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Lyn in Ascoli Piceno - Le Marche

Lyn in Ascoli Piceno - Le Marche | Places Of Interest Worth We Cherish |

I have visited Ascoli Piceno twice. The first time was on the road trip with Liane after we left the school in Castelraimondo.
Ascoli Piceno is a town and a commune in Le Marche region of Italy.
The town lies at the confluence of the Tronto River and the small river Castellano and is surrounded on three sides by mountains. Two natural parks border the town, one on the northwestern flank Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini and the other on the southern Parco Nazionale dei Monti della Laga.
We stopped for coffee in Piazza del Popolo (“Square of the People”) . Piazza del Popolo is considered to be one of the most beautiful in Italy. It is a pleasure to sit in one of the many cafes around the square and people watch.
The central historical part of the city is built in marble called travertine, a grey-hued stone extracted from the surrounding mountains.
Ascoli has good rail connections to the Adriatic coast and the city of San Benedetto del Tronto, by highway to Porto d’Ascoli and by the Italian National Road 4 Salaria to Rome.
Everything inside the fortified town can be reached on foot. There is a tourist office on the ground floor of the Palazzo dei capitani in the Piazza del Popolo where they will explain to you where to walk to and what to see.
One year later, while staying in the house in Pievebovigliana, our friends Malcolm and Maureen took us to Caldorola, Sarnano, Amondola and then Ascoli Piceno. We arrived in time for an hour or so of exploring and then lunch at the Café Vittoria where I enjoyed the most superb salmon pasta.
Then for some more exploring till early evening before driving back to Sarnano.
Ascoli Piceno is a small town, well worth seeing as it is lovely! We had a great time here, we enjoyed the magic of the place and the architecture is amazing. There are many chic restaurants and cafes.

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A bit of Le Marche and Ascoli Piceno by il Bel Centro

A bit of Le Marche and Ascoli Piceno by il Bel Centro | Places Of Interest Worth We Cherish |

[...] We walked through Ascoli a little while Siena got her legs under her again. What a beautiful town. Hungry now, we went to a restaurant Dwight recommended, Migliori. It was fantastic. I ordered a grand fried platter, and was thrilled—Ascolani olives, fried artichokes, lamb chops, and even squares of fried custard (which confused me, I thought “cremini” would be mushrooms, not cream, but it’s always a pleasant surprise to find a little dessert amongst your meal). I’ve had Ascolani olives several times, and about half the time the meat filling within the fried olive has the taste and texture of ground olive pits. But this was succulent. I was well pleased. Also with my contorno of cicoria, well braised with excellent olive oil and pepperoncino. Doreen and Paola ordered wonderful spinach ravioli dressed simply in butter. The butter really made the handmade pasta shine, and the dish was true culinary synergy. Keith had ravioli in ragù that he enjoyed mightily. Unfortunately, Gabe’s tagliatelle ai porcini did not boast fabulous porcini, prompting us all to vow to never order porcini again outside of porcini season. I guess this should’ve been obvious, but if they are not in season, they have to be jarred. And while these had a flavor much nicer than those from the day before, the texture is invariably an unappealing cross between slimy and mealy.We really enjoyed the wines. Instead of getting a bottle, we ordered two half-liter pitchers so we could compare two local wines. They were completely different from each other, so I was glad we did the experiment. In the first one, Doreen noted an aroma of horses and Siena detected the scents of nutmeg and ricotta. The second one Keith and I both thought was reminiscent of smoky bananas—in a good way, we all were smitten with this wine. And at €5,00 a bottle, it was quite the find. I tried researching these wines once home, so I could remember their names, but I came up empty handed. But I wonder if it almost doesn’t matter. All the Le Marche wines I’ve tried—the one left for us when we rented a house in Force, Dwight’s from his PS Winery, these from lunch—are all absolutely packed with character. Not a dull one in the bunch. I recommend going to your local wine shop, and bringing home a wine from Le Marche. I think they are now my favorite in Italy. Complicated, full, and brimming with personality. I’ve read the the whites are justifiably lauded, but it’s the Marche reds that have stolen my heart.

