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Dustin Hoffman in Italy, Le Marche

Dustin Hoffman in Fermo, Le Marche, he is visible on the stage of the Theater of Fermo during the whole video. I realized some familiar places what I share with you.
The theater of Fermo is an amazing building, you must see once and feel the atmosphere. There is no permanent ensemble but we were told there are some theater play during the summer season. It is possible to visit by the organization of Musei Di Fermo.  https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teatro_dell’Aquila


Check the breathtaking seaside at 0:09 second, it is the beach at Numana only 50 minutes drive from our villa.
At 0:22 you can see a part of Grotte de Frasassi. It’s ideal program to do something indoor activity in the summer. The stalactite cave is amazing and it is easily can be discovered. To reach the cave you have to drive only 80 minutes from La Dolce Vallata.
At 1:00 you can have a view about Loreto with the dome of the Basilica della Santa Casa. It is known about the house in which the Blessed Virgin Mary is believed to have lived. It’s 40 minutes drive to the north. Enjoy the beach within 40 minutes from Loreto in Senigallia, where is a famouse Rotonda a Mare. You can see it for a second at 1:48.
From our villa only 50 minutes drive to the south Ascoli Piceno with it’s grandiose main square Piazza del Popolo. If you visit there have an ice-cream in the famous bar, called Caffé Meletti or liquor Anisette, an anise-flavored liqueur. In the video it’s at 1:14.

Otherwise the countryside and the seaside is incredible at any part of Le Marche.

Watch and enjoy the atmosphere.

 


http://www.ladolcevallata.com/article011_dustin_hoffman_fermo/ The Oldest Christmas Sweet that you have never heard about it

The fristingo (or frustingo) is a typical Le Marche cake made with dried fruit and figs; In the Ascoli Piceno area is said fruštìnghë, in the Fermo area frustingu, frostengo in Macerata and in the Pesaro area Bostrengo.

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Source of the photo: italoamericano.org

The frustingo is the oldest Christmas sweet, older than the Christmas itself. The recipe over two thousand years ago, has passed from the Etruscan hands to those of Picentes. The frustingo was then a poor bread and hearty, appreciated by the Romans, who called panis Picentinus.

Till some decades ago was the only Christmas sweet  in the countryside. Vino Cotto, dried figs, dried grapes (raisins) and nuts were available, things that today are expensive treats.

The ancient recipe is evolved and nowadays every family has its own recipe that counts also exotic ingredients such as chocolate, sugar and coffee!

This is not a a sweet loved by dietologists but it is wheat free and gluten free.

Here the Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 kg. dried black figs
  • 500 gr chopped mixed nuts (pine nuts, almonds and walnuts)
  • 200 grams of vino cotto (or Marsala or even tokai)
  • 200 gr raisins
  • 1 about 4-5 espresso cups
  • 150 gr corn flour
  • breadcrumb 1 tablespoon
  • 100 gr cocoa powder
  • 100 gr dark chocolate, chopped fine
  • 200 gr white sugar
  • 1 wine glass dark rum or whiskey
  • 200gr extra virgin olive oil
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon
  • ½ glass of orange juice
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of cinnamon

Directions

Chop the dried figs and cook them in the 200gr of vino cotto and enough water and leaving them rest overnight.

Mix well all the ingredients together  in a large bowl with a wooden spoon, adding the breadcrumb and the corn flour last. Leave the mix to rest for one hour.

Add extra virgin olive oil little to mix and put the frustingo in an oven pan

Cook in two buttered  loaf pans it in a preheated oven at 180°c for half hour until it looks golden.

Let it cool down and serve it sliced with a glass of Vino Cotto.

Buon Natale


http://www.ladolcevallata.com/article010_christmas_in_le_marche_fristingo/ Christmas Antipasti: Frittata alla Marchigiana

Omelette Le Marche Style with Mint, Pecorino and Salame

This is a typical Le Marche omelette, a great dish unfortunately considered only a good appetizer, is served in many restaurants of the region as antipasti for the special menu of Christmas and New Year’s dinner.

