Le Marche is probably one of the most underrated regions of Italy. This land is famous for its tiny villages, immeasurable countryside and typical products such as the famous Rosso Conero red wine, Verdicchio white wine, fried olives from Ascoli Piceno and so on. For those who want the chance to experience an unforgettable wine tasting, Le Marche is your best bet. The entire region, with its unspoiled beauty and evocative scenery, is internationally renowned for the production of a smooth variety of white wine, Verdicchio, whose name derives from “verde” (green), recalling the hue of the grape from which it is made. You can see wine being made in Castelbellino, Morro D’Alba or Cupramontana, little known towns situated inland from the Adriatic coast. Here the grape harvest s transforms the raw material into a masterpiece. At Azienda Agricola Alessandro Moroder you will meet a family that has produced wine since the early 1950s and be the direct protagonist in the creation of the product you’ll get to taste: first you’ll pick the grapes in the fields and then see the whole sophisticated procedure that ends up in a stylish bottle of pure, intense and deeply colored wine.
The region is also full of interesting spots worth visiting. Cupramontana, for example, is the hometown of Luigi Bartolini, the author of the novel Ladri di Biciclette, Bicycle Thieves, upon which Vittorio De Sica based his famous film of the same name. In addition, the village offers an annual grape-based festival called Festa dell’Uva, where you can take advantage of tons of stands and grab free samples of traditional Italian wines. Le Marche is also a region for music lovers: one of the most recent, brand-new celebrities is Giovanni Allevi, born in Ascoli Piceno, the performer of the main soundtrack of the new Fiat 500 commercial.
Are you a fan of atypical musical events? Then Castelfidardo is the place to visit. Widely famed for being the city of the accordion, here the International Castelfidardo Accordion Festival welcomes loads of tourists every year, coming from all over the world. The 37th edition of the festival will be held from the 13th to the 23rd of September, 2012. Thanks to its success, the festival hosts very important guest stars, famous for their musical innovation, who will play the accordion backed by many different instruments. The 2012 edition will be inaugurated Wednesday, September 19th with the Grand Opening Gala at the Astra Theatre and will end with a closing party on Sunday, September 23rd. The program offers gala performances at the theatre, live free concerts all day long, the Young Music Club to introduce youth to music education, master classes, presentation CDs, exhibitions and display areas, as well as a permanent museum and the Festival Store with Festival designer clothing and exclusive accessories. And try to catch the exciting new edition of the music reality show that is even more spectacular in live streaming and web TV all over the globe!
If you want to spend a summer vacation at the beach, don’t miss a pleasant stay along the Conero coast, called “the pearl of Le Marche.” Discover the glamour of a five-star hotel untouched by crowds of tourists: the Castello di Monterado offers cozy decorated suites as well as furnished apartments. In addition, prestigious restaurants are located nearby, just few minutes from the Adriatic coast. One of the main ones, La Madonnina del Pescatore, is a famous 2-star Michelin restaurant in a spectacular setting overlooking the shore.
Want to trasform your vacation into a dream? Take the ferry from the port of Numana and head to “Le Due Sorelle”, The Two Sisters, probably the most undiscovered resort this region can offer to its visitors. Lost in the middle of nowhere, these twin fjords are just what you need if you want to spend a week by the sea, off the beaten touristy paths. After your boat trip, head back to the mainland and stop in Sirolo for a wonderful fish-based dinner at Ristorante Il Grottino.
Written by Daniele Falaschi