This five day gastronomic break will see you truffle hunting, cooking, visiting local craftsmen, eating, drinking and seeing some wonderful places in Le Marche.
Moreno is a local artisan and food lover who is keen to protect and promote this special area of Le Marche protecting and promoting its products and gastronomic traditions. He has also been featured in Italy on 'Feast with Heston Blumenthal' on Channel 4.
The region's economy has traditionally been based upon agriculture and the fantastic products made by local artisans. Most of
Not many people know that Le Marche is one of Italy's principal truffle regions. The truth is that it's here you will find many of the valuable tuber magnatum pico (prized white truffle) and tuber melanosporum (delicious black truffle) that grace tables all over Italy.
Truffle Hunting Dates in Le Marche
Your rooms will be simple, exceptionally clean and comfortable with en suite bathrooms. Breakfast is included in the price and some evenings you will be eating at the restaurant at the agriturismo.
Day One: Welcome to Le Marche
The Le Marche region is a culturally rich area, divided into four provinces by four river valleys in a remote part of Italy. Much of Le Marche is, as yet, undiscovered by the crowds ensuring that the land and villages remain quiet and untouched. Its strategic location makes it a perfect spot for reaching all the most important destinations of central Italy including Florence, Siena, Assisi, Perugia, Urbino, Gubbio, and Ravenna. The Le Marche region lies on the eastern side of central Italy, between the Adriatic Sea and the majestic Apennine Mountains and has enough attractions to keep visitors busy for years. Admire the masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, hike across uncharted mountains or hunt for the best catch of the day in a Mediterranean fishing port. It is still possible to experience a taste of old-world cuisine and culture in Le Marche, an area still unsullied by mass tourism which makes it a very intriguing place to visit. The Marchigiani, the people of the Le Marche region, are hard working, warm and friendly. Known for producing quality merchandise in textiles and leathers, they have also developed special niches in artisan industries such as high quality handmade paper at Fabriano and musical instruments at Castelfidardo. Olive trees, fresh vegetables and vineyards are plentiful throughout the region also. Many seaside resorts stretch along the extensive of Adriatic coast, making it a relaxing destination for summer vacations.
Surrounded by mountains and natural parks, the town of Ascoli Piceno has been inhabited since pre-Roman times. Legend has it that a woodpecker led prehistoric settlers to the site, thus bringing about the town's foundation. Ascoli Piceno's historic center is rich in churches, palazzi and other important monuments. In particular, the town's central Renaissance square, Piazza del Popolo, is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy. This piazza, which acted as the forum in Roman times, is dominated by the Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, which was burned to the ground during a local feud in 1535 and completely rebuilt ten years later. You can also visit Le Marche's second largest art gallery inside the 17th-century Palazzo Comunale situated in Piazza Arringo, or Ascoli's cathedral in the same square.