Jesi - unknown city
We were seen this town from highway to Ancona and stoped there.In the main square we found out that it was the hometown of Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire-Fridrich II. The town is full of narrow streets that tower above beautiful palaces, most of the bricks, while the richest with stone facades. This town has been very positive surprise. The only thing that worked only one cafe (UE's) where they gathered the people after the mass.Related to:
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Our mystery chapel
In our drives around the region we passed this small chapel on more than one occasion. It sits at the junction of Strada Provinciale Corinaldese and Strada Provinciale dei Castelli, a little south west of Corinaldo, where you turn off for Barbara three kilometres to the south (see location on Google maps. The chapel is unnamed, and I’ve not been able to find any mention of it. Furthermore, the cluster of houses nearby does not appear to be part of any village which might aid in the search for information. But it is so sweet, and its mossy roof so colourful, that I had to share it here. If anyone does know anything about it I would be grateful to hear from them.Related to:
- Religious Travel
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If you have the time and the opportunity when driving in Marche to make the detour to Domo (and it is a detour, for it lies on a side road off a side road) do so - you will not be disappointed. As to time, a stroll through the village will only occupy a few minutes perhaps, but you will be rewarded with a few picturesque stone houses clustered around the ancient church of San Paterniano (closed when we visited) which crown the steep climb to the little main square, and a short cobbled street at the foot of this hill lined with linden trees. A handful of sleepy cats and maybe a friendly villager who will nod at you while continuing to go about his or her business, and that is Domo.
The whole scene is very harmonious and feels as if it has changed little since the village’s foundation in early medieval times. The location is very out of the way, but the positioning on top of this hill gives it nonetheless a sense of strategic significance – and ensures stunning vistas of the surrounding Marche countryside.
Location of Domo on Google maps – the road is winding and narrow but quiet and not too difficult a driveRelated to:
- Historical Travel
Walking in Le Marche- Golla Dell'Infernaccio
walkers looking for a change and some dramatic scenery should consider the"Hell's Gorge" walk near Montefortino in the Sibillini Mts. Watch the drive down to the start as the white roads seems to go on for ever. At the end of the road is a car park where the fun begins. Walk down and the cliffs tower above you-the first bit looks demanding but after 200m or so of uphill its plain sailing and very spectacular. Sunlight sparkles through the trees and the cascading river is music to listen to.
Our base was Villa San Raffaello www.villasanraffaello.com where we rented a lovely self catering apartment- the views from the pool were so amazing it was difficult to tear ourselves away. The villa is a couple of minutes from a beautiful hilltop town Sarnano; this has a tourist office which has details of a number of circular walks detailing gradient, time, distance and degree of difficulty. If you want something more serious, then the Sibillini Mountains and the excellent network of walks are only a 10 minute drive away.There's plenty to see and do locally and a variety of excellent restaurants so satisfy your hunger after a days walking.Related to:
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- Hiking and Walking
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Wonderful Out-Of-The-Way Places in Le Marche
We certainly saw plenty of out-of-the-way places while visiting the Le Marche. We became very intimate with the backroads.
Most of these experiences were delightful, but, at times, we became exasperated. One such event happened when we were on our way to the coast, to Sirolo to be exact. We were doing nicely and then ran into a road block and had to figure out another way. Allan is excellent with direction and map reading so I was not too concerned. Of course, he figured it out, and we were on our way via a back road, narrow and winding.
That, fortunately, took us to darling and tiny Barchi, a small village with one of the best set of intact town walls that we walked...around the entire town.
From there, we went to Mondavio where we saw a great Castle with dry moat and lots of interesting weapons. That's also where we had excellent gelato.
1. Entrance to small village of Barchi [Allan in photo]
2. Intact Walls of Barchi, which we walked
3. Entrance to Mondavio [Allan going through it]
4. Dee eating gelato in Mondavio
5. The road block that caused the detourRelated to:
- Road Trip
- Historical Travel
SiroloSirolo is a pleasant...
Sirolo is a pleasant village in the middle of the Conero, and the Conero is what the locals call a mountain (they wish!). There's not a lot to do there on a rainy day, except visit the nice main square (Piazza Belvedere) and drink coffee. On a sunny day, however, I'm told there are wonderful beaches to sit on, and interesting boat trip to take: namely to a sea cave (Grotta Urbani) and to some sea-stacks (le Due Sorelle).
Photo: Piazza belvedere in Sirolo
Frasassi caves, they are about 70 kilometers far from Ancona, but definitly deserve a visit.
Going there with public transports is not so easy, it's better if you rent a car, take the speed way from Ancona to Rome and leave that street at Genga, the follow the directions to Grotte di Frasassi.
For more information www.frasassi.com
Don't forget to go there with a jacket, many people forget that it is a cave and in summer go there with beach clothes coming back regulary with a cold, but I bet here people are more cleaver then the turists I usually meet.
Visit Offagna, it's a lovely small medieval centre, here on summer there are some great medieval fests where you will let you eyes and your mouth have a good time. Try to visit the arms museum, it's interesting there are some old torture weapons.
Photos in travelogue.Related to:
- Museum Visits
Try to go from Sirolo to Le due sorelle beach walking, it is a 20 minuts walk and you will join some great views, if you are a quite expert hiker, try also the 'passo del lupo' it's a very panoramic and not too safe street that goes from Monte Conero to the seaside.Related to:
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
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