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Palazzo Parisani Bezzi, Tolentino: the Palazzo della Pace of the Treaty of Tolentino

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Palazzo Parisani Bezzi is one of the most important historical buildings in Tolentino, dating from the late seventeenth century, but certainly rebuilt over an older construction. The actual Parisani family, one of the oldest and most illustrious in Tolentino, is documented from the beginning of the fourteenth century. Also called Palazzo della Pace, in February 1797 the mansion hosted the Italian army's General Staff, commanded by General Bonaparte, and the Treaty of Tolentino between France and Pope Pius VI was signed there. With this treaty, the defeated pope agreed to dismiss the Austrian pontifical army and pay large sums of war indemnity, yielding to France, among other things, the legations of Bologna, Ferrara, Ravenna and Forli. This historic event took place on the first floor and part of the actual furniture is still present A stateroom leads into a corridor, where Napoleon's rooms are to be found on the left side. First there is a sitting room with a ceiling finely decorated with faux marble. The upper walls are finished with a frieze of bearings and floral motifs. The room next door is where the treaty was signed by Napoleon and Papal State representatives. Here there are two lavish consoles, a large mirror, the table where the treaty was signed, original yellow-gold damask draperies; the rafters have wood panel finishes with floral motifs, while the strip beneath shows biblical scenes surrounded by garlands, cherubs and scrolls. Next is the bedroom used by Napoleon, at the time finished in red damask and with a massive four-poster bed. Lastly, there is a washroom with lavish decorations of ribbons, flower garlands and allegorical figures, all reminiscent of a garden pavilion. The chapel also has sumptuously painted walls, but no furniture.

 

 

 


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opening times: 

summer April - September
morning 9.00-13.00
afternoon 15.00-19.00

winter: October - March
morning 10.00-13.00
afternoon 15.30-18.30

admission:
full ticket 3,00 € - reduced 1,50 €

the museum is closed on mondays, on December 25, December 31/afternoon - and on 1 January

tel. 0733.960613 info guides: 348.0883989 info@tolentinoturismo.it

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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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The legend of the Apennine Sibyl

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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

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

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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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Italy's Last Untouched Region: What Everyone Wants To Know About Le Marche

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When one thinks about going to a wine region in Italy, the first thing that comes to their mind is Tuscany. Well, there is more to italy than Tuscany. If you want to get some history and be away from the crowds and taste some great wine, head over to Le Marche. Le Marche is one of Italy's last untouched regions, now let's explore.[...]


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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, May 6, 4:01 AM

This is the best highlight of the article, keep it in mind while visiting Le Marche

Here is what Le March offers:

  • Skiing in the winter
  • Ancient Villages, medieval towns and cultural centers
  • Rolling hills
  • Sandy and log beaches to rocky and hidden ones
  • Vineyards and Wine
  • Rolling Hills and Valleys
  • Olive Groves
  • Great cuisine
  • Music
  • Manufacturing and Leather Goods

Food to try:

  • Lonza (salt-cured fillet of pork)
  • Ciauscolo (soft, spreadable pork salae)
  • Tagliatelle with sugo (meat sauce) 
  • Vincisgrassi (baked lasagna without the tomatoes.)
  • Passatelli (strands of pasta made from breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese and egg cooked in broth)
  • Piccione Ripieno (stuffed pigeons) 
  • Coniglio in Porchetta (rabbit cooked with fennel.)
  • Lumache (stewed snails)
  • Brodetto on the coast (fish stew made with 13 species of fish)
  • Piadina in the northern region. (flat unleavened bread served with cold meats at roadside snack bars)
  • Formaggio di fossa (strong flavored cheese aged by being walled up in limestone holes in the ground)
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How to prepare for your trip to Italy | Jet Lag Advice, Passports and Keeping Safe

How to prepare for your trip to Italy | Jet Lag Advice, Passports and Keeping Safe | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

There are many steps you can take prior to leaving that will make your trip more enjoyable and successful.  I talked about getting into shape and making sure your feet are taken care:

JET LAG

PASSPORTS AND IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

SAFETY

ACTIVITY

FOOT CARE


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Quality Le Marche bike rental hire for cycling holidays in Italy

Quality Le Marche bike rental hire for cycling holidays in Italy | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

We have experienced ever increasing numbers of guests who want to bring their own machines or have asked us with help in arranging an Italian bike rental in Le Marche and we have become more and more frustrated.
The cyclists who come on holiday to Marche tend to be cycle enthusiasts who expect the best and there just hasn’t been a high end rental facility available.
Initially we contacted a franchise who operate cycle rentals throughout Italy but found their delivery costs and bike hire prices to be very high, also wherever possible we want our guests to shop locally and we want the local community to benefit especially when they are able to offer a quality service.
From our earliest days here in Le Marche region, when in doubt we have always asked a local. Like most villages in Italy we have a local bike club who, on a weekly basis, don lycra and strive for burning thighs and chafing, in our case we contacted Marco from the local bike club, who has helped us with the supply of high end bike rentals.
If you know anything about the local Le Marche terrain or have read about the great routes via our cycling holidays page then you may have decided to come and do a bit of riding and will want a bike hire. [...]