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Ingredients:

  • 8 eggs,
  • 50 g of fresh mint leaves,
  • 40 g of bacon,
  • 80g Le Marche Salami, for example Salame di Fabriano
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil,
  • 1 clove of garlic,
  • 2 tablespoons of grated cheese,
  • salt
  • pepper

Directions

  • Cut the bacon into the strips and salame into slices.
  • Heat a tablespoon of oil in a frying pan and fry the finely chopped garlic, bacon and salame.
  • In a bowl, in part, beat the eggs with the chopped mint and pecorino.
  • Season with salt and pepper then add the fried garlic, bacon and salame.
  • Stir until mixture is smooth.
  • Pour the mixture with your eggs in the same pan fried.
  • Cook 5 minutes on each side, serve hot and garnish with a few leaves of mint.

http://www.ladolcevallata.com/article009_christmas_recipe_antipasti_frittata_alla_marchigiana/ Babbo Natale (Santa) vs. Befana (the old flying Witch)

Christmas Traditions in Le Marche Area

 

Are your Christmas traditions revolving around indoor trees (real and plastic) and a plump, bearded man sliding down chimneys? Here in Le Marche, in Central Italy the old tradition involve a simple or complex nativity scene and an old woman flying with a broom.

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The conception of Santa Claus can be attributed to Clement Clarke Moore. With “A Visit from St. Nicholas,”  (poetryfoundation.org) this poem enshrined the image of Santa–with his “little round belly” and a beard “as white as the snow–and propagated the idea of him coming through chimneys to deliver gifts in stockings. Arbitrary or not Christmas traditions are not only the purview of the United States.

We can locate in Italy and Le Marche one of the most notable and bizarre Christmas time tradition.

 

There’s not another place in the world where witches bring gifts to children. That’s La Befana, a broom-flying, ugly witch about two weeks after Christmas on Epiphany to deliver gifts to the good, and ash to the bad. The witch has her roots in the pre-Christian pagan tradition, from the Sabine/Roman goddess named Strenia.

Strenua or Strenia was the goddess of the new year, purification, and wellbeing.

The name Strenia was said to be the origin of the word strenae (preserved in French étrennes and Italian strenne), the new-year gifts Romans exchanged as good omens in an extension of the public rite.

 

More recent italian Christmas traditions  describe the Befana as an old woman who refuses to give the Wise Men directions to Bethlehem because she is too busy cleaning, and is forced to ride a broomstick for eternity as a result.

 

There was a time in Le Marche folklore, were only the Befana was delivering gifts to children filling their socks with candy and presents if they were good or a lump of coal or dark candy if they were bad. The night was the Epiphany Eve (the night of January the 5th) in a similar way to Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus.

Nowadays many lucky children receive the visit of both Christmas Characters, It’s up to you to decide who is the winner of the match: Santa vs. Befana. Next time we will tell you about the Le Marche’s match Albero di Natale (Christmas Tree) vs. Presepe (Nativity Scene).


http://www.ladolcevallata.com/article008_babbo_natale_santa_vs_befana_the_old_flying_witch/ Christmas Traditions in Le Marche Area

What to do and eat in the Piceno area around of Montefiore dell’Aso during the Christmas Festivities

 

Christmas in Le Marche is always been traditional since the time Emperor Aurelian decreed in 274 A.D that the Nativity Feast should take place on 25 December to coincide with the pagan festivals surrounding the Winter Solstice.

The first nativity scene decorated the village of Greccio, 80km east of Rome and synonymous with 25 December celebrations throughout Italy. In 1223 Giovanni Vellita created one in Le Marche at the behest of St Francis of Assisi who held a mass in front of the nativity scene which established it as the holy symbol of Christmas.

The traditional Christmas in Italy revolves around the church, religious festivals, families and feasting. Indeed no festival is ever complete without the element of food. The Christmas season starts with La Vigilia (the vigil) on the 24 December and finishes with L’Epifania (the Epiphany) on 6th January, it encompasses Natale (Christmas) on the 25th, San Stefano (St Stephens) on the 26th, San Silvestro on New Year’s Eve and Capodanno on New years Day.

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In Le Marche, La Vigilia on 24th December has an equal importance to Christmas, and is celebrated with a huge feast of at least 7 courses that usually includes fish. A typical Vigila dinner begins with antipasti of different fish dishes such as smoked salmon, lumache (snails in a tomato sauce), seafood and marinated anchovies.

