Events in Marche August 2015

Events in Marche Region

The Marche region is ready to welcome you with a number of scheduled events for the new year, ranging from culture to cuisine, from consolidated appointments with opera to great multidisciplinary festivals. Thanks to an efficient railway network and the high speed train “Freccia Rossa”, The Marche is an easily accessible region: from Milan, where Expo 2015 will be held, it just takes 3 hours.

July

Festival

Title: 51st Macerata Opera Festival

Town: Macerata, Arena Sferisterio

Province: Macerata

Date: 17th July – 9thAugust 2015

The 51st Macerata Opera Festival will be directed by Francesco Micheli.

In the season 2015 Macerata’s spectacular open-air Arena will be hosting:

Giuseppe Verdi’s Rigoletto, Pietro Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana,Ruggero Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci and Giacomo Puccini’s La Boheme.

Info event:

Association Arena Sferisterio: Tel: +39. 0733 261335.

website: http://www.sferisterio.it

e-mail: info@sferisterio.it

Title: Futura Festival

Town: Civitanova Marche

Province: Macerata

Date: from July to August 2015

Futura Festival is an event including meetings, concerts and shows

Info event:

Website: http://www.futurafestival.it

Tel: +39. 0733. 812936,

e-mail: info@futurafestival.it

Dance

Title: 22nd Civitanova Danza

Town: Civitanova Marche

Province: Macerata

Date: From July to August ,2015

Civitanova Danza is the first dance Festival of the Marche Region and is one of the few in Italy that can show the various forms of the world’s modern dance. The event will take place at the Theatre Gioacchino Rossini, the Theatre Annibale Caro and the Theatre Cecchetti.

Event info:

AMAT (ticket Info), Tel.: +39. 071. 2072439 – http://www.amatmarche.net

Website: www.civitanovadanza.it

HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT

Title: Quintana of Ascoli

City: Ascoli Piceno

Province: Ascoli Piceno

Date: 11stJuly – 2ndAugust, 2015

Description: Ascoli Piceno’s Quintana celebrates the rites described in the statutes and in medieval documents: the oath, the reading of the proclamation, the “show” of the new Palio and the procession on the day of St. Anna, the opening of the patronal feasts; the competitions of flag bearers and archers; the parties in the taverns, the ceremony of the offer of the Town’s bulk candle and of the bulk candles of the corporations to the Bishop; the blessing of the riders and the beautiful pageant of the parade in the beautiful and well-finished period, costumes and the historical tournament of the “giostra del Campo” (carousel of the field)

Event info:

Tel. +39.0736.298223,

Website: http://www.quintanadiascoli.it

e-mail: ente.quintana@comune.ascolipiceno.it

Info event: IAT tel. +39.0736 253045

e-mail: iat.ascolipiceno@provincia.ap.it

August

Festival

Title: 36th Rossini Opera Festival

Town: Pesaro

Province: Pesaro-Urbino

Date: 10th – 23rd August, 2015

Pesaro remains an important pilgrimage centre for Rossini’s fans and is the setting, each August, for the prestigious Rossini Opera Festival, which is dedicated to performing his operas. The event will take place in the Teatro Rossini, the Adriatic Arena, the Teatro Sperimentale, the Auditorium Pedrotti and the Rocca Costanza.

Event info:

Website: http://www.rossinioperafestival.it

Tel: +39. 0721 3800243

e-mail: boxoffice@rossinioperafestival.it

Title: 14th Summer Jamboree

Town: Senigallia

Province: Ancona

Date: 1st – 9th August , 2015

It is a Festival of American music and culture of the ’40s and ’50s with live

performances of DJ sets swing, rock’n’roll, jive, doo-wop, rhythm and blues,

hill-billy and western swing . The stands sell modern antiques: juke boxes,

hats, gadgets, pictures, guitars, country items, vinyl records, CDs and any-

thing related to the culture of those years. During the festival the parade of vintage cars is very impressive.

Event Info:

Association of Summer Jamboree: Tel: +39.331. 2800555,

website: http://www.summerjamboree.com

e-mail: help@summerjamboree.com

Title: Montelago Cetic Festival

City: Serravalle di Chienti

Province: Macerata

Dates: August, 2015

Organized by Arte Nomade under the auspices of The Marche region, the Irish Embassy in Italy, and the Italian Rugby Federation, the Festival’s increasingly international character attracts some 20.000 enthusiasts every year from all over Italy and abroad.

The festival boasts traditional activities such as historical re-enactments, sporting events and cultural happenings.

Event info:

Website: http://www.montelagocelticfestival.it

e-mail: info@montelagocelticfestival.it

Title: Festival Nazionale dell’Umorismo Cabaret Amoremio!

