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Le Marche encompasses everything one would want from Italy. Incredible countryside from the Sibillini mountains to the glorious coastline, classic landscapes, castellated hilltops towns, culture, art, music, indoor, outdoor and watersports, wonderful wildlife, fun, delicious food and wines, quality fashions and footwear, museums, churches, culture, history – so much to do and see. Experience life to its fullest – experience Le Marche!
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Babbo Natale (Santa) vs. Befana (the old flying Witch) - La Dolce Vallata

Babbo Natale (Santa) vs. Befana (the old flying Witch) - La Dolce Vallata | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Are your Christmas traditions revolving around indoor trees (real and plastic) and a plump, bearded man sliding down chimneys? Here in Le Marche, in Central Italy the old tradition involve a simple or complex nativity scene and an old woman flying with a broom. [...]

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Christmas Traditions in Le Marche Area: Babbo Natale (Santa) vs. Befana (the old flying Witch)

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Winter in Le Marche countryside

Winter in Le Marche countryside | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

What a surprise one morning this week to wake up to the first snow of the winter!  Admittedly there was not a great deal, a fine blanket covering the garden and trees, but still, a sure sign of what is undoubtedly to come.  Temperatures of below freezing are in stark contrast to the beautifully sunny and incredibly mild weather that we have enjoyed throughout most of October and November. [...]

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For many of us in Le Marche, snow is synonymous with Christmas. Most of the songs we pleasantly listen at the midnight mass, talk about snow, it's white and flakes. Bing Crosby famously dreamt of it, while movies, advent calendars and Christmas cards are all decorated with snow-filled scenes of a White Christmas. Snow in Le Marche is finally arrived and it is really welcome until stays a bit up on the mountains.

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Christmas in Ascoli Piceno by gelatojournal.com

Christmas in Ascoli Piceno by gelatojournal.com | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Here in Ascoli Piceno, the Christmas season has gotten off to its official start with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin Mary on December the 8th. Although a very few subtle indications of jumping the decoration starting gun in store windows may have shown up in mid to late November, there is nothing in evidence that reflects the trend in the U.S. of Christmas overrunning Halloween.

The two principal Piazzas, Popolo and Aringo, have been strung with festive lights (as above). The Christmas Market ‘chalets’ have been erected in Piazza Aringo along with the community Christmas Tree in addition to the holiday ice-skating rink. Loudspeakers play Christmas music. [...]

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Christmas in Ascoli Piceno by AuPairGal

Christmas in Ascoli Piceno by AuPairGal | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The city has been transformed. There are lights above every street; some have green garland arches with white stars dangling beneath, some have icicle lights that reflect off the cars driving beneath them, and some have a single strand zigzagging over people’s heads. Since the sun now sets at 4:30pm – no joke – one can enjoy the magical lights for most of the evening.

The two main piazzas are a breathtaking sight. Piazza Arringo has giant glowing balls hanging from the top bell tower all the way down to the horse fountains on the ground. There is also a giant Christmas tree and ice-skating rink in the middle of the piazza.

Piazza del Popolo contains the most beautiful decorations of all. Strands of shooting-star lights swerve down over the square and reflect off the smooth floor below. The lights move, so when you stand in the middle of the piazza and look up at the sky, it really looks like there are shooting stars above you. I have never seen anything like it. [...]

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One of Best Italian Christmas Markets: Il Paese di Natale, Sant’Agata Feltria, Le Marche

One of Best Italian Christmas Markets: Il Paese di Natale, Sant’Agata Feltria, Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Narrow lanes lined with earth-hued houses climb up a steep hill to the powerful bulk of an early medieval fortress: the small village of Sant’Agata Feltria, in Le Marche, looks straight out of a fairy tale at any time of the year. In December, however, it becomes even more special because it turns into a miniature Christmas village. Piazza del Mercato becomes home to Father Christmas, his reindeer and his elves, drawing children from all over Le Marche and neighbouring Romagna, who flock to Sant’ Agata to hand their letters to Father Christmas’ own PA. But there is much for grown-ups too—stalls are crammed full with baubles and honey, mistletoe wreaths and truffles, statuettes and formaggio di fossa. The scent of candles, the music of bagpipes and hundreds of Christmas lights fill the streets. [...]

