All roads lead to Rome, or at least that’s how we learned it at school. In fact, all roads left from Rome and among those, the most important to the north was Via Flaminia. Laid out by censor Gaius Flaminius in 220 BC, this Via of Rome passed through Umbria, the Apennines, eventually ending in..
When we introduced the blog, 2 years and 149 individual posts ago (that’s correct, this is currently my 150th post!), we underlined the peculiarity of Le Marche region, that has several little villages with hidden gems yet to be discovered. This is not only a task for foreign tourists, but also for Italian ones! Indeed,..
When I was a child, my family usually preferred the mountains to the seaside, at least “you can breathe fresh air and not die for the intolerable heat!” – this was like a mantra. The closest place with chill air was Poggio San Romualdo where I spent my summers having picnics and nice walks. Poggio..
The community of Serra de Conti once belonged to one of the “Castelli di Jesi”, but before that Umbrians, Gauls and Picenians lived together on this same spot. The name Serra de Conti (hilly ridge of the counts) can already be found in documents from the 13th century. The little village probably once belonged to..
I love picnics! I grew up having a very professional picnic basket, belonging to my grandparents, with all the bare necessities (although, I am not sure they were so bare) for a day in the nature. My family and I used to go picnic either on the mountains or by a lake. Very rarely we..
A lot is still collected from nature here in the Marche: wild asparagus in spring, mushrooms in autumn and herbs in summer. The nicht before Saint John the Baptist plays a special role in this, because the dew that falls that night is said to have special healing powers, and so the “Acqua di San..