Property of The Day – Valle Nuova, near Urbino

Its Friday – the weekend has landed and February is almost over – yay! What better time to plan a trip to Marche.

 

Today’s Marche Owners ‘Property of the day’ is the gorgeous organic Agriturismo Valle Nuova with apartments and a lovely pool close to the stunning city of Urbino in Northern Marche.

 

Check it out here and contact the wonderful owner Giulia directly for a fabulous holiday…(do we say fabulous wonderful stunning gorgeous too much? Nah..it really is that brilliant here) http://marcheownersdirect.com/valle-nuova/4583870113

Why not plan a two centre break – Northern and Southern Marche – between The Hideaway and Locanda Valle Nuova, we have it covered! http://hideawaylemarche.com

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Marche Owners Direct Holidays – The Place to Book Your Marche Holiday

Marche Owners Direct is the holiday website to find your Le Marche farmhouse, apartment or villa rental where you can book directly in confidence wiith the owner & get special offers.

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We can highly recommend Marche Owners Direct, set up by three passionate holiday home owners who love and live Le Marche. They can help you arrange your perfect Italian holiday to Le Marche with confidence, booking directly with the owner. You will never have to pay a booking fee, or commission, and definitely no ‘added extras’. Marche Owners Direct is different – They are a community of holiday accommodation owners in Marche, Italy working together to tell the world more about the wonderful area. Many people are familiar with other parts of Italy such as Tuscany, Umbria and Lazio but Marche is lesser known – but Marche Owners Direct want to change that and help you get to know an area where there certainly is something to please everyone. With their properties, you are dealing direct with the owner not an agent – someone that knows and loves their area. They provide up to date availability through this site and access to property owners individual websites. You can also find lots of useful information about where to dine and what to see in the area to make the most of your holiday time in Marche. Have a look today. You won’t find a more caring, passionate group of people, with one aim, to provide you with the best holiday experience in Le Marche ever!

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Marche Owners Direct Featured Property of the Day – La Cascina, Force.

We have all sorts of properties in the Marche Owners group – small, medium and large to suit all sizes of groups – today’s property of the day is one suitable for bigger groups – a stunning 4 bedroom holiday home with pool near Force in Southern Marche – La Cascina – for up to 10 people.

 

Beautifully decorated and furnished, set between the mountains and the sea with a gorgeous pool – we cannot recommend it highly enough.

 

Check out the link here and contact the caring owners Donald and John to book directly for a truly fabulous holiday.

http://marcheownersdirect.com/la-cascina/4583863001

 

 

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Mariano Pallottini – For Everything You Want to Know About Marche

Blogging, Digital Curation, Social Media Syndication, Social Media Marketing – Le Marche, Italy – Travel – Food – Wines – Fashion

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For literally everything you want to know about Le Marche, just follow Mariano Pallottini, a passionate and knowledgeable writer from Marche Breaks.

From fashion to property, food to wine, culture to art, local products to all aspects of Marche life, Mariano has every corner covered.

His beautiful photography portrays each angle of Marche life and brings you an insight which sometimes only the real locals get to see.

Mariano’s main activity online is digital curation. This means Mariano searches, selects and curates in 7 different topics or “content hubs” the best online contents about the Region of Le Marche. For him, this is an activity 7 days a week and takes more than 8 hours a day. So you can just see how  he passionate he is about his Region.

After travelling half way round the world, sometime just with a bicycle and a tent, he thinks that very few places in the world can compare with the beauty of his original land and the good and generous characters, of the native people.

Mariano is considered an influencer online (his Klout score even based on many keywords is stable around 68) and many bloggers thanks him for the visibility and the reachs he can give to their contents he curates.

For this, Mariano has received different international awards. He is at moment classified in 14th position inside the community of Content Curators of Scoop.it that has more than 1,5 million users. Mariano reached the Top Ten Curators Award 2011, 5th in the world ranking at the First International Content Curation Contest Awards organized by Atlantic BT.

However these are only numbers, what make Mariano worthy of being followed, is the passion that drives him, making his region be better known. His dream, now he is looking for a job, is to receive recognition from the Regional Institutions and finally give a home to 5  years of work.

