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!
It was time to visit Italy again.. but away from the usual hotspots you hear of, it was time to head to a beautiful area in the mountains of the Region of Le Marche. A home from home for me, great open countryside, and a perfect greeting of snow tipped mountain tops with lush green and quiet valleys below. […]
Our local town of Amandola explored by Paul Steel, a blogger who came to visit last weekend as part of the Pensieri Fatti A Mano event. Lots of great experiences and demonstrations and a good turnout.
Our article on Europe’s less-well-known national parks caught your attention and prompted hundreds of you to submit tips and suggestions for more areas to explore in the article’s comments section. Here is a selection of what you liked best …
How exciting – Marche’s very own Sibillini National Park featured in The Guardian. We are so lucky to live and work right next to the stunning Sibillini National Park and enjoy the views of the mountain range every day. This really is a very natural special, unspoilt place, in fact very few people have even heard of it. There are so many excellent agriturismos and restaurants in the area, which are not expensive. For a real treat, take a trip to Il Tiglio and you will be amazed. Hidden in a tiny hilltop village in the Sibillini Mountains, you will be treated to course after course of beautifully prepared food by Enrico the chef. This place certainly does deserve a Michelin Star! If you are looking to stay in the area, check out Marche Owners Direct, a new group of holiday home owners have come together to form a co-operative. They have a large selection of villas, farmhouses, apartments, bed and breakfasts and hotels to suit all needs. Their years of experience between them, provide you with an invaluable guide to the Sibillini Mountains, from truffle hunting to trekking, dining out to wine tours. If you do visit this summer, we are sure you will not be disappointed!
Ha poco più di un anno e ha fatto parlare di sé e dei suoi difetti. E’ il video della serie Magnifica Italia dedicato alle Marche. Criticato da pochi per aver omesso alcune importanti realtà Regionali, il video, in effetti, è passato quasi inosservato. Merita di essere diffuso, più blasonati progetti hanno comunque mostrato lacune.
A wonderful film all about beautiful Marche and all our stunning area has to offer.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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).
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!
The ski slopes of Maddalena and Sassotetto are really excellent for beginners and the larger run provides fun for the more proficient skier.
There is a carpet lift for children and beginners which is lots of fun for all the family.
Prices are very reasonable too:
For a morning during the week €10.00 or at the weekend €20.00
For an afternoon from 12.30pm €8.00 during the week or at the weekend €18.00
For a full day during the week €15.00 or at the weekend €23.50 And there are reductions for children too!
The carpet lift for beginners is just €5 per day, so perfect if you have never skied before and just want to give it a go!
Ski’s and boots can be hired up at Maddalena or in Sarnano before you go up the mountain. Have a sneaky prieveiw at the live webcam here For more information check out the Sarnanoneve website. For accommodation in the area just ask us here.
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