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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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La Befana in Urbania – a fairy tale to live!

La Befana in Urbania – a fairy tale to live! | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The next National Festival of La Befana – one of the most fun and unique celebrations you would ever experience! A truly Italian tradition enjoyed by children and adults as thousands of Italians pop in from all corners of the country for this 5-day event. [...]

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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. [source]

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I love Festa della Befana, Urbania Festival 2014 - An Italian Festival of Food, Music & Befana!

A short film capturing the magic of Befana with the smell of roasted chestnuts and spiced wine, the cold air fills with festive music as Befana's of all ages descend upon the cobblestone streets to celebrate in Urbania (Le Marche) Italy. 
La Befana is believed to hail from the medieval village of Urbania in Le Marche Italy. In Italian folklore, La Befana delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on the night of January 5th, the Eve of Epiphany. In addition to delivering gifts, she will sweep the floor before she leaves! It is customary to set out a glass of wine and snacks to thank her for cleaning the house!

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The Feast of the Epiphany and Celebration of La Befana

The Feast of the Epiphany and Celebration of La Befana | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

According to the Italian legend, La Befana, a witch-like woman riding on a broom, refused to join the Wise Men on their journey to see the baby Jesus. When she regrets her decision, she sets out to bring gifts to the Child but never finds him. Instead, she leaves gifts for other children. Italian children leave out their shoes or put up stockings for the Befana to fill on January 5th, Epiphany Eve.

And the legend continues that every Epiphany Eve, the old, tattered and soot-covered Befana flies around the world on a broomstick and comes down chimneys to deliver candy and presents to children who have been good during the year. For those who have fallen a bit short of model behavior, la Befana will leave lumps of coal.  Knowing that all kids can’t be perfect year-round, some shops in Italy sell carbone or black rock candy that actually looks like pieces of coal…so even those not quite perfect can still enjoy a sweet treat.

Unlike Santa Claus, La Befana has been an Italian tradition since the XIII century and comes from Christian legend rather than pop culture.

The arrival of la Befana is celebrated with traditional Italian foods such as panettone and marks the end of the long and festive holiday season in Italy. In honor of the Three Wise Men, Italians go to church and enjoy spending the day with family. [...]

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Urbania, the ancient Casteldurante

Urbania, the ancient Casteldurante | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Urbania is a pretty medieval town in Le Marche where you can experience Italian life in a friendly "provincia"atmosphere. Although the ancient Casteldurate is an hilltop town is mostly flat, making it pleasant for walking especially because all the attractions are all within walking distance of one another. What to see.

  • Urbania's Ducal Palace, once the summer residence of the Duke of Urbino, now houses the Civic Museum, library, and art gallery. As you walk through the palace you'll see historical ceramics, paintings, engravings, and a globe and map collection.
  • Urbania's mummies cemetery in the Chiesa dei Morti or Church of the Dead has 18 naturally mummified corpses on display. Read more about the Urbania Mummies Cemetery
  • Museo Diocensano, the former Bishop's residence, displays ceramics and paintings from the 1300's to 1900's.
  • Ceramics are produced in small family-run workshops in Urbania. You'll find high quality ceramics for sale in several ceramics shops around town, but one of the best is Ceramica d'Arte L'Antica Casteldurante di Gilberto Galavotti e Giuliano Smacchia, Piazza Cavour 4.

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Urbania, Le Marche: Church of the Death and Cemetery of Mummies

Urbania, Le Marche: Church of the Death and Cemetery of Mummies | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

A trip to the Marche can not rule out a visit to Urbania, the city with the most macabre italian museum: the museum of the “mummies” or better, the cemetery of mummies, enclosed within the Church of the Dead. In the crypt behind the high altar, are exposed 18 naturally mummified bodies.

The story begins in 1567 when it was founded in Urbania the Brotherhood of the “Good Death.” The statutes of the Brotherhood was composed of as 31 chapters, but the precise purpose of the association was free transportation of corpses, assistance to the dying, the registration of the appropriate books of the dead and the distribution of alms to the relatives of deceased. The burial of the bodies took place in the back of the small church, in a land used as a cemetery. [...]

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Festa della Befana - La Befana Festival in Urbania Le Marche, Italy

Under 30 seconds - a quick look at the Festa della Befana in Urbania (Le Marche) Italy 2014. An Italian festival day. Filmed by La Tavola Marche - Jason Bartner & Ashley Bartner

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Le Marche and the Ceramic Production

Le Marche and the Ceramic Production | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Ascoli Piceno and Urbania (or Casteldurante) have been centers for handmade ceramics since the 15th century. Nowadays there are ceramic Museums with precious historical pieces, workshops where you can see artists at work, shops where to buy high quality handmade ceramic pieces, school where take ceramics classes yourself. Many of the modern pieces you can find in the shops are replicas of local 15th-16th century ceramics, painstakingly copied from the originals.

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Urbania Befana Feast from January 2 to 6 (National Befana Feast)

Urbania Befana Feast from January 2 to 6 (National Befana Feast) | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
For five days the beautiful town of Urbania in the Marche region will celebrate the National Feast of the Befana, the old witch who, in the Italian folklore delivers gifts to children throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5).
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