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Freddy Peterson's curator insight, December 8, 2014 1:17 PM

Christimas is a perfect time to get some perfect food! So don't forget about your Christmas Market in your town! (Anish)

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Merry Christmas Wishes Le Marche Style

Mano d'Opera Fabriano, 19/12/2013, bis #2 Quartetto d'archi della Canalgrande Adriatic Baroque Orchestra Christoph Timpe violino, maestro di concerto Klodian...
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From Le Marche to Pompeii and Naples within a day

From Le Marche to Pompeii and Naples within a day | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Many foreigners residing in the Marche, maybe also lot of tourists and surely Marchigiani, know the benefits of having useful daily bus routes to Rome. These transports, mainly intended for students and workers, become advantageous, expecially in summer, for tourism visits to the most important monuments in the world and very useful to reach the airport with all its international connections.
Now there is another extraordinary opportunity. There are bus lines that connects Le Marche to the Campania Region, to reach Naples and Pompeii, 4 times a day.
This means you can schedule a visit to the excavation of Pompeii with return within the day.
Do not you believe it?
The line is the linea2mari.com of Cardinali and, for example, leaving from Porto San Giorgio at 7a.m. (6:59) you can get Pompeii at 12:30. You can have your lunch there, make your visit to the incredible monument and take the bus at 16:30 to get back Porto San Giorgio at 22:10, spending only 50 € both ways.

I suggest you to visit Naples in these days before Christmas, especially the area of Via San Gregorio Armeno.

A trip to Via San Gregorio Armeno in Naples during the Christmas period is absolutely necessary.  Via San Gregorio Armeno is filled on both sides with shops selling everything that you could possible imagine and more. Tiny terracotta figurines, windmills, hay bails, fruit and bread baskets, battery-operated figures making pasta, political personalities, footballers and to complete your nativity kit, a whole town to arrange them in. If you want to take pictures and watch artisans making figures and buildings from scratch, you can chose the end of September and october as they prepare for the Christmas rush.

With these bus lines you can also schedule a trip to the Reggia di Caserta with even 5,45h for the visit.

http://www.linea2mari.com/?mobile=0 

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Pompeii in a day - Pictures: click here

Via San Gregorio Armeno - Pictures: click here 

Reggia di Caserta - Pictures: click here

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Selusi Ambrogio's curator insight, December 16, 2013 8:14 AM

Se Le Marche sono più vicine a Pompei e Napoli, anche Pompei e Napoli sono più vicini alle Marche, un motivo in più per rendere un viaggio unico in Italia ancora più originale e particolare. Bisogna offrire pacchetti per stranieri che offrano le mete immancabili italiane, ma anche posti non visti da tutti gli amici di chi viene, luoghi incontaminati, l'Italia meno sfruttata e la natura, le Marche sono uniscono tutto ciò in un clima di serenità e piacevolezza. Esercenti unitevi!

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What I Did on My Christmas Vacation (in Le Marche)

What I Did on My Christmas Vacation (in Le Marche) | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

I am back from an unbelievably beautiful holiday in Italy where my mom, my brother and I spent Christmas and New Year’s with my father’s family in Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche.

We had such a beautiful time, filled with so much laughter and talk and of course … food! So. Much. Food.

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Italian Christmas in Le Marche, Ascoli Piceno Area

Italian Christmas in Le Marche, Ascoli Piceno Area | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

In Le Marche, La Vigilia on 24th December has an equal importance to Christmas, and is celebrated with a huge feast of at least 7 courses that usually includes fish. A typical Vigila dinner begins with antipasti of different fish dishes such as smoked salmon, lumache (snails in a tomato sauce), seafood and marinated anchovies.[...] 

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What to do and eat in the Piceno area around of Montefiore dell’Aso during the Christmas Festivities

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Candelara in Le Marche among the 10 of the Best Christmas Markets in Italy

Candelara in Le Marche among the 10 of the Best Christmas Markets in Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Christmas markets in Italy are one of our favorite parts of, well, Christmas in Italy! Not only are they beautiful and atmospheric (and a great place to get that holiday shopping done), but they make for an especially fun way to get to know an area’s local traditions, delicacies and artisans. Since we love sustainable and immersive travel, we think that’s always a plus!

Here are our 10 favorite Christmas markets in Italy, from Naples on up to the Dolomites! [...]

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Medieval candle market in Candelara (Le Marche)
Near Pesaro, in central Italy’s Le Marche, lies the charming town of Candelara. Every year, Candelara celebrates the meaning of its name—candles! Starting from the end of November, the town illuminates its quaint Christmas market and city streets by periodically closing all lamps in the evening and lighting candles instead. Look for handcrafted medieval-style candles, on sale at the market, for a unique gift to bring home! [...]

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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 another Italy | 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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Le Marche Looks alot like Xmas!

Le Marche Looks alot like Xmas! | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Xmas season has finally come, so put on scarf & gloves, arm yourself with a take away mug of hot chocolate and chose your perfect Xmas itinerary in Le Marche region! In our map all the appointments you could not miss [...] Click on the Candy Cane to read more

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Christmas in Urbino for the Beautiful Princess of Leonardo da Vinci

Christmas in Urbino for the Beautiful Princess of Leonardo da Vinci | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Just before Christmas, the city in the Marche region could host  the "Portrait of Bianca Sforza", one of the most mysterious works of Leonardo da Vinci.
The painting on parchment, better known as the Beautiful Princess, became part of the collection of Peter Silverman, who bought it for few thousand dollars in 1998.
Because of its fragility and its recent attribution, the Beautiful Princess was displayed only on rare occasions. This will therefore be a great opportunity for the city of Urbino, which will provide the audience with a unique opportunity to discover a "new" masterpiece.