After lunch, we went to the main piazza and Doreen, Paola, and Keith enjoyed coffee in the grand, historic Caffè Meletti, while I stayed with the children who were playing tag with great enthusiasm—their favorite piazza activity. The piazza was empty, and they ran and sprinted, and giggled with joy. We wandered back out of Ascoli, to part ways from our friends for the drive back to Spello.

It was a wonderful exodus. [...]

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Le Marche Best accommodation: Malatesta Maison, Pergola

Le Marche Best accommodation: Malatesta Maison, Pergola | Places Of Interest Worth We Cherish |

Malatesta Maison has six rooms. Different sizes and unique design pieces single out each room. In the construction of every ambient, natural elements such as wood and linen were used along with concrete structures, putting together traditional aspects of decoration with modern design. Each piece of furniture, from small clocks to confortable chairs, from lamps to coat-hangers),were picked specially by the owners in their travels abroad and in the secret italian markets in order to build a space that both triggers curiosity and meets the highest standards. Each room has a complete private bathroom, pure linen bedsheets, flat screen tv and wi-fi.
The origin of Malatesta Maison goes back to 1485 when Malatesta family from Rimini ruled over the land. It's referred as "Malatesta Villa" in some documents listing the goods of this old linage from Romagna. Built as a place for holidays in the countryside, this great house was placed at the top of a hill called until today "Malatesta" in geographic maps. Visitors of this welcoming house did not stop coming, thug, after the Malatestas were expelled in early 1500's. In fact, until a few decades ago the place was chosen uninterruptedly by many families to repose in the peaceful valley of the Marchs. After being abandoned for a few time, Malatesta Maison recovers the original concept of the property to satisfy the requirements of current travellers.
alatesta Maison is the result of an accurate restoration carried out according to bioarchitectural principles, pointing at preservating integrally the original aspect of the 15th century building and keeping it alive respecting and promoting an optimal relationship between landscape and architecture.
Malatesta Maison is above all a place to leave behind urban noise and concerns. In the middle of Marchigian countryside it's both easy to get at and perfect to enjoy the solitude in a region still free from massive tourism.
Malatesta Maison is a complex of three houses. In the main one there are common spaces, some rooms for hosts and the owners' residence, who have turned this place into their home. The other two include the rest of the rooms, a small spa and a multifunctional hall.

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Foreign families bought a home in Italy.

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In 2012, according to estimates, a total of 4600 foreign families bought a home in Italy. This is 13.5% more than the previous year and represents a total investment of 2.1 billion Euros.
Just like the old joke that involves a Frenchman, a German and an Englishman so the image could fit the buyers that have, up to now, invested in Italian property.
Historically, France, Germany and the United Kingdom were the first countries to take an active interest in the Italian property market, albeit favouring different parts of Italy. Historically, as a second home investment, Germans tended to buy in and around the lakes of northern Italy and later the Adriatic coast. Their geographical preferences, however, now seem to be changing. Although the Adriatic Riviera still accounts for more than 25% of Italian property searches made by German citizens this was closely followed by the Veneto coast at 23% and Liguria at 17%. Recent ‘hot spots’ among German clients include the Conero Riviera in the Marche at 5%, just one percentage point below Lake Garda, and Salento at 4%. In 47% of cases, Germans invest between 200,000 and 300,000 euros in a property. It would also appear that a new type of German buyer is emerging as in 13% of cases they are looking for a farmhouse and not simply a house.
With exactly the same investment budget as Germans our French cousins, however, still have a preference for Liguria. From West to East, Liguria still accounts for 21% property searches among the French. Their second preference is Tuscany at 11% while the third most popular search is very specific, Rome! The Italian capital is the place to buy for 5% of potential French investors.
The English, indeed British, in Italy have now become a sizeable minority, especially in Tuscany and central Italy. The hilly area between the provinces of Siena and Florence has even acquired the name ‘Chiantishire’ in recognition of the amount of ‘Brits’ that are here. It is no surprise then that Tuscany accounts for 29% of property searches by the ‘Brits’ followed by the beautiful cities of Venice (19%) and Rome (18%). Curiously, just behind these popular choices, is not another historic town but Milan which accounts for 16% of property searches made by UK citizens. The budget for British buyers appears to be slightly larger than the French and Germans at between 300,000 and 500,000 euros.
While these nationalities represent the historical footprint of foreign buyers in Italy the analysis from the research department at the property website,, highlight two important emerging ‘buyer profiles’, the Russians and Austrians.
Those with the deepest pockets would appear to be the Russian buyers. While 77% of Russian buyers estimate that they will not spend less that 500,000 euros on a property they end up, on average, spending 900,000 euros and above on a properties. Their searches tend to be polarised between two specific areas. Rome, which accounts for 41% of searches where they plan to buy apartments with at least 5 rooms, and Sardinia which accounts for 31% of searches for luxury Villas. Increasingly, however, the Russians have discovered the charms of the coast with 15% of their searches focused on Campania.
While the arrival of the Russians may not be a great surprise the same cannot be said for the Austrians who have recently become increasingly interested in Italian property. Their most common searches are for three-room apartments in Lignano Sabbiadoro in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region while there is also increasing interest in Veneto and Umbria at 21% and 11% respectively. Similar to the British, the Austrians would also appear to be mid to high end spenders with 43% budgeting to spend between 300,000 and 500,000 euros on their Italian property.

