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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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The Story of Pasquale Rotondi the Monuments Man of Italy

The Story of Pasquale Rotondi the Monuments Man of Italy | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

During the last part of Second world War a clandestine operation was planned and executed to hide thousands of masterpieces from theft or destruction by the Nazis. The man behind the still little known  operation was the art historian Pasquale Rotondi. Pasquale Rotondi was 31-years-old when the Italian Minister of Education commissioned him to carry out a task of great cultural significance: to hide and to preserve some of the Italy’s most prestigious artworks. As the Superintendent of the Artistic and Historic Heritage in Urbino, Rotondi was a prime candidate for the job. [...]

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Jewish Life in Urbino

Jewish Life in Urbino | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Maria Luisa’s family dates back to the 1400s in the Renaissance city of Urbino. Maria is the local caretaker of the synagogue and the Jewish cemetery outside the city. Nadia, a friend of Maria, has lived in Urbino for most of her life.

During the Renaissance and under the reign of the Montefeltro family, Jews lived throughout the community, worked in banking and other professions and shared many of the same rights as their Catholic neighbors: the right, for example, to buy, hold, and sell real estate and to employ Christian servants. By the second half of the 15th century, one-third of Urbino’s population was Jewish. [...]

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The first documented Jewish presence in Urbino dates from the middle of the 14th century. Several land purchases are recorded from that time, particularly by the family of Master Daniel, in the district if Gadana (called to this day “Mountain of the Jews”). One of these lands was probably used as burial ground. Due to continued landslides, a new cemetery opened in 1874, not far from the old one. The old tombstones were relocated along its Eastern wall.

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50th Macerata Opera Festival: Opera is Female

In 2014 Macerata celebrates the 50th anniversary of its opera season at the Sferisterio with three great heroines of the classical melodrama. They will come through new productions of Aida - which inaugurated the very first season in 1921 - and Tosca, along with a reprise of the well-known Traviata of the mirrors by Brockhaus and Svoboda. All three operas will have a female conductor. 
As a complement to the opera season, there will be conferences, exhibitions and a host of performances as part of the Festival Off, which comes to its third edition.

http://www.sferisterio.it/?lang=en&f=1 

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Truffle hunting in Le Marche

Truffle hunting in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Acqualagna, along with Alba, are two Italian towns associated with truffles. As a highly appreciated delicacy truffles play important role in haute cuisine. Known from ancient times they have been eaten in a variety of traditional dishes throughout Europe. Due to its high price and restricted hunting regulations only selected restaurants serves dishes with truffles all year round. The industry of Acqualagna – a small town where I stayed in – has been focused on truffles for almost 50 years. They made a huge effort to switch their production towards truffles and it is impressive today how many shops and restaurants sell high quality truffles. And what is even more impressive the conditions of Marche hills are so good they allow to grow all species of truffles! While I wish to visit Marche in December, when white truffles are collected, I still had amazing time there: I got invited for a truffle hunt! [...]

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Focolare Movement Ascoli Piceno

Focolare Movement Ascoli Piceno | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

«In Ascoli Piceno, a city in Central Italy, the Focolare is present in numerous parishes of the city, in many ecclesial bodies, aside from the many environments of professional and civic life. In fact, many of our co-citizens have come to know the Ideal of unity, through the meetings proposed by the Diocesan Movement of the Focolare.
We dream that our city can become a city of fraternity, we look first of all at the relationships that animate it, at the good that circulates, at the abundant commitments of many in the different sectors and we are amazed. We try to weave a network of relationships among people, lay and religious institutions, associations, movements, highlighting their specific characteristic with the aim of realizing the common good. The city thus becomes a laboratory of fraternity.

With this goal in mind we have constituted an association whose title already expresses our objective “Amolamiacitta’ (Ilovemycity)” onlus. [...]

