The debate continues: Is the piadina romagnola the oldest and tastiest flatbread recipe in the region? Or is it the crescia marchigiana? Let’s discuss. Among the challenges of hometown pride that so define our country, the biggest debates in Italy tend to center around food – and that includes the rivalry between the piadina romagnola and the cresc...

Gradara is a beautiful medieval village in the province of Pesaro-Urbino, in the Marches. It is absolutely worth a visit and nowaday quite famous. It is considered by many the capital of the Middle Ages, awarded the Bandiera arancione (orange flag) since 2004 and winner of the Borgo dei borghi 2018 award. It offers unique itineraries among fortific...

Le Marche region – Its colors, scents and sounds. A multi-sensory journey across this Italian gem. Join the Italian Cultural Center this Fall as we showcase Italy’s regional richness and diversity in our new series "Viaggi per l’Italia" (Travels through Italy). For the first appointment, we discover Le Marche, an awe-inspiring region along the Adri...

Under the hill town of Osimo in Italy, lies a hidden network of tunnels and chambers that connect the city's palaces in a mysterious maze. The town was once strategically important for the Knights Templar, whose symbols can still be found throughout Osimo, both above and below the surface. Were these passageways and grottos used by the Templars to...

THE BASILICA DI SAN FRANCESCO IS ONE of the main religious buildings in the town of Ascoli Piceno located in central Italy. Considered the finest example of Franciscan architecture in the region of Marche, the main entrance of this church contains a unique feature.  The entrance is located along a narrow alley on the side of Piazza del Popolo, the...

The Conero Riviera is characterized by pristine beaches and paths to explore. Listed to become a UNESCO heritage site since 2018, it is the ideal destination if you are looking for a blue sea and wild nature. The coastal strip south of Ancona is characterized by numerous unspoilt beaches. The Conero Riviera offers a great variety for sea lovers. Fr...

The words Italy and wine generally direct the brain straight toward pasta-friendly reds like Chianti and Nebbiolo. The well-versed know there’s an entire galaxy of overshadowed white wines within the country’s borders. Many of these varietals are native to Italy and offer something incredibly distinctive in the glass. In terms of overall production...

Ah! Beauty! The gift of the gods to their subjects, inspiration to literature, poetry and art of all forms and colors. Its canons may change from decade to decade,   but its essence remains the same, lifeblood of human creativity and  emotions.  And ugliness? Well, ugliness deserves some attention, too: if it’s true that every force needs an opposi...

Let’s jump back into our tour of the languages of Italy. We went through most of the north and now it is time to keep going down the boot and reach the region of Marche, to the center east of Italy. I didn’t know much about Marche except that it is a beautiful region and that they have amazing people and tasty food, but while researching the langua...

With 170 km of coastline, Le Marche is an ideal summer destination: sandy beaches, wild coves set among cliffs, Mediterranean vegetation, family-friendly seaside resorts, plus many hilltop historic villages to visit when you want a break from the beach.  The Conero area of Le Marche is one of the most popular for a seaside vacation: white sand, tur...