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Ideal for the non-painting spouses coming along on our panting courses. Many are keen cyclists wanting to explore this gorgeous area on two wheels while the other half is capturing it on canvas...

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, February 1, 10:57 AM

Ancona Province

Bici piu' - Chiaravalle - www

ConeroBike - Sirolo - www

Ascoli Piceno Province

Amici della Bicicletta - Ascoli Piceno - www

Top Ski - Ascoli Piceno - www

Udace - Ascoli Piceno - www

Antiqua Salaria - Bicycle Experience - Ascoli Piceno - www

Ascoli Bike Team - Mountain Bike - Ascoli Piceno - www

Fuori Di Sella - Mountain Bike - Cupra Marittima - www

Picenobike - Cycling Portal - www

Piste Ciclabili - CyclingPortal - www

Bikers in libertà - Mountain Bike - San Benedetto del Tronto - www

Fermo Province

Sibillini Cycling - Amandola - www

MTB nei Sibillini - Mountain Bike - Comunanza - www

Sentieri Piceni - Mountain Bike - Lapedona - www

Centri della calzatura - Bicycle Team - Montegranaro - www

Tritakatene - Mountain Bike - Ponzano - www

Macerata Province

Sibillini Tour - Fiastra www

Wbike - Mountain Bike - Macerata - www

MarcheCycling - San Severino Marche - www

Associazione Ciclistica Sarnano in bici - Sarnano - www

Circa Le Marche - Mountain Bike - Sarnano - www

Centro MTB - Mountain Bike - Tolentino - www

Pesaro Urbino Province

Hotel Ulisse - Carpegna - www

Bike Hotel - MountainBike - Montefeltro - www

Gam - Pergola - www

HappyBikeRacing - Urbania - www

Portals

Italy Bike Hotels - www

Piste Ciclabili - www

Bicitalia La Rete Ciclabile Nazionale - www

Bike Sport Hotel Marche  - www

Marche Marathon - www

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Il Mistero della Sindone Marchigiana

Il Mistero della Sindone Marchigiana | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

All’inizio degli anni ’80, durante i lavori di conservazione e restauro della chiesa di San Francesco ad Arquata del Tronto, nascosta in un'urna dorata, celata in una nicchia di un altare, viene ritrovato un oggetto dimenticato dalla più parte della popolazione: un telo di lino accuratamente ripiegato. Un lenzuolo di forma rettangolare con i segni di un corpo umano e al centro, la scritta «EXTRACTVM AB ORIGINALI» (estratto dall’originale). L'oggetto misterioso era la copia perfetta della Sacra Sindone, la più preziosa e controversa reliquia della cristianità. Solo i più anziani del paese, ricordavano che i francescani custodivano da secoli un lenzuolo miracoloso ma nessuno ricordava l’associazione con la reliquia di Torino. [...]


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Le Marche, i Sibillini e le Mele Rosa di Montedinove

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Il piccolo borgo medioevale del Comune di Montedinove sorge sulla cima più elevata della catena di colli e che dai piedi del Monte dell'Ascensione giunge, senza interruzione, al mare Adriatico snodandosi tra le fertili valli dell'Aso e del Tesino è stata per me una meravigliosa e sorprendente scoperta! Dall’uscita Pedaso dell’autostrada A14 lo scenario muta rapidamente mentre si arriva sul colle di Montedinove, si trasforma in un paesaggio morbido di ulivi e vigneti, con fazzoletti di terra che passano dal marrone scuro della terra arata al colore rosso bruciato delle vigne.
Montedinove è un piccolo paese di circa 500 abitanti che sorge su un colle a 561 m s.l.m. rimasto uguale nei secoli. un borgo ben curato e addobbato a festa per questo evento che è giunto alla quarta edizione. pieno di profumi nell’aria come quello inebriante dell’anice verde di Castignano e del mosto cotto presenti nelle ciambelline caratteristiche del luogo. l’odore fruttato e intenso delle mele rosa messe in mostra in ogni angolo del Paese invade tutte le viuzze e i vicoletti scoscesi. il colore giallo/arancio dei cachi, quello marrone delle castagne e quello rosso intenso dei corbezzoli donano delle note più intense e autunnali al colore caldo e chiaro dei laterizi degli edifici. altre eccellenze del territorio come il tartufo, il formaggio, le castagne, il vino cotto e il ciauscolo sono proposte negli stand nell’ambito di questa iniziativa. [...]


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Montedinove - a charming and tranquil hamlet we love taking our plein-air painting groups to in the summer. It has an unspoilt authentic character, friendly and welcoming inhabitants and the Apple Festival this year was a real treat again. - a true Marchesian gem!

