Art in the Marche: painting, sculpture, architecture and nature throughout the region.

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12 April 2017turismomarche

The Marche can be considered as a popular open-air museum, a network of cities of art and historical villages set in a wide area of ​​cultivated hills, which overlook valleys ranging from the sea to the mountains.  A region rich in unique suggestions everywhere you look.

Some examples? Ancona, with its Cathedral of San Ciriaco; Ascoli Piceno and its travertine of Romanesque and Gothic ruins; the historic buildings of  Macerata; the arcades from the sixteenth century in Fermo; the ceramic art of Pesaro and Urbino. Right here in Urbino, Raffaello Sanzio was born. The renowned painter and architect who is the embodiment of the ideal of supreme serenity and beauty of the Renaissance. Some of his works, including the famous female portrait (La Muta), are still kept at the Galleria Nazionale delle Marche in Urbino, in the beautiful setting of Palazzo Ducale. Here  are preserved some masterpieces of Piero della Francesca: the table with the “Flagellation of Christ” and the “Madonna of Senigallia”

Pietro Vannucci, known as Perugino, as well left a tangible mark in the Marches. For example, the Annunciation in the Church of Santa Maria Nuova in Fano and Senigallia altarpiece in the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Senigallia.

We cannot forget Bramante, who was called as an architect of the Pope from 1507 to 1509 to take care of the Basilica of the Holy House of Loreto. Bramante was limited to the facade project (not realized), the square in front of the marble covering and enclosing the “Holy House of Nazareth” contained in the sanctuary, and then implemented under the direction of his successors.

At the Pinacoteca of Ancona an exhibition on Caravaggio has recently been inagurated: a chance to visit the historic building Bosdari where the exhibition takes place.  The new exhibition compares the masterpieces by Tiziano and Lorenzo Lotto to those of contemporary artists such as Enzo Cucchi and Valeriano Trubbiani. The museum is uphill from glass and iron ladders and platforms, including the ancient city walls and works that span centuries.

A little further south, it is worth visiting the State Tactile Museum Omero of Osimo: a tactile approach not only for those who cannot otherwise enjoy the artistic beauty, but also to reveal to all the possibilities of perception. A perceptive way excluded from almost all museums, an aesthetic approach still largely unexplored.

If you prefer contemporary art, then you should also visit in Ascoli Piceno, the Gallery “Osvaldo Licini. The new premises of the former convent of S. Agostino: Fontana, Matta, Hartung, Morandi, De Pisis and Severini, 40 paintings and 38 drawings Osvaldo Licini.

Not even a week would be enough to admire all the masterpieces that the Marche offers. So, let’s get started!

The most beautiful villages in the inland for your holidays in Marche

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2 April 2017turismomarche

A selection of the most beautiful villages of the Marche where you can spend a fairytale vacation.

Marche is a region in Italy increasingly chosen as a tourist destination. More and more visitors choose to explore the inland villages for the holidays in the Marche region, an area dotted with beautiful villages perched on hills or slopes overlooking the sea or protected from the high mountains. Fascinating corners of history and tradition, art and folklore that welcome tourists with their breathing and almost magical atmosphere. Ancient countriesfortresses, castlesvillages, mysterious monasterieslandscapes and unique and spectacular scenery make the tourists’ stay an exciting and enjoyable experience.

Starting from the northern part of the Marche, the wonderful Gradara, close to the sea, located on a beautiful landscape made of hills, famous for its Malatesta Fortress where the two famous lovers Paolo and Francesca praised in the Divine Comedy were killed.

In the area of ​​Montefeltro, there are many interesting villages that will turn your stay into an unforgettable holiday. Among them, the delightful Borgo Pace, quiet mountain village where you meet the two rivers, the Meta and Auro, which merged create the longest river of Marche, the Metauro. Carpegna, famous for the production of tasty ham, is the hub of the Regional Natural Park of Sasso Simone and Simoncello. A territory immersed in nature, among woods and trails of noble origins and ancient history, to be experienced in its paths. Sassocorvaro stands on a hill overlooking the valley of the river Foglia and is organized around the Rocca Ubaldinesca, a fortress belonging to the brother of the Duke of Montefeltro built by Francesco di Giorgio Martini around 1475. Pian di Meleto is a small village as well involved the regional Natural Park of Sasso Simone and Simoncello where nature and the discreet hospitality of the inhabitants will be able to make your stay very relaxing. Macerata Feltria, about fifty kilometers from the sea, boasts a beautiful, hilly landscape that contributes greatly to the atmosphere of peace and quiet that reigns in this village rich in history and traditions to be discovered. Medieval origins lay behind the town of Fossombrone, perched on the slopes of a hill, dominated by the Citadella and the remains of the ancient fortress, here, tourists will be amazed by fabulous and unexpected scenarios offered by nature and by man who built over time buildings of great historical and artistic value.

In the area of Senigallia and Arcevia, located in the north of Ancona, you may find the beautiful village of Morro d’Alba, happily known for producing delicious red wine, Lacrima di Morro d’Alba. Standing on the hills, the town itself shown an ancient history in complete harmony with the surrounding area. Arcevia, watershed between the countryside of Marche and the mountains of the Apennines in the west, is historically an important point for trade and very interesting from an architectural point of view. In the hinterland of Senigallia, on top of a hill, on the left bank of the river Nevola, it is Corinaldo, with its walls, the most intact and impressive fortified lengthiest in the region. With a top notch enogastronomical tradition and so many scenic and architectural attractions, it is increasingly being chosen as the venue for a relaxing and exciting stay. From Mondavio you may perfectly see Mount Catria and Nerone, where ancient history is in perfect match with the traditions, thus originating an extraordinary scenery of civilians and interesting religious buildings.

Wonderful thing to discover during you holidays in the Marches is also Offagna – with its ancient fortress on the top of a hill inland from Ancona – and Osimo, which stands on two adjacent hills, where the fascinating Cathedral of San Leopardo dominates the town, one of the finest examples of Romanesque-Gothic architecture of the Marche. Agugliano was one of the many castles built to protect the city of Ancona during the Middle Ages as well as Polverigi that has always occupied an area dedicated to agriculture. And again, Serra San Quirico that in a purely medieval setting is home to the fascinating and spectacular baroque church of Saint Lucia, and San Marcello is a lovely town to visit and to enjoy through its many typical food and especially wine.

Between Macerata and Fermo several villages are particularly interesting. Urbisaglia rises on the hill San Biagio, boasts the Regional Archaeological Park of Urbs Salvia, recognized as the most important and spectacular Roman site of the Marches, while the small village of Fiastra is attractive especially for the lake Fiastra whose banks offer many entertainment facilities such as fishing or navigating by boat. In Moresco, in the province of Fermo, which stands on top of a hill dominating the underlying valley of the river Aso, you may find  everal attractions that bring every year more and more tourists. First of all the Heptagonal Tower dating back to 1100. San Ginesio in the heart of the Sibillini Mountains, is extremely unusual from the architectural point of view thanks to the mixture of different styles, from Romanesque to Gothic to the unique presence of its elements of northern Europe. Pievebovigliana, surrounded by the green hills, was an ancient Roman settlement, passage of Umbria between the fertile plains and the first mountain pastures of the Sibillini, an extraordinary village for those seeking an oasis of peace and unspoiled landscapes; Campofilone, known for the delicious macaroni, is a small medieval village with several buildings of civil or religious character very interesting as the St. Bartholomew church with the abbey garden. In Petritoli, tourists will visit the charming old town, the nineteenth-century civic tower and be fascinated by the traditions of a small authentic village and benevolent nature.