The first course, primo piatto, consists of pasta or risotto with a fish sauce. Fish is also unmissable for the secondo (second dish). In relation with the territory around Le Marche, the family choose the fish of the tradition: baked trout, langoustines, stoccafisso (stockfish) or baccalá (dried salt-cured cod), eels, red mullet, or, fried whitebait. As traditional contorno (side dish), bitter greens such as Cicoria, especially sauted with oil and garlic represent a perfect choice for Le Marche Christmas Vigilia. In alternative there are seasonal vegetables or contorni such as Roast Fennel or Globe artichokes. As conclusion the unmissable sweet specialities such as torrone (nougat), panettone, pandoro, and exotic fruits plus a glass of Vino Cotto, a smoky flavour, sweet wine originates in Roman times.

Most locals go to mass at midnight to pray, sing carols and celebrate the birth of Jesus. This heart warming night is concluded with socialising, hugging and kissing as friends and neighbours exchange greetings and toast each other in the Piazza of the Church with a local wine or a warming punch, mulled wine or vin brule.

Christmas Day starts slowly and noisy as children wake to open the Christmas Gifts, conscious to have a better second chance with the witch delivery the day of La Befana, the epiphany (6th of Jannuary). All the family, with relatives from other towns, is now around the table for the Christmas lunch. Gorgeous anti pasti of cold meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables etc. give only an idea of the large meal that will follow. The first course is something “in brodo” (in broth) such as meat cappelletti or wild mushroom filled tortellini and then something baked “al forno”, such as vincisgrassi, the famous Le Marche lasagna made with Chicken livers or Cannelloni, . For the main course, there is a range of meats cooked al forno or grilled “alla brace” on an open fire and even fried. Typically le Marche style is the great variety of meat used: leg of lamb, stinco (pork), and chicken, stuffed olives Ascolana Style. The main course is usually accompanied by side plates of roast potatoes and other seasonal vegetables, winter salad leaves. Then again the sweet specialities such as torrone, panettone, pandoro and, if the relatives were generous: Panforte di Siena, Cantuccini, Saporelli…

 


http://www.ladolcevallata.com/article007_christmas_traditions_in_le_marche_area/ Massignano, a beauty just steps from the sea

A pearl of tourism in the Marche yet to be discovered

Massignano is a small town of 1,684 inhabitants in the province of Ascoli Piceno, at 264 meters high on a hill overlooking the sandy beaches, yet to be discovered.

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Massignano whose name brings us back to Roman times and the possessions of a certain Massinius, stands on a hill between the river Aso and Valmenocchia, between Montefiore dell’Aso and the Adriatic coast.

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Museums

This secret pearl of Le Marche was, in the past, the village of the terracotta production. Known as the “Paese de li Cuccià” (Potters Village in local dialect), Massignano home the Terracotta Museum divided into two interesting sections for families: the “Domestic Use” and the “Whistles and Tobacco Pipes”.

The other Museum in Massignano is a Museum of Sacred Art, the Museo Parrocchiale San Giacomo realized thanks to a bequest of  the most illustrious historical figure: Callisto Monsignor Giuseppe Gentili, State Councillor of Joseph II (Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire from 1765), the apostolic nuncio (sort of Ambassador of the Pope) in Austria, agent in Rome of the Bishop of Mainz. A talented diplomat always around the world who never forgot the land of his parents to which he felt to belong. You can admire precious goldsmith’s works, various paintings, chalices, ciborium and other rare and prestigious objects. Among the objects worthy of note: a Piviale embroidered in polychrome silk realized from a blanket manufactured in Hungary, a silver monstrance made by Raffaele Antonelli in 1791, embossed and engraved with ornate in pinchbeck; a Penitential, Processional Cross in wood and mother of pearl of 1796, signed by Fra ‘Francesco Maria di Massignano.

In the Church of San Giacomo Maggiore are exposed the Bell from 1235 that, according to tradition, rang autonomously the night of the translation of the Holy House; the table of the Virgin Adoring the Child by Vittore Crivelli, significant in the history of art, for the particular depiction; a Miraculous crucifix in tunicle, “The Adoration of the Shepherds” by Ricci.

