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Loreto | Le Marche Guide | Rough Guides

Loreto | Le Marche Guide | Rough Guides | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The vast majority of people who visit LORETO are pilgrims, over four million of whom arrive every year to pay their respects at what they believe is the House of the Virgin Mary where Jesus spent his childhood. The house is contained within a huge hilltop basilica visible from miles around. However, away from the religious frenzy, the town, it must be said, has little to offer.
The primitive stone House of the Virgin Mary (Santa Casa) with only three walls, sits within a grand and very far from humble basilica, featuring works by such Renaissance luminaries as Bramante, Antonio da Sangallo, Sansovino, Lotto and Luca Signorelli, many of which depict scenes from the life of Mary. Inside the house, pride of place is given to a copy of the famous Black Madonna of Loreto; the medieval original, once crazily attributed to St Luke, was destroyed in a fire in 1921. For the non-believer the religious fervour can come as a surprise, with some pilgrims pressing their cheeks against the blackened, crumbling brick walls mumbling tearful prayers, others on their knees in a trance-like state in front of the Madonna. Talking in here is not a good idea as you will be unceremoniously shushed by the grim-faced nuns. Note that at peak times you may not be able to look around the Holy House as a service is usually being conducted for visiting pilgrims, and it is closed from 12.30pm to 2.30pm.
Over the centuries, Loreto built up a covetable collection of treasures donated by wealthy believers. One of the most costly and idiosyncratic was a golden baby bequeathed by Louis XIII of France, weighing exactly the same as his long-awaited heir, the future Louis XIV. The basilica was ransacked in 1798 by Napoleonic troops, most of the plunder ending up on the shelves of the Louvre in Paris. Following Napoleon’s demise, subsequent popes managed to retrieve many of the valuables, but the majority were stolen again in 1974 in what became known as the “holy theft of the century”.
Loreto owes its existence to one of the Catholic Church’s more surreal legends. The story goes that in 1292, when the Muslims kicked the Crusaders out of Palestine, a posse of angels flew the house of Mary from Nazareth, the Santa Casa, to Dalmatia, and then, a few years later, whisked it across the Adriatic to Loreto. In the face of growing scepticism, the Vatican came up with the more plausible story that the Holy House was transported to Loreto on board a Crusader ship. Not surprisingly, though, this new theory doesn’t have the same hold on the Catholic imagination, and the Madonna of Loreto continues to be viewed as the patron saint of aviators: Lindbergh took an image of her on his landmark Atlantic flight in 1927, and a medallion inscribed with her image also accompanied the crew of Apollo 9. For centuries she was also credited with military victories – presumably she was thought to have power over projectiles.

During the Baroque period the Santa Casa was copied by pious architects across central Europe, most notably in Bohemia and Moravia where tens of replicas were built. The finest of these stands next to Prague Castle.

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Le Marche another Italy
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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#PlacesthatMatter: Comunanza, Italy

One of us, as a child, worked in the field where the factory was later built. Many of us saw the first stone laid. This is just to say that we have roots in this factory, as we do with our land. And…
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Why Velenosi Winery is Le Marche's Hidden Gem – Prestige Online

Why Velenosi Winery is Le Marche's Hidden Gem – Prestige Online | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Now 33 years in operation, Velenosi Winery is earning international acclaim. Here is why this Italian winery is Le Marche's hidden gem.
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Hidden gems in Italy and Greece opened up by new routes from EasyJet

Hidden gems in Italy and Greece opened up by new routes from EasyJet | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
EasyJet has announced 20 new routes for 2018, opening up a number of intriguing options for UK travellers. They include Ancona, gateway to Italy’s Marche region, Volos, on Greece’s lesser-known Pelion peninsula, and the beautiful Sicilian capital of Palermo.[...]
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Did You Know Some of Italy's Best Cheeses are in Le Marche?

Did You Know Some of Italy's Best Cheeses are in Le Marche? | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

a visit to Le Marche is essential for any cheese connoisseur. In this mountainous area where armies of sheep, goats and cows spill over the countryside, you’ll find both Marchigiano versions of well-known products like pecorino and ricotta, as well as a slew of other cheeses that are specific to the region, among them casecc, slattato, luna gialla, cacio in forma di limone and Michelangelo’s favorite, Casciotta di Urbino, offering exceptionally rich tastes and terroir-defined flavors. If a village doesn’t produce a particular cheese it will at least have a unique take on one from a nearby town. [...]