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Read the incredible story of this attribution

http://www.bbk.ac.uk/hosted/leonardo/KempCotteLBP.pdf 

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Christmas in Ascoli Piceno

Christmas in Ascoli Piceno | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

On December 19 I leave for Europe to spend Christmas with my family in Italy. This will be the first time since 2006 that I have spent Christmas with them. To say I’m antsy would be an understatement. All I can think of is being with them, hearing the lyrical fall of the Italian language, feeling their embrace.

I can’t wait to wander through the piazza in Ascoli Piceno. Wrapped in an overcoat with a scarf, gloves and a cap, I will once again traverse the travertine piazza built nearly 3000 years ago. I will smile at the beauty of a few simple strands of Christmas lights strung across the square while Christmas carols play over the loudspeaker. I will once again visit my favorite cafe for pastries and a delectable espresso. I will savor and savor again.

Christmas will be magical.[...]

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Christmas in Le Marche

Christmas in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Christmas in Le Marche is always been traditional since the time Emperor Aurelian decreed in 274 A.D that the Nativity Feast should take place on 25 December to coincide with the pagan festivals surrounding the Winter Solstice.

The first nativity scene decorated the village of Greccio, 80km east of Rome and synonymous with 25 December celebrations throughout Italy. In 1223 Giovanni Vellita created one in Le Marche at the behest of St Francis of Assisi who held a mass in front of the nativity scene which established it as the holy symbol of Christmas.

The traditional Christmas in Italy revolves around the church, religious festivals, families and feasting. Indeed no festival is ever complete without the element of food. The Christmas season starts with La Vigilia (the vigil) on the 24 December and finishes with L’Epifania (the Epiphany) on 6th January, it encompasses Natale (Christmas) on the 25th, San Stefano (St Stephens) on the 26th, San Silvestro on New Year’s Eve and Capodanno on New years Day.

In Le Marche, La Vigilia on 24th December has an equal importance to Christmas, and is celebrated with a huge feast of at least 7 courses that usually includes fish. A typical Vigila dinner begins with antipasti of different fish dishes such as smoked salmon, lumache (snails in a tomato sauce), seafood and marinated anchovies.

The first course, primo piatto, consists of pasta or risotto with a fish sauce. Fish is also unmissable for the secondo (second dish). In relation with the territory around Le Marche, the family choose the fish of the tradition: baked trout, langoustines, stoccafisso (stockfish) or baccalá (dried salt-cured cod), eels, red mullet, or, fried whitebait. As traditional contorno (side dish), bitter greens such as Cicoria, especially sauted with oil and garlic represent a perfect choice for Le Marche Christmas Vigilia. In alternative there are seasonal vegetables or contorni such as Roast Fennel or Globe artichokes. As conclusion the unmissable sweet specialities such as torrone (nougat), panettone, pandoro, and exotic fruits plus a glass of Vino Cotto, a smoky flavour, sweet wine originates in Roman times.

Most locals go to mass at midnight to pray, sing carols and celebrate the birth of Jesus. This heart warming night is concluded with socialising, hugging and kissing as friends and neighbours exchange greetings and toast each other in the Piazza of the Church with a local wine or a warming punch, mulled wine or vin brule.

Christmas Day starts slowly and noisy as children wake to open the Christmas Gifts, conscious to have a better second chance with the witch delivery the day of La Befana, the epiphany (6th of Jannuary). All the family, with relatives from other towns, is now around the table for the Christmas lunch. Gorgeous anti pasti of cold meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables etc. give only an idea of the large meal that will follow. The first course is something "in brodo" (in broth) such as meat cappelletti or wild mushroom filled tortellini and then something baked "al forno", such as vincisgrassi, the famous Le Marche lasagna made with Chicken livers or Cannelloni, . For the main course, there is a range of meats cooked al forno or grilled "alla brace" on an open fire and even fried. Typically le Marche style is the great variety of meat used: leg of lamb, stinco (pork), and chicken, stuffed olives Ascolana Style. The main course is usually accompanied by side plates of roast potatoes and other seasonal vegetables, winter salad leaves. Then again the sweet specialities such as torrone, panettone, pandoro and, if the relatives were generous: Panforte di Siena, Cantuccini, Saporelli...

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Presepe vivente di Genga: live nativity set in Le Marche

Presepe vivente di Genga: live nativity set in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Rather than being made up of wood or plastic figures, a live nativity set has real people and animals instead. These presentations in Le Marche tend to attract visitors from the surrounding community. Some live nativity sets have people posing in static positions, whereas the actors move about, talk or sing in others.

The one in Genga it will be: 

- St. Stefano (26 December 2011)

- Festa dell'Epifania (6 Jennuary 2012)

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