How to do Le Marche, Italy, on a budget | theguardian.co.uk

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Stretching for around 100 miles along the Adriatic coast, with hilltowns to rival those of Tuscany and Umbria, Le Marche is a gorgeous and affordable region to explore, writes Donald Strachan

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What a great article for our favourite area of Le Marche! And whilst you are here, why not come and stay with us at the Hideaway? www.hideawaylemarche.com

Via Mariano Pallottini @marchebreaks

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If you want to know to sell truffles (and teach truffle hunting), to New Yorkers, talk to our neighbour Moreno Moretti

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Our Friendly Neighbour Moreno hits the big time in the “Big Apple” or the “Giant Truffle” as he now calls it:

How to join a region delightful but little known as Le Marche to the myth of America. We present Moreno Moretti, a 26 year old tartufologo landed in the Big Apple, which he renamed the Great Truffle, as the city with the largest number of restaurants at the top, and the highest number of millionaires, and both are happy to corner the Italian truffle , a highly sought after luxury product.

Moreno comes up with the smiling face and upbeat, the entrepreneurial verve, and its web page (Le Marche Holiday) shows the wasp happy. There are objects that represent an entire nation, and we need to focus on old stereotypes sometimes. Here’s what he says, and explains how to seduce the American who wants to return to Italy a second time without even having to visit Rome or Florence. Just offer them the truffle hunting. Here is his story.

“My dream has always been to arrive in America, and sell gourmet products related to my country, because I am sure of one thing: Americans love Italy the traditional food and good living, and films of the 50s . Americans like the truffle hunting, because they are passionate about Italian food, and then the nose is so special, a delicious mushroom and very precious. ”

Moreno is one of those young Italian graduates who could not find a job if you had to invent, and is more than happy to do so, because the alternative was between factory work or be unemployed, but we return to the truffle.

Sometimes you can walk for more than three hours and did not find anything, how can you find a kg in a short time. There are many families in our mountains sibilillini making this activity the reason for his life, they get up in the morning and go truffle hunting in the woods all day, and are very jealous of their secrets. The price of the truffle is like gold because the price changes from day to day. Americans fell in love with it because it is very expensive, and therefore is a luxury, and because it tastes so strong and unique that would pay gold to taste.

And so on this wave I developed a tourism project to look for truffles offering wine tours, and I came to New York looking to develop contacts with distributors for the sale of truffles and other products. “Forpeople like Moreno the city that never sleeps is a masterpiece, while the Americans already knew him since Moreno has been repeatedly named by the magazine Dream of Italy as one of the most talented Italian innovators in the field of tourism.

“New York has struck me, frankly a city so fast and so big I had never seen before. For a guy like me, who comes from the country, it was a great experience. A city of many opportunities, whether you have initiative and a touch of madness and unconsciousness can emerge, and within a week you can close business, make friends, and maybe even get married. No, I have not married, but the other two things I’ve done.

Anyway back to the truffle, is very special as it is the product of 70% water and every day after quarrying if you do not sell immediately lose 5 % of economic value.Then selling it is a race against time. The truffle hunting is a unique experience instead of back to nature, and believe me, those who live between iron and cement it really needs, even if that iron and cement New York. ”

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Walking from The Hideaway

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Walking from The Hideaway, there are so many beautiful places to explore, with stunning views along the way. Today we walked to the tiny hamlet of Marnacchia, just up the road and were rewarded by this amazing sight.

Spring really is a perfect time to explore the beautiful Sibillini Mountains and their surroundings. With birdsong, violets, primroses and woodpeckers all around. http://www.hideawaylemarche.com

The Sibillini Mountains as you have never seen them before.

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Maurizio Pignotti realizes amazing videos in the sibillini mountains with sliding camera and DSLR techniques and incredible images using long-exposure techniques having as brilliant subjects millions of light years away and the treeless nature of the mountains in southern Le Marche.
Photographer Maurizio Pignotti loves the sky and the area around the Castelluccio Plateau in Sibillini Mountains National Park and for his stunning captures is able to spend entire nights at -25°C. This is passion!!!

You can admire the entire work of Master Pignotti in Tolentino for the Anotherview Foto Festival, Tolentino(MC) 31 May – 2 June 2013. http://www.anotherviewphoto.it/ ;

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Just amazing. Can’t wait to see the exhibition in Tolentino soon.

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Luoghi aperti per la Giornata FAI di Primavera 2013 nelle Marche

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Uscire di casa per un appuntamento speciale, che coinvolge il cuore e la mente. “Invadere” per una volta le città e sentirsi parte di una collettività che si riconosce nella cultura del nostro Paese. Vivere l’esperienza di tante storie diverse che raccontano un’unica grande storia, la nostra, attraverso capolavori dell’arte, ambienti meravigliosi e luoghi apparentemente familiari eppure sorprendenti. E “riconoscersi tra sconosciuti” grazie a questi sentimenti comuni, stati d’animo che ci fanno sentire più vicini gli uni agli altri.
È ciò che succede durante la XXI Giornata FAI di Primavera, in programma sabato 23 e domenica 24 marzo.
Quest’anno il FAI – Fondo Ambiente Italiano apre 700 luoghi in tutta Italia, spesso inaccessibili e per l’occasione eccezionalmente a disposizione del pubblico, con visite a contributo libero: chiese, palazzi, aree archeologiche, ville, borghi, giardini; persino caserme, centrali idroelettriche e un osservatorio astronomico.