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Listen to the Stunning Voice of Serena Abrami

Listen to the Stunning Voice of Serena Abrami | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Abrami is from Italy’s gorgeous Le Marche region of Italy and she’s gained a little fame as a result of appearing on Italy’s San Remo music festival. One suspects Abrami is mere footsteps away from fame. Time for you to have a listen. [...]

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Third authentic copy of manuscript by Giacomo Leopardi found

Third authentic copy of manuscript by Giacomo Leopardi found | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

A third authentic manuscript of the poem 'L'Infinito' by Giacomo Leopardi, the famed Italian poet and philosopher born in the Marche town of Recanati, has been discovered and will be put on display this week. The text, found in private archives, will be displayed Wednesday at the nearby University of Macerata, 20 kilometers from Recanati, during a conference dedicated to the poem and Leopardi's writings. [...]

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From a hilltop village in Le Marche to a Vespa in DC: a SAIS student's tale

From a hilltop village in Le Marche to a Vespa in DC: a SAIS student's tale | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

This entire process started way back in 2011. I was working with an investment bank in Milan but was forced to leave when my visa expired. My great-grandfather had emigrated to the U.S. but never renounced his rights, so I was eligible to apply for dual citizenship.
Except that I needed to find his birth certificate from 1891. And his marriage certificate from a hilltop town, Arquata del Tronto, in the middle of nowhere in the Le Marche region. And his certificate of naturalization from Ellis Island.
After about a year of collecting documents, I went to the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia where the nice lady said, "Oh, tutto a posto, non si preoccupi. We will send all of these to Italy right away."

A year and a half later, no response. I figured while at SAIS Europe in Bologna I would find it easier to just go to Arquata del Tronto myself. This worked only because SAIS Europe had hired the most helpful woman in the world in receptionist Raffaella Besola. She called the comune around 20 times, maneuvered her way around the Italian bureaucracy and charmed them into speeding up the process.

It took me two days to get to Arquata, where maybe ten people live, but I was finally able to pick up the carta d'identità. Before I left, the mayor pulled out this huge book. In it, he showed me the hand-written registration of my great-grandfather's birth, penned by his parents -- my great-great-grandparents -- in 1891. Absolutely crazy! [...]

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Sibillini Live Festival 2014

Sibillini Live Festival 2014 http://sibillinilivefestival.it/ 

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Telling Le Marche | Pottery and Wine

Telling Le Marche | Pottery and Wine | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Today, I had the privilege of driving through lesser traveled roads of Italy and through the mountains to a beautiful pottery shop and vineyard. The first destination is situated in the panoramic hills of Fratte Rosa, Italy called Terrecotte.

Going along with the traditions of the area, we headed to a Winery called TerraCruda. [...]

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Two virtual tours in the Romanesque Architecture of the Marche

Two virtual tours in the Romanesque Architecture of the Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The abbey S. Vittore alle Chiuse, and the church of Santa Croce in Sassoferrato. Both show the characteristic style of Romanesque Marche: the perfect fusion of Byzantine greek cross plan and Lombard decorative aspects, which gives a special feeling of lightness to the materiality of stone. [...]

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The Power Pipes at the Montelago Celtic Festival 2013

From Austria  the bagpiper Saskia Konz and the Power Pipes at the Montelago Celtic Festival 2013

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Macerata | Discovering Le Marche with Professional Guides

Macerata | Discovering Le Marche with Professional Guides | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Macerata was rebuilt in the Medieval Ages (12th Century) on the top of the hill between the Potenza and Chienti rivers, after the desctruction of the Roman downstream city called Helvia Recina. You can see the ruins of Helvia Recina in the archeological area called Villa Potenza.
Piazza della Libertà, built in the Reinassance, is the main square of Macerata. It hosts the Theatre Lauro Rossi, the Town Hall, the University and the Loggetta dei Mercanti, that is to say a graceful two-tier arcades loggia. The Loggetta was commissioned by the cardinal Alessandro Farnese when he was in Macerata at the beginning of the 16th Century (later Farnese became Pope Paul III).
The guided tour includes the Cathedral of St. Julian the Hospitalier, the art gallery in Palazzo Buonaccorsi and the open-air theatre Arena Sferisterio. [...]

