Friday, June 14, 2013

Le Marche Food Tours & Gastronomic Holiday

See how our Italian locals live and work and discover first hand the magical astmosphere of the Sibillini Mountains. with the help of friends who were born and raised in the area, are extremely passionate about nature and the traditional Le Marche way of life we are pleased to offer you the following excursion. We hope that your days with us will allow you to experience and better understand why life here ha remained unchanged for centuries.

This five day gastronomic break will see you truffle hunting, cooking, visiting local craftsmen, eating, drinking and seeing some wonderful places in Le Marche.

Your host for this excursion, Moreno, has always appreciated 'the sweet breath of the earth'. On his father's farm, where he grew up, they specialise in the production of old varities of apples such as the Mela Rosa dei Monti Sibillini. This apple was presented to the Slow Food movement in Turin and received some of the best national gastronomic reviews. A graduate of the University of Macerata in Tourism and rural Marketing, Moreno has had the good fortune to know and work with many influential thought leaders on the Slow Food Movement and front runners in Italian gastronomy and tourism.

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.


Programme Includes:
·         5 days and 4 nights accommodation, based on double occupancy
·         Daily Breakfast
·         Welcome wine tasting
·         Visit to the Medieval Village of Ortezzano
·         Visit to a Pottery in the village of Montottone
·         Truffle Hunting with local hunters and their dogs
·         Pasta making class
·         Visit to a local vineyard
·         Visit to the beautiful city of Ascoli Piceno
·         Arrival & departure transfers to and from Rome airport
When you visit Le Marche you will inevitably be struck by the wonderful rural landscape, the rich cultural heritage, the historic architecture and the quality of the local produce. But we'd like to help you get under Le Marche's skin by meeting local artisans and experiencing the true flavour of rural life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  The region's economy has traditionally been based upon agriculture and the fantastic products made by local artisans. Most of 

these artisans work for small family businesses that have handed down skills from one generation to the next, many still work by hand and, despite the demands of the global marketplace, there is still relatively little mechanisation.

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 in Le Marche

The region of Le Marche is extraordinarily rich with truffles. You are allowed to go hunting with trained dogs and can collect all species that are permitted by law. Both white and black truffles are readily found here but not at the same time of the year.

Truffle Hunting Dates in Le Marche
·         January and March - Black Truffle Hunting
·         January and September - White Truffle Hunting
·         April and September - Melanospurum (black truffle) Hunting
Experience a fantastic day truffle hunting with experts and their dogs in local woodland, then sit down and sample local wines and a mouth watering menu based around your truffles.


Your residence during this programme will be in a local agriturismo which will instantly immerse you into the Italian way of life with good food, good company and good wine.

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.


Duration: 5 Days, 4 Nights 

Day One: Welcome to Le Marche
·         Transfer from Rome airport to the agriturismo
·         Arrival & Check-in
·         Welcome wine tasting
·         Dinner at the agriturismo
Day Two: La Strada dell'Artigiano
·         Breakfast in the agriturismo
·         Morning – Visit to the Medieval Village of Ortezzano
·         Lunch in a Local Restaurant
·         After lunch, visit to the Pottery laboratory in Montottone Village
·         Return to the Agriturismo
·         Dinner out
Day Three: Truffle Hunting with local hunters
·         Breakfast is served
·         10.00 – cookery class on how to make pasta - when finished we leave the fresh pasta to dry and meet with the hunters for some local wine tasting
·         Lunch at the agriturismo to sample the pasta made in the morning along with other local recipes. Wine included
·         After lunch - leave for the woodlands and our truffle hunting experience
·         Truffle hunting with expert local hunters and their trained dogs
·         16.00 - a trip to Amandola Village for some free time and then back to the agriturismo
·         Dinner at the agriturismo
Day Four: Amore di Vino
·         Breakfast is served
·         Morning - Visit to the local winery 'Filippo Panichi' where you will be invited to taste some of the wonderful wines
·         Lunch at the winery
·         An afternoon in the beautiful city of Ascoli Piceno finishing with an aperitivo in one of the historic bars
·         Return to the agriturismo
·         Dinner at the agriturismo
Day Five: Amore di Vino
·         Breakfast is served
·         Transfer to Rome airport
·         Saluti e baci


 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.

Ascoli Piceno
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.

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