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Celebritize You's comment, February 28, 2013 3:27 PM
I know a couple of families who bought homes and moved to Italy.
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Penelope Phillips McIntyre's curator insight, August 23, 2013 12:40 PM

Hmmmm. Interesting but what about the Dutch? Here we have a verylarge Dutch population.

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FotoSketcher - Turn photos into art

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FotoSketcher is a 100% free program for Windows which converts your digital photos into art automatically and in just a few mouse clicks. Over 20 different styles are available from pencil sketches to watercolor or oil paintings, pen & ink drawings and cartoons.

You can also improve your original photos with simple tools (enhance contrast, sharpen, simplify image, increase luminosity, color saturation etc…) and add simple or realistic frames and text.

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Baiba Svenca's comment, February 26, 2013 10:20 AM
Linda, it's only for Windows, no version for Mac.
Linda Alexander's comment, February 26, 2013 10:36 AM
Okay, thanks, Baiba. That solves the mystery of why I couldn't get it to work. Too bad!
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Gatto Cucine: Modern Style in Classic Kitchens

Gatto Cucine: Modern Style in Classic Kitchens | Places Of Interest Worth We Cherish |

The different styles of modern taste Gatto has designed various styles that meet today’s tastes, which are all capable of effectively satisfying the different needs for performing, functioning and appealing qualities.

Arnica - Rosalba - Ambra - Thuia

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Google Drive Now Has File Previews

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Google has added file previews to Google Drive, a nifty feature which will help users quickly find the document they want.

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10 Tips For Buying Overseas Retirement Property

10 Tips For Buying Overseas Retirement Property | Places Of Interest Worth We Cherish |

Kathleen Peddicord

[...] If you decide to invest in a new home of your own for your retirement overseas, here are 10 things to consider first:

  • Tip #1 - How much space will you need? Do you want an apartment or a house? One bedroom or two? (You probably won't need more than two.) Two levels or only one? A guest room or even a guest house? Will you have guests often, for example? Will you want them to be able to stay with you, or would you prefer if they came and went from a hotel nearby?
  • Tip #2 - Do you want a front yard, a back garden, or a swimming pool? All of these things require care and maintenance.
  • Tip #3 - Do you want to be in the heart of downtown or out in the country?
  •  Tip #4 - Do you want a turn-key, a renovation project, or something in-between?
  • Tip #5 - Do you like the idea of living in a gated community, or would you prefer a more integrated setting, such as a neighborhood where you could become part of the local community? This is a key consideration. Going local means you have to learn the local language (if you don't speak it already). Or perhaps you'd prefer to be off on your own with undeveloped acres between you and your nearest neighbor. In this type of rural setting you will need to build your own in-case-of-emergency infrastructure.
  • Tip #6 - Consider traffic patterns and transportation. Where you base yourself determines whether you'll need to invest in a car, which is an important budget consideration.
  • Tip #7 - Consider the convenience factor. How far is it to shopping, restaurants, nightlife, parking, and the nearest medical facility?
  • Tip #8 - Do you want a furnished home? You may have no choice but to buy unfurnished (unless you buy, say, from another expat who's interested in selling his place including all contents). Buying unfurnished means you'll need to purchase furniture locally or ship your household goods from home.
  • Tip #9 - What's your budget? This is the most practical guideline of all, of course. Be clear on your finances before you start shopping, and, if your budget is strict, don't be tempted to consider properties outside your price point. You'll only be disappointing yourself unnecessarily.
  • Tip #10 - Finally, ask yourself what kind of view you'd like from your bedroom window each morning. This can be an effective way to focus on something important that might otherwise be overlooked until it's too late.

