Central Italy: The Marches and Abruzzo

Enrico Massetti Publishing
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It is a matter of fact: Italy possesses the most remarkable artistic and cultural heritage of the world. And this is not all: its culture is not just to be found in the great artistic cities, but is diffuse, "spread" throughout national territory as in no other country.

The proof? Le Marche. A region in which a rich and varied countryside with the Adriatic sea, its flat and sandy coast interrupted at intervals by rugged, rocky precipices. Also, the musical agricultural landscape of its gentle hills; the deep and mysterious caves; the protected areas of natural beauty is enriched with towns, villages, palaces, and religious buildings, all of them of significant architectural and artistic value.

This is the case with the cathedral of Ancona, the regional capital, and an essential Adriatic port, or the temple of Pesaro. In Urbino, the Ducal Palace is a stupefying testimony of Renaissance grandeur. If you find yourself in Macerata during the summer, it is unpardonable not to book a seat at the grand Sferisterio theatre for a play or musical performance. At Ascoli Piceno, the blend of medieval and renaissance architecture (S. Francesco, Loggia dei Mercanti, Piazza del Popolo, etc.) arrests the attention of even the most distracted visitor. But in almost all the centers of Le Marche, even the smallest, there are many genuine artistic treasures.

This guide leads you in a two weeks car trip through Central Italy, in the regions of The Marches, Umbria, and Abruzzo.
It covers the towns of Pesaro, Urbino, Gubbio, Perugia, Assisi, Spello, Foligno, Montefalco, Spoleto, Terni, Rieti, L'Aquila, Popoli, Rivisondoli, Roccaraso, Chieti, Pescara, Teramo, Ascoli Piceno, Macerata, Loreto and Ancona.
It includes many photos and descriptions of the attractions.
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About the author

Enrico Massetti was born in Milano. Now he lives in Washington DC, USA, but he regularly visit his hometown, and enjoys going around all the places in his home country.

Enrico can be reached at enricomassetti@msn.com

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Enrico Massetti Publishing
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Published on
Nov 22, 2015
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Pages
63
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ISBN
9781329689671
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English
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Travel / Europe / Italy
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More than four hundred years ago under the Medicis, Tuscany became a major European center. It is undoubtedly one of Italy's top tourist destinations as well as an ideal place for your villa when you hit it big, huge.

Florence is the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance and the administrative center of Tuscany. It is one of Italy’s top tourist destinations, whose sites of interest are too numerous to list here. Siena and Pisa are two other major tourist destinations.

Tuscany is a center of industrial production, in particular metallurgy, chemicals, and textiles. Given the region’s importance as an international art center for centuries, don’t be surprised that it is an excellent place to appreciate and purchase fashion, jewelry, leather goods, marble, and other items of beauty. Florence is the home of the house of Gucci.

Tuscany produces a wide variety of cereal, olives, vegetables, and fruit. But not only vegetarians eat well. It is home to cattle, horses, pigs, and poultry. One local specialty is the wild boar. On the coast, seafood is abundant.

Tuscany devotes over one hundred fifty thousand acres to grapevines, it ranks 4th among the 20 Italian regions. Its total annual wine production is about 58 million gallons, giving it the 8th place. About 70% of the wine production is red or rose', leaving 30% for white. The region produces 44 DOC wines. DOC stands for Denominazione di Origine Controllata, which may be translated as Denomination of Controlled Origin, presumably a high-quality wine and 7 DOCG white wine. The G in DOCG stands for Garantita, but there is, in fact, no guarantee that such wines are truly superior. The region produces 9 DOCG wines. Tuscany also produces Super Tuscan wines, wines that may not have a prestigious classification but that are known to be outstanding.

This guide covers a visit to Florence and to Tuscany: the cities covered include Fiesole, Arezzo, Cortona, Chiusi, the Chianti region, Siena, Volterra, San Gimignano, Pisa, Carrara, Massa, the Versilia, Lucca, Pistoia, Montepulciano, Pienza, Grosseto, Massa Marittima, and Monte Argentario.

There are extensive descriptions and photos of the attractions.

The guide contains links to the websites of train and air travel companies.

It also has a listing of many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants that are at walking distance from the location where lunch or dinner are planned.

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Often called the Switzerland of the South, Calabria covers the mountainous toe of Italy. Here one finds the most beautiful forests, and the hillsides are covered with the white leaves of ancient olive trees.

Traveling between the Calabrian mountains, in a vast land of magnificent beauty, you are in a region bounded with two seas of approximately eight hundred kilometers coasts, where for this particular configuration, incalculable views are present and where the nature has plot in a magnificent way the lines that talent and human work must follow, or art efforts can improve.

Closed in the north with the Pollino and Orsomarso imponent relieves, Calabria has a predominantly territory mountainous, vast green reserves, and lakes with robust splendor inside Sila, demoted summit to peak into the sea on the Range Coast, very high silver firs and rushing streams on the Serre, the last window on the Mediterranean between the Aspromonte summits.

Calabria’s 800 km of pristine coastline are described in detail, as well as the Nature parks and reserves. The Sports available are included.

This guide also leads you in a drive through Calabria, starting from Maratea and then going to Papasidero, Cosenza, the Sila mountains, Crotone, Pizzo Calabro, Tropea and Capo Vaticano, Locri, Pentedattilo, to end up in Reggio Calabria.

It includes photos and descriptions of the attractions of all the localities touched, as well as travel info.

It includes info on regional food.

It contains many reviews for the best-recommended restaurants that are at the location described; you have the necessary information ready: the name, address and telephone number are included in the guide together with the review.

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Sardinia inspired him, and he dedicated his excellent book to it, "Sea and Sardinia," where he wrote: "Sardinia is left outside of time and history."

Of course, nowhere is left outside of time and history. However, Lawrence's affirmation has an absolute "poetic" truth, which captures and sums up a sensation which unites everyone who goes to Sardinia.

The feeling of finding oneself in a region where the stunning beauty of nature, the limpid waters of the sea, the reserved and genuine character of the people, the exquisiteness of the many typical dishes, the ancient traditions, and the various expressions of Sardinian culture, will never change.

In spite of the twists and turns of history, and in spite of the passing of time. The Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Arabs, Byzantines, and Spanish all arrived in this beautiful island: Sardinia assimilated and reinterpreted all these different influences, integrated them into its own culture, but did not allow its heart, its profound way of feeling, to be touched or changed.

This is a guide for a visit to Sardinia lasting ten days to two weeks. The itinerary starts from Olbia, on the Costa Smeralda, and then touches La Maddalena, Porto Torres, Sassari, Alghero, Macomer and its nuraghi, Oristano, Iglesias, Cagliari, Sorgono, Nuoro and Orosei.

There are descriptions and photos of the attractions and description of the best beaches that are near the locations being described.

Cuisine and several recipes in Sardinia are covered.

It has information on how to get to Sardinia by either air or by a ferry service.

It contains reviews on many restaurants in the towns covered by the guide.

The guide is organized in a circular fashion; you can start from Olbia or from any other city where you can arrive via air or ferry.

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