In the area of Piceno, the charming Montegallo, located on the slopes of Mount Vettore, in the heart of the Sibillini, a medieval town and a landscape surrounded by nature, as well as the magical village of Venarotta, halfway between the beaches of San Benedetto del Tronto and the spectacular natural Park of Monti Sibillini. Here predominate the colors of the nature: the blue of the sky to the many shades of green hills and forests. Roccafluvione has its particular name to several castles scattered throughout the territory of the Fluvione stream and is a delightful little mountain village where it is easy to get lost in the calm of a dreamlike nature. From Palmiano, famous for the Potato Festival, one can observe large and beautiful scenery, from the Sibillini to the valley of the Tronto, an immensity of hills, woods and tenements create a truly fascinating panorama. Castignano, whose name recalls a big chestnut wood still visible in its territory, is located on the slopes of Mount Ascensione, a quiet medieval village nestled in the Sibillini to retreat to immerse yourself in the breathtaking scenery. Arquata del Tronto is located between two protected areas, the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga and Monti Sibillini National Park, steep slopes and dense forests make for a very scenic countryside as well as various places of interest, such as the ancient fortress of 1300. Appignano del Tronto, on a hilly ridge, is characterized by the presence of gullies but also very interesting monuments such as the St. John the Baptist church that houses a painting by Simone de Magistris. Acquasanta Terme in the countryside, between high hills and mountains, is a small village much appreciated and increasingly a destination for many tourists not only for its quiet location but also the different sources of sulphurous water used in the comfortable spa complex. And again, Montemonaco, departure point for exploring the Sibillini, has a unique charm and mystery linked to the Sybil myth that just in this area would have lived in the mists of time; Montefortino, embraced the Sibillini, boasts many magical places and deeply evocative as the sanctuary of Madonna dell’Ambro and extraordinary and mysterious dell’Infernaccio Gorges. Offida however is extremely interesting from a cultural point of view: from the ancient walls of the city hall to the various churches, and a unique artistic heritage to be discovered.

5 dream beaches in the Marche region

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8 March 2017turismomarche

On your holiday in the Marche region, there are 5 dream beaches you cannot miss.

If you are planning to travel to the Marche during spring or summer, 5 dream beaches are a must to visit. Their colours and landscapes make an unforgettable experience to be remembered for all your life.

The first beach is between Gabicce Mare and Pesaro, near the San Bartolo Park and it is called Baia della Vallugola. It is a wild and unspoilt beach, enriched by the green nature of the San Bartolo Park. It is easy to reach. You only need to follow a path from the Park directly to the beach. Water is crystal clear and the beach is made of little stones making it possible to relax and dream cuddled by the soft sound of the wavers breaking on the shore.

Moving towards the south of the region, you will find the beauty of the second beach, the so called Velvet Beach in Senigallia. You may run and have fun on this thin sand shore, apparently unlimited. Then you may visit the famous Rotonda sul Mare in Senigallia and swim in this clean sea, with shallow and protected waters.

The third and fourth beaches that you cannot miss in the Marche region are on the Conero Riviera and they are called: Spiaggia di Mezza Valle  and Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle. The spiaggia di Mezza Valle is located next to the Baia di Portonovo, on the Adriatic coast: a long beach pretty similar as landscape to the long Caribbean beaches. The sea is crystal clear and calm, since it is protected by the bay, the beach it long and wide and it is made of a mix of thin sand and small stone allowing you to take a relaxing and regenerating walk on the shore. The nature surrounding the beach of Mezza Valle is a reason more to visit it. The green surrounding it and the landscape you may enjoy from every side of the Portonovo Bay are a breathtaking natural show. The path to reach the beach may be a little tiring.

The Spiaggia delle Due Sorelle is a jewel of the Marche. One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, it can be reached by boat or through a very tough path from the Conero Mountain that is not really recommended. Once gotten on the beach, you will face a dream come true. The beach is characterized by little stones and crystal clear water and the Two Sisters from which it is named after are the two big white rocks coming out of the sea.

Finally, the fifth beach. You may find it in San Benedetto del Tronto, where the natural landscape changes again. You can reach the famous Riviera delle Palme where the beach is a wide long stretch of sand delimited by bushy vegetation and evergreen palm trees. The beaches in San Benedetto del Tronto immediately give you a sense of holiday, a unique atmosphere to let you feel cozy as at your home and where you may enjoy funny moments with friend of family in the several clubs along the seafront.

The Roman amphitheatre in Ancona

3 March 2017turismomarche

One of the things to see during your visit to the city of Ancona, in the historic center is the roman amphitheatre. It is located in the most ancient area of the city close to the very important Cathedral of Saint Cyriacus.

A wide area delimited by a fence is what is left of the ancient amphitheatre. A silent and magical place, able to make you feel immediately part of the ancient gladiator performances and shows that must have taken place there during the Roman Empire. A peculiarity of this archeological site is that most likely naval combats took place there as well!

The roman amphitheatre was built in the age of Emperor Augustus, approximately in the first century b.C, and had a high capacity of about 1000 people in the audience, sitting on 20 terraces. Most likely, the audience included people coming from outside the suburbs. Remarkable is the presence of a big arch, visible from the street, annexed to the ancient door of the previously build Greek acropolis. The architect who built the amphitheatre probably wished to keep the previous Greek building.

In the surroundings of the roman amphitheatre you may find a frigidarium, that is to say an ancient roman thermal baths building. On the floor, you may still see a dolphin symbol very well kept and an inscription dating back to the Augustus age mentioning the duumvirates of the roman colony.

To find hotels or bed and breakfasts in the historic center of Ancona click here : ANCONA

To visit the roman amphitheatre please contact:

Segreteria Soprintendenza Archeologia delle Marche tel.+39 071 50298202 –

From Monday to Friday from 10am to 12pm. Please make a reservation if you wish to visit the site in a group with more than 20 people.

 

What to do on holiday in the Marche region. Ten top things you can’t miss in Marche, Italy. Places to see, historical treasures, beaches and much more.

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10 February 2017turismomarche

What to do on holiday in the Marche region. Ten top things you can’t miss in Marche, Italy. Places to see, historical treasures, beaches and much more.

The Marche region has a lot to offer. Places to see, things to visit, discover and live are many and they are all different to one another. You may go from the beach to the mountain, from ancient towns to historical cities, from breathtaking landscapes to artistic treasures. There is a lot for everyone and it is not possible to make a full list. Nevertheless, there are at least ten things to do if you chose the Marche for your holiday, to spend time in this amazing territory, rich in art, history, culture and tradition where you may find yourself fascinated by every aspect of it, either natural or made by mankind. It might be an abandoned country house, a castle, a fortress, a noble palace, a mill or an ancient abbey, or even simply the skyline of a mountain or the brightness of the seaside, the green of the hills and woods or the smashing sound of rivers and streams.

In tenth place of our chart, the Cathedral of Ancona: dedicated to Saint Ciriaco, it is one of the most important medieval churches of the whole region in which the Romanesque  and Byzantine style are melted in awesome beauty amplified by the location. The Cathedral is in fact located on top of the hill Guasco, so it dominates the whole city and the gulf of Ancona in its impressive simplicity.

In ninth position, an unforgettable scenery, a magical romantic experience in the sunset from Fiorenzuola di Focara, in Pesaro: a unique perspective. From the rocky spur overhanging the sea, you may witness an amazing sunset, fascinating and cosy, with a thousand colours in the sky creating a magical, unusual and almost unreal atmosphere.