Why not pop by and see Mariano today at his Marche Breaks website http://www.marchebreaks.com or here on Scoop.it  http://www.scoop.it/u/mariano-pallottini

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Le Marche Mountain Cicada: New Insect Species Discovered in Le Marche and Switzerland

A multinational group of entomologists has discovered a new species of singing cicada that occurs from southern Switzerland to central Italy.  The newly-discovered species has been named the Italian mountain cicada (Cicadetta sibillae).

“The species name ‘sibillae’ is genitive of ‘sibilla’, and is derived from the locality name Monte Sibilla in the Monti Sibillini mountain group (Marche Region). […]

Source: www.sci-news.com

How fascinating. Scientists discover a  brand new species of  cicada right here in the Sibillini mountains. Well they certainly picked a beautiful  area to live in.  Via  Mariano  Pallottini  @Mariano PallottinicheBreaks

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Magical Marche Moments near Montemonaco – Il Tiglio

For a truly unique experience, you can not get better than a very long lazy Sunday afternoon dining at Il Tiglio in Isola San Biagio near Montemonaco.

Upon arriving in this tiny unassuming village set high in the Sibillini Mountains, you really couldn’t begin to imagine what all the fuss is about.

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The Tiny Village of Isola San Biagio

Once you have found the front door, the first secret is to ring the bell and you will be warmly greeted. If you have ever been before the staff always remember a face and wish you ‘ben tornato’ or welcome back. At once you will feel at home.

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Stylish and elegant and even a stool for your handbag!

From the glitzy interior you might presume it’s all going to be a little ostentatious and over the top but far from it. The staff are attentive but unobtrusive, friendly, but not in your face. The cutlery and crockery is perfectly polished and the bathroom spotless (however slightly whacky).  A complimentary prosecco is served to get the experience underway and you relax as your Tiglio experience begins.

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Gold!

Soon the wine ‘bible’ is presented. It might take a while to browse through but and you can certainly choose from a well stocked cantina, including many local wines at reasonable prices.

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Now which wine shall it be?

Next the appetisers start to arrive and what a treat. We haven’t even got to the antipasti yet! A nest appears on the table with two ‘eggs’ perched neatly on top. Soon you realised that at Il Tiglio, nothing is quite what it seems. They aren’t eggs, but they do have the most perfectly cooked runny yolk inside, just amazing! The waiters explain the dishes and how to eat them.

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A nest appears with two fresh eggs – or are they?

Suddenly a tree was bought to the table with wafer thin seedy wafers hanging from the branches and angy red berries filled with a delicious creamy cheese.

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Cracker tree
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Seedy Wafers so light!

And then the richly smoked pork fat cubes served on a bed of pine branches, which just melted in the mouth. Such a rich, intense flavour you will never forget.

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What an intense, mouthwatering, smokey pork flavour.

Now for the highlight – the truffle – or is it? Neatly presented on a bed of pebbles, these little parcels of delight will amaze you. As you pop one in your mouth, the crisp white cocoa shell just melts away, leaving a delicious creamy cheesy truffly centre which tingles the taste buds!

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Truffles? Or are they?

The delight of the appetisers is now over and the antipasti begin to arrive. Warm winter salad sitting atop a orange sauce, just for starters.

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Warm wilted winter salad

Next is the most creamy baked whole leek – turn it over and scoop out the wonderful filling which can be spread on the warm herb bread.

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Oozing with delight!
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Open your parcel to reveal warm herby bread

Our antipasti just continues to come, with a perfectly baked potato topped with cream cheese, and almond ‘ash’ sitting on a bed of porcini mushrooms. The textures and flavours just amaze us every time.

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The poshest baked potato in Marche

Now for our favourite.  Would you expect to find parmesan, potato and passionfruit served in a mountain village in very rural Le Marche? Well at Il Tiglio, you will and the flavour combination is just perfect. Cut into the delicate parmesan shell and watch the warm parmesan mousse just ooze out.

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Simply the best!

The final antipasti is served and what a delicious combination. Baccala (salt cod), sitting atop an intense  rosemary reduction and topped with pine nuts. Once again the flavours are just stunning.

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Baccala or salt cod, flecked with rosemary.

Now onto the pasta course and one which will delight meat lovers. Homemade tagliatelle swirled with a rich wild boar ragu and topped with winter greens. Again the combination of flavours and the flavoursome  broth will be remembered for years to come.

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Wild boar tagliatelle. Amazing.

