and everything our beautiful region has to offer. From poetry to paintings, opera to osteria's, hilltop towns and villages, markets and museums. Something for all the family. Have a look at this wonderful Le Marche Video to learn more!
1. There is nothing at all to see or do here. It is all very dull and uninteresting.
2. We have 2 National Parks and they are all very boring and full of scary butterflies. There are really hard hiking trails which may be too hard for you & not rewarding at all.
3. We have 180 km of coastline, with uninteresting sandy bays & deep blue sea & wild mussels who live here because the sea is too clean.
4. We have over 500 dreary piazzas which are very old and full of history.
5. Our food is natural & very local – you probably won’t like it so better bring your own.
6. We have 200 churches which are mainly Romanesque architecture, so very ancient. There are also 183 religious shrines. Who wants to see these?
7. We even have skiing in the winter where there may be lots of cold snow.
8. We have lots of festivals which can be noisy & very colourful & people may have fun.
9. There are hilltop towns all over the place and they are historic and tedious.
10. We are famous for our smelly white & black truffles & lots of them – yuk!
11. Our towns have steep cobbled streets & tiny alleyways to explore. You may get lost.
12. There are mediocre mountain views around every corner. Don’t bring your camera, its a waste of time.
13. Our delicious wine is far too cheap – you won’t like it. Our nasty Pecorino won the best in Italy 2014!
14. You can find wild mushrooms in the hills but its much more fun queuing for them in the supermarket.
15. In Autumn all the leaves go orange & brown & fall off the trees. You should miss this, it looks terrible, just like in America.
16. Our delicious local pizzas are some of the best in the world & will make you put on weight.
17. Our Sibillini National Park has a lake full of creatures you will only find here. Nowhere else in the world.
18. We have over 1000 important monuments. Far too many too see.
19. We have so much wildlife and beautiful creatures. You wouldn’t want to meet any of those.
20. Our unspoilt, rolling hills are full of nasty yellow sunflowers.
21. We have lots of cafes to relax in and waste hours of your precious holiday time.
22. You can eat ugly looking seafood whist looking down on the stunning blue waters.
23. We have many wineries serving our terrible Marche wine & you can go and have a tasting if you are brave enough.
24. Our lakes are deep & kayaking amongst the peace & tranquillity can be scary.
25. Our 72 historic theatres are usually small & intimate & don’t hold many people.
26. Our Churches are full of old crumbly paintings which have no historical interest at all. Who has heard of Crivelli after all?
27. You would just hate to relax on one of our beautiful sandy beaches.
28. The Sferisterio in Macerata has many screechy operas & world famous men in tights doing ballet. You may want to avoid this.
29. If you have the misfortune of staying in the countryside, beware. The birdsong in the morning can be deafening. Make sure you bring your earplugs.
30. Don’t even think of coming to peaceful, unspoilt Le Marche. Its very quiet & we like it that way & its bound to be much better else where. But if you do dare risk it, check out MarcheOwnersDirect.com, where you can book your dreadful holiday directly with the caring owners and they help you make the most of this awful place!
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
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!
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.
In discovery of the Santa Casa and its many artistic works
The splendid City of Loreto, tucked inside the countryside of the Marches Region, owes its fame to the sanctuary where the Santa Casa della Vergine Maria (Shrine of the Holy House of the Virgin Mary) is preserved and venerated. It is a holy place defined by Pope John Paul II as “the true Marian heart of Christianity.” The sanctuary has been one of the most important pilgrimage sites for the Catholic faith for centuries, having been visited by approximately 200 saints and beatified persons, as well as by numerous Popes.
According to ancient tradition, and today substantiated by historical and archaeological research, the Santa Casa is the house from Nazareth where the Virgin Mary was born, educated, and where she received the Annunciation.
The house was composed of one room in masonry, with three walls in stone placed so as to enclose a rock cavern.
This cavern is worshipped by pilgrims who flock to Nazareth, that is to the Basilica of the Annunciation, while the three stone walls, as legend has it, were brought to Italy (first passing through Illyria) by crusaders expelled from Palestine in 1291. The walls arrived in Loreto in 1294.
Not only, but documents and archaeological excavations have continued to reinforce the hypothesis that the walls of the Santa Casa were transported to Loreto by ship, an initiative undertaken by the Angeli Family, nobles who ruled over Epirus at the time.
Indeed, one document dating back to 1294 (recently discovered), testifies that Niceforo Angeli, despot of Epirus, in offering his daughter Ithamar’s hand in marriage to Philip of Taranto (son of the King of Naples, Charles II of Anjou), gave the Prince a dowry that included such treasures as the “holy stones taken from the Home of our Lady the Virgin Mother of God.”
In order to protect these humble stone walls, and to receive the ever-larger masses of pilgrims visiting the sacred relic, construction works on the magnificent Sanctuary of Loreto were begun in the mid-15th Century.
Discover the Artistic works of the Santa Casa
See on www.italia.it
The Marina Dorica Association and the Offshore Racing Congress (ORC) are pleased to announce that the 2013 ORCi World Championship will be held at Marina Dorica in Ancona, Italy over 21-29 June 2013.
This annual event is the sole Offshore World Championship sanctioned by the International Sailing Federation (ISAF), and the four organizing clubs – SEF Stamura, Ancona Yacht Club, Lega Navale Italiana di Ancona, and Assonautica Ancona – are affiliates of the Italian Sailing Federation (FIV).
This event will feature a week-long mix of inshore and offshore racing on the Adriatic coast from the event venue based at Marina Dorica. As in the last two years, the number of entries is expected to exceed 100 boats, and even now there are already 28 entries from 7 countries on three continents.
Sport, tourism and promotion: these are the key elements that will characterize this important sailing event planned in Ancona from June 21st to June 29th.
See on www.orcworlds2013.com