A different kind of experience holds the eigth position: a performance at the  Sferisterio in Macerata. Every year, thanks to the Macerata Opera Festival, many people chose to partecipate to a live opera in a one-of-a-kind arena, a stunning stage that offers very interesting artistic shows especially in the summer season. Ballets, concerts and other kinds of shows also take place in this incredible location, beautiful to see and to enjoy from the acoustic point of view.

Seventh place, you really can’t miss the city of Ascoli Piceno for the center and especially Piazza del Popolo, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. This is like an elegant and harmonic renaissance reception room where you may spend time surrounded by some of the most interesting buildings of the whole region. One of the main building is Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, from which the square is named after. Rectangular and with a castellated tower. On the other sides of the square, the gothic Church of Sain Francis, the small renaissance palaces with porchs and loggias, the ancient Caffè Meletti and the newsstand from Lazzaro Morelli.

The sixth place goes to an appointment you cannot miss. One of the most famous events of the whole region, the biggest of this kind in all Europe, that attracts thousands of visitors every year is the Summer Jamboree in Senigallia. This festival is dedicated to the 40s and 50s in american culture and music and it takes place in the whole town. From the velvet beach to the Rotonda a Mare, everything is transformed into a huge outdoor festival where thematic concerts, shows and events take place everywhere for an entire week.

The fifth place of our chart is held by a natural show. With slow, hard and tenacious work,  nature created a unique and fascinating scenery in the Frasassi Caves.  They are ocated in the territory of Genga, not far from Ancona. The caves originated from underground rivers. Visitors are allowed in tank to organized visits and tours. Inside the cavities, you will find countless and more or less accessible tunnels, where extraordinary and sometimes bizarre natural sculptures may be admired. These originated by calcareous stratifications all over millions of years.  Stalactites and stalagmites interested the speleologists who discovered them, studied them and gave them a name depending on what they were similar to. For example, la Madonnina, the sword of Damocles (the biggest stalactite), The Camel, the bacon slice (since it is light pink coloured) and the lard slice (since it’s white), the witches castle and the small Niagara falls.

In out top ten, the fourth place goes to an evening spent of the seafront in San Benedetto del Tronto. A beautiful scenery made of luxuriant gardens, a pine wood and the Palazzina Azzurra, historical gathering place of the city, where you may find beach bars on one side and villas and hotel on the other. The seafront is characterized by massive and  impressive Palm Trees and it is where most of the social and nightlife of the town takes place. For fun parties, delicious fish dinners and after dinner cocktails with friends or just a walk, this is the right place.

On the podium of our top ten chart, an adventure between nature and mystery, landscape and legend: an excursion on the Mount Sibilla. This mountain is a hill between the towns of Montemonaco and Montefortino. It is considered mysterious because of the legend of the Sibilla, a Goddess who is still alleged to live in some caves next to the top of the hill, 2173 meters above the sea level. An excursion to the Goddess cave involves a walk along ancient paths, mule tracks and narrow streets in a mountain environment carved in the rocks.

Second place goes to a city, one of the most beautiful cities of the region Marche from an architectural point of view, Urbino. Located in the southern area of Montefeltro, this awesome city has ancient origins and had the most glorious moment in history thanks to Federico II,  duke and lord of the city from 1444 to 1482. Dating back to this period, the city offers to see the magnificent Duke’s Palace characterized by two towers in the back where the National Gallery of le Marche is located. In the city, you will also find the house of Raffaello, the neoclassical Cathedral made by Valadier, the former monastery of Saint Chiara, the dukes mausoleum the helicoidal staircase and much much more.

Finally, you cannot say you have visited le Marche if you have not discovered the Two Sisters. First place in our chart goes to this bay that you can reach with an excursion along the panoramic path leading to the beach through Monte Conero or by boat. The crystal clear water provides a relaxing and regenerating bath.  The excursion is an extraordinary path, not too difficult and highly exiting, between the mountain and the seaside, the woods and the seaside with an amazing beach at the end.

 

Museum Pope Pius IX in Senigallia

23 January 2017turismomarche

 Museum Pope Pius IX in Senigallia

A collection of memories of the beloved Pope Pius IX is preserved and guarded in the Palace Mastai-Ferretti in Senigallia, location of the Museum Pius IX, still visible today near Piazza Roma and the current Town Hall in Senigallia.

The Pope Pius IX, born Giovanni Maria Mastai Ferretti in Senigallia in 1792, reigned as Pope for almost 32 years and has been beatified in 2000. During his pontificate, he did a lot for the town of Senigallia, fulfilling a need of support to the weakest people with his foundations.

The building of the Museum Pope Pius IX in Senigallia is a majestic structure dating back to the XV century. Next to the entrance door, a white marble plaque reports: “to Pius IX – here is where on May XIII, MDCCXCII-  he was born – paid homage to the Christian world – on the I centenary”. In the building, several memories are preserved: his cradle, his swaddling cloth, his garnments, the sacred vases and serveral precious relics related to the birth and the life of the beloved pope. Wonderful is the reception salon of this ancient noble building, all decorated with paintings and chests hand made in the  XVII century. Please notice as well the interiors with grotesque decorated doors, paintings and precious antique furniture that belonged to the family and were made in the  XVIII and XIX centuries.

Access to the first floor is given through a wide stone staircase making the building majestic. On the walls, you may find some reproductions of several kinds of posters and warnings dating back to the period of his pontificate. You may as well find a drawing synthesizing the family tree and a Pope’s portrait is a reproduction of another age.

Today the building is used by the Diocese of Senigallia, that opens the Museum for the visitors. Apart from the Museum Pius IX, you may find here the very rich Diocesan Library  with more than 30.000 modern volumes and fascinating ancient archive. They are all included in an online and paper catalogue.

INFO FOR THE VISIT

Museum Pius IX – Palazzo Mastai – Via G.M. Mastai, 14 Senigallia

Tel. : 07160649 Fax : 07160094

palazzomastai@pionono.ithttp://www.diocesisenigallia.it/

Open on weekdays 9-12 e 17-19 (last entrance 15 minutes before the closing time)

Free entrance

 

 

 

Mencucci A., “Pio IX e Senigallia”, Editrice Fortuna Fano, 1993, pp. 21

 

Wellness Weekend in the Marche, Italy: 10 ideas for a trip

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12 January 2017turismomarche

 

Wellness weekend in the Marche if you are looking for relax and peace: where to go.

If you want to rest and restore being in contact with the nature, the Marche region is the place to be. Seaside, hills, mountains and lakes will welcome you and offer unforgettable moments thanks as well to the several wellness centers available all around the region.  Here are 10 ideas for a trip to provide a perfect stay in relax, wellness and harmony.

In the area of Pesaro-Urbino, you may find the first three typical medieval towns that are worth a visit. Gradara ,among the Best villages in Italy, with its Castle is well known for having been mentioned in the Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. To the lovers Paolo and Francesca mentioned in the comedy are as well inspired the couple wellness treatments that you may find at La Loggia Relais. You may also choose Pergola to have a cultural and artistic stay, as well as looking at wonderful relaxing landscapes. After visiting the Gilt Bronzes Museum, where a group of statues coming from roman origin is exhibited, get some cuddles at  all’Agriturismo Il Casale. Not far from here, Urbino is as well rich of history, art and culture. The Ducal Palace and the House of Raffaello are certainly worth visiting. To take a relaxing break, completed with excellent food choices,  drop by Agriturismo Samsara or the near Antica Locanda La Diligenza.

