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10 Reasons to visit Le Marche in 2015

10 Reasons to visit Le Marche in 2015 | Living in Italy | Scoop.it

The internet site www.getawayguru.com.au between all the outdoor delights, food and wine highlights and medieval villages, Le Marche has to offer gives 9 reasons to visit this wonderful Region in 2015 and I, personally, add my 10th:

180 km of coastline500 piazzas1000 important monuments34 archeological sites200 churches which the majority are of Romanesque architecture183 religious shrinesLargest number of museums and galleries in Italy: 3422 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)Direct flight Ancona - Milan to participate at the Expo 2015



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Here briefly summarised are the reasons you should be thinking about a holiday in Le Marche this year. At Casa Carotondo we can offer you comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome.

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Europe's new second-home hot spots | Southern Le Marche: bargain Italian beach homes

Europe's new second-home hot spots | Southern Le Marche: bargain Italian beach homes | Living in Italy | Scoop.it

For those Italophiles for whom central Tuscany has lost its true identity amid the volumes of British and American home owners, the neighbouring Le Marche began to appeal. [...]


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Sarah Topps's curator insight, April 10, 2015 5:41 PM

So great to see yet another article about our wonderful area in this  weeks  UK papers. We love living here and guess plenty more people will be coming to explore very soon. www.hideawaylemarche.com

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The Winning Le Marche | Le Marche outpaces Tuscany as emerging holiday hotspot

The Winning Le Marche | Le Marche outpaces Tuscany as emerging holiday hotspot | Living in Italy | Scoop.it

The latest figures from I.stat, the Italian National Tourist Board, reveal that the previously undiscovered region of Le Marche is now outshining Tuscany in tourism growth.

Tuscany, famed since the 90s as one of the world’s top tourist destinations, registered an increase of 4.6% in foreign arrivals from 2012 to 2013, whilst the far more unknown neighbouring region of Le Marche saw impressive growth of 6.3% year-on-year.

With 389,313 visitors now arriving on Marche soil, more and more people are beginning to recognize that this Italian location has all the benefits of close-by Tuscany, seemingly endless rolling hills, beautiful open spaces and ancient hilltop towns, yet without the hefty pricetag. [...]


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Sarah Topps's curator insight, February 23, 2015 7:33 AM

What great news for Le Marche! More and more people discovering what a wonderful place we live and work in. Lets hope we can attract guests from all round the world, to experience the warm hospitality, the cheap but excellent quality restaurants and the stunning scenery. hideawaylemarche.com

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Le Marche Earth Houses

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The earth house, a primitive dwelling present in Le Marche region that is absolutely worthy of protection, still used in many contemporary ethnicities, and a feature of both extended heritage and agricultural landscapes. There are still significant examples to be seen, many recorded and studied, while others have only recently been recovered, like the Spinetoli house, and are less well known. [...]


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Italian Regional Cooking - Marche

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Marche (in English, this region is also known as the Marches) is a mountainous and hilly region facing the Adriatic Sea that allows for very little travel north and south, except on twisting roads ...

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Spelunking tour inside the Frasassi Caves.

Spelunking tour inside the Frasassi Caves. | Living in Italy | Scoop.it

In the area of Frasassi, along the Frasassi’s Gorge, the Sentino river has created a spectacular environment and the mountains that surround it are full of caves of every kind. If you are already skilled, you can pick up your gear and start exploring...
The Frasassi area is well known for the famous Frasassi Caves which were discovered in 1971 and that are about 18km long...


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The Culinary Charm of Le Marche

The Culinary Charm of Le Marche | Living in Italy | Scoop.it

Marchigiani are said to eat more meat than any other Italians and enormous platters of meats (grigliata mista di carne) are common menu items when frequenting any one of their ristoranti. From spring to Christmas, Le Marche hosts a variety of feste or outdoor celebrations where the common theme is local produce, food and wine that visitors can sample. Here is a list of edible favourites not to be missed while traversing this region:

LonzaOlive all’ascolanaTrufflesBrodetto all’anconetanaVincisgrassiPassatelliPiccione ripienoConiglio in porchettaCasciotta d’UrbinoFormaggio di fossaCrema frittaCalcioni and piconiFrustingoWinesRead all, click on the photo
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The legend of the Apennine Sibyl

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Traditionally the Sybil was a female figure linked to mysterious pagan rites, which was able to read the future and see the past and she would live in the mountains that were named after her.  An ancient legend tells of a virgin prophetess who was condemned by God to remain in the bowels of the mountain until the end of time… She keep in her grotto of the Kingdom of the Sybil gold and precious jewelry, protected by dragons. She is also surrounded by fairs that were attracting knights. The knights who succeeded to enter in her cave had to go out on the ninth day of stay or on the thirtieth, otherwise they would have been her prisoners in the cave forever. [...]


