Drab winter clothes have been packed away and last year's beachwear tried for size, leisurely dinners under the stars are back on the menu, and cherries, apricots, melons and peaches are on sale at the fruttivendolo - it's summer again in Le Marche.
Pass the pasta
The small town of Campofilone in Fermo province is celebrated for some of Italy's finest egg pasta. The delicate strands of maccheroncini di Campofilone are made entirely from eggs and durum wheat flour without any added water, and ten eggs are used for every kilogram of flour. The high egg content produces a very absorbent pasta best served with a suitably liquid ragu', or meat sauce.
If you're in the province for the first weekend of August make for the Sagra Nazionale dei Maccheroncini at Campofilone where you can try maccheroncini alongside other specialities from the area.
Another Blue Flag record
Le Marche has been awarded more Blue Flags - the prestigious awards given annually to well-kept beaches and marinas across Europe by the Foundation for Environmental Education - than any other region in Italy this year.
The important "eco-label" is given to sites that meet strict criteria including water quality, environmental management, safety and other services.
A total of 26 beaches and nine marinas have been nominated in the following towns (from north to south): Gabicce Mare, Pesaro, Fano, Marotta di Mondolfo, Senigallia, Sirolo, Numana, Porto Recanati, Potenza Picena, Civitanova Marche, Porto Sant'Elpidio, Lido di Fermo, Porto San Giorgio, Cupra Marittima, Grottammare, and San Benedetto del Tronto.
Marche Voyager beaches page
Trad it ain't...
Summer in Le Marche this year again offers visitors a trio of outstanding jazz and world music festivals, all featuring top-class performers.
The Ancona Jazz Summer Festival takes place in the splendid outdoor setting of the Mole Vanvitelliana in the Marche capital and runs from 2 to 12 July. Fano Jazz by the Sea runs from 24 to 30 July and takes place in the Renaissance Corte Malatestiana and the Marina dei Cesari on a stage built out over the water. The third festival of note is TAM - Tutta un'altra musica which takes place in a number of towns in the southern Marche between 21 June and 30 July. For full programmes see the websites below
Ancona Summer Jazz Festival website
Fano Jazz by the Sea website
TAM - Tutta un'altra musica website
For those with more classical tastes, a series of events are being planned to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth of the composer Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, who was born in Jesi on 4 January 1710.
For full details visit this site
Following the success of the 2007 art exhibition in Caldarola's recently restored Palazzo del Cardinale Pallotta, visitors to the hilltop town in Macerata province have another chance to see a striking art show in the grand setting of this Baroque palace.
Le Stanze del Cardinale includes works by Caravaggio, Guido Reni, Guercino and Mattia Preti, and aims to partially recreate the celebrated collection of the palace's creator, the 17th century Cardinal Giambattista Pallotta. It runs until 12 november 2009 and is open daily except Mondays.
Le Stanze del Cardinale website
Marche country views
Ascoli Piceno's Galleria d'Arte Contemporanea has an exhibition this summer of the work of the town's native son Tullio Pericoli. Well-known in Italy for his newspaper caricatures and drawings, Pericoli is also celebrated for his drawings of the Italian countryside. Sedendo e mirando, paesaggi dal 1966 al 2009 features more than 130 of his landscape works spanning 40 years of his career, and the exhibition runs until 13 September 2009.
Sedendo e mirando website
The marchigiani are keen promoters of healthy eating and apparently consume around 26,000 meals every day based on organic produce.
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