Our second pasta course is a homemade tortellini served with a rich broth and topped with delicate truffle shavings. The pasta perfectly cooked of course.

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Tortellini and truffles

Finally and with very full tummies, we move on to our main course and you have a choice here of 3. We were offered lamb, pork or venison and chose the venison, served with butternut squash puree and tasty red cabbage. So tender and soft, it almost melted in the mouth!

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Melt in the mouth venison.

Now for dessert – well not quite –  first a pre-dessert pallet cleanser. Creamy vanilla ice-cream topped with a almond cracknel and sitting on a tamarind sauce. Flavours mingle on the tongue once again.

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Crispy, tangy, creamy and light all on one mouthful

Our dessert is a chocolate lover’s dream. Layers and layers of different chocolate mousse sitting atop a moist cake base, dense but light, texturally perfect!

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Luxuriance on a plate!
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Guard your mousse carefully. It may easily be stolen.

We were almost coming to the end of our Tiglio extravaganza, but before we did, we were treated to a truffle tree topped with aniseed biscotti and cinnamon soil served with coffee.

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The Tiglio truffle tree.

Sadly our experience was drawing to an end, but Enrico the wonderful creative chef, made time to chat. So passionate about the food he creates, his customers and his surroundings and you can just tell. Asking which dishes were our favourite (all of them of course) and happy to know we have enjoyed our time with him.

The menu at Il Tiglio changes seasonally and there are three menus to choose from. The €33 tasting menu, which we experienced, the €35 vegetarian menu and the full blown extravaganza of €45, all excellent value for money (coffee and wine not included).

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Three types of truffle, pistachio, aniseed and almond.

Reservations are essential and you can call Enrico on +39 0736 856441 or mobile +39 335 8006190 or visit Il Tiglio website. The restaurant is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from September to May and everyday in June, July and August.

Go and try the Tiglio experience. You won’t be disappointed we are sure!

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Never Mind 50 Shades of Grey. Here is 50 Shades of Le Marche!

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Want to know why Le Marche is so special? Despite being little know outside of Italy, there is so much to see and do. Certainly something for everyone in this wonderful region. Unspoilt, full of history, the most friendly people and dazzling views around every corner, you will want to come back time and time again.

Here are just the top 50 of our personal favourites at The Hideaway.