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Le Marche Suggested Accommodations: Casolare Re Sole, Montottone

Le Marche Suggested Accommodations: Casolare Re Sole, Montottone | Places Of Interest Worth We Cherish |

Casolare Re Sole is a recently restored farmhouse just outside the mediaeval town "Montottone" in Southern Le Marche. It combines the historical charm of the traditional farmhouse with a stylish designer aesthetic. It has its own vinyards and olive groves. A perfect combination of the old characteristics and new.
Situated on 8 hectares of ground we offer peace and tranquility. You can enjoy the silence, the beautiful landscape, the Mediaeval cities, the spectaculair sunsets, fantastic food and great wines.
There are: 2 double rooms and a mini-apartment ( also for 2 persons). The apartment and 1 of the rooms can be combined for a 4-person stay). 

In summer the owners will offer you all kind of activities like winetours, winetastings, cooking and photography courses.
In summerpeople can book a place in the nice mini-camping at the edge of the vinyard.

From Casolare Re Sole it's easy to explore the south of Marche.
Visit the nice beaches of the Adriatic sea or go hiking in the Apennine Mountains. Visit a local pottery, an organic cheesefarm, the local breweries, the wineneries or beautiful towns like Fermo, Ascoli Piceno and Macerata.

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Suggested Le Marche Accommodation: Al Castello di Montalfoglio, San Lorenzo in Campo

Suggested Le Marche Accommodation: Al Castello di Montalfoglio, San Lorenzo in Campo | Places Of Interest Worth We Cherish |

Montalfoglio, is a beautiful medieval village surrounded by high walls, is formed by a few stone houses that rise to the top of a hill surrounded by trees.
Has retained the charm of forgotten things for this have remained intact.
It exudes a tranquility of another era, the sound is far away, dozens of birds resting among the foliage of the majestic hackberry trees, shade trees and generous born between the stones of the walls.
The large public park below the walls, provides a pleasant rest among the trees of the "forgotten fruits", next to the old washhouse where once all the village women were washing clothes.
The scenery is breathtaking, the view from the sea to the mountain by following the many colors of the hills.
Among groves and patches of cultivated land surrounding villages stand out each valiant guardian of its history and worth a visit.
The sea can be seen on the horizon is 20 minutes by car and also the chain of the Apennines, Mondavio, the ducal city of Urbino, the hermitage of Fonte Avellana, the excavations of the ancient city of Suasa and much more.
A pleasant walk to the nearby scenic Montalfoglio connects San Lorenzo in Campo where you can visit the magnificent Benedictine Abbey, the Archeological Museum in Palazzo della Rovere and TeatroTiberini.
Montalfoglio can be a starting point for every goal, but at night, to return, his magic will be gone and will surprise you.

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Villa Amazing View: a luxury villa for sale in Sardinia

Villa Amazing View: a luxury villa for sale in Sardinia | Places Of Interest Worth We Cherish |

"“Villa Amazing View” is an exclusive 7 en-suite bedrooms villa on the beautiful east coast of Sardinia with great sea views It is set within a luxury development which enjoys total privacy and security service.

The villa is located close to Puntaldia which is a well renowned part of the beautiful east coast of Sardinia. Villa Amazing View is the first villa facing the sea at a distance of about 250 meters. from the beach  with breathtaking views of the island of Tavolara.The villa is about fifteen kms from the airport of Olbia, only 20 minutes by car and approx. 30 minutes from the beautiful resorts of the Costa Smeralda.