An outer section of the Museum is dedicated to the production of crib figures of folk pottery. The potters from Massignano the early twentieth century did not use molds that’s  why the crib figures in the museum are very expressive and with the faces of the locals. Unique and rare pieces that worth a visit of families with kids.

In the main square it stood a Augustinian convent, today remains the tower, then adapted as Civic Tower. The Tower preserves a fresco, ” Madonna and Saints “, dated to the second quarter of 1400 and attributed to a generical Le Marche School. It is a Madonna and Child, St. John the Baptist and St. Donato.

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Palaces

We suggest you to get lost in the cobbled alleys of Massignano in search of noble palaces:

  • Faviani Palace, in Via Cavour, with tiled portal of the XV century and remarkable inscription on
  • Palazzo Santini from XVIII century;
  • Palazzo Tassoni of the XV century
  • Palazzo Teodori, in the late XVIII century in neoclassical style.
  • Laurantoni Palace, birthplace of the patriot Nicola Laurantoni

Events

Among the events, organized every year in Massignano, we want to remember the “Christmas Concert”; The “Exhibition of Tobacco Pipe and Whistles” in June; “Pizza and Beer at Sea” the first week of July; the “Medieval Festival” the first Sunday in August; the famous “Festival of Frittelle” the 14 August; the “Threshing Festival and Fair of Villa Santi”, the last Sunday of August and the “Procession of the Madonna del Soccorso” on the second Sunday of September.

Shopping

Massignano is a town that offers a good food shopping experience despite the dimension of the town. You can find:

  • Malavolta biomalavolta is the right place where to buy organic vegetables and jams
  • La Casetta Bio lacasettabio is an organic farm that sells also online: hot chilli peppers, hot sauces and preserves, hot oil, extra virgin olive oil, olives in brine, pulses and cereals, flours, vegetables, pasta.
  • Salumificio Stipa salumificiostipa it is a small laboratory of charcuterie where is possible to buy ham seasoned 18 months, Lonza and Lonzino, salami, Ciauscolo, fresh sausage of meat or liver, “coppa di testa” (product with meat of the cooked pig head, hand-cut, spiced and enriched with green olives , almonds, walnuts and orange peel, preservative free).
  • I Sapori dei Monti isaporideimonti is an online shop of: Marinated Vegetables, Sauces, Oils and seasonings, Jams and jellies, canned fruit, Fruit juices, liqueur wines

Restaurants

Talking about food, it is not possible not to mention the great opportunity to taste the local cuisine with recipes of meat or fish or pizza in good Restaurants all of affordable price range.

  • Pizzeria Adriatica – Casa di Gino casadigino this restaurant located in a coutry house offers a large assortment of pizzas baked in a wood oven and dishes based on fish
  • Ristorante Hotel il Contadino hotelilcontadino is a restaurant open all year round with an offer of five first courses and main courses both meat and fish. Wine, water and coffee are included in the price.
  • Ristorante Country House La Sorgente countryhouselasorgente the restaurant welcomes you in a picturesque setting and charming, furnished with great care for detail and also the cuisine is one of the refined in the area.The restaurant is open every Friday and Saturday evening from 20:00 to 23:00 and Sunday lunch, from 12:00 to 14:00. During the week by reservation only (minimum 6 people)
  • Ristorante Hotel Rivamare rivamare the restaurant offers the typical Le Marche cuisine with specialties like sambenedettese Fish Soup (brodetto), grilled or fried fis, grilled meat or the typical fried Lamb; the famous “Ascolana olives”. Among the first courses the “maccheroncini of Campofilone” or the “Vincisgrassi”. Good selection of local wines.

http://www.ladolcevallata.com/article006_massignano_shopping_restaurants/ Oasis of peace and nature with a fishing rod

The “I Due Laghi”, Moresco, Le Marche Italy

Oasis of peace and nature with a fishing rod in your hand

We are at the “I Due Laghi”, sport fishing activity situated, as some other, along the Aso valley, near the “Piane di Moresco” (down valley of the beautiful hilltop town of Moresco), in the Province of Fermo. It is a pleasant place surrounded by nature, where temperatures are mitigated by the two lakes. A place that inspires relaxation and rest, a siesta and walks at the same time.

Fish and fishing

Here fishing is very interesting for the ichthyofauna varieties. There are mainly Pikes, Trout and Black Bass.