1. Take a hike in the stunning Sibillini National Park 

2. Spend a lazy Sunday lunch at the wonderful Il Tiglio with chef Enrico.

3. Relax on the beaches of the Adriatic

4. Take a wine tour at the fascinating Murola Winery.

5. Go on an adventure in the forest with Marco and his beautiful donkeys of Smerillo.

6. Take a pasta making course at La Conca with the fantastic Mirela and dine there too.

7. Visit the local cheese farm and meet the lovely goats at Fontegranne, Belmonte Piceno

8. Have a look at some of the many tiny painted theatres in the area Amandola & Penna San Giovanni

9. Find out all about copper production & maybe buy a pan to last a lifetime at Tanucci’s Comunanza.

10. Take a ride on horseback round the beautiful San Ruffino Lake.

11. Visit the stunning Frasassi Caves – perfect for a rainy day!

12. Have a look at Bozzi pottery being made and maybe take a piece home for yourself.

13. Stroll round ancient Ascoli Piceno & look out for the inscriptions over the doors – there are over 200!

14. Whilst in Ascoli Piceno, enjoy a gelato at Yoghi Gelateria & visit the famous Piazza del Popolo

15. Go truffle hunting in the woods near The Hideaway or in November visit the Amandola Truffle Festa.

16. Visit the Chiesa di Santa Maria Della Rocca in Offida.

17. Take a guided tour of our nearby town of Amandola.

18. Go exploring  San Ruffino Lake by kayak!

19. Go on a pilgrimage to Loretto & the Santuario Della Santa Casa where you will find the house of Mary

20. Visit Fermo and the Cisterne Romane, underground cisterns dating back to Roman times.

21. Take a trip to the Conero National Park and be amazed at the beaches.

22. Whilst at the Conero, eat the freshest muscles ever on Portonova beach.

23. Visit the stunning Basilica di San Nicola in Tolentino.

24. Explore the fascinating Grotti di Osimo caves.

25. Eat pizza in our local favourite Bella Napoli in Amandola. You won’t find better!

26. Visit Le Senate, a new winery in the area and discover a small but perfectly formed vineyard.

27. Take in an opera at the Sferisterio in Macerata, perfect on a summers evening.

28. Sniff the aromas of award winning Perfero Caffe near Altidonna & see the beans being roasted.

29. Watch pasta being made & buy some at Campofilone where it has been made now for over 100 years.

30. Experience buying ‘sfuso’ wine like a local at Centanni near Pedaso,

31. Go to Mazzumaja (dialect for kids making a mess) a huge music event in Comunanza in July.

32. Visit Castello Pallotta in Caldarola. The most perfectly formed castle full of interesting articles.

33. Go factory outlet shopping to some of the biggest names in fashion including Prada, Tods & Armani.

34. Take a stroll & picnic amongst some of Marche’s oldest landscapes at the peaceful Abbadia di Fiastra

35. Laze by the side of the deep blue waters of Lago di Fiastra or take a dip in the cooling waters.

36. Ski at Sassotetto or Madelena – perfect for beginners and the more experienced alike.

37. Travel north and visit the wonderful town of Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

38. Visit the Casa Leopardi – the home of Giacomo Leopardi in Recanati.

39. Take a tour round the ancient site of Urbisaglia and the archeological park and castle.

40. Don’t miss Fabriano, famous for its paper making.

41. Visit the International Museum of Hats in Montappone and grab yourself a bargain.

42. Treat yourself to a Spa in the famous spa town of Sarnano

43. Wonder round the Museum in Amandola and find out about ancient traditions of the countryside.

44. Visit the ancient town of Gradara and its beautiful castle.

45. Stroll around one of the many town markets which are held nearly every day and pick up a bargain.

46. Hike up the Golla dell’Infernaccio or Hells Gorge and be amazed at the beauty and peace.

47. Whilst at Golla dell’Infernaccio, take a detour & visit Padre Pietro at the L’Eremo di San Leonardo.

48. Not strictly Marche, but in neighbouring Umbria – don’t miss the Fioritura in Castelluccio.

49. Get along to one of the many festivals and events held year-round and join in the fun.

50. Winning the award for best pizza maker 2012, visit Mamma Rosa, Ortezzano for a real treat.

Oh and there are just so many more to discover! So come on over to Le Marche and see for yourself.

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

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. […]

Source: www.abpropertymarketing.co.uk

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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Comunanza and Tanucci’s – the Master of Copper

We have so many real artigianale craftsmen and women in our wonderful area, and it is a delight to discover more and more. We are lucky to have Tanucci’s in Comunanza, copper makers for over 7 generations since 1790.

The forge, which used the Aso River for power, had hydraulic wheels and a fusion oven with its hammers, which means it is one of the most antique forms of craftsmanship around.

For hundreds of years, the copper quarries provide the raw material needed for the creation of many traditional utensils; the copper smiths who came from all over Italy, which were shaped and modelled with the use of a hammer. Pitchers were produced like this, which so many generations of grandmothers used to collect water from the wells and also cauldrons, used for cooking delicious traditional dishes.

Nowadays, a more modern procedure of processing of copper is used, but the old ‘retired’ hammers are looked after with great care. Memories live on, with the gratitude and respect for those who, for many years, used these hammers and handed down their experience and tireless passion. The very same  passion which the Tannucci family still applies in the workmanship of this beautiful metal.

Today the pans are still produced and are the result of the passion that never ages. The prestige of their styles and the respect of the quality are intended to last a lifetime and make the most perfect wedding gift.

Come to Comunaza and have a look for yourself. Just ask Barbara to show you around and view the beautiful pieces which are not only stunning but excellent value too.

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Ascoli Piceno, the Le Marche Travertine Town, on “Visit Ascoli”

Visit Ascoli.it – A unique way to communicate our territory
This is a web publishing project, aiming to communicate our city and its peculiarities to an international audience: this is Visitascoli.it, a brand new website to promote tourism strongly wanted by the municipality of Ascoli Piceno with the aid of professionals and experts that contributed proactively to the story and to the creation of contents. Not simply an “online travel guide” then, but a place in which better know the city of Ascoli Piceno and its beauty: history, art, architecture, food and wine, nature. Visitascoli.it is also a useful tool, which helps to live and discover more easily the city that makes the stay more pleasant for tourists.

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