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London hotel advert paints Edinburgh taxis pink - Top stories -

London hotel advert paints Edinburgh taxis pink - Top stories - | Places Of Interest Worth We Cherish |
Pink taxis are set to appear on the streets of the Capital – in a bid to attract visitors to an upmarket London hotel.

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La Piana di Maiano nel Comune di Cagli

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Durante una delle rare domeniche soleggiate di quest'inverno, ho voluto fare la classica passeggiata post-pranzo lungo la strada che attraversa l'incantevole Piana di Maiano. Il luogo è una vera e propria perla ambientale dell'entroterra pesarese, un'area agricola pressoché immacolata ma purtroppo sottoposta al costante assedio degli speculatori. Il comune di Cagli, che dovrebbe preservare questo prezioso angolo di territorio, ha invece tentato negli ultimi anni di impiantarvi un grande impianto fotovoltaico. Fortunatamente molti cittadini, oltre a diverse organizzazioni ambientali e non solo, si sono fermamente opposti a tale decisione. Maiano è un altipiano alluvionale di grande valore ambientale ma anche storico: qui passava la via che fino all'avvento della Flaminia collegava i territori dell'interno alla bassa valle del Metauro, non solo, nella Piana si trovano le tracce di un insediamento preistorico mentre nelle vicinanze numerosi sono stati i ritrovati di manufatti d'epoca pre-romana. Tutto ciò ha contribuito a preservare la bellezza della Piana di Maiano fino a oggi ma i pericoli sono sempre all'orizzonte, bisogna fare attenzione se non vogliamo perdere l'ennesima perla marchigiana. 
La Piana di Maiano si raggiunge da Cagli percorrendo la strada provinciale di raccordo con Pergola. Appena lasciata la cittadina si attraversa un lungo rettilineo fino a un incrocio, al quadrivio, volgendo lo sguardo verso sinistra, non si potrà fare a meno di notare delle case con una grande torre che le sormonta, inoltre all'ingresso della via si trovano i cartelli segnaletici per le località di Molleone e Tarugo: è questa la strada per Maiano. L'edificio conosciuto come "Torraccia", è posto su un'altura che impedisce la vista della Piana a chi transita lungo la provinciale e allo stesso tempo gli permette di vegliare su essa.
Oltrepassata la collina su cui sorge la torre i pendii s'appianano molto dolcemente e voltandosi dopo pochi metri di cammino, ecco uno spettacolare panorama che dai campi della Piana va fin sul Massiccio del Catria completamente innevato.
La strada che attraversa la Piana di Maiano, sullo sfondo tutto il Massiccio del Catria, a destra si intravede la sagoma della torre.
Lo sguardo poco più a sud verso la Rocca di Frontone ed il Monte Strega, la via si adorna con queste grandi querce, ancora pochi metri e la strada abbandona la Piana.
Proseguo il cammino sulle colline che circondano Maiano per darle un'occhiata dall'alto: uno scorcio d'altri tempi!

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Matteo Barbaresi's comment, February 28, 2013 8:14 PM
Ciao Mariano. Non ti ho fatto ancora i complimenti per questo tuo sito che condivide il meglio delle Marche. Grazie anche per aver dato luce al mio blog e ai posti che amo come la Piana di Maiano!
Mariano Pallottini's comment, March 1, 2013 2:39 AM
Grazie a Te Matteo e grazie a tutti coloro che come te producono bellissimi contenuti sul nostro amato territorio. Spero di poter dare a tutti Voi sempre più visibilità e seguito. A presto
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Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche: The Masqueraded Town

