Thursday, 28 June 2012
Great meal, great wine and most of all a great view of this majestic medievil town. Well worth a visit particularly on Thursdays when the whole town descends of the square for the weekly market day shopping extravaganza!
Another reason we love Marche
Tuesday, 26 June 2012
Being a Welsh and South African combination of nationalities we decided that the best option was to support Italy which was much appreciated by the Gualdonese. A great time was had by all and our newly made friends really got into the spirit of the game and became very vocal and demonstrative in their support.
Another memorable part of the evening was when we were settling up the bill, Larissa the wife of the owner and brilliant chef ( her signature dish is cinghiale (Wild Boar) ), rushed out of the kitchen in a real panic clutching a handful of Euro notes. Apparently a month before when eating there with a group of friends she had mistakenly double charged for some of the meal and had been waiting for us to come back for another feast. Now wasn't that a lovely surprise and a real indication of the local honesty and generosity of spirit.
Another reason we love Le Marche
Thursday, 21 June 2012
We had an amazing lunch right on the River at the Ristorante Del Ponte - freshly caught trout from the river was a big hit.
Another great find was a really quaint Antique Shop full of Italianate furniture - but managed to resist
Monday, 18 June 2012
The weather on Saturday was wonderful warm sunny and clear so we decided to venture through the Sibilini Mountains to Norcia. The Salami Capital of Italy.
On the way we discovered the plain of Castelluccio which was a breathtaking. All the fields surrounding this picturesque village were planted with Rape and Lentils which were all in full flower - reds, golds and yellow.
Another reason why we love Marche!
Monday, 4 June 2012
After some severe pruning of the undergrowth we at last find what will be the terrace and pool deck.
Imagine sitting here with a great glass of wine and watching the sun set over the mountains.
Even on an overcast "Jubilee" day the views are breathtaking.
Looking down on the old turret from the fortified walls we will have views out to Sarnarno and and the countryside - with a backdrop of the Sibilini Mountains
However, the crack in the turret is going to be a challenge for the architect to solve. The area has to be stabilized repaired and or rebuilt - keeping the character of course and retaining every medeival stone.