There are also Tench, Carp, Eels and Chub.

All the fishing techniques are allowed but those most encouraged are spinning fishing, fly-fishing and other fishing techniques with artificial baits. Prohibited the baiting.

The Pikes can get to the considerable size of over 8 kg, and the black bass around 4 kg. The use of the fishing net is recommended with prey of this type. Catches require, anyway, fights of several minutes.

In the smaller lake, you can find Rainbow Trouts of different sizes up to 4 kg in weight. Although these are farmed trouts, have an intact finnage and a strong musculature, together with oxygenation of the water, it makes the trouts excellent fighters.

In this lake you can keep the fish paying a bit more, but only the trouts not the back bass.

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The lakes

The two Lakes consist of two fishing ponds of different sizes and depths.

The waters are almost always crystal clear thanks to the underground springs and when murky for the unworthiness of the river Aso. The waters are also well-oxygenated, especially in the bad season, so much to give to the fish an extraordinary fighting spirit.

In the first lake, the largest, the deepest and with a most wooded perimeter with a central island, there are mostly Pikes and Black Bass. Here it is required to release the prey, the NO KILL policy, by Andrea Benigni intentions, the manager, should permit the continuity in catching especially the Pikes. Fishing in both lakes in “No Kill” regime has the advantage of costing less.

The lake in question is also the only one, until the summer season, allowing fishing from small own or chartered boats or fishing with the curious “Belly Boat” or “Float Tube”.

Booking the boat, especially on weekends, it is highly recommended.

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The Kiosk

The lake also offers a refreshment bar, a small kiosk for drinks, coffee, snacks and hot sandwiches like sausage, hamburgers, hot dogs, “Piadine” with cheese. Also cold sandwiches with ham or pork loin. Numerous tables and chairs are available in the green areas, as well as barbecue equipment, are free.

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Tents and campers

For the summer season the management will provide spaces for tents and campers.

Prices and Timetables

2 Lakes in No Kill
Half-day no kill € 7.50 from 6:30 to 12:00
Half-day no kill € 7.50 from 12:00 to 17:30
Full day no kill 6:30 to 17:30

Trout fishing picking € 5.00/h per person
Boat rental € 10.00 per person all day
Owned Boats or Belly Boat – Free

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http://www.ladolcevallata.com/article005_fishing_oasis_montefiore_dell_aso_i_due_laghi/ Le Marche, the best place for the festivity shopping

Christmas Shopping in the Piceno Area around Montefiore dell’Aso

 

Still haven’t started Christmas shopping, or stressing about what to buy that one difficult relative? Worry no more. We have rounded up suggestions of Le Marche-themed gifts for everyone on your list. The Piceno Area around Montefiore dell’Aso in  southern Le Marche, is an undiscovered gem also because the wonderful shopping here.

 

Shoes

There’s more to Le Marche than beaches, mountains, hills and food. The scenic landscape houses some of Italy’s best leather and shoe factories. Along with a number of iconic designer brands.

In Italy Marche stands for craftsmanship and quality. Especially when it comes to leather goods and shoes, but also the area is also big on tailoring and hats. For classy and brand conscious consumers Marche is a shopping paradise. Here a list of where to go and what to look for:

The area around Fermo has proud traditions for shoe making, leather craftmanship and artisans, producing 90% of all Italy’s shoes.

Marche is known for it’s Many are hidden in the hill-top towns, family run businesses quietly making beautiful leather items for the big designer names. If you are looking for shoes that focus on femininity and elegance created by the high stiletto heels with elegant curvy and sexy shapes these three brands outlet of superb handmade production is for you. if you wear the 37 size you can buy champions at incredible prices.

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 nandomuzi – Porto Sant’Elpidio
loriblu – Porto Sant’Elpidio
lesilla – Porto Sant’Elpidio

 

 

Top Shopping

Best known of course is Tod’s, whose famous moccasins/driving shoes and handbags are always favourites with celebrities and royalty.  Tod’s and its brands Fay and Hogan can offer also clothes and accessories.  Discover the factory and outlet in Brancadoro (Casette d’Ete, Le Marche ) to take profit of wonderful price reduces in comparison with the best Cities’ boutiques. Casette d’Ete is only 39 km drive from Montefiore dell’Aso.