In the area of Ancona and the Riviera del Conero, you may find amazing little spots where you may literally get lost in looking at the amazing natural landscapes in every period of the year. It is heaven on earth for those who like taking long relaxing walks, or even photo walks. For example, in Osimo or Serra San Quirico you will be able to enjoy a fantastic view on all the Riviera.From far away, this villages look like powerful and impregnable castles surrounded by green areas. Nearby, several centers may offer high quality welcoming, in relax and wellness. We recommend the silent gardens at Casa Vacanze Lolìa and Bed and Breakfast Bellafiora, or the awesome outdoor swimming pools at Country House Airone, Agriturismo Il Parco di Kipo, Fattoria Fontegeloni, Tana del Lele

If you are mainly interested in food and wine, Morro d’Alba is the perfect destination for a Weekend in the Marche. The village is well known for the production of the “Lacrima di Morro d’Alba”, one of the most famous wines from the Marche. The best accommodations for this area may be found at Casa Vacanze Le civette, with wellness center or Agriturismo Filodivino, surrounded by orchards.

Moving to the south of the region, in the area of Macerata, Fermo and Ascoli Piceno, religious buildings and ancient towers are sprinkled all over the territory. In Sant Elpidio A Mare, abbeys, ancient churches and cathedrals will make your soul feel restored and southern from here, in  Moresco, the heptagonal tower and the Clock Tower overlook the whole territory. The first is 25 meters high and has XII century battlements. The old town is really pleasant and relaxing to walk through. It has an elliptical shape and really narrow streets.  To rest after this walk, stay at Agriturismo Casa Vecchia, with the amazing outdoor swimming pool surrounded by the orchard and facing the Adriatic Sea.

Along the so called Riviera delle Palme, in the south of the Marche, the are plenty of choices for a holiday or a wellness weekend. If you enjoy the seaside, choose Grottammare. You will be able to get rid of your car and ride a bike along one of the longest and better kept bike lanes of the whole Adriatic coast. Your stress-free holiday may take place at Residence Mareamare. If you enjoy the mountain, choose the very silent village Roccafluvione with a little more than 200 inhabitants. It is part of the Mountain community Tronto and you may find exquisite truffles. At  Bed and Breakfast Il Rifugio dei Marsi, you will find relax, a wellness center and the chance to sleep in a barrel to keep the best contact possible with the nature.

 

Artistic Nativities Exposition in Monte San Giusto

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4 January 2017turismomarche

Artistic Nativities are exposed in Monte San Giusto

The magic of Christmas is best displayed in the representation of the nativity. A trip during the times may be made in the nativities exposed all over the regional territory in le Marche.

Today, we would like to tell you about very special nativities. They are  made with craftsmanship and competence and really remind us of a far but as well current time. In the wonderful little town of Monte San Giusto, province of Macerata, the exhibition of artistic nativities from Andrea Pistolesi takes place every year. The exhibit is located in the historic building Palazzo Bonafede . It will be visible until the 22nd January 2017. Immerse in this ancient tradition, but still vivid thanks to the wise hands of the artist.

Andrea Pistolesi, 38 years old from Monte San Giusto, is an excellent opera singer who nurtures his passion for the nativities art since he was a child. He defines himself a self-taught artist in the nativity art. He uses materials such as wood, polystyrene, plasterboard, cans, transparent plastic and  modeling clay. He then decorates with tempera and acrylic colors, dust sealer and micro bulbs.

In 2013, the Town Hall in Monte San Giusto invited him to put up a permanent exhibit of his nativities, using part of his collection. The exhibit was very successful, reaching about 18.000 visitors since the first edition. In the exhibit you will find about 30 representations made with statues coming from all over Italy. Every reproduction offers environments inspired by landscapes from le Marche and shows everyday life scenes. This year you may find three big news. First, a big mechanic nativity made thanks to the help of Cesare Ciccalè from Fermo. Second, a nativity from Maestro Fabio Modeo. Last but not least, an evocative representation of the Nativity collocated inside a house affected by the earthquake, as to show closeness to the population hurt by the recent seismic events.

The exhibit is open on non-working days from 10am to 1pm and from 4pm to 8pm, during the days before the non-working days from 4pm to 8pm. On the other days upon reservation. Four extra  opening days on: 16th , 17th , 23rd , 30th  December from 9pm to midnight. Free entrance.

RIDING AROUND BY MOTORBIKE IN LE MARCHE: ITINERARY ALONG THE SIBILLINI MOUNTAINS TOWARDS THE INLAND.

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29 September 2016turismomarche

Riding around by motorbike in Le Marche: itinerary towards the inland.

Summer seems to be ending in Le Marche and for some people the motorbike is about to get back to recess until spring. It is not too late, though, for a last tour by motorbike along the wonderful Sibillini mountains. Take this last chance!

What about a 125Km tour? That would be perfect for a weekend of fun and relax, not too demanding, but interesting from a landscape and gastronomical point of view. Let’s not forget that it would be as well very satisfying for those who are eager to ride along curves, hairpin turns, hills, short straight roads and more turns.

Tie up your helmet and leave the sea from Civitanova Marche, towards Porto Sant’Elpidio, going through the green picena coastline, and when you get to Marina Faleriense, make a right towards Campiglione and Piane di Falerone.. You can’t miss a little stop at the local archaeological sites.

So far, you have been watching a sequence of soft hillocks following one another just like waves up until the coast in a spectacular alternation of colours, particularly evocative in this season. Imagine all the browns, the reds and oranges a painter might use on a painting: you will have them mixed right before your eyes by the wise painting hands of the nature.

Having gone past Amandola, the road will be comfortable and relaxing up until Montemonaco going through Montefortino, one of the most welcoming and equipped touristic centre of the Sibillini Mountains. Leaving it, you might head towards Castelluccio. The road will start twisting and turning along hairpin turns on the mountain until Piano Grande (Big Plain) and you will be able to gaze upon the poppies and fleur-de-lis blossoming among the wheat fields. It is worth coming back to Castelluccio during springtime to witness a special blossoming phenomenon. For several weeks, the landscape chromatic monotony is broken by a mosaic of colours, varying from yellow-earth to red.

While riding, you will certainly be hungry now. Along the road, you may stop at any of the “trattoria” where you can taste the typical local delicacies: the lentils of Castelluccio IGP, the pork fillet stuffed with its liver and the black truffle from the Sibiliini, or the braised meat cooked in a special reduced wine called “vino cotto”.

Our final destination will be Norcia, in the area of Perugia and therefore right at the border between two regions: Marche and Umbria. It is worth a visit to the medieval and noble architecture of the town and to the work of arts here present, as well as, again, a gastronomical tour of the restaurants in town, all of which can be found within the ancient town walls.

“Maceratese”, villages to visit, trip in Sibillini

18 April 2016turismomarche

“Maceratese”, villages to visit, and extraordinary trip in Sibillini between the most characteristics villages #maceratese #maceratesetovisit

In the hinterland of the territory of Macerata there are enchanting villages to visit and to discover, between green hills and majestic peaks of Sibillini Mountains. This villages are characterised by centuries-old traditions, motive of proud, which represent a genuine, simple and authentic way of life. The little villages host tourists through their story which are told through the old churches or buildings, through their breath-taking panoramas. Here there is a suggested trip which starts from Sarnano and end to Visso, having a stop-over in the splendid Pievebovigliana, Fiastra and Ussita.

Sarnano is a marvellous village which feature a medieval village : starting from the color and material of the “pietra cotta”, used all over the old centre, ending to the different manifestations, which every year recall many tourists. For those who love architecture, Sarnano is a village which offer centuries of history through Palazzo dei Priori or Palazzo del Popolo which today is Teatro della Vittoria, and also through its churches such as the Romanic Church of Santa Maria di Piazza, which contains priceless art works. Walking through Sarnano allow you to bump into the “Pinacoteca”, the arms museum, the “Francescana” library, or to walk between paths surrounded by nature.

