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.
For everything Le Marche has to offer, come along to a fantastic event this Marche in Fermo, Le Marche. Try excellent wines and food amongst a whole host of other products from the region. Discover hand-crafted products like olive oil soap, leather shoes and belts, chocolates, honey and so much more. Enjoy this great experience on the 16th, 17th and 18th March 2013.
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We arrived at Villa Funari on Valentine’s Day, unsure what to expect as we have dined in many restaurants In Le Marche but had been told by friends that this really was something special. We were certainly not disappointed.
The restaurant has been beautifully furnished, rustic but modern and everything was spotless. Unfortunately we were not lucky enough to spend the night in the accommodation but just to experience the food was a delight in itself.
The set Valentine’s Day menu, including wine, water and coffee was good value. Simple, home cooked, beautifully presented and very very tasty.
We started with a delicious rose of prosciutto which had been cured in-house. Followed by a volute of pumpkin which was also amazing.
After this we were treated to a trio of lightly fried antipasto. Courgettes, cremini and Ascolana olives.
Our primo was tagliattini of sausage and truffle which was delicate but full of flavour. For our secondo, Mark’s favourite, tagliata of home-reared beef cooked perfectly and served with crisp potato wedges.
The desert of semifreddo rounded off our meal perfectly, which was accompanied by Ciu Ciu and Castegnano wines.
Although very busy, being Valentines night the staff were efficient, friendly and courteous and we were even treated to a trip down to the cheese cave where all their home-made cheeses are matured. Nothing was too much trouble and the staff even made time to explain to us the process of the cheese storage. The smell was just divine.
We will certainly be retiring to Villa Funari. Something rather special and a real treat although priced very reasonably. Our set menu was €28 per head inclusive.
You can contact Villa Funari on 0734 750114 and visit their website here: http://www.villafunari.it/