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Of Popes & Piety: An Exploration of the Warring Families of Central Italy- Part 1

Medieval times. Central Italy, the birth of the Renaissance. The Catholic Church is at the peak of its power, and occupies the northern provinces of the Marche (this being before the Vatican settled in Roma). There’s land to be had and enemies to smote. When your enemy happens to live right nearby, that quickly develops into a rivalry. And what do we know about Italian history if not that their favorite game-show would have been Family Feud? That’s right people, I’m talking Montegues and [...]

A Quick Explanation of Italian Wines- IGT, DOC & DOCG

Before I release my article covering the wines of Le Marche, I’d like to make clear to everyone what exactly DOC, DOCG and IGT means. Italian wines can take a lifetime to master (I’m merely on the tip of the iceberg), and can become confusing if you try to wade through them without any prior knowledge. This should act as a good beginning spot for anyone looking to better understand Italian wine. The IGT, DOC and DOCG acronyms are designations used for [...]

Marche Recipe of the Month: Olive all’Ascolana

Nobody – wino, lost tourist, world traveler or avid explorer – should be subjected to a trip that doesn’t include awesome foods. What’s an Italian experience without amazing local recipes? That’s exactly what we’re bringing you in this portion of The Marche Monthly. Welcome to the first edition of Marche Recipe of the Month! First on our list, a famous recipe from the city of Ascoli Piceno. Olive all’Ascolana- green olives stuffed with beef or pork & vegetables or herbs, then [...]

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