City: Grottammare

Province: Ascoli Piceno

Dates: 7th – 8th August, 2015

The Festival Nazionale dell’Umorismo Cabaret Amoremio! (or National Festival of Humour My Darling Cabaret!) is one of the most important comedy events in Italy, as well as a platform for young and talented comedians to launch their careers and hone their skills in front of large and, hopefully, appreciative audiences.

Event info: Office of Culture and Tourism

website: http://www.cabaretamoremio.it

e-mail: info@cabaretamoremio.it

Title: Tipicità EXPerience – Gran Tour delle Marche 2015

City: Monte Urano

Province: Fermo

Dates: August 2015

The historic centre of Monte Urano will be enlivened by the extraordinary tour guide par excellence, Peter Pan, during Microcosmo, a journey into nature’s most hidden secrets through the lens of a stereoscope and a lovely animated presentation of the children’s book “Quel filo rosso” (That Red Thread) with an overhead projector, narrator and music.

Event info:

website: www.tipicita.it

Taste

Title: Sagra of Vernaccia

Town: Serrapetrona

Province: Macerata

Date: 6th – 9th August, 2015

Sagra of Vernaccia is a wine and food festival celebrating Vernaccia di Serrapetrona DOCG wine. The event features entertainment, music and craft markets .

Event info:

Website:www.comune.serrapetrona.mc.it

Tel: +39 0733.908321

Title: Tipicità EXPerience – Gran Tour delle Marche 2015 – Ascoliva Festival

City: Ascoli Piceno

Province: Ascoli Piceno

Dates: August 2015

The ‘city of travertine’ is transformed into the capital of the tenera ascolana del piceno DOP olive. In the lovely setting of Piazza Arringo, the Olive Village will host local producers of the local delicacy alongside cultural, food and wine events, music and conferences about the

special characteristics of one of Italy’s best known product. Aside from the renowned olive all’ascolana, the stands will also feature traditional local specialties to make the event a full immersion experience into the cuisine of Ascoli Piceno.

Event info:

website: www.tipicita.it

Title: National Festival of the “Maccheroncini di Campofilone”

Town: Campofilone

Province: Fermo

Date: 7 th – 10 th August, 2015

Campofilone is the protagonist of the National Festival of the Maccheroncini (a kind of pasta), the most typical dish of the area, prepared with the best durum wheat and eggs; the recipe has been handed down from mothers to daughters. The festival promotes the production of this traditional dish that can be tasted at the taverns.

Event info:

Town Council Campofilone, Tel: + 39 0734 .932951

website: http://www.comune.campofilone.fm.it

e-mail: campofilone@ucvaldaso.it

Title: Festa del Verdicchio

City: Staffolo

Province: Ancona

Dates: August 2015

The historical centre of Staffolo will host an event in which Verdicchio wine, a local specialty, will be the star. The area around Staffolo is home to the Musone and Esino rivers and has been called the ‘Balcony of the Vallesina’ thanks to its ideal location between the Adriatic Sea and the

mountains of the inlands.

Event info:

City of Staffolo: Tel: + 39 0731.779218,

website: http://www.comune.staffolo.an.it

Title: Sagra Nazionale delle Cozze and Spaghetti alla marinara

City: Pedaso

Province: Fermo

Dates: August 2015

If you love seafood then you’ll not want to miss the National Clam Festival.It’s the main event in the town of Pedaso and features food stands, live music and entertainment. Viale della Repubblica is where all the music is performed.

Event info:

Pro Loco Pedaso, Tel: + 39.0734.931631,

website: www.prolocopedaso.it

Title: Sea Festival with “Padella gigante dell’Adriatico”

Town Porto San Giorgio

Province: Fermo

Date: August 2015

The Festival is a celebration of all things fishy, featuring a giant “frying pan”. The Padella gigante dell’Adriatico is six metres in diameter, holds some 1,000 liters of cooking oil and is used to fry roughly 1,000 kilos of baby squid and sardines in around three hours.

Event info:

Pro Loco Porto San Giorgio, Tel: +39. 0734. 675256,

website: http://www.prolocoportosangiorgio.it

e-mail: prolocopsg@tiscali.it

HISTORICAL RE-ENACTMENT

Title: The Duke’s festival- Renaissance curtains, Urbino

City: Urbino

Province: Pesaro Urbino

Dates: August, 2015

Reenactments, parades and historic markets with music, theatre performances, court dances, taverns and Renaissance gardens.

