Travelling to Le Marche: Caves of Frasassi and Verdicchio Wine.

Let’s visit Frasassi Caves and admire the vineyards and the medieval villages. 

Let’s go among the legends, the magic, the flavors and the natural wonders of the typical Le Marche landscape, and look at the gentle hills and to the sea sloping.

After crossing the border of Emilia Romagna, we continue the trip along the Adriatic coast and go southward following Ancona. In our journey we’ll be with www.myownitaly.com a travel&tourism website where you can discover unusual and different itineraries in Italy.

The Grotte di Frasassi, in Le Marche region.

We begin our journey in Le Marche starting from Frasassi, one of the most famous villages of the region, located in the province of Ancona. Here since the 70’s, after a laborious and delicate work of digging, visitors could access to these spectacular caves.

The visit of the famous Frasassi Caves can be an experience full of surprises: the caves stretch for thirty kilometers and they are located on eight different levels, with millenary concentrations of limestone that formed stalactites and stalagmites of spectacular proportions that make up an incredible and unique natural sight.
A walk of about 1 hour and 15 minutes is accessible to everybody at a temperature of 14 degrees that is constant all the year round. That’s why they recommend to use comfortable shoes and a sweatshirt even during the summer months.

The “Abyss Ancona” is the first part of the cave and the researchers gave it the name of their city. It is a big cave, perhaps one of the deepest caves in Europe and in the world: 180 m. long, 120 m. large and 200 m. high. At the end of the “Abyss” it is possible to see a caotic hoard of blocks, results of movements and fallings down from time immemorial that gave origin to the abyss.

Enjoy Le Marche Wines.

After visiting the caves, it is also worth to make a stop at one of the many wine cellars that in this area produce a typical Le Marche white wine: the verdicchio wine. The best way to learn everything about any aspect of this wine is to understand the secrets of the traditional production: in order to learn more and more you might stop at the Cantina Colonnara, in Cupramontana: here the wines are obtained thanks to a perfect combination of different elements, such as the earth, the microclimate, the human labor.
The Colonnara wine farm consists of 100+ members and 100+ hectares of vineyards. You will appreciate a modern method of wine production and also the production of sparkling wines first with the Martinotti method (fermentation in barrel) in the 70s, then with the Classic Method Brut (bottle fermentation) since 1980.

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Hiking in the Conero Natural Park, Gem of Central Italy.

I’m a naturalist guide of Marches region since 2009, so I know very well the nature of my region and the best tracks to enjoy the Marches nature. I like very much combinate my hike with wine tasting or historic spots. I speak english and spanish Continue reading

Italy best kept secret the Conero Natural Park.

Not too far from the hustle and bustle of northern Italy big cities such as Milan and Bologna, there is a gem that many tourist forget to visit. Conero national park is one of the best places in Europe for hiking, walking, beaches and wine tasting. 600 hectares of untouched Mediterranean landscape with white sand beaches it is everyone dream of a holiday. Do not forget to also visit Sirolo and Numana as they are little gems of a town surrounded by lush green Mediterranean.

Hiking tours of the Coneral Natural Park with wine tasting.

The best track in Conero Natural Park is the Traversata del Conero, it’s an hike across the mountain of Conero with fantastic panorama points over the Adriatic sea. During the hike, we are surrounded by mediterranean shrub and typical animals of this region, like peregrine falcon, passerines, badger, green frog… The hike is interesting also for the history of Conero: infact, there are some points in the track that we can discover about that, for example The Roman Caves. At the end of the hike, we can go to a wine bar to taste the Rosso Conero wine.

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Conero national Park in Le Marche Region Italy- source

 

Guide name and profile: Niki

I’m a naturalist guide of Marches region since 2009, so I know very well the nature of my region and the best tracks to enjoy the Marches nature. I like very much combine my hike with wine tasting or historic spots. I speak English and Spanish. Please enquiry for pricing.

 

Fresh Pasta Importer in London United Kingdom.

Importing Fresh Egg Pasta into The United Kingdom.

Our company has teamed up with some of the best artisanal pasta makers in Italy. We are now able to import into the United Kingdom high quality fresh egg pasta packed in protective atmosphere with a long shelf life. The stuffed pasta lasts for 30 days, and the non stuffed products last for 45 days. The availability of refrigerated courier in europe is now greater and it is possible to have these products within 48 hours from ordering without breaking the controlled temperature chain.

Who are the producers?

In this case we have selected a very high quality pasta producer based in the region of Le Marche in Italy which is famous for its excellent culinary traditions. Our producers only use the highest grade ingredients. Only the best flour and the best eggs have been selected to produce these delicious pasta parcels. The company uses only fully traceable ingredients and in particular they only use Italian wheat and Italian eggs.

The Stuffed Pasta.