 

Across the road, there is the shopping village “Il Castagno” that offer several different brands (and products) all with local production (or partial). Among the best the “Prada outlet store”, Premiata, Hugo Boss etc.

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castagnovillage – Casette D’Ete FM
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fay                –    Casette D’Ete FM
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Hats

Le Marche and its sixty million hats a year made in  the historic towns of Montappone and Massa Fermana, represents the centre of World’s most important hat-producing district. If you are a hats lover we suggest you the best brands Sorbatti (Man) and Ferruccio Vecchi. Montappone is only 38 km drive from Montefiore dell’Aso.

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 sorbatti         – Montappone FM
ferrucciovecchi – Massa Fermana FM

 

Bags

If you are looking for exclusive bags at reasonable prices we suggest you to visit the laboratory of a hand-woven artisan who has worked with fashion greats such as Gucci, Prada and Bottega Veneta

With Arte dell’Intreccio, the signature intrecciato motif combines exclusive color combinations embracing the finest leather for the softest touch.

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artedellintreccio – Petritoli FM

 

Panettone

Panettone is traditionally a Christmas bread sold all over Italy during the holidays. It finds its origins in Milan around the 15th century.

The bread, rich with eggs and butter, sweet with honey, scented with vanilla and lemon zest, with the finishing touch of dried and candied fruits is served sliced and toasted for brunch and as a dessert with a selection of cheeses and sweet wines. The bread is quite sophisticated. We suggest you to buy local artisan products. The traditional method for making panettone is done over the course of several days. It included long sessions of kneading and allowed for up to 20 hours of rise time in order to create a flavor that is both sweet, but also has a complexity caused by the fermentation of the dough.

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dolcerubino                   – Fermo FM
pasticceriadorina – Montefiore dell’Aso AP
granforno          – Marina di Altidona FM

 

Wine

To accompany a wonderful artisan panettone we suggest you a sparkle variation of a local wine grape. Translated the noun “Passerina” in Italian means “little sparrow”.

The passerina grape variety has ancient tradition of cultivation in Southern Le Marche that represent the Passerina’s heartland.

The Passerina sparkling wine (Charmat method) resulting from the pure vinification of the native Passerina grape variety. Fresh, extremely enjoyable thanks to its balanced taste, it offers complex senses, dominated by the notes of the impressive acidic heritage that is typical of Passerina grapes. Soft straw yellow, bright, giving immediate life to a stream of bubbles, fine mousse, persistent. Delicate aromas of yeast with hues of fruit and white blossom. Dry with delicate tangy perception, elegant and intense. A MUST for these Christmas celebration toasts.

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vinicentanni – Montefiore dell’Aso AP
terrafageto             – Pedaso FM


http://www.ladolcevallata.com/article004_christmas_shopping_marche_montefiore_dell_aso/ Carassai in the Piceno Area of Le March – Part II

The Last 8, but not Least, Reasons to Visit Carassai in every seasons

11. The Medieval Castle of Rocca Montevarmine
Rocca Monte Varmine, a fully preserved castle as you’ve probably only seen on film sets! It is 4 km from Carassai and dates back to the fourteenth century, with the remains of the tenth century is equipped with strong walls and a tall tower with battlements Ghibellines, crenels and embrasures. Inside, the courtyard and the Church of San Pietro. The Castle was a large fortified farm, a castle guard, not a stately home. Rocca Monte Varmine is the only castle in the Piceno that preserves whole and therefore of particular historical interest. In the last century there was found the “Bombardella manesca” dated 1341: the first known type of hand gun.

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12. Church of Sant’Angelo in Piano
The church has monastic origin and its construction can be dated around the year one thousand (957). Some documents, although more than two centuries late, show that close to that church there was a monastery. The first document that traces an outline of the church, dates back to 1574. It is a big and beautiful church with a crypt with an underground church.

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13. The Public Gardens
The public Carassai gardens represent one of the most beautiful places that the small town in the province of Ascoli Piceno has to offer. An ideal place for families, and especially in the summer, offers a wonderful walk among ancient trees, fragrant shrubs, green and flowery fields with an enormous peace broken by the discreet splash of the public fountain where to admire Luisella a Crinaeae a type of Naiad nymph associated with fountains, beloved by the population.