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Our FAVORITE Day in Italy?! + Nate's New Obsession - YouTube

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Medieval Fermo and it’s Historic Sites

Medieval Fermo and it’s Historic Sites | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Fermo is a medieval town in the southern part of Le Marche. It is on top of a hill with a view of small surrounding villages and a sense of tranquillity far better than any of the other towns in Marche. Fermo is practically devoid of tourists and I am shocked and amazed why people…
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Le Marche: How a devoted urbanist ended up living in a tiny town in Italy

Le Marche: How a devoted urbanist ended up living in a tiny town in Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Blame it on the epiphany. That's what Mark Hinshaw, an influential Seattle architect, urban planner and writer, said prompted him to leave the Emerald City after 40 years and move to a small hilltown in Italy. [...]
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Marche for Food Lovers: What to Eat

Marche for Food Lovers: What to Eat | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Discover some of the delicacies you can’t miss on a trip to Le Marche.
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Handmade in Le Marche: The Best Finds from Italian Artisans

Handmade in Le Marche: The Best Finds from Italian Artisans | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Le Marche remains geographically and culturally isolated, passed over my many international visitors. But for travelers seeking a more immersive and authentic experience of central Italy, look no further than this beautiful region and see it in one of the best ways possible—through the eyes of its local artisans.
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Le Marche region, Italy’s new Tuscany

Le Marche region, Italy’s new Tuscany | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Vita Italian Tours is offering holiday-makers just like you the chance of an insight into Italy’s best-kept secret. It’s a secret that is bound to leave fellow adventures green with envy. The company is offering Australians the chance to see the sights and soak in the rich culture of Italy’s beautiful Le Marche region in the company of expatriate tour guides Mario, Viny and their son Gianni. [...]

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Magnifico Le Marche

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Continuing east from Tuscany and Umbria into the lesser known Le Marche. Amazing roads; tunnels carved in mountains - so I didn't feel car sick and not scary. Shocking. Earthquake impacts in such a magnificent location. Couldn't drive to our desired destination, road closures; zona rosso in many places - this is one year on…

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This James Bond-Like Shoe Comes With Hidden Spy Gadgets and Laces That Cut Through Wood

This James Bond-Like Shoe Comes With Hidden Spy Gadgets and Laces That Cut Through Wood | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Oliver Sweeney teamed up with luxury launch site VeryFirstTo.com to offer guys a James Bond-like shoe featuring hidden gadgets.
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Honeymoon - Wedding destination in the Marche Region -Italy

Honeymoon - Wedding destination in the Marche Region -Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Le Marche is the ideal destination for your honeymoon-wedding, much to see, much to do and every kind of setting  to tie the knot in an exclusive, intimate and stunning place. Small Intimate Wedding In Le Marche So called honeymoon-weddings are another option when getting married abroad with just each other and few of your dearest in the same location of your honeymoon.…
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An Italian Wine Oasis | Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe | Blogs | Wine Spectator

An Italian Wine Oasis | Robert Camuto: Letter from Europe | Blogs | Wine Spectator | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
In Italy's Marche region, Marco Casolanetti’s Oasi degli Angeli Kurni Montepulciano and Kupra cuvées have a cult following. Wine Spectator contributing editor Robert Camuto visits the boutique Italian wine estate.
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The rural town of Sarnano is a world full of flavour and fun 

The rural town of Sarnano is a world full of flavour and fun  | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Sarnano is in the shadow of the Sibillini Mountains in Italy’s Le Marche region. And for author Stephen Phelps, the town allows you to dine like a king for just £20.
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Readers' travel photography competition: November – the winners

Readers' travel photography competition: November – the winners | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

When Nana passed away, Mum took my Grandad to our favourite place in the world: the ancient village of Petritoli, in Le Marche, Italy. The whole holiday was me pushing Papa around in a broken wheelchair we had somehow managed to get from the town hospital. Petritoli, with its huge bell tower, sits on top of a hill overlooking other villages and their towers. Our hotel room overlooked them all and this is where Papa would sit himself every morning. Papa passed away this month. I’m so glad he left a memory in my Mum’s favourite place.