Another stop-over is Fiastra, which is well known for its lake. The Lake of Fiastra is an artificial basin stoked by the river Fiastrone. It has become the main character for many sports events such as the triathlon of Sibillini Mountains and fishing challenge. Furthermore, it has become a stop-over for many tourists thanks to its itinerary by feet or by bicycle around the Lake. “Campo Avventura” is a  cableway which pass from one side to another and it’s absolutely to try. Whereas is very interesting the itinerary which transports you from the dam of Fiastra to “Lame Rosse”, the canyon of Marche.

Going always more in the hinterland, you can face with Pievebovigliana, which is well known because Saint Francesco passed through this village during his trips. It is a calm village, with centuries-old traditions and characterised by a local cooking which use only local products. On the other side, for those who love the nature, Pievebovigliana offers an immersion in the nature through the Lake of Boccafornace or the Lake of Beldiletto. The history of the village has been told by way of the Church of Saint Giusto of Saint Maroto, one of the most important Romanic monuments of Marche, dated back to the medieval centuries. A little further on there is the convent of Saint Francesco in Pontelatrave, which has been built during one of the passage of the Saint in this territory.

Near Fiuminata, there it is Ussita, a mountain village. During winter, Ussita offers the biggest ski complex thanks to the structure of Frontignano. This complex is very frequented by young people who can have fun also in the Olympic track or in the ice building. During summer you have the possibility to do different excursions by feet, by bicycle, by horse with different length or difficulty.

Going on, you can find Cupi, a very little village which offers itineraries by feet or by bicycle such as the one of Santuario Macereto, (big and extraordinary liturgical complex surrounded by green, which is the most representative architecture’s expression of the Renaissance century in 1500) and having excursions such as the one on the Monte Rotondo, or the one of Grande Anello Sibillini from which starts the trekking way. Furthermore the town organises interesting activities which shows old activities such as making bread or pizza, or making cheese with old methods, with the possibility to visit the “museo della pastorizia”.

Our trip end in Visso. There are different monuments mostly important for their historic meaning, such as the Collegiata di Santa Maria, the Santuario di Macereto, Palazzo Priori place of the municipality with a Gothic style. Moreover, in Visso there is the “Museo Leopardiano” which conserves different handwritten, among which “l’Infinito”. Visso offers also different excursions by feet or by bicycle from Cupi to Macereto, or Monte Rotondo, or “grande anello dei Sibillini”. Visso organises interesting activities which shows old activities such as making bread or pizza, or making cheese with old methods to rediscover our origin.

MARCHE : 5 MOMENTS FOR 5 UNFORGETTABLE EMOTIONS

11 April 2016turismomarche

An holiday in Marche can give you lots of moments and situations very exciting. These are the places and the moments absolutely to discover and to live.

The region of Marche can and know how to give you magic and unforgettable moments, feelings and atmosphere, thanks to many places of extraordinary beauty and unchangeable charm which can be both naturalistic, historic, artistic or spiritual. These places have charm, hide secrets and mysteries, tell about legends, splendid past and great love. They are both enchanted and romantic. Here we propose just some of these places to discover, breath and live.

Eremo di Fonte Avellana is surrounded by green, with an unique atmosphere and a feeling of peace between its walls. It is situated in the municipality of Serra Sant’Abbondio, which is at the slope of the Mountain Catria in the province of Pesaro Urbino. The Monastery is dedicated to the Holy Cross. The atmosphere is captivating with its calm and serenity, the green of the wood which surrounds it all. Is a mystic place, where to pray and to have meditation.

For those who instead are searching for a relaxing holiday, but in a worldly place, the beach of Mezzavalle is perfect. It is part of the Riviera del Conero, near the splendid bay of Portonovo. Is and enchanting and natural beach frequented most of all from the youngest who love the wide side of the beach. The outline of the Mount Conero makes of this beach one of the most loved in the area.

While, if you are interested in mystery, in legend and history you have to visit the Mounts Sibillini with their treasures and secrets which hide. Between the old villages are hidden stories mostly connected to the “Sibilla”. Panoramas, territory, mysterious lakes and caves narrate this legends. The National Park of Monti Sibillini includes lots of mountain villages such as Arquata del Tronto, Montefortino, Montemonaco, Montegallo, Pievebovigliana Visso and Ussita. Thanks to their position, this villages are immersed in nature which shows its magnificence between the “antro della Sibilla”, the lake of Pilato and the “gole dell’Infernaccio”.

If you want to lose yourself in a romantic atmosphere, of course you have to choose Fiorenzuola di Focara as your goal. It is a gorgeous village in the centre of the Natural Regional Park of Monte San Bartolo. Visiting this village will become an unforgettable experience as permits you to lose yourself between the hot colours of the sunset, the green of the hills, and the clear blue of the sky.

For those who love sea, we suggest San Benedetto Del Tronto with its beaches full of fun and, at the same time, full of relax. The village is considered the Queen of the Riviera delle Palme, it permits you to escape from your daily routine and have some fun between pubs and bars.

HOLIDAY IN PARCO DEL CONERO, THE EDEN OF MARCHE

21 March 2016turismomarche

Have your holidays between the villages and scenery of Parco del Conero, between cliffs and bays you will discover the authentic beauty of Marche.

Unique glimpses and panorama, cliffs, hills, steep slopes, a coast with white stones, woods, hills of Mediterranean scrub and a story, which between legend and reality, looses itself in the night of times : this and more in the Regional Natural Park of Conero. A piece of nature and mankind, where a mount overhanging on the sea, the Conero, committed to the crystal clear blue of the Adriatic sea embracing four pearls which gorgeously appear on the sea. Extended for about six thousand hectares, the Park in fact included great part of the territory of Ancona and of Sirolo, Camerano and Numana, beautiful villages main characters of an old story.

Ancona was founded by Greeks of Siracusa in 387 B.C., which name comes from its particular form of the promontory with bended elbow. Ankòn in fact in Greek means “elbow”, while the name Conero means “mount of corbezzoli”, owed its name to this little trees with red fruits evidently very common on this mount. A city rich of history and traditions which shows and important past through its monuments; from the Arch of Traiano, built in the II century B.C., to the Romanic Cathedral of San Ciriaco majestically pushed out on the sea, from the eighteen-century Mole Vanvitelliana, to Piazza del Plebiscito. Ancona is myriad of streets, squares, very interesting monuments, it is history, art, culture, but also nature thanks to the Park of Cardeto, to the walking, to the breath-taking panorama and to the unexpected glimpses on the sea and on the green hills.

In the area you can find also the splendid bay of Portonovo with the church of Santa Maria, white magnificence mounted in the green of the Mediterranean scrub. The Tower of Guardia, was built from the Pope Clemente XI in 1716 to avoid the incursions of pirates and smuggler. The Fortino Napoleonico was built in 1808 to avoid the docking of British.

Also the enchanting Camerano praises two aspects in perfect harmony between them, one is naturalistic, the other one is historic-artistic. The Castle of Camerano was born as a Romanic establishment around the VII century B.C., then in 1177 became Castle of Camerano and then, in 1198 became and independent village. Between its beauty and peculiarity you can find a series of caves dug in the subsoil. They had many functions, form simple places of the conservation of provisions to places clearly religiously, furthermore, they had been also used as a refuge for the population during the incursions in Middle Age.