Ecco cosa vedere nelle Marche

PROVINCIA DI ANCONA
ANCONA – PINACOTECA CIVICA “FRANCESCO PODESTI” DI ANCONA
ARCEVIA – CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA DEL SOCCORSO
FABRIANO – CHIESA DI SANTA CATERINA
JESI – VILLA COLLEGRATO UNA VISITA A VILLA COLLEGRATO
OSIMO – PALAZZO BRIGANTI BELLINI
OSTRA – CHIESA DI SAN GIUSEPPE E SAN FILIPPO NERI
SASSOFERRATO – CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA DEL PIANO
SENIGALLIA – PALAZZO MARCOLINI
SENIGALLIA – PINACOTECA DIOCESANA

PROVINCIA DI ASCOLI PICENO
ASCOLI PICENO – BANCA D’ITALIA
GIARDINO DI PALAZZO DE ANGELIS
L’ANTICO DECUMANUS MAXIMUS
PALAZZETTO SGARIGLIA DALMONTE, SEDE CIRCOLO CITTADINO
PALAZZO ALVITRETI, SEDE CONFINDUSTRIA ASCOLI PICENO
PALAZZO CARFRATELLI SEGHETTI, EX CONVENTO SUORE DOMENICANE
PALAZZO CENTINI PICCOLOMINI, SEDE ODCEC DI ASCOLI PICENO
PALAZZO MALASPINA
CUPRA MARITTIMA – CHIESA DELLA SANTISSIMA ANNUNZIATA CON PRESEPE POLISCENICO PERMANENTE DI ARTE SPAGNOLA
CHIESA DI SANTA MARIA IN CASTELLO DI VILLA PACCARONI GRISOSTOMI
GIARDINO OTTOCENTESCO DI VILLA PACCARONI GRISOSTOMI
PALAZZO BRANCADORO GRISOSTOMI DI VILLA PACCARONI GRISOSTOMI
PARCO ARCHEOLOGICO CON LABORATORIO
VILLA ROMANA CON NINFEO
VILLA VINCI BOCCABIANCA

PROVINCIA DI FERMO

AMANDOLA
CAPPELLA SANTA MARIA DELLA PIETÀ
CHIESA DI SAN FRANCESCO
CHIESA SS. TRINITÀ
PALAZZO MANARDI
TEATRO LA FENICE
FERMO
CASA TALAMONTI IN PALAZZO MAGGIORI
CORTE DI PALAZZO AZZOLINO
CORTE DI PALAZZO ERIONI FALCONI
CORTE DI PALAZZO GUERRIERI PENNESI
CORTE DI PALAZZO NANNARINI SASSATELLI
CORTE DI PALAZZO PERPENTI
CORTE DI PALAZZO VITALI ROSATI
SANT’ELPIDIO A MARE
BASILICA LATERANENSE DI SANTA MARIA DELLA MISERICORDIA
CHIESA MADONNA DEI LUMI
TORRE GEROSOLIMITANA

PROVINCIA DI MACERATA

MACERATA
SEDE STORICA DELL’UNIVERSITÀ DI MACERATA: AULA MAGNA, ANTICA SACRESTIA E ANTICA BIBLIOTECA
SAN SEVERINO MARCHE
CHIESA SAN MICHELE
CHIESA SAN PAOLO
GIARDINI NEOCLASSICI A SAN SEVERINO MARCHE
PALAZZO COLLIO

PROVINCIA DI PESARO URBINO
CAGLI
IL CANTIERE DEL MUSEO ARCHEOLOGICO
LA CRIPTA DIMENTICATA DELLA CATTEDRALE
POLO CULTURALE DI ECCELLENZA (BIBLIOTECA, ARCHIVIO STORICO, FOTOTECA, MEDIATECA)
FANO
PALAZZO DELLA CURIA VESCOVILE
TEATRINO GONFALONE
MERCATELLO SUL METAURO
CHIESA DI SAN FRANCESCO E L’ATTIGUO MUSEO
PALAZZO DUCALE (PALAZZO PRIVATO)
PESARO
PALAZZO OLIVIERI – CONSERVATORIO E TEMPIETTO ROSSINIANO

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Castello Pallotta, Caldarola: a new internet site to book your visit

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Built around the second half of the ninth century on the hill Colcù in Caldarola and subsequently amended at the end of the sixteenth century with the intentions of the cardinal Evangelista Pallotta to use the fortification as his summer residence.
The improvements in the Renaissance style celebrate the prestige of Pallotta Family which also included four Cardinals.
The prestigious residence hosted, among others, Pope Clement VIII and Queen Christina of Sweden.
Today the Castello Pallotta is one of the most impressive monuments in Le Marche region you can visit with a simple reservation directly from the new website. http://www.castellopallotta.com/ ;

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One of our favourtite spots to visit. Don’t miss this amazing castle and grounds on your trip to Le Marche

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Eremo Colle San Marco, dayhike above Ascoli Piceno

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From Ascoli, head up towards Colle San Marco to the south. You will pass a nice osteria called C’era una volta and later reach the little town of Piagge. Just before exiting the town, you will see a little brown sign on your right with a sharp right turn to get up to the little church of San Bartolomeo where you can park and read the sign above in either italian or english before taking the trail to the left of the church up to the cemetery. You can save a couple of hundred meters climbing if you park instead at the cemetery. Either way, the trail starts to the right of the enclosed cemetery and not to the left which also has a well marked road but is posted as private property. The climb is easy and takes 15 minutes or a bit more and is well marked.

Head left and in just a few minutes you will arrive at the beautiful arched stairway which leads into the little monastery.
This was built 8 hundred years ago, which makes it all the more impressive. Obviously subsequent works have been done to make the whole thing safer so we can still visit today.
View of the bell tower and the facade which the old Benedictine monks built to close in the grotto and another with the imposing cliffs above and below

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