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.
Learn, study in depth and live the Italian Renaissance by meeting two of its main protagonists: Carlo and Vittore Crivelli. Meetings, experiences, visiting places and looking at masterpieces will be connected by an enthralling plot. A surprising cultural vacation-trip. Whatch the video.
An entire Italian hamlet celebrated as the birthplace of pasta has gone on sale for £15.5 million.
Consisting of more than 50 properties, the medieval mini-village close to the historical town of Norcia in Umbria is a haven for food lovers and has been declared a monument of historical interest. [...]
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 [...]
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.
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. [...]
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?
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.
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. [...]
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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Pronounced MAR-kay, this thumb-shaped region of eastern Italy is a beautiful and surprisingly affordable alternative to Tuscany. It’s got beaches (180km of sparkling turquoise Adriatic coastline to its east), mountains (the Apennines border its west), plus oodles of culture-packed hill towns filled with medieval architecture and renaissance treasures. Le Marche is your next great road trip …
The Guardian suggests where to go on holiday in 2016Le Marche, a region halfway up the eastern side of Italy’s boot, is slowly being discovered by Brits: visitor numbers were up 24% in the year to August, though from a very low base. And tourists are staying there longer – enjoying the region’s beaches, hilltop villages, art-filled towns and great outdoors for their own sake, rather than making a quick foray from Umbria or Abruzzo. Hospitality in Le Marche used to be in staid business hotels or pack-’em-in beachside billets, with (uninspiring) half-board compulsory in summer. But a younger generation has taken the British concept of bed-and-breakfast to their hearts. La Maison Jujube (doubles from €69 B&B) is in a 14th-century village house in Morrovalle, between the sea and the old university city of Macerata, with two bedrooms, a walled garden and great views. Less than an hour away is one of Italy’s best beaches, spectacular Due Sorelle, beneath white cliffs and accessible by boat from the harbour at Numana. Inland, medieval Urbino is a must-see for the renaissance art in its Palazzo Ducale, but fans of more modern art can put together a great tour of contemporary galleries, from Il Conventino in tiny Monteciccardo, to modern sculpture inside a 15th-century tower in Cagli.
3D Video Mapping sulla Cattedrale di Sant'Emidio, Ascoli Piceno
Il Videomapping è una tecnica di proiezione video che trasforma una superficie in un display. Vengono create delle animazioni della superficie che vengono poi proiettate. L'effetto finale è un'illusione in 3D, in pratica è la proiezione di un video. Luca Agnani è un artista della 3d Video Mapping nato a Macerata nel 1976. Luca lavora per agenzie pubblicitarie, organizzazione di eventi, associazioni, comuni e privati, la creazione di opere d'arte per la celebrazione di un luogo di culto o un monumento, l'inaugurazione di un centro commerciale, o l'apertura di un locale notturno di apertura.
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 [...]
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.
22nd-29th September Stone Carving Workshop with Janet Cameron | Painting Holidays & Art Workshops in Italy
The Retreat's insight:
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.
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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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.[...]
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.
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. [...]
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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