Activities

ITALY ART AND CULTURE

FOOD WINE DIVINE

La Muta painting by Raffaello Sanzio (Raphael) on dispaly in Urbino
traditional rustic italian food garnished with garden flowers as the river flows slowly by

Italy Raffaello

Traditional rustic Italian food

UNESCO world heritage site. Picturesque, walled medieval city, nestles the sloping hillside.  Artistically significant, home to one of the most important collections of Renaissance paintings and birthplace of Raphael, whose father was court painter to the Duke.
*47 km, approx. 1 hour

“All by myself, merrily stuffing cappellacci for Christmas, age eight, a star is born.”
Charming 16
th c. farmhouse, enticing dishes keep arriving, artistically garnished with fresh flowers.  Bliss. Outdoor tables, dine, take your time, as the river flows slowly by. Unforgettable feast. 
*59 km, approx. 1.25 hours

sand sea colorful striped umbrellas louge chairs
seafood at the beach prosecco pasta with lobster

Italy beach

Italy sea

“sea air smells of old tales, new dreams”.
*27 km, approx. 35 minutes

 

Prosecco; fisherman’s risotto, passatelli, pici; clams shrimp calamari; skewered fried grilled; step outside, sand at your feet, life is sweet.
More on Blog: seafood at the beach
*33 km, approx. 40 minutes

vist out local roman ruins or the gilded bronze statues dating back to 50 or 30 B.C.
italian farmystyle food local specialties dish after dish

Roman gilded bronze statues

Italian farm style food

Two separate sites.
Horse part of only surviving Roman gilt bronze equestrian group statues, believed to date from between 50 and 30 BC.
*13.8 km, approx. 20 min
Ancient town remains, originally founded by Romans in the early 3rd century BC, abandoned in 6th century AD.  Splendid mosaics, mythological, floral, geometric.
Marble floor incorporating 15 different stone types.
*13.8 km, approx. 20 minutes

Tour the farm, orchards, chickens, goats. Cozy cabin, table laden, local specialties, dish after dish. Appetizers – ricotta honey nuts, marinated olives, cold cuts cheeses, herb egg crepe, seasoned fresh beans – to name a few.  Pastas, mixed grill, rabbit, you’re in luck.
Family, tradition, comfort cocoon.  Tonight, Mama shines.
*6.8 km, 20 minutes

opulent 18th c. palazzo, rococo
award winning pizza chef nestled in the local mountains

Italy palazzo

Italy pizza

Opulent 18th c. palazzo, rococo; stucco capitals, cornices, frieze borders, frescoes, tromp l’oeil intertwine; red marble corridors, mosaic floors, carved doors.
More on Blog: Jesi
*38 km, approx. 45 minutes

Rosina – local salami, mozzarella, pecorino and fennel flavored fava beans
Le Tre Grazie – raw local mozzarella, field vegetables and sausage
Oro di Vino – mozzarella fior di latte, prosciutto, iceberg, balsamic vinegar cream with truffles. Unique.
* 18 km, about 25 minutes

romanesque abbey 10th c. one of the oldest benedictine monasteries in the March
local ravioli sauces ready made

Italy abbey

Italy ravioli

Romanesque abbey, tiny jewel. 10th c., one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries in the Marche.
*40 km, approx. 45 minutes

Colorful egg dough pastas catch the eye – cocoa, pomodoro, radicchio, spinaci.  Homemade sauces: tomato, fresh porcini (in season), truffle. Stuffed ravioli: ricotta and spinach; porcini and sausage.  Meat tortellini, cheese with truffle to melt in crescia, white truffle sauce to top filet.  Not your ordinary take-out.
*42 km, approx. 45 minutes

local five star specialties of our area hand sliced prosciutto pici pasta taken up a notch

Italy country style

Italy Marche gourmet

Wind up up up, stunning birds eye views.
Dine like a local, wine carafe, tables close, people chat.  Women knead roll stuff, pasta, homemade that afternoon.  Fire, stone pit, meats roast, crescia (local flat bread) grills.  Country living, Marchigiano style, hard to beat.
*27 km, approx. 30 minutes

“Perfect dish should be tempting tasty and light”.  Local fresh seasonal refined.  Ricotta-filled aubergine rolls, grape must reduction.  Tagliolini, goose ragout, purple potatoes.  Over 800 Italian and international wines. Superb.
*5 km, approx. 15 minutes

*Driving times will vary depending on whether you travel by autostrada, main or country back roads.
**Not every activity is available daily