Sirolo is the pearl of Adriatic sea, where a characteristic medieval village rises up on a cliff. Crystal clear water, caves, inlets, wild beaches and naturalistic scenery with an unusual charm framed this village inhabited since the stone age. It has an important past due to the discovery of the “Tomba della Regina”. Sirolo is loved and appreciated above all for its beaches. Between them, there is the “Black Stone” beach, which is the well-known in the area and the most naturalistic. Then we have the “Two Sister” beach, with its steak symbol of the city.

Numana rises up on a cliff. It is an old city made of alleys, the Tower, the Palazzo Vescovile, headquarter of the town hall, and then the Church which safeguard the crucified Christ abandoned by Carlo Magno. The lower part is dedicated to tourism with the marvellous bays and beaches and many accommodation facilities. It has a great history which you can consult also through the Antiquarium where are exposed the different grave goods and the different Romanic grave.

TOUR FROM SIBILLINI OF SARNANO TO GEROSA LAKE

1 March 2016turismomarche

One of the itineraries suggested for your holidays in Sibillini. From village to village to the enchanting Gerosa lake.

Long about 40 km the Sibillini mountains – protected from the National Park of Sibillini Mountains – they represent one of the most extended and fascinating mountains chains of Italy. Mainly composed of calcareous rocks, the mountains frequently pass 2 thousand metres of altitude downgrade in tight valleys, such as Aso, Tenna and Ambro, or downgrade at high quota on the Western slope. Naturalistic fairy-tale scenery, between high peak, wide valleys, rivers and lakes, such as Fiastra, Pilato and Gerosa. And also ancient villages, which form centuries are surrounded by silent nature, with its colours, smells and tastes.

We propose to you a trip in this old lands, mysterious and sometimes inaccessible, starting from one of the most beautiful and fascinating village of the Marche, Sarnano. The village, in the core of Sibillini, rises up on a hill on the right of the torrent Tonnacola, its marvellous old town centre represents one of the most characteristic examples of Middle Age architectural style. Is a well-known land both for hot springs and tourism thanks also to the different ski stations. Furthermore it boasts a relevant artistic heritage. In Piazza Alta, focal centre of ancient Sarnano, are exposed Palazzo Priori, tPalazzo del Popolo, headquarters of the splendid Teatro della Vittoria, Palazzo del Podestà and the Santa Maria di Piazza’s Church.

The first stop in our holiday is far about fifteen kilometres, passing through the hinterland of Macerata and of Fermo, we will stop in Amandola. It is laid on three hills of the high valley of Tenna, near the peak of Castelmanardo mount. It was born as a union of the three castles in 1248. The gorgeous city has an historic centre which certify the prosperity of its past through the particular beauty of buildings such as the Saint Agostino’s Church (sanctuary of the Blessed Antonio) and the Saint Francesco’s Church.

Going on towards the Gerosa Lake you can’t miss to stop in the gorgeous village of Montefortino, surrounded by the natural amphitheatre made of Sibillini, from which you can see breath-taking views such as the peak of Vettore Mount, Sibilla Mount and Pizzo Regina. An enchanting scenery made of rivers – Tenna and Nera – valleys, secret places –  such as the cleft of Infernaccio – worship – such as the Sanctuary of Madonna dell’Ambro – which considerably contribute to the ancient beauty of the village with the characteristic Middle-Age aspect.

Another inalienable stop is Montemonaco. In province of Ascoli Piceno, in the high vallei of Aso, it rises up at 998 metres from the sea – the second village of Marche for height – on a plain lightweight towards Monte Sibilla. Its territory goes from peaks of Vettore – in which we ca find the extraordinary Lake of Pilato – to them of Pizzo del Diavolo to Monte Porche which mark the border of Umbria. Clefts, valleys, torrents and woods characterises the area while the village boasts a thousand-years history, controversial, interesting and legendary with buildings of particularly interest such as the Church of Saint Biagio and the Church of Saint Benedetto which conserves a fresco of Crivelli. When you arrive between the mounts Sibillini the scenery is that of Lake Gerosa, artificial basin of about 400 metres of width. Feed from the river Aso which from the slopes of Vettore arrives to the Adriatic sea on the territory of Pedaso, marks the border of three villages : Montemonaco, Montefortino, Comunanza. Created in the ’80s for the hydro-provision , today the Lake of Gerosa is a tourist attraction really appreciated : manifestation of canoe, sail and fishing, are organised frequently while a lot of visitors who chooses its gorgeous and calm beaches framed of spectacular views. Furthermore its right shore, covered by a thick woodland vegetation which is appropriated for relaxing walks in open air or the “nordic walk”.

CONERO RIVIERA ALL THE BEACHES TO DISCOVER

1 February 2016turismomarche

Guide to all types of beaches which you can discover in your holiday in Conero Riviera, from sandy Numana to the white stones of Portonovo.

An unique holiday, entangling, in the sign of entertainment and relax, kissed by the sun and by an enchanting crystal clear sea, equipped beaches and very well served by beach resorts and front rank chalet, wild bay reachable only by sea, all of this in the fabulous setting of Natural Park, there is for all tastes in the marvelous Conero Riviera.

In the stretch of Adriatic coast, which from Ancona runs down until Porto Recanati, a great variety of scenery and of places to discover, sandy or rocky beaches, stacks, bay, hidden inlets, old or touristic secret harbors of mythological charm, will make the sojourn in this area an unforgettable experience.

Adventurous or silent, sports or relaxing, equipped or wild, in the Conero Riviera the beaches are made for all tastes.

Embraced to crystal clear and transparent water with a breath-taking view on the back, the marvelous beaches of Numana, within two characteristic bay just before the cliff, the Spiaggiola and the Spiaggia dei frati, both of them on the higher part. For a lot of kilometers, between colored rows of beach umbrella and low sea bottom, protected by the cliff, a subtle and handle sand makes this place very appropriate for families with little children. Instead in the lower part of Numana, going towards Marcelli, the extended beach presents itself with an intense gold color, this area too is very appropriated for families, offers lots of services and entertainments thanks, not only to the beach resorts, but also to touristic harbor equipped to welcome every type of boat.

The beaches of the beautiful medieval village of Sirolo are different and boast breath-taking scenery and views; the Urbani beach-composed by rocks and gravel- with the appearance of an half moon, is the most comfortable one and nestled in the cliff, between a cave and a bluff, protected by a cliff barrier, that of San Michele is a long pebbly and rocks beach which insinuates until under the Conero between free areas and beach resorts well equipped; while its extension is one of the most characteristics stretch of the Riviera, the Sassi Neri beach, wild and free, naturalistic for excellence, it is called in this way because of the numerous black cliffs and rocky slab. Little cleft and minuscule rocky beaches, made of this little corner of Conero Riviera an enchanting and wild place.

Very well-know the “Due Sorelle” beach, uncontaminated and without any beach resort, is the most representative and panoramic thanks to the stacks which emerge from the blue sea,which together with the white beaches are the Sirolo‘s symbols. The beach, reachable through the complicated excursionistic way “Passo del Lupo” or by sea, is made of gravel and white pebble, instead in the back of the sea the rocky spurs nestle in the cliff. In the territory of Sirolo there is also the “Spiaggia dei Lavori”, near the beach “Due Sorelle”, made of pebble and boulder polished by the sea. There are also the Forni and Gabbiani beaches, two little sandy coves while, between the territory of Sirolo and that of Numana, there is the “Frati” beach,which took its name from a submerged cliff in proximity.