14. The Rural Cemetery Rocca Montevarmine
Until now a forgotten place, is located near Rocca Montevarmine. This small cemetery is the burial ground of the last inhabitants of the area of Rocca Montevarmine.

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15. Personalities of Carassai
Amazes how Carassai, while not being today among the most famous and populated town of Italy, boasts a large number of famous people. Among the best known of the past we must surely mention Cesare Macchiati (1597-1675) the Queen Christina of Sweden’s personal physician. Among the most recent figures include Monsignor Lavinio Virgili (1902-1976), musician and composer director of the Chapel of St. John the Musical Lateran, the Papal Basilica.

16. Food
The good and tipical Le Marche cuisine of Carassai can be comfortably tasted at the four restaurants present, all with many years of activity and loyal to the local culinary tradition:

• Ristorante Il Panorama 0734.930985
• Ristorante pensione Marchetti 339.1283898
• Ristorante Agriturismo il Monticello
• Agriturismo Monticello
• La Cicala Agriturismo
• Agriturismo La Cicala

Talking about sweets we must think about the known local artisans.
Famous is the ricotta cheesecake, the brutti e buoni, i funghetti di Offida, the castagnacci, the tarts, the cakes the famous exceptional maritozzi to enjoy with Nutella and fresh cream.
Here are the references:

Martinangeli e Concetti di Pignotti Franco & C. (0734 930015)
Pasticceria Porrà Zefferino (0734 930058)
Pasticceria Porra Bruno (0734 930915)
Il forno di Ada di Lanciotti (0734 930540)

The typical Carassanese production reach its peak with the Sausage Queen, the same that is the protagonist, in the second week of August, of the famous festival of grilled sausage, which is crowded by late 1972 by Italian and foreign tourists.
The Carassanese sausage is the daughter of a long tradition of processing of pork and is achieved by carefully selecting bacon, ham, shoulder, fillet, dosing salt and spices up to the cooking by the heat of the embers of aromatic woods.

To purchase this delicacy and other specialties

Salumificio Federici www.salumificiofederici.it

17. Wines
Carassai boasts a large planted area and several wine producers whose products are easily available in all the territory Restaurants. Worth mentioning are the productions of DOCG Offida Passerina, Offida Pecorino DOCG, IGT Marche Rosso, wines able to cross the borders of the peninsula to arrive in the faraway China. Among the wines you can not miss the opportunity to buy directly from the producer one of the 20 Tre Bicchieri 2017 Gambero Rosso of Le Marche. Selected wines prized and inserted inside the prestigious guide. We are talking about the Offida Rosso Vignagiulia 2013 Dianetti

• Le Canà www.lecana.it
• Collevite www.collevite.com
• Vinicola Carassanese www.vinicolacarassanese.it
• Montevarmine www.montevarmine.it
• Vini Polini www.vinipolini.it
• Dianetti www.dianettivini.it

18. Events
Carassai hosts “Feste”, “Sagre” and Religious Celebrations from Spring to Christmas. During the summer Carassai compete with neighbouring villages in throwing the best party.
The Summer Carassai Events allow the visitor to sample local produce, food and wines:

• Fair of Sant’Angelo (May 6)
• St. Barnabas Day (June 11)
• Festival of the tagliatella con la papera (August)
• Festival of the Grilled Sausage (one week around August the 15th)
• Festa del Voto (last Sunday of August)


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The first unmissable 10 Reasons to Visit Carassai in every season

 

Carassai is a small Le Marche village that can offer a great tourist experience, unique in all the Piceno area.
The village, with its 1,138 inhabitants (ISTAT 2011), is spread over three hills between the valleys of the river Aso and creek Menocchia, at 365 m of altitude above sea level.

 

  1. Tourism

Carassai invites tourists and the vacationer to the pleasure of the “dolce far niente”(sweet doing nothing), to the enjoyment of the expanding time, to the intriguing awesomeness of the ancient time and to the ever-changing spectacle that nature offers us. To rediscover the fullness of small gestures, and the flavors of the cuisine than once.
Carassai is a fifteen minute drive from the sandy and golden beaches of the Adriatic, (Riviera delle Palme, San Benedetto Del Tronto, Grottammare), and 20 minutes from the Sibillini National Park.
In less than an hour are the beautiful historic towns of Ascoli Piceno, Fermo and Offida and the Sibillini National Park.