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The Catholic festival of Carnevale occurs for the week before Lent and ends on Martedi Grasso (Mardi Gras). During the festival, Venice becomes flooded with masked figures—tourists heading to the sinking city from all over the world. Parties, concerts, and entertainment abound, pacifying the sea of people with high expectations.
To leave the city becomes almost impossible. A train’s platform is announced and suddenly everyone around is sprinting towards it. They shove themselves inside the train and pull friends in through the windows until you and the remaining crowd are abandoned on the platform, to await the next train
This is how a friend of mine told it, who traveled to Venice for one day during Carnevale festivities; to her, it was an unforgettable (although crowded) experience. I, instead, headed to Ascoli Piceno for the Carnevale weekend, a city nestled in the mountains where my grandmother lives. Ascoli Piceno is a well-kept secret where tourists are few and far between. Native Italians travel there for celebrations as La Quintana (a medieval festival in July) and Carnevale rather than to tourist-infested canals of Venice.
In Ascoli, Carnevale days and activities are scattered throughout the week.
One day they held a parade of costumed children walking through the streets with their schoolmates. The next day there was a tournament of “Ramazza” essentially soccer but played with regulation broomsticks. The game, which at first seemed a joke with some teams wearing dresses and others white jumpsuits, evolved more properly into soccer, with nasty fouls and emotional outbreaks and arguing with the wig-donning referees.
Late-night masquerade parties preceded the all-day “Carnevale in Piazza” (Carnival in the Square) where hundreds of Ascolani (from Ascoli Piceno) and Marcheggiani (from the surrounding region Le Marche) arrived to enjoy themselves outside. Carnevale of true Italian towns has developed into Halloween-style costumes than the masquerade tradition of Venice, so wandering among the crowd were characters as Mickey Mouse, a giraffe, Batman, political candidates, and a pirate baby with a marker mustache, among many others. Scattered between the crowd were stations—one with a wagon representing politicians as pigs, then strange play involving an owl and a knight, another with a man preaching politics to the crowd, then a band singing a cover of “Gangnam Style,” another with everyone dressed up as sheep… All this among a few public squares blooming with people and balloons and fish stands.
The Carnevale of today has relinquished many of its Catholic roots, as many other holidays like Christmas have lost their own religious requirements. It has become a festival fixed simply in entertainment and grand distractions from everyday life. While it may have diverted from its original intent, it has maintained an overwhelming feeling of community, which to me is truly the heart and tradition of Carnevale.

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Cinque Terre, a genuine Italian beauty

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Difficult place to fit in a humble description, Cinque Terre in Italy is a well hidden paradise that has nothing to do with the usual tourist “musts”. In a way forgotten by time, with a genuine beauty and a carefree mood, is the place to go for a real vacation!
Without any exaggeration it is simply beautiful. And so are the 5 main villages of Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, that starting from north to south are forming the puzzle of the Cinque Terre.
The colorful houses that change color in sunlight, with walls faded from the salty sea waters, the green windows, the blue tents, the tiny balconies decorated with potted basil and the outstretched clothes, give the impression that you live a surreal illusion.
Located just 90 km south of Genoa the capital of Liguria, Cinque Terre is a protected area since 1999, and is one of UNESCO’s word heritage monuments.

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The Most Beautiful Small Towns of Le Marche Tour | Gabriele's Travels to Italy

The Most Beautiful Small Towns of Le Marche Tour | Gabriele's Travels to Italy | Places Of Interest Worth We Cherish |


You may have visited Italy more than a few times; you may have been to Tuscany, Umbria, Sicily, The Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre, Rome and Venice! But you haven’t seen what else Italy has to offer until you have experienced le Marche.

• 180 km of coastline
• 500 piazzas
• 1000 important monuments
• 34 archeological sites
• 315 antique libraries housing over 4 million volumes
• 72 historic theatres
• 200 churches which the majority are of Romanesque architecture
• 183 religious shrines
• Largest number of museums and galleries in Italy: 342
• 2 national parks (Monti Sibillini, Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga),
• 4 regional parks (Monte Conero, Sasso Simone and Simoncello, Monte San Bartolo, Gola della Rossa and Grotte di Frasassi),
• 5 nature reserves (Abbadia di Fiastra, Gola del Furlo, Montagna di Torricchio, Ripa Bianca and Sentina),
• 26 cities facing the Adriatic Sea

These are the numbers of le Marche, but as the locals say, that to taste the region a visitor needs only 5 things – his own senses. Tucked between the Adriatic Sea and the Apennine mountain range the region can be visited and enjoyed during all seasons.

