As many young adults in my region, I am a proud granddaughter of two hard-working farmers. My grandparents, and before them, my grand-grandparents, were tenant farmers or, as they were called in Italy “mezzadri”. Mezzadria was a system of feudal land tenure whereby a farmer, namely my grandparents, paid half of the farm’s produce as..
One of the most famous characters in our region is definitely the painter and architect Raphael, from Urbino. He was one of the main Renaissance artists in Italy: a real reason to brag for Urbino. One of his most famous paintings, La Muta (the mute woman) is the protagonist of a mystery thriller by Leslie..
Remember when we were talking about the history of Le Marche, dating back to many, many years ago? I have some proof to introduce to you (especially you, sceptical readers)! I am talking about the prehistoric moat of Conelle, near Arcevia. Accidently found during the construction of a road in 1879, this extraordinary work dates..
It’s not the first time we mention the Queen of Legumes in Le Marche, Its Majesty Cicerchia. During Carnival, we prepared the Cicerchiata, named after It, but we have just referred to it for its shape. The Latin name is Lathyrus Sativus, but it is also known as grass pea or Indian pea. This small irregularly..
Once upon a time there were two lovers who could not live their love fully. This may be the beginning of several love stories, but the one that took place in Gradara is unique and tragic at the same time. We are in the romantic castle of Gradara, on a top of a strategic hill,..
Carnival has always been a special time of the year for us, in Le Marche. Also, many years ago even the poorest dedicated themselves to the cooking and the tradition has never changed so far. Our region boasts a cooking tradition that has nothing to envy to other regions. The Carnival menu has many entries,..