Portonovo is a sea locality of extraordinary beauty. A touristic, seaside and landscape center, expose on the namesake bay and wild beaches, of a deep blue sea and Mediterranean scrub hills. While the south area, between the guardian tower and the medieval church of Santa Maria, is very appreciated and frequented by windusrfists. Here are many touristic beaches, both from nord to south, with a rocky and high coast, spaced out between little beaches and natural cliff which goes down until this little natural oasis.

Gravel and polished stones interchanges between them, as the free ways to the equipped ones in a charming meeting between colors of nature, where the white of the beaches makes the counterpoint to the shades of intense blue and to the green of the Mediterranean scrub. At the north of Portonovo you can find the white beach of Mezzavalle, long and free, naturalistic and reachable by narrow paths or by sea. Then, the Trave beach, which takes its name from the natural cliff which extends for about a kilometer towards the lake, without services and beach resorts. At the south of Portonovo, under the cliff of Conero, stretches of coast or cliffs with many free beaches, reachable through arduous and panoramic path or by sea, there is  the beach of “Vela” which takes its name from the high cliff with a triangular shape which face the ending part of the coast, on which climb up the adventurous one and the dives lovers.

Last layer towards the south of the Conero Riviera, not still in Ancona but in Macerata, there is Porto Recanati, with its large golden beaches, clear sea, low and safe sea bottom,  beach resort equipped for sport and relax. A sea village awarded with the “Bandiera Verde”, recognition assigned to the better seaside locality of Italy appropriated to families with children under 18. The coast is characterized by sandy beaches spaced out by sandy areas and low sea spaced out by steep ways.

HOLIDAY IN MARCHES’ HILLS : PLACE SUGGESTED

25 January 2016turismomarche

Where to have an holiday in Marches choosing its sweet and green hills, its villages and ideal areas.

Chose the marchigiano’s area means to have available an immensity of possibility and of sceneries,from the sea to the mountain, from the exquisite seaside to the peaks covered with snow, a multi-colored mosaic of colours, of fragrances, of traditions to taste and live. Magic places are waiting the visitor who will choise to go through the sweet hills and wide valley, to follow the flow of rivers and torrents, to stay in peculiar villages from the aspect old and comfortable, to allow to snuggle by the kindly nature and its colours, from the green of woods and from the mountain’s blue background. Choose the hinterland hill of Marches means choose a place rich of history, culture, traditions where you could still immerse in nature. It is not only possible but also an unique and unforgettable experience.

There are a lot of ideal areas where to have a magnificent resort, choosing between relax and fun, betweet culture and sport, between nature and splendid small town from the unusual and unexpected charm. One of this is the Vallesina’s area collocated almost at the Marches center. The area tooks its name from the river wich is crossed, Esino, one of the most importants region’s rivers which born, in the province of Macerata, from the layer of Cafaggio’s mount. The Vallesina is dominated by the shape of the San Vicino mount and it developes through the river’s middle flow, from Serra San Quirico to the mouth at Rocca Priora in Falconara Marittima’s municipality, in the province of Ancona. The valley presents itself closed by the hills that downgrade towards Adriatic sea sprinkled by villages and small town castled on the summit which creates a delicious play of landscape and a suggestive imaginary way in the history. The peculiarity of this area – where the splendid city of Jesi is the undiscussed main character – is the series of wall up villages in perfect state of preservation which stretches on the hills, the well-known Jesi’s castles famous, not only for the beauty of medieval castrum of the high city walls or the severe Romaesque churches and abbey, but also appreciated for the production of the great vine variety Italy’s native, harmonious and dry Verdicchio.

Another area to discover and to live is that of Montefeltro, historic region of Marches situated at  north of the province of Pesaro Urbino. The area presents itself mainly mountainous and hill with wooded valleys which interrupts itselves in sudden cliffs very panoramics with a fascinating and sublime aspect. The Montefeltro, which of its marvellouse ambiental caracteristics, host also the National Park of Sasso Simone and Simoncello, it’s a very important historic-cultural area which is situated in the extraordinary Urbino. One of the most important places of the Italian Renaissance and environmental heritage of the Unesco, Urbino was make similar from the diplomatic and mercenary captain, evaluator of art and culture, Federico, sir of the city from 1444 to 1482 and its court was made by extraordinary men and artists such as Piero della Francesca. All the territory is characterized by a sequence of rocks and castles which stand out on the hills’ summit and on the rocky spurs which dominating the underlaying valley; between the most interesting, the castle of Belforte all’Isauro, which shows the signature of the sienese architect who for a long time sojourn in these areas, Francesco di Giorgio Martini who tooks part also to the various works of urban requalification and building of the city of Urbino and also to the conclusion of the Palazzo Ducale. Also by Martini is the peculiar Rocca di Sassocorvaro with the majestic turtle shape, while the fortify building of princes Carpegna-Falconieri show suggestive in the gorgeous village of Carpegna, and the count Petrangolini’s castle in Tavoleto.

In the territory of Ascoli a wide and mervelouse area is the one which follow the flow of the river which born in the municipality of Montemonaco, between the Porche mount and the Cima del Prata, to flow into the Adriatic sea in Pedaso. The Aso’s valley is a place of history and folk traditions, of thousand colours which goes from the strong green shade of fields, deep woods, orchards, vineyards with the suffused charm of blue violet of Sibillini mount which frame the background between downgrade hills and thousand farmhouses. During the Aso’s flow, which separates the area – between the province of Ascoli Piceno, on the right, and the one of Fermo on the other side, which unknots for around 60 Km alongside the valley, we meet the biggest artificial basin in the area, the Lake of Gerosa and also, villages with old charm which whisper their story made of local festival and hard work in fields, of old tastes and fragrances which are still part of the life of inhabitants, in the silence and in the perfect  musicality of nature. Strongholds and castles, town walls, romanesque churches and also, theaters, squares and alleys, mill and old comfortable farmhouses in their rustic semplicity narrates an authentic territory, leaveable agreeably in every season of the year able to give suggestions and scenaries almost unreal.

Between the hills which surround Ancona behind the Monte Conero’s back, an old area, marked by the Esino river and by the high Musone, the Terra dei Castelli, which consist of a fairy tale landscape between typicalness culinary and thousand-year-old traditions. An history made of old rivalry and hard profession conducted with dedication and wisdom by a proud, strong and combative population. The castles, that is the enchanting strengthen village of Offagna, Agugliano, Polverigi and Santa Maria Nuova, which, in medieval period, were built to protect and defend the doric city, today represents an oasis of serenity between the green hills and the sweet slope which alternate to the sea. Buildings with an austere charm, typicalness culinary and historical reconstruction coexist in sinergy with a lush nature with its sparkling colours and inebriating fragrances.

DISCOVER 4 VILLAGES OF CASTLES LAND

28 September 2015turismomarche

Below the most important Countries to visit about the ancient Castles Land, a land of rolling green hills behind the Conero.

The Castles Land is behind the Conero Mount, between green hills and beautiful slope in the territory of Ancona, that is an area with an ancient tradition. This area is borded by Esino and Musone rivers. It includes also Offagna, Agugliano, Polverigi and Santa Maria Nuova countries. This area has a rich history, traditions and culture, where the fortifications served to protect and defend Ancona city. These are small villages that resist the time remaining firmly ancore to their traditions. They are a peaceful oasis where live with typical food and historical re-enactments, festivals and genuine products rediscovered in old buildings that relive their glory through exhibitions or historic trails.