Event info:

Tourist Office IAT Urbino, Tel. +39 0722. 2613

website: http://www.urbino-rievocazionistoriche.it

e-mail: iat.provincia@provincia.ps.it

Title: Templaria Festival

City: Castignano

Province: Ascoli Piceno

Dates: 16 th -19 th August 2015 Templaria Festival is a re-enactment of medieval life with theatre, music, exhibits and conferences, but also banquets, tavernas serving medieval fare and workshops with craftsmen. Walking down the streets of the historical centre during the festival, one goes back into the times of the Knights Templar and the many lovely sensations of the town are heightened.

Event info:

Pro Loco Castignano, Tel: +39 0736.822060

email: info@templaria.it

Title: Torneo Cavalleresco Castel Clementino

City: Servigliano

Province: Fermo

Dates: August 2015

During the Torneo Cavalleresco Castel Clementino, or Knight’s Joust, the city of Servigliano is enlivened by processions, the exhibition of banners and playing of music and re-enactments of ancient jousts in which the various districts of the town compete for title of champion. The procession is made up of 300 men, women and children all dressed in medieval garments and offers a fascinating look at the history of Italian clothing. The stupendous outfits made by local tailors are faithful reproductions of those featured in paintings by the great masters of the past: Crivelli, il Ghirlandaio and others. After the procession and the banner throwing, the joust for the ring begins, pitting the knights of the various districts against one another.

Event info:

Ente Torneo Cavalleresco, Tel. +39 0734.750 584

website: http://www.torneocavalleresco.it

e-mail: info@torneocavalleresco.it

Title: Medievalia

City: San Ginesio

Province: Macerata

Dates: August 2015

This event opens with the Battle of the Fornarina, a fascinating re-enactment of a conflict which took place in 1377. The four contradas of the town compete in cross-bow, archery, racing, fencing and jousting for the ring. The historical centre still boasts its medieval walls and is divided into four contradas, or districts, which take their names from the four gates of the castle.

Event info:

City of San Ginesio, Tel: +39 0733.656022

e-mail: city@sanginesio.sinp.net

Title: Palio del Duca – Sponsalia

City: Acquaviva Picena

Province: Ascoli Piceno

Dates: 6 th , 7 th and 9 th August, 2015

This event is the historical re-enactment of the wedding celebrated in the year 1234 between Forastéria, the daughter of Rinaldo degli Acquaviva known as “Grosso” (Big) and Rainaldo dei Brunforte, the son of Bonconte, grandson of Fidesmino di Brunforte, Signore of Sarnano and the deputy of Federico II. The modern version of the event takes place every first Friday of August, and on the preceding Thursday and following Sunday there are jousts, shows, dinners, dancing and music. Thursday is reserved for the blessing of the mantle and the Impalmazione; on Friday the wedding is celebrated followed by the Palio and the celebrations end on Sunday with a medieval banquet and the “burning of the Fortress.”

Event info:

Associazione Palio del Duca offices, Tel. +39 0735.764115

website: http://www.paliodelduca.it

e-mail: info@sponsalia.com, sponsalia@paliodelduca.it

Title: Contesa dello Stivale

City: Filottrano

Province: Ancona

Dates: August 2015

The Società dello Stivale (or the Society of the Boot) was constituted on 21 September in 1979 and is a cultural association whose purpose is to organise the celebration of this popular feast-cum-joust. This re-enactment aims to recall episodes from the history of the town and the locals don medieval garments to recreate the atmosphere of times past as they celebrate and compete in the name of their contrada (Marina, Monti, Montoro, San Biagio, Stimmate, Storaco and Torre).

Event info:

City of Filottrano, Tel: 071 722 781

websites: www.contesadellostivale.it, http://www.city.filottrano.an.it

Annunci

Marche Region, the ideal place for a better life

The Marche Region is one of the 20 regions of Italy, located in the central area of the country.It’s bordered by Emilia-Romagna to the north, Tuscany and Umbria to the west, Lazio and Abruzzo to the south while the entire eastern boundary being formed by the Adriatic Sea. Most of the region is mountainous or hilly, the main features being the Apennine chain along the internal boundary and an extensive system of hills descending towards the Adriatic. The hilly area covers two-thirds of the region and is interrupted by wide gullies with numerous short rivers, rushing torrents and by alluvial plains. The parallel mountain chains contain deep river gorges, the best known being those of the ‘Furlo’, the ‘Rossa’ and the ‘Frasassi’. In contrast, the areas nearer the coastal plain are celebrated for their fertile rounded hills topped by ancient fortified towns.

