Marche is a central region of Italy on the east coast composed of rolling hills and fertile plains at the base of the Apennine mountains. It is bordered by Adriatic Sea in the east. Marche offers beautiful Adriatic beaches and ancient towns perched on hilltops, or nestled deep between rolling farmland.
Le Marche is located in the Central area of the country, bordering Emilia-Romagna and the republic of San Marino to the north, Tuscany to the north-west, Umbria to the west, Abruzzo and Lazio to the south and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Except for river valleys and the often very narrow coastal strip, the land is hilly. In the nineteenth century, a railway from Bologna to Brindisi ran along the coastline of the entire territory. Inland, the mountainous nature of the region, even today, allows little travel north and south, except by rough roads over the passes. The parallel mountain chains contain deep river gorges, the best known being those of the Furlo, the Rossa and the Frasassi.
The house where Raphael was built in the fourteenth century. Raphael’s father, Giovanni Santi (1435 – 1494) bought it in 1460.
The same Giovanni Santi was a humanist, poet and painter at the court of Federico da Montefeltro, and right there the young Raphael (1483-1520) learned the basics of painting.
The Caffè Meletti is located in the city of Ascoli Piceno and is listed in the list of 150 historic cafes’ s of Italy .The building overlooks the main town square, Piazza del Popolo , near Palace of the Captains .The start of the room dates from the early twentieth century and since then has been known for its refined elegance. In the Marche town is considered the meeting place of the most illustrious, and the meeting point of culture and social life.
The Shrine of the Holy House is located in Loreto is a popular place of pilgrimage by way of Loreto , where Catholics venerate the Virgin of Loreto , patron saint of ‘ Aviation . It is the most important and most visited Marian shrines in the Catholic world and many people will have visited the saints, including Camilla da Varano, namely the Poor Clare Sr. humanist. Baptist, St. Theresa of Lisieux , St. Gianna Beretta Molla , John XXIII , John Paul II .
In July and August the Sferisterio Opera Festival is held in the 3,500 to 4,500 seat (depending upon each opera’s sets) Arena Sferisterio. It is a huge neoclassicalarena erected in the 1820s as a stadium for a form of handball by the architect Ireneo Aleandri. The orchestra pit is so wide that musicians at each end cannot hear each other.
With a long coast on the Adriatic sea, Marche cuisine includes fish and seafood dishes in it’s regional specialities. Brodetta is the most famous of the fish stews. Olives grow well in Marche as do grapes, mushrooms, grains and a wide selection of vegetables. Pastas tend to be rich with eggs with the main pasta dishes being lasagne and papparadelle, Marche‘s best known and best loved dish is Vincisgrassi a pasta and meat sauce dish.
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