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A Picture taken in Petritoli is one of the winners of the Readers' travel photography competition organized for the November2017 by the Guardian
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Learn how to make delicious Italian meals at The Marche Club in Paradise

Learn how to make delicious Italian meals at The Marche Club in Paradise | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

IF YOU’VE ever wondered how to make gnocchi, ribbon pasta, stuffed olives or other traditional Italian dishes – now is your chance to learn. The Marche Club in Paradise is hosting an evening of cooking demonstrations on Wednesday to celebrate the Extraordinary Italian Taste festival. [...]

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Le Marche, Umbria and Tuscany active trip

Le Marche, Umbria and Tuscany active trip | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

...In the middle of the adriatic sea there is a region with blue sea, green country, medieval and renaissance towns: Le Marche. [...]

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Wine tour Le Marche | The wine tour-gourmet travel specialist: BKWine

Wine tour Le Marche | The wine tour-gourmet travel specialist: BKWine | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Wine Tour to Le Marche in Italy: Visit most interesting vineyards & wineries and meet the ambitious and talented winemakers. A unique BKWine gourmet tour
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Italy in Autumn: 5 Amazing Places to Visit - The Crowded Planet

Italy in Autumn: 5 Amazing Places to Visit - The Crowded Planet | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Are you planning to visit Italy in autumn? Well done - you've chosen the best time to visit Italy! Find out our 5 fave places to visit in autumn in Italy!

I’ve said that for a long time – Le Marche are the new Tuscany. If you’re after a countryside destination to experience the charm of Italian dolce vita, this region has it all. Visiting Marche in autumn will give you, once again, the opportunity to enjoy nature in total solitude – I visited a few years ago in October and had the wonderful Senigallia beaches and Mount Conero walking paths all to myself. Late September is also harvest time, and many food and wine-related events take place – if you happen to come across a village sagra, a celebration involving copious amounts of food and wine, make sure you join in!

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The italian village of Montecassiano, Macerata

The village of Montecassiano overlooks the valley of the River Potenza, in the Marche region. There are documents dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries, which already witness settlements of Roman or Late Roman origin. The oldest Roman stone, a funeral altar dating back to the I century AD, was found in Montecassiano in 1602, near Valle Cascia. In the Middle Ages Montecassiano turned out to be a harbor village; It will soon deploy with the Ghibelline faction, and at the end of 1100, It participated in the struggle between the Ghibellines Recanatesi against the Allies associated with Ancona, Fermo and Civitanova, in which the Montecasians had the worst. He later faced other battles with Macerata and at the same time passed from domination to the other: the Malatesta followed the Da Varano and these Francesco Sforza, who in the meantime had started his descent into Central Italy; who, encamped at the mill of Sant'Egidio, imposed on his monasteries in Montecassiano. [...]

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Fabriano’s Paper and Watermark Museum

Fabriano’s Paper and Watermark Museum | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
A windy morning in Fabriano's Paper and Watermark museum with DiscoverMarche had me smitten. Not many know that the town of Fabriano in the region of Le Marche, Italy has been making paper since the 12th century. Can you imagine how it felt to walk through the doors where this UNESCO creative city has been inspiring…
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An Artist’s Guide to Le Marche

An Artist’s Guide to Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
An itinerary in the footsteps of artists and writers inspired by the landscapes of Le Marche.
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GuardianWitness - Papa and the Italian Vista

GuardianWitness - Papa and the Italian Vista | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
When Nana passed away, Mum took my Grandad to our favourite place in the world; Petritoli, Le Marche, Italy. The whole holiday was me pushing Papa around on a broken wheelchair we had somehow managed to get from the town hospital (with the help of the wonderful Italian locals). Petritoli, with its huge bell tower, sits on top of a hill over looking all the other villages and their towers. Our hotel room over looked them all and this is where Papa would sit himself every morning. Papa passed away this month. I'm so glad he left a memory in my Mums favourite place in the world.
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One year on, who will pay for Italy's quake damage?

One year on, who will pay for Italy's quake damage? | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Affected residents are beginning to feel abandoned as major structural scars remain.
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