FOOD WINE DIVINE
Crivelli, Pinturicchio adorn pompeii red walls of an intimate 15th century palazzo. Elegant piazza, beckons. Day, enchanting as a Faberge egg.
*80 km, approx. 1.5 hours
Traditional recipes, passed down thru generations, simply to die for.
12 tastings – 5 apps, 3 starters, 3 mains, 1 dessert.
*103 km, approx. 2 hours
Among the main pilgrimage sites in Italy, construction of the basilica, ordered by the Pope in 1469, worked on by the greatest architects of the time. Magnificent marble mausoleum (Bramante) surrounds the Holy House believed to be the Nazareth house where Virgin Mary was born, received the Angel’s visit. Stained glass illuminates, eight glorious gilded, vaulted gothic chapels. Stupendous.
*87 km, approx. 1.5 hours
Specialty of the Conero coast, original recipe called for 13 types of fish, one for each participant in the last supper, zafferanella (wild saffron), loaf of bread for dipping, heaven.
*87 km, approx. 1.5 hours
Italy Marche gourmet
Early 18th c. palazzo, baroque rococo.
When chariots stylishly transported ladies to the theatre. Library, 350,000 bound manuscripts, 17 and 18th c. frescoes. Delightful.
*84 km, approx 1.5 hours
“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
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
Opulent 18th c. palazzo, rococo; stucco capitals, cornices, frieze borders, frescoes, tromp l’oeil intertwine; red marble corridors, mosaic floors, carved doors.
*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
Italy roman ruins
1st c. mosaics, depicting classical mythological figures. Chariot of triumph, Neptune and Amphitrite (god and goddess of the sea). Bacchus (agriculture, wine, fertility) and Medusa (hair of snakes, look into her eyes, turn to stone). One of central Italy’s greatest recent archaeological finds.
*69 km, approx. 1.25 hours
Mushrooms truffles (black year round, white in season) specialty of the house. Tasting menu – 3 apps, 2 starters, meat main, side dishes, dessert, wine, coffee. Foodie ecstacy.
*77 km, approx. 1.25 hour
“sea air smells of old tales, new dreams”
Prosecco; fisherman’s risotto, passatelli, pici; clams shrimp calamari; skewered fried grilled; step outside, sand at your feet, life is sweet.
*33 km, approx. 40 minutes
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 16th 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
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. Wooden cabins, table laden, appetizers – ricotta honey nuts, marinated olives, cold cuts cheeses, herb egg crepe, seasoned fresh beans, grilled vegetables – to name a few. Pastas, mixed grill, rabbit, you’re in luck.
Down home cooking, unbeatable.
*6.8 km, 20 minutes
*Driving times will vary depending on whether you travel by autostrada, main or country back roads.