 

  1. The Military Walkways

The military walkways , built between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, represent the most evocative place of Carassai, they are essentially an underground passage for the troops that took its present form when, in the ‘500, was authorized by the authorities of Fermo to build houses against the city walls. These walkways probably extended along the entire perimeter of the New Castle of Carassai, the citadel is called “Castello Vecchio”, Old Castle” and from the numerous defensive towers, you can still admire, were giving the access to the summit of the crenellated walls.

 

  1. The Old Castle

The Old Castle is the oldest part of Carassai that over time has gone to be the citadel of the New Castle. With a circular plan, this group of houses with walls preserves a unique atmosphere and a perfect setting for holiday tourist stay. Here no cars and the few inhabitants do not find it difficult, in the summer season, to put out the tables for lunch or dinner. The cobbled narrow alleys create many passages in the shade on hot summer days and the thick medieval walls give the rooms a natural protection from the heat.

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  1. The Church of San Lorenzo Martire

Built in 1424, it is located within the Old Castle and represents with its tower bell, the most famous landmark of the village. Inside we could find in the past an early work by Vincenzo Pagani from Monterubbiano (1490-1568) Enthroned Madonna and Child with Saints Lorenzo and Luca, framed against the backdrop of the hills of the Aso Valley and a painting by the art school of Pomarancio, 17th century, exhibited now in the Collegiate Church of Santa Maria del Buon Gesù.

 

  1. The Collegiate Church of Santa Maria del Buon Gesù 

A three-nave church, which in its present form dates back to 1788. The Church was built in the fifteenth century through the influence of the preaching of St. James of the Marches  but was very small. The church is in Renaissance and Baroque style. Inside there is a painting of the crucifixion by Andrea Boscoli (1601) an important florentine painter. There are frescoes on the vaults of the same author and Riccardo Ripanelli; a wooden sculpture of Abruzzese School depicting the Virgin and Child (sec. XV);
a valuable wooden Cantoria with a pipe organ and Chorus in walnut; the baptismal font in wood, semi-hexagonal, with carvings of G. Morelli from Montegiorgio and the gilding of Contadini from Macerata (century. XIX).

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  1. Public Washtubs

The Public Washtubs are an attraction of the village with great emotional hold on the population, especially the elderly. Made in the early twentieth century with lead decorations, the washtubs are travertine basins where once the women of the village went to wash the clothes and the linen. A type of washing very respectful of the environment as it was made with homemade soap. Women, as some remember, were dressed in black with multilayered skirts, they used to rub the linen vigorously, singing or gossiping. Today the Public Washtubs have been restored.

 

  1. The portal of the palace of Boffo da Massa

According to popular tradition, this is the home of Boffo da Massa, Lord of Carassai between 1382 and 1387. Boffo was a notorious Lord of Fermo, who lived in the fourteenth century. He is remembered as a bold and daring character, often portrayed as arrogant and not prone to the ideals of chivalry. He had nevertheless fame brave man and he certainly was highly regarded by his contemporaries.

 

  1. Oratory of Santa Monica

It is a small church dated 1699, found in Piazza Matteotti, in late Baroque style. Recently renovated, it has become a small treasure trove of interesting art treasures, paintings and painted wooden boards still awaiting attribution. The church shows at the top of its facade a curious David Star, a six-pointed star probable evidence of a Jewish presence in the village that has in “via Garibaldi” the possible location of his district or ghetto.

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  1. Fonte di Camporo

The Fonte of Camporo or Campone, with the small church of the “Madonnetta”, are perhaps the last vestiges of the ancient destroyed Camporo castle, a settlement that existed in 1063, destroyed during the sieges that took place in 1325 and in 1363. It is a public fountain located in the countryside once used to bring water at home.

 

10 Antiquarium

This museum houses exhibits that were collected through the years, in the municipality. Gravestones and urns bear witness to an important Roman presence as the important noble family of the Gens Flavia. Data sheets in various languages and illustrations make this museum suitable for families oftourists of all nationalities.


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