Offagna is the hub of the Castels Land and it is built around an ancient fortress on a hilltop that dominates the surrounding landscape. Although there are many historical notes that talk about this village birth, we know that, in tha late Middle Ages, this area was granted to some noble Germanic before moving, in 1445, to the jurisdiction of Ancona. Among the twenty castles built to defend the Ancona city, Offangna became one of the most important centers. In this period, it was also built the Rocca to defend the border of the Aspio river. Now and after several renovations, the Rocca has the original appearance with a square plan, corner tower and a central donjon.

Polverigi is located in a broad valley between hills suitable for agriculture. It has an ancient history that starts with the Avellaniti monks, who around the year 835 they were allocated here the San Damiano parish. The castle was built little later and in conjunction with a non-aggression agreement between the Ancona, Osimo and Fermo cities. Today, about the ancient castle remains only the entrance arc, because over time walls, towers and battlements were converted into homes.

Agugliano, which gave birth to the illustrious magistrate medieval Baldo d’Agugliano, which is also mentioned in Dante’s Divine Comedy, it is on a hill about 15 km from Ancona. First proof of his membership defensive castles of ancona is the Castrum Agulliani dating back to 1358 which remains detectable its ancient perimeter. There are several places very fascinating and worthy of note as Santissimo Sacramento Church where every year the town’s Patron, Sant’Anastasio is celebrated and the Santa Maria di Nazareth Church built in 1304 and it was renovated in 1926 thanks to the efforts of Cardinal Vico.

Santa Maria Nuova is another small village nestled in the inland hills. It was originally called Santa Maria delle Ripe, it has long been nder the auspices of the mayor of Jesi, whose independence was ratified in 1858.

Live the Castles land with holidaysmarcheitaly.co.uk and surprise yourself by the beauty of these places that have so much story to tell.

GOLA DELLA ROSSA PARK AND FRASASSI, ALL THINGS TO DO AND SEE

8 September 2015turismomarche

Guide to the Gola della Rossa Natural Park in the Marche region that is among the enchanted Grotte (Caves), ancient medieval churches and breathtaking views between the green and the rocks.

The Gola della Rossa Regional Natural Park and Frasassi is the green heart of the Marche. One of the most beautiful protected areas that covers about nine thousand hectares of the Apennines in the province of Ancona affecting Serra San Quirico, Genga, Arcevia and Fabriano municipalities. This is an area surrounded by luxuriant nature among the beautiful and mysterious Frasassi Grotte (Caves), ancient medieval churches and abbeys with a fantastic landscapes.

Frasassi Grotte (Caves) are underground and karst caves. They are in the Genga territory and they represent a true time and nature show. The Caves can be visited with guided tours or free, they are made of stalactites and stalagmites that form sculptures of outstanding natural beauty. The shapes and dimensions of these natural works have stimulated the speleologists imagination, who have discovered and studied these rocks and they have called them in a curious way. The most famous and fascinating stalactites and stalagmites are: the “Giants”, the “Camel”, the “Dromedary”, the ‘”Bear” and the “Virgin”.

The area associated with the San Vittore di Genga Church is another place of particular historical art and touristic interest with a beautiful landscape, with its adventure park designed and developed to entertain the children and the nearby SPA. The San Vittore Resort has become a meeting place for families, where it is possible to find relax and amusement too. The San Vittore delle Chiuse Abbey was born in a natural amphitheater formed by the mountains and with its Romanesque style. It is a place of strong impact to the noise and the austerity of the high walls, a prayer place too charming in the green mountains.

Pierosara is a Genga suburb, with a strategic geographical position. It was located on a hill closet o two grooves, Frasassi and Rossa. Moreover, it was an important medieval castle that dominated the surronding territory. Today, about the ancient castrum remains the walls and the tower defense. Historically, it was always very important and it was also a strategic hub for the domain of the surrounding lands since the Roman Empire. The curious name of this medieval village originally called Castel Petroso comes from a legend. It is said that, a Count met a girl named Sara who lived in Castel Petroso and he was fascinated to her beauty. So, he decided to kidnap her because he was betrothed to another man named Piero. During the kidnapping attempt, local residents tried to save the young girl, but the Count killed both the young Sara and Piero. It seems that from that day, Castel Petroso has assumed the name of Pierosara to remember this sad event.

Sassoferrato is a small town compared to its size. The town is on two levels: the Old town district and the Castle district. The municipal extension is enclosed in a valley flowing three streams: the Sanguerone from the North, the Sentino from the West and the Marena from the South, that gather in the village a short distance from each other. In Sassoferrato territory, there are many places of historic and artistic interest such as the ancient Roman city of Sentinum, the home of the famous Nations Battle (295 c.a.). The archaeological museum and the civic art gallery housing one of the most important icons depicting St. Demetrius built in the late XIV century that is characterized by its small size and technique construction.

In addition to its famous Grotte (Caves), Genga has many interesting places, historical and worship buildings as San Vittore delle Chiuse Church, Valadier Temple and Santa Maria infra saxa Hermitage. Besides, there are landscaped and equipped areas suitable for walking or picnic in the green Apennines close to the Esino and Sentino rivers. The famous Nativity scene is beautiful and each year it attracts more and more visitors.

THE 5 MUSEUMS TO VISIT ABSOLUTELY

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11 May 2015turismomarche

The 5 permanent museums recommended for people on holiday in Marche region and that are about archeology, painting, science and music. 

 

Marche is a multifaceted region.It is unique for its beaches and mountains beauty. Besides, it is a land rich in museums and touristic destinations for culture lovers. During a rainy Summer day, these museums are the perfect refuge. From archeology to painting, from science to music. The permanent museums are five.

The first one is the Archaeological Museum, which is in Ancona center and among its collections, there are Roman and Piceno findings exhibits.

The second one is the State Antiquarian Museum in Numana, on the Conero Riviera. The rich collection found in the “Picena Queen” tomb is the most important and interesting exhibition and it is discovered in I Pini di Sirolo place.

The third one is Rossini’s house in Pesaro. It is an important leg for people who enjoy classic music and for the curious people of famous composer exploit.

In the South of the region there are the fourth and fifth museum. The Priors Palace Museums in Fermo contains important paintings. The Malacologico Museum in Cupramarittima is famous in all the Europe and it is recommended for its more than 900.000 pieces on display.

LOOKING FOR THEMSELVES: 3 RECOMMENDED LEGS

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11 May 2015turismomarche

Marche region is a land of meditation and emotional journey. Here, there are places of worship recommended for your journey in the name of faith and spirituality.

 

Marche is a land of meditation and emotional journey and it is the ideal leg for the tourists that are looking for themselves. The places of worship are three and where tourists can enjoy a unique experience wrapped in faith and spirituality.

The first place of worship is the Holy House of Loreto. The Sanctuary is dedicated to the Virgin and it preserves the Nazareth Virgin’s home. This precious relic was brought to Loreto after the Crusaders kingdom fall in the Holy Land. Inside the Sanctuary, there is also the Black Virgin a state with black face. Thanks to the Holy House, Loreto has become a city known in all over the world.

The second place of worship is Fonte Avellana in Pesaro area. It is an ancient hermitage, which is hidden between the hills and mountains. It is possible to visit the hermitage inside and also the ancient rooms of the monks. Here, nature blends with spirituality and so, this is the perfect place to meditate, even alone. Finally, it is possible relax in the lawns or walk around the woods.

The third place of worship is the Fiastra Abbey in Chienti valley. It is one of the best preserved Cistercian monasteries in Italy. The Church architecture and cenoby reflect this monastic order influence. The garden is very nice. There is also the ossauary of the monks who built the building.

Peace and quiet reign in the Abbey. Finally, it is possible eat and buy monks’products.