My partner and I want to spend four months in a village in Italy to experience local life, based in Le Marche or Umbria and making trips from there. What locations might work, and what long-term rental sites are there? I Davies, Philip Island VIC While village life might look appealing, living there can be limited. Shops might be some distance away...

The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) is pleased to announce it is donating $250,000 to the Società Habilis Cooperativa Sociale to assist in rebuilding a community center devastated by the 2016 earthquake. The Società Habilis Cooperativa Sociale is scheduled to be completed by August 2023."We are proud to support a project that will benef...

At least eight people have been killed by torrential overnight rains and floods in the central Italian region of Marche, authorities said on Friday, as rescuers continued to search for four people missing. Around 400 millimetres of rain fell within two to three hours, inundating the streets of several towns around the region's capital Ancona on the...

Established in 1994, the Monte San Bartolo Regional Natural Park covers about 1,600 hectares in the province of Pesaro Urbino, along the coastal area and the hill ridge between the municipalities of Pesaro and Gabicce Mare. Its territory presents a rather heterogeneous environmental mosaic, with very diverse plant associations, also depending on a...

As the Italian wine industry is largely defined by indigenous varietals, the country’s most important wines are all about distinctiveness. Brunello di Montalcino from Tuscany is 100% Sangiovese, Barolo and Barbaresco are produced exclusively from Nebbiolo in Piedmont, while Soave, the famed Venetian white, is crafted primarily from Garganega.  Thes...

Walls with large square spaces, where the yellow of the base contrasted with the intense red and black of the central band, the colours interspersed with delicate decorations of flowers and candelabra, niches for statues and even perhaps the very high ceiling illuminated by a deep blue like an August sky. Built at the dawn of the first century AD w...

The fascinating city of Fabriano is off the tourist trail in the rarely explored region of La Marche, Italy. If you love handmade paper (Remember? We once used paper to communicate with each other), then you will love this city, famous for its production of paper and for inventing the watermark in the late 1200s. Tucked between two Apennine Mountai...

Mercatello sul Metauro is a historic market town on the Metauro River in central Italy’s Le Marche region. Mercatello was founded in 1235 when Pieve d’Ico invited seven noble families, who lived in small castles in the hills, to make their homes in the new town, then named Pieve d’Ico. Each of the seven families built a palazzo, or mansion, around...

One of the most perplexing and, often, disappointing discoveries when visiting central Italy—including Umbria and vast swaths of Lazio, Tuscany, and Le Marche—is the bread. You sit down for your first meal at a postcard-perfect trattoria and reach into the bread basket expecting a slice of “Italian bread”: a thick, baguette-type loaf with a chewy,...

Connections between sister cities can be expressed in different ways – student exchange programs, touring art exhibits, or in the case of Spokane and its sister city of Cagli, public sculptures on permanent display. Last fall, Spokane celebrated its newest sister city relationship with Cagli, a town located in the Province of Pesaro and Urbino in t...