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Typical Le Marche Cheeses

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Every Summer travelers from every part of the world on holiday in Le Marche enjoy fine cheeses produced locally. The cheesemakers of Le Marche concerted effort to revive their long-dormant traditions, some of which were in danger of extinction until the recent sparks of attention to the region.
Which are these esquisite specialities? You have the Cacio La Forma di Limone, a unique cheese from the Metauro river valley made with sheep’s milk, and oddly enough, lemons. These little cheeses are shaped like lemons, and are rubbed with a mixture of salt and fresh lemon zest. After the salt is washed off, the cheese is brushed with a mixture of flour and water to ensure that the lemon zest adheres to the rind during the brief aging process. This is an example of a cheese rarely exported out of Le Marche, and a few decades ago, was in danger of absolute extinction.
Le Marche produces some notably fine Pecorinos, or sheep’s milk cheeses. Pecorino dei Monti Sibillini is an exceptional example, made in the valleys surrounding Mount Sibillini, as well as in Ascoli Piceno. The process for this Pecorino differs from the classic Tuscan method; the curds are reheated after being formed and finely cut, then they are hand-pressed into round molds. The molded cheeses are then covered in dry salt for two days, after which they are placed in a moderately humid, cool room for 20 days. During this time, they are washed, every other day, with warm water and whey. Next comes an aging period of up to two years, during which time they are brushed with their own fat, which oozes out of the rind, as well as some fine local olive oil.
“Formaggi di Fossa,” cheeses that are aged underground from mid-July to November, that can be made from cow, sheep, or goat milk. The cheeses, already two months old, are wrapped in special cotton sacks and buried in straw-lined tufa pits and sealed with chalk paste. They emerge in autumn with a distinctive, earthy tang.
Casciotta D’Urbino, the only cheese of Le Marche endowed with a D.O.P. designation (since 1996). The combined milks (70 to 80 percent sheep, 20 to 30 percent cow) is the first distinction of Casciotta D’Urbino; the method for making the cheese goes back as far as the thirteenth. Rennet is added to the milk to form soft curds, which are finely cut and reheated as with Pecorino dei Monte Sibillini. The curds are molded into rings by hand; hand pressing continues to extract the whey. The cheeses are salted either by dry-rubbing or immersion in a brine bath, after which they are stored in a very humid, cool room to age for about a month.

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Marche Typycal Cheeses

Sheep milk

Pecorino di Fossa
Cacio a forma di limone

Cascio Pecorino lievito

Pecorino di montagna

Pecorino Marchigiano

Pecorino dei Monti Sibillini

Pecorino di Monte Rinaldo

Ricotta

Mixed milk

Caciotta del Fermano
Caciotta del Montefeltro

Casciotta di Urbino

Formaggio di fossa

Casècc

Cow milk

Caciotta vaccina al caglio vegetale

Raviggiolo

Slattato

Goat milk

Caprino al lattice di fico
Caprino di Urbino

Pecorino in botte
Quark

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In Le Marche a Count Uses Sheep to Snag Wine Lovers

