Welcome to the summer edition of the Marche Voyager newsletter. The Marche can currently boast being one of the most efficient Italian regions for Covid vaccination rates: some 1,200,000 doses have been administered to date, with some 372,000 people now fully vaccinated. Hopes of a return to normality grow, and already European tourists are beginning to reappear. So buone vacanze, even if you can't visit us this year!
La crema della crema...
Many have heard talk of the irresistible olive ascolane, or deep-fried, stuffed olives from the southern Marche, but equally enticing are the deep-fried cubes of sweet egg custard known as crema fritta, the perfect complement to any self-respecting fritto misto. To try them at their best head for Ascoli Piceno.
This year’s Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, from 9-22 August, features four new productions of the maestro’s operas and a closing Gala Rossini with the dazzling tenor Juan Diego Flórez. The Macerata open-air Opera Festival, meanwhile, celebrates 100 years of productions with two Verdi evergreens, Aida and La Traviata.
The plane in Spain
Ancona airport has added a new summer route to its international destinations, a twice-weekly direct flight to Barcelona. Other international cities currently served by the airport include Brussels, London, Dusseldorf, Munich, and Tirana.
A black & white genius
Senigallia has opened a permanent exhibition of the work of the celebrated Italian photographer, Mario Giacomelli, in a dedicated wing of the town’s Ducal Palace. Some 80 works, originally donated to the local council by the photographer in the 1990s, will be on show in his native town, were he lived and worked until his death in 2000.
Wave the flag
The Marche has some 27 Blue Flag beaches this year – the Bandiere blu are the prestigious awards given annually by the Foundation for Environmental Education to well-kept beaches and marinas across Europe. The important “eco-label” is given to sites that meet strict criteria including water quality, environmental management, safety and other services.
The 27 beaches and six marinas are in the following 17 towns (from north to south): Gabicce Mare, Pesaro, Fano, Marotta di Mondolfo, Senigallia, Ancona, Sirolo, Numana, Potenza Picena, Civitanova Marche, Fermo, Porto San Giorgio, Altidona, Pedaso, Cupra Marittima, Grottammare, and San Benedetto del Tronto.
Just to let you know we've used some of our lockdown time to do a thorough revision of our excellent (well, we would say that wouldn't we) guide to the region. The 2021 updated edition of Le Marche: an insider's guide by Peter Greene is now available as a paperback or a downloadable Kindle ebook on your local Amazon website. Visit Marche Voyager guide book page for more information.
There are currently around 430 people over 100 years old in the Marche.
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