The Spa or “Terme” : The waters; which are bottled locally, are claimed to be beneficial for many complaints and the Spa or “Terme” itself offers visitors health and beauty treatments in lovely surroundings at a reasonable cost. Take the turning from Sarnano for Gualdo 200m before Sarnano, the Terme is about 1km on the right.
If you feel like pampering yourself with a massage, a treatment or want more than your crops irrigating, there are 3 local spots. The Terme (see above), Hotel Eden on the hill above and behind Sarnano or at Lago San Ruffino (0736 848099) where treatments are provided by trained therapists from the cooperative.
Ascoli are the nearest members of Serie B and its quite easy and cheap to buy tickets. The city and its stadium are 45minutes away. Tickets are available at the local Tabacchi in Sarnano or in Ascoli on Matchday (don’t to forget to take ID)
The nearest course is at Sirolo; Conero Golf Club (071/7360613) which is an hour away, it is 6766 yards long and nestles in the hills of the Conero national park overlooking the sea. Weekday green fees of €40 - clubs can be hired. This is also a great wine producing area- so a trip to a Cantina for the 19th hole should be considered http://www.conerogolfclub.it/ita/conero/campo_piantina.asp
Within easy reach are the yacht club at Porto San Giorgio, Windsurfing at Civitanova and Porto San Elpidio, Sailing at Civitanova, diving at Pedaso, canoeing at lake Fiastra
Ten minutes from the Sarnano you will find a Hang gliding school and accompanied tourist flights are available from May to October. http://www.limanhouse.com/home.htm
Skiing & Snowboarding
15 minutes from the villa is Sassotetto is Le Marche’s main ski resort and is ideal for beginners,or for those who need a weekend ski-fix. There are 10 drag/chairlifts, 9 pistes plus off piste action available. At the ski resort are a couple of restaurants, ski & boot hire plus ski pass sales. There is also a regular bus service from the town.
There are 10 marked circular routes from Sarnano for walkers of all abilities (you should find a little fold out map in the villa or on the desk in the tourist office) and the local tourist board organises guided hikes throughout the summer. The Sibillini National Park also organises tours and treks throughout the Spring, Summer and Autumn months and have numerous predefined itineries available http://www.parks.it/parco.nazionale.monti.sibillini/Eman.html.
Also available at tabacchi is the detailed map of the network of paths and tracks through the sibillini mountain national park, you can drive to the top of the mountains and walk the ridges across to a number of refuges that have bars and restaurants.
If you are interested in walking, please ask as we have other itineraries and details of the CAI (Club Alpini D’Italia) walks that are running this year on July 6 (M) & 13(D), and August 3(M),9 (M),11 (C), 13 (E), 17 (M), 24 (M), Sept-7(D), Nov 2 (D) Code C- for children, E-Easy, M- Medium, D-Difficult. Please note that you need to book these in advance, let us know if you are interested..
There are bikes available at the villa and top of the range machines for hire in Amandola There are 10 marked circular routes from Sarnano for cyclists of all abilities plus a calendar of group cycle rides from Sarnano from April to October see http://www.sarnanoinbici.it/inizio.htm. Also available is the detailed map of the network of paths and tracks through the sibillini mountain national park http://www.stanfords.co.uk/stock/monti-sibillini-national-park-53747/
Guided or solo horseriding from 1 to 4 hours or itineries of up to 3 days are available at the local le querce agriturismo 4 km the other side of Sarnano phone 0733.658211
Lessons and treks are also run by Ippodromo San Lorenzo, part of the non-profit making Cooperative at Lake San Ruffino, lovely scenery and great one on one tuition at about €15 an hour. Phone
Visit Montegiorgio, half an hour from the villa if you fancy a day or night of watching and betting on horse racing Italian style (with riders in traps) http://www.sanpaolo.ippodromo.it/main.php
Flat racing is also held at Corridonia from June to September is half an hour away.
Hot air Ballooning
www.ballon.it can arrange the trip of a lifetime in a hot air balloon- the journey starts nearby and takes in breathtaking scenery of the mountains, lakes, medieval hilltop villages and the sea beyond
Verde Azzurro waterpark is an hour away at Cingoli and offers families a day filled with pools, tame rides and slides. If you want whiter knuckles then you need to go 1.5 hrs to OndaBlu at Tortoreto just beyond San Benedetto Del Tronto (autostrada exit Val Vibrata )
Canoeing and Pedoles
For hire at the beach at Lake Fiastra in the mountains beyond Bolognola. Kayaking courses take place at Lake San Ruffino during the Summer.
Sarnano has its own indoor and outdoor shooting ranges (the owners son is National champion) and guns can be hired if you fancy some pot shots before blagging that wild boar.
Look for posters as you pass through villages, better still go to the tabacchi and buy “Corriere Proposte”- this is Le Marche’s Time-Out guide.
If you fancy pushing the boat out and eating somewhere very stylish and ultra modern then this comes highly recommended. The food is only a euro or two more expensive per dish but its all mouthwatering, the service is the tops and the delicacies are all served up with a dash of panache. The menu is split between meat and fish (brought fresh from the coast every day).
The antipasti is amazing, the first courses vary from tagliatelle with a hare ragu to Radicchio and Sea Bass Risotto. The meats and Fish and panacottas are also tremendous. It also has a very good wine cellar. Closed Sunday night & Monday
Favorite Dish: Radicchio and Sea Bass Risotto- moist, rounded with lovely bitter raddicchio to cut the flavour of the bass.
Impressive ristorante with varied antipasti, good first courses and meats cooked alla braccia/ flame grilled. Try the Cinghiale in Salmi (wild boar and olives in a robust sauce. D Take your proposed antipasti order and divide it by 2 if you want to make it to the sweet menu Closed Friday
Favorite Dish: Cinghiale in Salmi, Great, robust Wild boar and olive stew- melts in your mouth
Very convivial atmosphere created by the owner Gabrielle, who speaks English and will translate the many lovely dishes- Good range of fresh pasta and meats- special nights with bands and interesting fixed menu.
Favorite Dish: Bean Soup