The coastal area is 173 kilometres long and is relatively flat and straight except for the hilly area between Gabicce and Pesaro in the north, and the eastern slopes of Monte Conero, near Ancona. While the coastal areas are fairly heavily populated, the beautiful inland countryside is sparsely inhabited. The total population of the region is around 1.5 million

Prior to the 1980s, Marche was considered a rather poor region, although economically stable in some sectors, thanks particularly to its agricultural output and to the contribution of traditional crafts.The main products are cereals, vegetables, animal products and grapes. Olives are also produced and managed by various harvesters. The sea has always furnished a plentiful supply of fish. Since the 1980s the economy of the region has been radically transformed, without however repudiating its rural past. Many of the small craft workshops scattered throughout the rural settlements have modernised and become small businesses, some of which have become major brands known all over the world. The region continues to draw tourists, whose increasing numbers have been attracted by the rich and broadly distributed heritage of history and monuments, as well as by the traditional seaside resorts.

Wherever you may find yourself in the Marche, the Apennine mountains are never far away. They form the region’s western border and offer some of its finest scenery as well as providing a home for some of Italy’s most fascinating wildlife. Large areas have now been designated natural parks.

The Natural Park of Monti Sibillini, in the southwest corner, is the region’s largest park, spreading over 40 km of mountain peaks and continuing westwards into Umbria; Monte Vettore (2476 mts), at the centre of the park, is the highest mountain in the Region. The most unusual feature of the area, however, is the vast area of upland plain called the Piano Grande to the west, and mostly in neighbouring Umbria. In May and June, this huge expanse of treeless plateau, 1250 mts above sea level, eight kilometres long and five wide, is transformed into a carpet of wild flowers. Among the poppies you’ll find wild tulips and exotic alpine flowers. The park is also rich in bird life – buzzards, kestrels, sparrow hawks as well as rare sightings of golden eagle, peregrine falcon, rock partridge, eagle owl and chough. Monte Conero, just south of Ancona provides the only really rugged coastline in the Marche, rising spectacularly out of the sea to a height of just over 500 metres. It’s position half way up the Italian peninsula has made it an important meeting point for many species of northern and southern European maritime flora,

The Gola della Rossa-Frasassi regional park, in the area of Genga, is a series of towering limestone gorges which provide the rocky habitat for several golden eagles as well as peregrine falcons and eagle owls. The ‘Frasassi Caves’, in the heart of the area, are the longest and among the most interesting in Italy with a 240m. high central chamber which is large enough to comfortably hold Milan cathedral.

Below the peaks of Monte Catria and Nerone, the ‘Bosco Tecchie’ woodland park near Cantiano protects many species of mountain wildlife, including deer, wild boar, porcupine, wolf, buzzard, woodpecker and honey buzzard.

The sheer limestone crags of the Furlo Gorge, to the East, are home for a family of golden eagles.

The Colle San Bartolo Regional Park, near Pesaro on the Northern Marche coast, offers guided tours of areas of marshland which are the winter habitat of the herring gull, the Mediterranean gull and the cormorant.

While it can be hot between mid-July to mid-August, it is rarely overcrowded and up in the mountains the breezes are cooling. May, June and September are the ideal months to tour Le Marche if you can’t take the heat; the landscape is clothed in spring green or the first tints of autumn, any rain tends towards brief showers rather than endless drizzle, and it’s usually possible to find a bed without booking. Whether you want to admire masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, trek across wild uncharted mountains or hunt out the best of the catch in a Mediterranean fishing port, Le Marche has enough to keep you busy for years; you will rarely have to jostle with hordes of other foreign tourists.

Many visitors who come to Le Marche are looking for a taste of the “real” Italy, unsullied by mass tourism, yet welcoming to foreigners.

Of the region’s principal towns, Urbino is our favourite. This jewel of a renaissance city remains little changed from the days when Duke Federico of Montefeltro set up his celebrated court here in the second half of the 15th Century.

The provincial capital of Ascoli Piceno lies at the southern end of Le Marche. This beguiling old town is well worth at least an overnight stay. Its travertine-paved main square is one of the most beautiful in Italy.

The administrative capital of Le Marche is Ancona, a city with less obvious attractions for the tourist. Give it time, however, and you may find you enjoy the salty charm of this bustling sea port. It’s also one of Italy’s principal ferry ports with boats to Croatia, Greece and Turkey.

Another of the region’s provincial capitals, Pesaro is both an appealing seaside resort and a thriving commercial town. Good shops, fine beaches and great fish.

Another of the region’s main centres is Macerata, a dignified town, famous for its annual outdoor Opera Festival and capital of the province of Macerata.

The alluring hilltown of Fermo is the capital of the recently-created province of Fermo and boasts a fine historic centre and outstanding main square.

However, the real pearls of the Region are all the small towns and villages where you can rest sorrounded by a untouched nature and where you’ll finally understand that Le Marche are the ideal place for a better life.