Frescoes of Tolentino – Past Italia

Although its origins are the subject of perpetual debate, the remarkable cycle of frescoes that adorns Tolentino’s Basilica di San Nicola holds enduring appeal for visitors to Le Marche Who painted the 14th-century masterpiece that dominates the chapel of Basilica di San Nicola? The artist’s identity remains shrouded in mystery, though the scenes are widely […]

Creative Holiday

Have you ever wanted to combine a holiday in Italy with a real learning experience? Then a creative holiday is just what you are looking for… Life Holidays Experience a luxury Pilates holiday in Italy with Life Holidays, May to October every year Life Holidays is an experienced holiday specialist, unique to Italy and Sicily.  […]

Holiday Rentals

Thinking of renting a holiday home? Or buying one to rent? Villa in Umbria Umbria, also called the ‘Green Heart of Italy’, is the landlocked region next to Tuscany, a popular holiday destination. Rolling hills with vineyards and olive trees, the fourth largest lake in Italy and a serious mountain range combine to make for […]

Le Marche – Expert advice from Appassionata

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If you are serious about planning a new life in Italy, you will need to consider certain factors very carefully. We asked an expert to offer their best advice. After many years of searching for the ideal place to experience la dolce vita, we moved to the stunning region of Le Marche in 2007. We fell in love with ‘real […]

Viewpoint: Hilltop Town of Ripatransone

In the hidden hilltop town of Ripatransone, Le Marche, Nina Richards discovers the narrowest alley in Italy among the medieval architecture In exploring the hills around Ascoli Piceno, on Picenus Hill, in southern Le Marche, you will chance upon the small town of Ripatransone. With its medieval architecture still intact, including some charming towers, churches […]

Buying a Home in Italy – Part 1

Owning a property in Italy is a dream that many people have made into a reality. And so can you. In this first of a three-part series, Fleur Kinson guides you through the initial why, what and where.   The Market Admit it. You love Italy. (Why else would you be reading this excellent magazine?) […]

Sciò La Pica

Sciò La Pica

Every year a festival takes place in Monterubbiano in Le Marche. We trace the history of the flight of the woodpecker. The game takes place in the afternoon, always on the Sunday of Pentecost (the seventh Sunday after Easter), and always in the small town of Monterubbiano, near the Adriatic coast. Four men, on horseback […]

Building A Home In Le Marche: Part 3

In the third instalment of her rebuild diaries, Jane Smith begins to add to the foundations for her new house that were laid down by the builders in part 3 of Building a Home in Le Marche… Before taking on this project I had never built a brand new house before and, in truth, once […]

The Underworld of Le Marche

Lorenza Bacino visits the Esini Hills, a diverse and undiscovered part of Le Marche which is home to the world renowned Frasassi Caves… Visiting the Frasassi Caves in the heart of the Gola della Rossa National Park has long been on my ‘to do’ list. Wild, rugged, untamed and unpredictable, the 10,000 hectares of park […]

Building A Home In Le Marche: Part 2

 Jane Smith tells us about the builders returning to begin laying the foundations for her new house: Building A Home In Le Marche: Part 2… Our builders took just two days off over Christmas and at 08.00 on the 27th December they were back on site. Richard and I had spent Boxing Day working out […]