In Le Marche a Count Uses Sheep to Snag Wine Lovers | Living in Italy | Scoop.it

Next time you’re searching for a unique white wine, uncork a bottle of Saladini Pilastri Pecorino white wine. Is the name of the Italian, family-owned winery a challenge? No problem. Just ask for wine with sheep on the label.
In Italian “pecora” means little sheep. That is why Pecorino wines sport it on the label. But even with a bottle in hand, the image begs the question: What do sheep have to do with this wine? While Pecorino Italian cheese is made from sheep’s milk, that’s only part of this wine’s pedigree.
According to a local legend, the Pecorino grape acquired its name from sheep who loved grazing on Pecorino grapes while shepherded from pasture to pasture. The Greeks brought the grape to Italy, but the low-yielding grape was thought to be extinct until the 1990s.
One reason the sheep may have loved the grapes, which are found in the Marche, Abruzzo, and Umbria wine regions, is for their natural sweetness. Yet Pecorino is not a sweet wine in any sense of the word. It is an aromatic wine with bright acidity that pairs well with all types of seafood dishes.
Saladini Pilastri uses the yellow sheep’s image as a marketing tool, inspiring wine aficionados to explore its organic white wines. The sheep’s image also reflects the white grape’s Denominazione Di Origine Controllata e Garantita (DOCG) required by Italian law.
Pecorino wines must contain at least 85 percent Pecorino grapes to receive the Offida DOCG stamp of approval. Low in acidity, the wine is typically straw-colored and medium-bodied. On the nose, it’s all about nuts and fruits, such as green apple, pineapple, and even bananas.
Count Saladini Pilastri heads up the family wine business from his sprawling villa 2 kilometers from the medieval town of Spinetoli in the Ascoli Piceno province. The lands and titles were gifted to the Saladini Pilastri family 1,000 years ago as a reward for its participation in the Holy Crusades.
Three centuries into it, the Count continues to produce artisan wines and one-of-kind olive oil. The rolling sun-baked hills of Monte Prandone and Porto d’ Ascoli surround the 300 hectares that make up Saladini Pilastri winery.
Nestled in the bucolic Marche appellation in the eastern coastal region of Italy, the winery is not far from the Adriatic Sea. Looking at a map of Italy, the Marche is situated in the “calf” of the iconic Italian boot. In English, the wine region is called the “Italian Marches” region.
Le Marche region, however, is not as famous as neighboring Tuscany and Umbria. But to wine aficionados searching for fine organic wines, that’s a good thing. In fact, Saladini Pilastri implemented low-impact organic farming practices as recently as 1995. Those efforts included eliminating artificial fertilizers and pesticides. By 2008, the winery was one of a few certified organic wineries in Marche.
With celebrated Tuscan enologist and winemaker Alberto Antonini at the helm, Saladin Pilastri was the first winery in the Piceno area to earn the prestigious Tre Bicchieri award from Gambero Rosso, Italy’s wine bible.
The count follows all the process of the harvest, the winery, and the vineyards. He personally controls everything. For him, it is a passion,” said Pietro Piccioni, export manager. “Like the decision to go bio and organic. He started with bio and organic cultivation in 1995, and we wrote “organic” on the first label in 1998.”
The move to organic is one technique that caught the eye of a wine scout from Total Wines & More, which promptly added Saladini Pilastri winery to the company’s portfolio. Now, the fine wines are available at one of TWM’s 80 superstores in 13 states.TWM has stores in New York, New Jersey, and other states on the east coast. A bottle of Pecorino white wine retails for about $10 a bottle.
Although 55 to 60 percent of the wines Saladini Pilastri produces are white wines, its red Rosso Piceno wines are also a gift. This red has 80 percent Sangiovese and 20 percent Montepulciano. A bottle of this ruby red also retails for $10 a bottle. Like Pecorino white, Rosso Piceno 2010 is made from hand-picked organic grapes. [...]


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Mountain Biking inside the National Park of the Sibillini Mountains

Discover the mountain bike itineraries in the National Park of the Sibillini Mountains with Sibillini-mtb.it. Visualize virtually the tracks before to organize your excursions. Evaluate the difficulties thanks to photos, videos, GPS positioning and, of course,  detailed descriptions.


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Le Marche, The Peach Blossom Land

Le Marche, The Peach Blossom Land | Living in Italy | Scoop.it

The Peach Blossom Spring, or Peach Blossom Spring Story or The Peach Blossom Land, was a fable by Tao Yuanming in 421 about a chance discovery of an ethereal utopia where the people lead an ideal existence in harmony with nature, unaware of the outside world for centuries.
The expression shìwaì taóyuán, ‘the Peach Spring beyond this world’, has become a popular Chinese expression, meaning an unexpectedly fantastic place off the beaten path, usually an unspoiled wilderness of great beauty. This is Le Marche for Me!!!

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Le Marche in a Video Curation

Le Marche in a Video Curation | Living in Italy | Scoop.it

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 water sports, wonderful wildlife, fun, delicious food and wines, quality fashions and footwear, museums, churches, culture, history – so much to do and see. A Video curation intends to offer the entire video production about this marvelous Italian Region yet to discover by the mass tourism.


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Hiking between Marche and Umbria: the Monte Cucco ring.

Hiking between Marche and Umbria: the Monte Cucco ring. | Living in Italy | Scoop.it

If you are a mountain lover, you would probably already know the Alps and theirs wonderful and stunning peaks on the border between Italy and Austria, Switzerland and France. But what you probably don’t now, yet, is that in Le Marche there are amazing mountains too: the Apennines! Less higher, I can admit that, and with less snow than in the Alps, but spectacular both in Winter and Summer time. In fact, I deeply suggest you to hike on Le Marche’s mountain more or less in every season. Why? [...]


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Le Marche as seen by Samantha Cristoforetti

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Hello Ancona, capital city of Marche region in #Italy. / Saluti ad Ancona e le Marche con questa foto di gennaio. pic.twitter.com/OZXKTJ6RxB


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Visso Marche Italy | The village inhabited by few people

Visso Marche Italy | The village inhabited by few people | Living in Italy | Scoop.it

Visso is a charming medieval village with a population of just over one thousand inhabitants located in the Province of Macerata in the Marche region on the border with Umbria. It is surrounded by massive walls, medieval balconies, houses, towers, Renaissance noble palaces, stone doorways decorated with Latin aphorisms and coats of arms of noble families that are interspersed throughout the centuries. [...]


