is the only territory that has fresh truffles of all kinds, all year long. [...]


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Giovanna Garzoni from Ascoli Piceno, the unusual artist of the baroque era

Giovanna Garzoni from Ascoli Piceno, the unusual artist of the baroque era | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

Giovanna Garzoni was one of the few woman artists who was, in her time, a successful painter of miniatures. She  especially developed the genre of still life, but also ventured into portraiture and religious themes. Born in Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Italy in 1600, not being the daughter of a painter as used to happen with the women who came to engage in this activity; however, her parents Giacomo Garzoni and Isabetta Gaia came from families of artisans. Her talent was discovered when she was apprenticed to a pharmacist in her city. A letter written by her in 1620 reveals that she was trained in painting by Giacomo Rogni. [...]


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Giovanna Garzoni (1600–1670) was an Italian painter of the Baroque era. She was unusual for Italian artists of the time for two reasons: first, in that her themes were mainly decorative and luscious still-lifes of fruits, vegetables, and flowers, and second, because she was a woman.

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I Templari dietro il trasporto e deposizione delle 87 pietre della Santa Casa a Loreto.

I Templari dietro il trasporto e deposizione delle 87 pietre della Santa Casa a Loreto. | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

Una nuova ipotesi è stata elaborata circa l’esecuzione del trasporto e della deposizione delle pietre a Loreto grazie all’opera congiunta di Papa Celestino V e dell’Ordine Templare.

Appoggi di natura storica ne esistono in abbondanza per sostenere la tesi, come è assai probabile che Jacopo da Montecucco fosse stato inviato dal Capitolo del Tempio, nella sua qualità di gran visitatore, a sovrintendere le operazioni di sistemazione delle reliquie nel fundus Lauretii. Difatti le tradizioni templari indicano la presenza di Jacopo verso l’anno 1294 nel Piceno, territorio in cui il dignitario non avrebbe avuto motivo di raggiungere se non a causa di un avvenimento di eccezionale portata per l’Ordine.[...]


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There's No Such Thing As Italian Food

There's No Such Thing As Italian Food | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

As one of the world’s most loved cuisines it might be a surprise to learn that a true Italian cuisine hardly exists. The truth is, Italian food is still largely considered by regions with each region in Italy creating its own unique cuisine based on its history, people and geography. Each region, and then province and city, adds its treasure to the national identity of Italian food, but the best option is to eat the local plates in every region – here are some of our favorites! [...]


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Le Marche Sunday Supper: Mushroom Lasagna

Le Marche Sunday Supper: Mushroom Lasagna | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

Mushroom Lasagna

Serves 4.

Note: This recipe comes from Le Marche in central Italy, where wild mushrooms, including porcini, are plentiful. From “Mediterranean Cookbook,” edited by Marie-Pierre Moine.

9 oz. wild or cultivated mushrooms or 1 3/4 oz. dried porcini, soaked and drained4 tbsp. unsalted butter, divided2 tbsp. flour2 c. whole milk4 tbsp. diced prosciuttoSalt and freshly ground black pepper9 oz. dried lasagna noodles2 tbsp. olive oil, plus extra for greasing4 tbsp. mascarpone or heavy cream4 tbsp. grated Parmesan or pecorino cheese1 egg, beaten

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