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Life and Death in Urbino | Stepping inside the Oratorio Della Morte

Life and Death in Urbino | Stepping inside the Oratorio Della Morte | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The confraternity of the Oratorio della Morte was founded in 1578 and, like all Catholic confraternities, was established to perform specific social services. This brotherhood carried out the task of transporting the dead from their homes to the church, hence the name Oratory of Death. The confraternity also provided housing for widowed women so that they would not fall into poverty or prostitution. In many ways, confraternities like this one were predecessors to the social programs implemented by modern governments. Today, the confraternity continues to offer shelter to those in need. [...]

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Cartoceto’s olive oil industry is looking out for the environment

Cartoceto’s olive oil industry is looking out for the environment | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Galiardi, a farmer, producer, and environmental advocate, has built himself into an olive oil connoisseur. His passions are organic production, quality products, and the desire to leave a small environmental footprint on his land. Based in Cartoceto, a region long known for olive oil, Cantine Galiardi stresses excellence through progressive ideas. [...]

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The enchanting charm of Le Marche: Castelbellino, Ancona Province

Castelbellino is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Ancona in the Italian region Marche, located about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southwest of Ancona. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 3,930 and an area of 5.9 square kilometres (2.3 sq mi)

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Ancona: Villa Favorita Story

Ancona: Villa Favorita Story | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Villa Favorita, elegant historic residence owned by the Count Louis Ricotti, is part of a building complex also consists the Stable, the Lemon House, the ‘Winter Garden’ and an adjoining farmhouse. The complex is located in the center of the estates of the family Ricotti in suburban location Baraccola, south of town of Ancona. It was made since the end of the eighteenth century and completed during the first decade of the nineteenth century.  [...]

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Meet the woman from Le Marche who deals truffles to NYC's top restos

Meet the woman from Le Marche who deals truffles to NYC's top restos | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Sparvoli, 37, isn’t selling anything illegal. She’s selling truffles — specifically black Italian summer truffles and black winter truffles from Australia (a burgeoning growing region for the fungi given its opposite seasons) — to Pierre Schutz, the executive chef at the Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges.
Francesca Sparvoli wheels around an insulated bag filled with about $6,000 worth of black truffles. She sells the pricey fungi to top chefs around the city and is on call 24/7.
Two years ago, Sparvoli, a native of the Marche region of Italy and a former journalist, moved to New York City with her then-boyfriend, now-husband, businessman Marco Bassi, to break into the NYC truffle trade. She and Bassi had always wanted to move to the city after visiting several times to run marathons, and the truffle business is in her blood — her family has been dealing truffles for three generations, and Marche is a major region for the fancy fungi.

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Meet the woman from Le Marche who deals truffles to NYC's top restaurants

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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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In the organic heart of the Marche / 1

In the organic heart of the Marche / 1 | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Spelt flour, turanic wheat and endless ears. The hills of the Marche are a chessboard of colours, in which the final move is always made by nature.

When one thinks of spelt in the Marche, Prometeo immediately comes to the mind, born in 1991 as a firm for the production and transformation of organic cereals and legumes. It is based in Urbino, and dicoccum spelt is their beloved product. Triticum dicoccum (this is its scientific name) is a tetraploid that is obtained by doubling the genetic set of the monococcum (diploid), which is the most ancient cereal (its origin dates back to 12 thousand years ago). [...]

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BBC Escape To The Continent Season 1 Episode 17 - Italy - Le Marche

Nicki Chapman is hoping she can find an Italian property for an entrepreneurial woman who plans to relocate her home and business to the stunning region of Le Marche, on a budget of £700,000.

Away from the property hunt, Nicki offers practical tips on making a move to Italy and visits the medieval town of Fabriano to learn the ancient art of paper-making.

