Adventure Le Marche: Le Grotte di Frasassi

This article brought to by Centanni Wines. Some of the most awe-inspiring scenes that we get to witness are those from within the Earth. Caves are a special type of place that draw wonder in creative minds, and stoke adventure in the hearts of explorers. Today we’re off to such a place in The Marvelous Marche. Take a walk with me through Le Grotte di Frasassi.  Have you ever been inside a massive cavern? One so big you can’t see the ceiling? It’ll [...]

There and Back Again – Meeting the Family Centanni

  Not long into my time at Lavanda Blu (that story here) we needed to head over the hill to the Centanni family property to fill up at the wine station (quite literally like a gas station, see below). Hans, the tall Dutchman with a wolf’s look of gray hair and blue-gray eyes (and a wild sense of humor you could only attribute to a true Dutchman), took me with him to fill the wine jugs at Cantina Centanni (cantina, Italian for winery). [...]

Blue Flag Beach of the Month: San Benedetto del Tronto

Welcome to the Marche Blue Flag Beach of the Month The glow of spring has morphed into the heat of summer, and the Adriatic has warmed to a nice 26° (82°F). Slow, mellow waves brush through rock breakers, leaving the shallows unmolested for the relaxed and the sportive alike. Up and down the coast, beach goers are seeking prime spots to bask under the Marche sun and to dive into the placid waters. For many, their destination is San Benedetto del Tronto. I’m taking you on [...]

Discovering the Gem: A Chance Stumble Across The Marche

Arriving at Agriturismo Lavanda Blu June 2011 Carassai, Italy Long green valli fingering out, hilltop borghi speckled about, mall aziende set throughout, la costa, warm and gorgeous blue, towering montagne, always a stunning view. Must be in The Marvelous Marche On my way to study abroad in Spain, I found work as a farm hand in the lavender fields and gardens of Agriturismo Lavanda Blu. Partners Hans and Lisa run the organic farm, campground and bed & breakfast, offering a relaxing, quiet resort for guests. If you happen to wake up for it, the [...]

Beach Town of the Month: Cupra Marittima

I remember the first time I saw the coast of the Marvelous Marche. It was June 2011, and I was on a bus from Rome to some place I’d never heard of before, to a world completely unknown. I didn’t speak a word of Italian, nor did I know anyone where I was going. No cell phone, only my wits about me. With me I had my laptop, a few books and some clothes, all stuffed into my dad’s old [...]

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