High quality hand made pasta from Le Marche. Here below you can see two example of the the pasta they produce

Caramelle: Durum Semolina egg pasta stuffed with Various Fillings

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Caramelle are delicious and fun at the same time as they replicate the wrapping of candies. The company produces them with different fillings: ricotta and porcini mushroom, ricotta and artichokes, Ricotta and radicchio.

Ventagli : Durum Semolina egg pasta stuffed with Various Fillings

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Made strictly according the Italian tradition only with high quality ingredients and completely made by hand. The stuffing varies according the requirements of the client: Ricotta and Spinach; Ricotta and truffle, Ricotta and pumpkin, Ricotta and Radicchio, Ricotta and prawns. 

Freshly Made Artisanal Olive all’Ascolana – Italian Stuffed olives

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Olive all’Ascolana are a typical dish that you find in Le Marche in central Italy. They are an excellent product when sold as street food or at events or parties. Our supplier makes them by hand one by one using only the freshed and best local ingredients. They are simply made with olives stuffed with meat and parmesan cheese. They are breaded and ready to be fried. They also come packed in trays under protective atmosphere and they have a life of 20 days. If you are planning to start a food truck, or if run food based events olive all’ascolana will be an incredible hit for you.

Why choose products from Le Marche.

Le Marche is famous in Italy for its incredible food traditions spanning from fresh egg pasta, to cheeses and wines, fish and meat dishes. To learn more about the cuisine of Le Marche you can read this article too.

Le Marche: Italy’s culinary hidden gem – a tour into its cuisine

Beautiful seaside towns and resorts, long beaches for summer vacations, stunning countryside for walking tours and a strong seafood culinary tradition: Le Marche is all of that and much more. Nestled between the Adriatic shore and the Appennines ranges, the Italian region features typical food coming both from the inland and the seaside. For your next holidays in Italy, think about cooking vacations or gastronomic tours in Le Marche and don’t forget to taste the following recommended dishes.

Emilia Delizia organises culinary food tours in Le Marche region, if your group would like to discover the food, wine and majestic landscape of this region, our company would be delighted to put together an itinerary to die for. Emilia Delizia also organises cooking classes focussing on traditional dishes  suchs as Vincisgrassi, Brodetto all’Anconetana, and the cripsy Olive all’Ascolana.

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Sirolo – The Conero Bay – great landscapes are awaiting for you in Le Marche – source

 

Try Vincisgrassi, a special kind of lasagne.

If you want to try lasagne as you have never tasted, Vincisgrassi is the traditional first course from Le Marche that you was looking for.
The recipe was first cited by Antonio Nebbia in his book “Il cuoco Maceratese” in 1783. As you many guess by the title, the recipe must have been created in the town of Macerata, but you can find it in many other tourist destinations of Le Marche. It seems to be named after Windischgratz, the Austrian general who is told to have enthusiastically eaten it after a victorious battle against Napoleon.
The secret which makes Vincisgrassi such a delicious dish, must be the flavourful tomato sauce placed among the layers of pasta since it is enriched with ragù made from pork, veal and chicken. If that wasn’t enough mushrooms and truffles are added to give a plentiful savour.
Order Vincisgrassi lasagne as main course in any typical restaurant in Le Marche region… every bite will be a mouthwatering experience for your palate!

Crisp olive all’ascolana – Stuffed and fried olives.

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Olive all’ascolana a delight for the aperitivo – source

Large, crunchy, stuffed: they are “olive all’ascolana”, a delicacy of Le Marche region which received the DOP recognition in 2005. This famous appetizer can be ordered at restaurants, bars, pubs and you can find them listed in the Antipasto or Aperitivo section since Ascolana olives are used to be served as an antipasto along with other fried snacks or as finger food in cocktail hours.
The soft crisp external part hides a green olive and a heart of meat. You could even find the recipe to prepare it at home but… don’t make it that simple! The authentic recipe dating from the seventeenth century uses exclusively olives ascolane tenere – from Ascoli indeed – filled with pork, veal, chicken and vegetables.

Flavourful Brodetto all’Anconetana – A fish soup that you will never forget.

If you drop by the coastal towns of San Benedetto del Tronto, Ancona, Porto Recanati and Fano, you will be overwhelmed by the unique flavour of seafood coming from any restaurant, as you have a nice stroll in those quaint villages. So don’t think twice, time has come for you to stop and taste the regional delicacy Brodetto all’anconetana. This tasteful fish soup cooked with 13 or more different varieties of seafood – including mullet and cuttlefish – is a local tradition as old as fishing. Expert chefs in any Le Marche town have created signature versions of Brodetto all’anconetana, giving the opportunity to make an unforgettable gourmet journey. It is recommended to savour Brodetto with the DOC white wine Verdicchio, which best emphasises its characteristics.
Don’t miss to try other typical seafood dishes such as Stoccafisso all’anconetana (salted fish) and Mosciolo (mussel).

If you would like to breath the fresh air of unspoilt countryside and learn more about food traditions in Le Marche, book great gastronomic excursions or tasting tours in this region bordering Emilia Romagna.