In the summer, le Marche offers some of the finest white sand beaches of the entire Mediterranean basin. A shallow sea water level makes its coastline the perfect spot for sun worshippers and beach lovers.

Wintertime offers sports activities on the peaks of the Apennines, with alpine and Nordic skiing for all levels.

In the fall, the hills, the region’s most prominent feature, are covered with olive trees and vineyards that produce excellent olive oil and many notable wines.

Small towns, rich with history and each with its unique architectural style, offer excellent accommodations in perfectly restored farmhouses, villas, castles and monasteries. Mix everything with an exclusive local cuisine and you have found the perfect spot for your next vacation to Italy.

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Cees Den Hartog's curator insight, January 30, 2013 7:22 AM

Wat heeft Marche allemaal te bieden??

Nou dit dus

felicia's comment, January 31, 2013 12:30 AM
why are flowers hung???
Mariano Pallottini's comment, January 31, 2013 6:46 AM
This is common in all mediterranean coasts. People like the flowers and the flowers represent a nourriture for the spirit.
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Studiolo of Federico da Montefeltro - "The finest Italian Renaissance room in America"

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Within the vast halls and imposing galleries of New York's Metropolitan Museum, well-hidden from the casual visitor, resides the finest Italian Renaissance room in America. The studiolo from Gubbio (e.c. Umbria), in Le Marche region of Italy and the former southern capital of the Montefeltro lands, is a marvel of the Renaissance woodworker's skill.
This studiolo, which tricks the eye with its seeming three-dimensionality of fictive cabinets, objects you could grab, and projecting benches, proved to be the final architectural triumph created for Federico da Montefeltro (1422–1482)
Richly decorated in intarsia work, it was a small bookroom and place of private contemplation, the setting for intimate discussions between the ruler and a privileged visitor. The construction of Federico's first studiolo, still in situ in the Urbino palace, began in 1476. From this time, the architect Francesco di Giorgio Martini was in charge of all of Federico's construction projects.
In dramatically expanding his father's modest Gubbio residence, Federico had extended it toward the local cathedral while leaving a cathedral plaza between the buildings. This constrained the eastern wall in an eccentric angle, and the studiolo, installed within the odd angle of this wall, thereby acquired its disproportionate, rhomboid shape.
Like its kin, the Gubbio studiolo is a marvel of inlaid woodwork, a triumph of the intarsiatore, the artisan in inlay. Many types of wood are required—spindle-wood, bog oak, cherry, walnut, pear and mulberry—including wood stained by fungus, producing a polychrome palette; these permit the full development of patterns and colors that inform the illusionistic results of three-dimensional depth, shadows and perspective. Two elaborately coffered ceilings, in gold and polychrome, crown the main section and the window alcove. The blank walls above the intarsia wainscoting once held allegories of the liberal arts and portraits of the Famous Men whom Federico emulated.
Created in the Florentine workshop of the brothers Giuliano and Benedetto da Maiano, the studiolo was installed in Gubbio from 1480 until 1483. The final panels, installed after Federico's death, reference Guidobaldo, but virtually all the panels reflect Federico's life, interests and achievements. The intarsia panels "read" clockwise from the left of the doorway. The prime viewing site is in the center, facing the long wall, with one's back to the window alcove; the Order of the Garter dominates the view. The viewer's ideal height, 5-foot-6, incidentally tells us how tall Federico was.
Federico's personal military, scientific and literary interests parade before us: fictive cabinets partially ajar display arms and armor, armorials, scientific devices, musical instruments and scores, documents and writing tools, caged songbirds and many, many books. Some items spill out of the cabinets or rest on equally fictive benches, while others recede into the shadows. The Latin inscriptional frieze extols the merits of approaching Learning with humility. Light comes from the principal window in the alcove and from two eyebrow windows high up in the same "eastern" wall. A patterned, tiled floor completes the ensemble. The setting mimics the shapes and orientation of the now-bare stone room in Gubbio.

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The Last Places

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York Place became the Palace of Whitehall, the principal residence of the English monarchy in London for nearly two hundred years, and Wolsey's expansive cellar (he apparently received the first delivery of Champagne ever ...
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