Culture, Gastronomy, Outdoor activities
Guided tours, tastings, cooking workshops, masterclass e showcooking
EXPERIENCES TO LIVE AND PLACES TO DISCOVER BETWEEN MARCHE AND ABRUZZO
Tour with licensed tour guide
Discovering the symbol of Ascoli Piceno gastronomy: the tenera ascolana olive
Description: We will visit a farmhouse and the cultivation of this special kind of olive that was awarded with the PDO (for quality production and origin); then we will be attending a cooking class to prepare the famous stuffed olives all’ascolana.
We will end up with a tasting of olives and seasonal vegetables, top quality docg wines and other local specialities.
This tour is combined with the visit of the wonderful old city of Ascoli Piceno, with its historic center, so rich in arts and architecture carved in the travertine stone.
Let’s discover and taste the delicious seafood cuisine with a guided tour of Riviera delle Palme, The Palm tree Riviera and the tour of San Benedetto del Tronto – the old city and it’s important marine port.
Description: We will visit the San Benedetto del Tronto fishing port and of the Museo del Mare (Museum of the Sea). Then the tour will continue with a stroll exploring the contemporary art sculptures of the MAM – Museo d’arte sul Mare (Art Museum of the Sea) and the guided tour of the old city and it’s Torre dei Gualtieri, The Gualtieri Old Tower. The tour ends with the brodetto alla sambenedettese tasting, typical and traditional seafood soup of San Benedetto del Tronto.
SIBILLINI PINK APPLE
Mentioned in the roman age by the latin poet Orazio for its goodness, this apple differs from other apples due to its organoleptic qualities and the considerable shelf life (no need for chemical treatments)
Description: A visit in a company specialized in the production of the Sibillini pink apple, will let us discover this special apple and we will have breakfast with homemade cakes made with these tasty apples. Then we’ll move to Monte San Martino where we’ll visit the church of San Martino which holds a painting by Carlo and Vittore Crivelli.
Finally we’ll stop in Montedinove, for a visit of the village with the panoramic terrace and we’ll end up with a tasting of Sibillini pink apple dishes.
THE GOLD OF LE MARCHE
In 2017, the extra-virgin olive oil from leMarche has been awarded with the Igp trade mark; it is obtained by the rich biodiversity and it’s characterized by a low acidity, the high number of polyphenols and high content in oleic.
Thanks to this performance the oil has been rated among the best extra-virgin oils in Italy
Description: The experience consists in a guided tour of an historic oil mill of the Tronto valley, with a description of the processing steps, from the harvest to the milling; we’ll get to know how the company can guarantee the basic conditions to obtain a high qulaity product.
The final tasting will include the products of the processing of olives.
Destinations: The tour is proposed in combination with the visit of Offida, the city of the lacework and of the gorgeous fortress-church of Santa Maria della Rocca.
A trip to the magic world of Sibillini mountains by crossing the border between Marche and Umbria region, will allow us to enjoy an incredible landscape and to taste the excellent products of these mountains
Description: We will reach the Pian Grande of Castelluccio di Norcia and Castelsantangelo sul Nera.
These villages are laboriously trying to recover after the terrible 2016 earthquake. We’ll have the opportunity to visit a trout farm, where the nutritional value of this freshwater fish will be described; then we’ll move to the Macereto plateau for a visit to the Sanctuary, one of the best expressions of the Renaissance in the Marche region. In the final part of the tour, a tasting of the renowned pecorino cheese is planned..
MACCHERONCINI DI CAMPOFILONE IGD
This workshop is dedicated to the queen of regional pasta, also called “angel hair” for its delicacy and incomparable taste
Description: We will visit a farmhouse near Campofilone, where a cooking class will be started for the preparation of the maccheroncini, according to the traditional recipe.
During the time of rest of the dough, we’ll walk a very nice path through ancient oaks and we’ll reach Campofilone, where we’ll visit the remains of the medieval Abbey, San Bartolomeo church and the Archeological Museum.
On return to the farm, we’ll have a tasting of our own maccheroncini, accompanied with local wine and other specialities..
The secrets and the unknown aromatic and medicinal properties of a plant that has been cultivated for centuries in the Piceno region
Description: A visit of the Ripaberarda hamlet, an ancient castle belonging to Ascoli Piceno state, with its imposing bell tower. From this point one can enjoy a very nice view of the Ascensione mountain and the “calanchi”.
Later on, we’ll visit a farm, member of the green anise Association, where we’ll be involved in a workshop for the preparation of seasonal fruit jam flavoured with anise.
Finally, we’ll move to a nearby farmhouse, where a tasting of local dishes with anise will be served.
The Piceno region is abundant with this fine tuber, in great demand by international chefs for its intense aroma. This is the perfect tour in order to have a full knowledge of its characteristics and cultivation technics.
Descriprion: We’ll start from Mozzano hamlet with its interesting saline water sources on the Tronto river; then we’ll visit the church of Sant’Emidio in Tronzano with XV century frescoes . After that we’ll be received from a little company that is specialized in the cultivation of the precious black truffle and its transformation in their laboratory to obtain very special products for the haute cuisine. There will be a visit in a truffle ground with demostration about extraction of truffles from the ground; at the end a tasting of the company products will be served
The ancient chesnut groves of Laga mountains are the ideal place to experience the magic of autumn and to be amazed by the many colours fading from red to yellow
Description: A walk in the ancient chesnut grove will allow us to pick up the precious “marroni” chesnuts, that are used to enrich local dishes. We’ll have the chance to appreciate their flavour during a following tasting. The tour program includes a visit to the “Madonna della neve” church and the little hermitage of “Madonna dei santi” both located in the area of Arquata del Tronto.