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Experience Fermo Night Market

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Every Thursday during July and August the beautiful city of Fermo in Le Marche plays host to a huge night market. The marked is packed with all sorts of stalls selling antiques, crafts, art and locally produced food, including delicacies like fresh truffles. People travel from all around to visit and it really starts to come alive after 10pm. The main hub of the night market is in the square, Piazza di Popolo, and spills out onto the streets leading off it. [...]


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Le Marche in the Bad Season: Visiting Offida

Le Marche in the Bad Season: Visiting Offida | Living in Italy | Scoop.it

The town’s name has an uncertain origin but an ancient legend connects it to the greek word “ophis”, meaning snake and lots of places in the town are dedicated to this, even the local Theatre is called the Golden Snake.

After a short walk we get to the main square tha has a remarkable Palazzo Coumunale from the XIV century with a beautiful loggetta. The atmosphere in this Autumn day is relaxed and inspiring. [...]


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The "Giostra della Quintana" among the Best 10 festivals 2015 you cannot Miss out in Italy

The "Giostra della Quintana" among the Best 10 festivals 2015 you cannot Miss out in Italy | Living in Italy | Scoop.it

La Quintana is a medieval festival held in Ascoli Piceno (Marche) on the first Sunday of August, an event, during which local residents dress up in historical and evocative period costumes taking part at a big parade through the city streets, accompanied by musicians, drummers, flag-wavers and archers.
During the event, you can enjoy not only the suggestive competitions of archers but also the offering of candles to the town bishop and many other performances, even if La Quintana, the jousting tournament amongst the town’s districts, is absolutely the centrepiece of the festival.
The rounds of jousting of La Quintana are held on a racetrack-shaped course cut through with diagonal lines. Riders must hit a target fitted on a rotating dummy, known as a Saracen by a heavy lance and they have to get past him before he swings round and clouts the rider with his ball on a chain while they get support by a cheering crowd wearing the colour of their team.


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People from Le Marche, Italy - World Famous Marchigiani!

People from Le Marche, Italy - World Famous Marchigiani! | Living in Italy | Scoop.it

Whilst that beautiful Italian region nestling between the Apennines and the Adriatic- Le Marche - has only been "discovered" relatively recently by foreign visitors, it has curiously been the birth place of some of the world's most famous Italians!

Whilst the painter Raphael's final resting place may the Pantheon in Rome, where a small crowd is always to be found gathered around his tomb, this perennial High Renaissance favourite was in fact born in Urbino in 1483. Although small, 15th century Urbino had acquired artistic importance during the lifetime of Federigo da Montefeltro, the first Duke of Urbino who died in the year of Raphael's birth.

The Sibillini mountain range is sometimes referred to as the Monti Azzurri – literally the Blue Mountains – a description taken from Memories (Le Ricordanze), an autobiographical poem by Giacomo Leopardi (1798 -1837) which invokes childhood and adolescence memories including the views from Recanati towards the Sibilini and the Adriatic sea. The works of Italy's greatest lyric poet Giacomo Leopardi are obligatory reading for every pupil in Italy – think of how Shakespeare is regarded in the United Kingdom and you get an idea of his importance to Italians and his place in the school curriculum! His birth place at Recanati is now a shrine to his life with streets and squares all changed to Leopardi-themed names and his home a museum.

Recanati was also the birthplace of celebrated tenor Beniamino Gigli (1890-1957) although arguably the region's most famous opera connection is that it can boast to being the birth place of Gioachino Rossini. The world famous composer of The Barber of Seville was born in Pesaro in 1792, where every year since 1980 a huge and internationally renowned opera festival - The Rossini Opera Festival – has been held in his honour.

Mario Giacomelli was born in Senigallia in 1925 where he also died in 2000. He is famous as the photographer who put Le Marche on the map with his stunning landscapes of the rolling Marche countryside predominantly taken in black and white.

And finally, a famous woman from Le Marche - Maria Montessori (1870 – 1952) – the Italian educator and humanitarian whose Montessori method of education is in use today in schools throughout the world. She was born in Chiaravalle in the province of Ancona.

One of the most well known Marchigiani in the world today is MotoGP motorcycle champion Valentino Rossi who hails from Tavullia in the province of Pesaro. A charismatic personality and motorcycling genius he's a national hero in Italy and has been a huge ambassador for the sport.


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Formaggi d'Autore - Italian Cheese Festival and Market

Formaggi d'Autore - Italian Cheese Festival and Market | Living in Italy | Scoop.it

The small medieval town of Gualdo in Macerata province of Le Marche is the setting for Formaggi d'Autore on 19 and 20 May 2012, an annual festival dedicated to cheese organized by Italy's Slow Food movement. Tasting workshops, stands and a host of other events will present Le Marche Cheeses and typical products, some of Italy's finest cheeses alongside some of the best from abroad.


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