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Ascoli Piceno - Dreaming In Italian

Ascoli Piceno - Dreaming In Italian | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

Raise your hand if you’ve ever heard of Ascoli Piceno. “What? Is that some kind of fish?” Well, no, it’s a beautiful city in the Marche. I had heard the name only as a type of Italian wine. Like all cities of any size it has a title; in this case “city of art”. Probably a bunch of cities have that some self designation. It’s major points of interest in the historic center seems to have been built 500-600 years ago although of course the city is much older. The sense of history is ever present in Italy. People live in houses older than our country. Daily life is lived in an environment of great beauty. Of course when living here it must just seem like background. One doesn’t wander around like an awestruck tourist all the time going about one’s daily life. [...]


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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, November 14, 2013 6:16 AM

This is how the author introduces himself:
My name is Joe Nance and I’m a long time Italophile. I think that my love affair with Italy began when a former girlfriend gave me a copy of the Basics of Italian cooking by Marcella Hazan . I’ve always liked to cook (since I like to eat) and was amazed that you could make such good things with so few ingredients. One thing led to another and I began to learn some Italian. I’ve now made 7 trips to Italy and hope to make many more. I have taken up the study of Italian after a long lapse and am enjoying it immensely. So this blog is centered around the food, language and travel in Italy. Along with a few digressions of course.
A few words about the title of the blog “Dreaming In Italian”. I have often heard that having a dream in an acquired language is a sign of a reasonable level of fluency and certainly of a comfort level with the language. That is certainly my goal for learning the language. Of course the subtext of the dreaming is the general admiration for many Italian qualities; the relative level of spontaneity, the generally good food and the openness of so many of the people there.

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Ascoli Piceno is just half an hour from our Villa Gelso for Summer rental http://www.holidayinmarche.com

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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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  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

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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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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, July 22, 4:12 PM

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

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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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Inspiring Italy: discover Le Marche [part 1]

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Rome, Milan, Venice, Florence or Naples..Everyone knows the most famous italian city. And what about Tuscany or Liguria? Sicily or Puglia? But every time I've been asked where I am from, the most o...

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Le Marche Travel Guide

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Le Marche is a microcosm of everything tourists love about Italy—breathtaking landscapes, medieval architecture and terrific wine and food—minus the crowds.

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, February 12, 3:28 AM

This is one of the best articles of the season about Le Marche, it is a sort of a mini guide for everyone but especially for gourmands and wine lovers, for lovers of genuine people and the originality of the products. For all lovers of life and beauty. 

Sarah Topps's curator insight, February 12, 9:48 AM

A great travel guide for anyone who loves Le Marche and is thinking about coming here for a visit.


Carolyn Kyprios at Villa Miramonti, Le Marche's curator insight, February 12, 10:11 AM

A useful guide to our local wine growing areas. Murola and Dezi are near to Villa Miramonti and the Ciu ciu shop is in nearby Montegiorgio!

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YouItaly WebTV

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A true labour of love - Force's presepe with mechanically animated figures and scenes depicting life in Le Marche in times gone by. Open during this festive season and during the town's summer festas. Why not visit this stunning artistic gem during this year's  Presepe Vivente 29th December from 17:00

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Buying an Italian resale property gets cheaper on 1st January 2014

Buying an Italian resale property gets cheaper on 1st January 2014 | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

There is just slightly more than a month to go until Italian resale tax on property is lowered and investors are likely to be waiting with bated breath. The measure, due to come in on January 1st 2014, has been heralded as vital for the country to address its depressed property market, A Place in the Sun reported. It will see Land Registry Tax on a second home purchase lowered by €900 (£753.28) for every €100,000 of the sales price. [...]


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Sarah Topps's curator insight, December 11, 2013 1:29 PM

Great news for investors!

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Montefalcone Appennino

Montefalcone Appennino | Le Marche - Italy's secret gem | Scoop.it

Montefalcone Appennino  offers a breathtaking landscape that stretches from the Sibillini Mountains  to the Maiella, from Gransasso to  Conero Mount up to the Adriatic sea.

In the historical center of Montefalcone located in the historic building Felici, mansion dating from XVII century, there is the Museum of fossils and minerals, part of the broader museum complex. The museum has built a collection of nearly 1200 minerals and fossils from all over the world, and a section dedicated to fossils found in the area of Montefalcone, which  was in the age of the Lower Pliocene was covered by the sea.

[photo]“Madonna with the child” of the painter Pietro Alemanno. The real name of the painter is Pietro Grill, but he signed Alemanno, most likely due to its Germanic origins, he moved to Ascoli Piceno around 1470 perhaps attracted by the existence of a large community of Germanic origins. [...]


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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 - Italy's secret gem | 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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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, November 15, 2013 4:35 AM

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/