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Summer Jamboree Dance Camp 2014

Amazing Dance Lessons! Senigallia 2 . 3 . 7 . 8 . 9 . 10 Agosto 2013 Lindy Hop, Boogie Woogie, Jumpin' Jive, Balboa, Charleston, Musicality & Tap Dance.

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Votive aedicule and lunettes of Ascoli Piceno

Votive aedicule and lunettes of Ascoli Piceno | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

In 2000 has been made the census of votive aedicule and sacred lunettes painted above churches’ portals or near the access doors of Ascoli Piceno historic centre’s residences.
There have been catalogued 29 subjects which all together represent styles, schools and different periods; they form an “unicum” of both historical and cultural importance.[...]

This is a list ifidentified frescoes:

1) Via Carlo Grifi (sulla piazzetta)

2) Corso di Sotto, n. 69

3) Largo della Fortuna (Chiesa romanica di San Giacomo)

4) Via Francesco Tamburini, n. 21 – (Piazza San Pietro Martire)

5) Angolo Via Costanzo Mazzoni, Via Adriano Cinelli

6) Via Adriano Riganté, (Ponte romano Augusteo)

7) Corso di Sotto – Angolo Via Tullio Lazzari

8) Via Luigi Mercantini, n. 3

9) Rua di Ponte Oscuro

10) Via del Trivio – (Chiesa di San Francesco -facciata principale)

11) Piazza del Popolo – (Chiesa di San Francesco)

12) Via Pretoriana, n. 29

13) Via Palestro – (angolo Via Vittorio Emanuele)

14) Piazza Arringo, n. 41

15) Via della Piazzarola, n. 15

16) Via Manilia, n. 39

17) Angolo Rua dei Sanniti – (Piazzarola)

18) Via delle Canterine, n. 48

19) Via Quinto Curzio Rufo, n. 29

20) Largo delle Concezioniste – Rua Antonio Marcucci (sotto il passetto)

21) Via dell’Armellino

22) Via di Vesta, n. 35

23) Via degli Sforza, n. 6

24) Via delle Torri, n. 17

25) Chiesa dell’Annunziata

26) Porta Tufilla

27) Fortezza Pia

28) Chiesa di Sant’Angelo Magno

29) Via del Passo, n. 1


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Fiola Mare brings Le Marche to Georgetown

Fiola Mare brings Le Marche to Georgetown | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

W hen Fabio Trabocchi announced his plan to open a third restaurant in Washington, after the fizzy Fiola in Penn Quarter and the casual Casa Luca downtown, the Italian chef said Fiola Mare on the Georgetown waterfront would allow him to invest in his personal taste. “If you ask me what I prefer to eat and cook,” he said two years ago, “it is always fish. Fish in combination with pasta.”[...]

Trabocchi, who grew up near the Adriatic Sea in the Le Marche region of Italy, is a terrific chef whose sterling credentials date back to the three-star Gualtiero Marchesi in Milan, where he began work at 16. Surely I’m not the only diner who still misses his four-star feats at the late Maestro in Tysons Corner (in a spot that will soon play host to America Eats Tavern by José Andrés). [...]

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Le Marche off the beaten path | A place once sacred, now haunting

Le Marche off the beaten path | A place once sacred, now haunting | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The former monastery near Massa Fermana called the Convento di San Francesco was originally founded in 1215 by St Francis, who personally chose its position on an isolated hill separate from but in sight of the small town of Massa Fermana. The monastery was closed in the 1890s, for reasons I was not able to discover, and the property passed to the village. During the last war, I was told, the buildings were used to house refugees from the fighting and the church continued to be used until the 1950s. The property is now empty and boarded up, but if you enter (which you shouldn’t) it has that remarkable sense of distressed beauty common to so many abandoned buildings. There is a peculiar sadness to seeing such a beautiful building, one of whose key purposes was to represent continuity of shared beliefs and values falling into decay. The building itself seems determined to transmit memories of what it was and who was there. [...]

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