LIQUORICE OF ATRI
The flagship product of the Abruzzo confectionery tradition, boasts a history of 600 years, which continues thanks to the Menozzi family, respecting the quality of the historic De Rosa brand
Description: Guided tour of the village of Atri, with the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta containing frescoes of the 15th century and the Palazzo Ducale degli Acquaviva; followed by guided tasting of the various products obtained with liquorice extract.
Description: Tour dedicated to the most evocative Romanesque churches of Ascoli Piceno, testimonies of a rich and an illustrious past of the town. We’ll discover their story and we’ll tell you the events which are hidden back to their numerous frescoes. Visit to the Church of S. Gregorio, S. Maria Intervineas, S. Agostino, S. Andrea Apostolo. The churches will be opened exclusively just for you.
TOUR RENAISSANCE INSCRIPTIONS
Description:The tour will explore the squares and the “rue” of Ascoli Piceno to find out the inscriptions on the portals of the Ascolan Renaissance palaces. Patrician families and prelates wanted to leave a sign.. the tour will engage you in a pleasant journey between philosophy, faith, literature, knowledge and popular wit.
Description: Tour dedicated to “Liberty”, the flourishing artistic and cultural period in Ascoli Piceno during the XX century. Exceptionally it’ll be visit the magnificent locations in S. Filippo Palace, the seat of the Province of Ascoli Piceno. It’ll be possible to admire the Celebration Hall and the Provincial Council Hall decorated by Adolfo De Carolis and Domenico Ferri, two of the most representative artists at the beginning of the XX century. After the visit of the Palace, we’ll go to Caffè Meletti, the symbol of “Liberty” in Ascoli Piceno.
Description: Tour dedicated to the famous Ascolan joust. The route will be dedicated to the story of the joust and the places linked to it in the town.. the squares and the bridges of the medieval quarters. The guided tour will finish in one of the “sestieri” which are museums dedicated to Quintana.
Description: Tour dedicated to one of the attractions in Ascoli Piceno, the patrician towers. They were built as a medieval defensive systems. They were also the representation of the powers of the Ascolan noble families. The tour will be dedicated to discover the traces of the ancient towers and their families. Enclusively it’ll be possible to visit a medieval tower inside.
Description: The guided route is dedicated to the famous Ascolan ceramic, art of ancient origins. We’ll visit the places linked to the production of ceramic and the rich museum dedicated to this traditional Ascolan craft. The tour will finish in the workshops of ceramic in the historical centre of the town, where the Ascolan artisans make this craft still today.
Description: Tour dedicated to the civic theaters. The participants will discover the magnificent theaters in the town of Ascoli Piceno: from the Roman theater to the modern theaters, among them the Ventidio Basso Theater and Filarmonici Theater. The itinerary will address the theater evolution in terms architectural and cultural.
TOUR BRIDGES AND GATEWAYS
Description: Tour dedicated to medieval Ascoli, surrounded by defensive walls and gateways. The tour will be dedicated to the most suggestive places of the town where you can admire these ancient architectural testimonies still today
TOUR FOUNTAINS AND WELLS
Description: Ascoli Piceno, the town between the rivers. Tour dedicated to the water, important resource for the protection and the output of the town. The route will be dedicated to the most beautiful monumental fountains of the town and the beautiful wells, artistic testimonies which embellish the Ascolan squares and cloisters. Some wells are located in unusual places…
CITY BIKE TOUR AD ASCOLI PICENO
Discover the secret places and the hidden spots of the city of a “hundreds towers”
Description: A ride into the outlying district of the city makes it possible to have a full picture of the city’s most evocative attractions, located in its 4 cardinal points: Forte Malatesta and Cecco’s bridge (east), Papal Paper Mill and Annunziata hill (south), Roman Gate, Roman Theatre and fortification walls (west), hill of the Sacred Heart (north)
For a full day tour it is possible to ride towards the nearby hills to enjoy the lovely scenery of the city, with the Sibillini and the Laga mountains in the background
GENTLE HILLS AND WINE CELLARS
Soaked in the typical LeMarche coutryside discovering the valuable local wines
Description: Starting from Offida, the city of lacework, a very ancient artisan craft that has been passed down for generations. We’ll ride along the Rosso Piceno road eastbound ; along this road we’ll stop at some family run wine cellars, where we can taste the renowned wines produced in that area. In the end, we’ll get to Acquaviva Picena and we’ll visit the outstanding fortress dating to the XIV century
SIBILLINI BIKE TOUR
Enchanting landscapes and broad horizons within 2 regions of the Central Apennines
Description: The pass of Forca di Presta at 1550 m above sea level is the starting point of this exciting tour at the border between LeMarche and Umbria region. The first stop will be the “belvedere” a scenic overlook of the Tronto river valley and the group of Laga mountains. We’ll keep pedalling towards Colle Le Cese, heading down on a part of the big ring of the Sibillini enjoying a nice view of the Pian Grande of Castelluccio
THE “TRABOCCHI COAST”
Large, odd creatures jut out into the sea
Description: On this tour we’ll be riding on a suggestive stretch of coast, the Trabocchi coast, located in the Abruzzo region, between the villages of Marina di San Vito and Torino di Sangro Marina. We’ll be cycling along the old railroad now decommissioned, finding those odd wooden structures by the sea: the Trabocchi, typical fishing machines that were built since the XIX century in order to ease the hardship of fishing. On our arrival to Fossacesia Marina, we’ll visit the marvellous abbey of San Giovanni in Venere with its magnificent cloister and the crypt containing frescoes dating to the XIII century. In the final part of the tour we’ll have the chance to visit the Sangro River War Cemetery