Under the hill town of Osimo in Italy, lies a hidden network of tunnels and chambers that connect the city's palaces in a mysterious maze. The town was once strategically important for the Knights Templar, whose symbols can still be found throughout Osimo, both above and below the surface. Were these passageways and grottos used by the Templars to...

THE BASILICA DI SAN FRANCESCO IS ONE of the main religious buildings in the town of Ascoli Piceno located in central Italy. Considered the finest example of Franciscan architecture in the region of Marche, the main entrance of this church contains a unique feature.  The entrance is located along a narrow alley on the side of Piazza del Popolo, the...

The Conero Riviera is characterized by pristine beaches and paths to explore. Listed to become a UNESCO heritage site since 2018, it is the ideal destination if you are looking for a blue sea and wild nature. The coastal strip south of Ancona is characterized by numerous unspoilt beaches. The Conero Riviera offers a great variety for sea lovers. Fr...

The words Italy and wine generally direct the brain straight toward pasta-friendly reds like Chianti and Nebbiolo. The well-versed know there’s an entire galaxy of overshadowed white wines within the country’s borders. Many of these varietals are native to Italy and offer something incredibly distinctive in the glass. In terms of overall production...

Ah! Beauty! The gift of the gods to their subjects, inspiration to literature, poetry and art of all forms and colors. Its canons may change from decade to decade,   but its essence remains the same, lifeblood of human creativity and  emotions.  And ugliness? Well, ugliness deserves some attention, too: if it’s true that every force needs an opposi...

Let’s jump back into our tour of the languages of Italy. We went through most of the north and now it is time to keep going down the boot and reach the region of Marche, to the center east of Italy. I didn’t know much about Marche except that it is a beautiful region and that they have amazing people and tasty food, but while researching the langua...

With 170 km of coastline, Le Marche is an ideal summer destination: sandy beaches, wild coves set among cliffs, Mediterranean vegetation, family-friendly seaside resorts, plus many hilltop historic villages to visit when you want a break from the beach.  The Conero area of Le Marche is one of the most popular for a seaside vacation: white sand, tur...

During 2020, on the occasion of the five hundredth anniversary of his death, Raphael Sanzio will be celebrated with a number of events, exhibitions, debates, studies and publications truly out of the ordinary. Every area of his activity, every city in which he lived and every place where he worked will be involved in a total retrospective that will...

The world has seen a video in which for 8 minutes and 46 seconds a human being held his knee on the neck of another human being, and killed him, with the complicity of three other human beings. It wasn't a movie, it wasn't a TV show, it wasn't a play. It was unfortunately the truth, the reality, life and death that had been repeated for too long in...

The small town of Urbino lies in the gentle rolling hills of Le Marche facing the Adriatic Sea, inland from Pesaro. A Unesco site since 1998, Urbino experienced a magnificent cultural renaissance in the 15th century thanks to the patronage of Federico da Montefeltro and his son Guidobaldo, evolving from a medieval village to a splendid princely cou...