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The Green Flags itinerary for discovering farming enterprises, municipalities, mountain communities and parks that are particularly proactive in their policies towards protecting the environment and the countryside.

The Agriculture Green Flag is a recognition that rewards farming enterprises, regions, provinces, municipalities, mountain communities and parks that are particularly proactive in their policies towards protecting the environment and the countryside, including for tourism purposes, in the rational use of the land, in promoting products that are typical of the area, in actions aimed at improving the quality of living and the economic conditions of those involved in farming activities and the inhabitants in general.

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Level of difficulty: media
Target: Marchio Ambiente

The stages of the itinerary

  • Castel Colonna
    The stage includes the following destinations: Castel Colonna
    Castel Colonna is located on a rocky spur and it is partially protected by the defensive walls; old castles are located on the top of the mountains, while on the hills there are cultivated areas and white farmhouses. The medieval town centre is well preserved and made of narrow streets, small squares: the old parapet walk and part of the walls arranged in the form of a ship.
  • Barchi
    The stage includes the following destinations: Barchi

    Originally populated by the Romans, Barchi became a fortified town in the Middle Age, becoming part of the Mondavio Vicariate; in 1400 the town was under the Duke of Montefeltro from Urbino, and in 1531 it became independent.  Barchi was completely rebuilt at the end of 1500 by the architect Filippo Terzi and thanks to the Duke Guidobaldo II della Rovere, the town became part of the Papal State until 1860. The Orci and Orciaia Museum is worth a visit; it is divided into two sections and shows documents about the activities and events happened in this territory. In the 1950s 10 furnaces and and more than 60 families was still active in the terracotta manufacture. Local artisans has a particular technique, called “wick technique” which differentiate their products from the others. The museum hosts samples of the typical pottery. Among the most famous events, there are the Sant’Ubaldo Festival, and the traditional handicraft and typical product market, which takes place the third Sunday of May.

  • Borgo Pace
    The stage includes the following destinations: Borgo Pace

    Borgo Pace is made up of many villages and rural houses which were originated by medieval castles where  local inhabitants looked for a shelter. Besides, the town stands at the centre of Massa Trabaria, a vast Apennine area which supplied tree trunks ('trabes') to Rome for the construction of the roofs of its basilicas. Here, at Borgo Pace, the Metauro divides into two torrents, the Meta and the Auro, both of which rise from the springs on the Alpe della Luna, just over the border in the province of Arezzo.

    The heart of the small village is Piazza del Pino, a square where the church of Santa Maria Nuova, the Town Hall and the most important buildings stand. Worth visiting is also the basilica of St. Michael the Archangel, which overlooks the hamlet Lamoli. In the “Aula Verde” (Green area) in Borgo Pace is the Museo del Carbonaio, where black and white photos  explain charcoal- burners’ traditional work.  The farmhouse Sacchia in Borgo Pace houses the “Farmers’ museum”, where the tools, machineries and instruments used by farmers are exhibited.  Those interested in the discovery of natural colours, can visit in the cloister of the benedictine abbey of Lamoli  the museum of natural colours.

    On 15th August in Lamoli takes place the religious feast celebrating the assumption of Holy Mary, with suggestive parade and fireworks. On the second Sunday of October is the traditional charcoal- burner festival.  

  • Cartoceto
    0721.898123 (Comune); 0721.898
    The stage includes the following destinations: Cartoceto

    Cartoceto has very old origins, as documented by some finds, among which a Roman inscription dated 79 b.C. which was found in the old parish church. The hypothesis according to which Cartoceto was founded by a group of Carthaginians who escaped the Metauro battle during the Second Punic War ((218-201 b.C.) would therefore be confirmed. The scarce documents attest to the old origin of Cartoceto: since the 12th century it was a fortified village surrounded by walls and it was one of the defensive strongholds of Fano. For sure the fortress and the walls were completely destroyed on 13th July 1572 by a violent earthquake.

    In the historical centre you’ll be struck by Piazza Garibaldi. It was the former market square and the Palazzo del Popolo building, with a little watch tower above, will catch your eye. In the same building you can see an arch which was formerly the entrance to the castle and had a lift bridge. The original fishbone layout with narrow alleys and flight of steps along the slopes of the hill is preserved. Within the town walls you can see the 19th century Marcolini Palace and from Piazzale Marconi you can enjoy a nice view; locals call it “La Turchia” ( Turkey) because in the past it was the outlook point where landing Saracen pirates could be seen. Piazza Marconi is also the seat of the Triumph Theatre ( Teatro del Trionfo), which was built between 1725 and 1730 on the previous site of an olive oil mill. The modern layout dates back to 1801, the room is divided into three piers of seats; the curtain which was painted in the 19th century and a scenic supply are still preserved. Among religious buildings worth mentioning are the Collegiate Church of the Merciful Madonna, the convent of Augustine friars, the church of Santa Maria del Soccorso and the parish church of Saints Peter and Paul.

    In June you can take part to the vincisgrassi festival, which started in 1963 in order to celebrate a typical layered pasta dish from the Marche. In November the olive and olive oil exhibition market, a relevant event in the national scene which was started in 1977 in order to promote the top quality DOP olive oil of Cartoceto. Cartoceto founded together with other 29 towns the National Association of Olive Oil Towns.

  • Mondavio
    0721 977758
    The stage includes the following destinations: Mondavio

    Mondavio is a beautifully preserved, red-brick medieval hill town. It belongs to the association of  The most beautiful villages in Italy and boasts the Orange and Green Flag
    The imposing fortress that stands out from afar was built by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, one of Italy's most celebrated Renaissance military architects; it now houses an entertaining 'living museum' portraying life when the fortress was built at the close of the 15th century for Giovanni della Rovere, son-in-law of Duke Federico da Montefeltro
    The most remarkable monuments in the historic centre are: Palazzo dei Malatesta, the church of San Francesco, the Collegiate Church of St. Peter, Paterniano and Eleuterio, the fourteenth-century Palazzo della Comunanza and the Teatro Apollo, built in the mid-eighteenth century on the ruins of a fifteenth century church.
    Every year in mid-August you can't miss the "Caccia al Cinghiale" (Hunt to the Wild Boar); the festival commemorates the arrival of Giovanni della Rovere in Mondavio for taking possession of the Vicariate, a gift from Pope Sixtus IV on the occasion of his marriage to Giovanna, Federico da Montefeltro's daughter. It was an important event, which influenced the entire Cesano Valley in terms of economy, culture, social organization. The re-enactment begins on 13th August with a sumptuous banquet and end on 15th August with parades, games, Renaissance life experiences and fireworks from the Roveresca Fortress. 

  • San Lorenzo in Campo
    The stage includes the following destinations: San Lorenzo in Campo
    An old wall town on the left bank, half way up the Cesano Valley. The town is built on a small hill slope while the borgo itself stands on the main road below it. This pleasant town bears the name of an abbey which was founded by Benedictine monks in the early Middle Ages and built using materials from the destroyed Roman town of Suasa Senonumwhich stood nearby. 
    Passing under the entrance way leading up to the ancient castle we find the austere 16th Century Palazzo Della Rovere, which now houses three museums - an archaeological museum, a museum of African ethnography and a natural history museum.
    The attractive fortified villages of Montalfoglio (393 m) and San Vito sul Cesano (353 m) also form part of the district of San Lorenzo, each still surrounded with sturdy escarpment walls.

  • Castelleone di Suasa
    The stage includes the following destinations: Castelleone di Suasa
    Castelleone is located on the border with the province of Pesaro-Urbino. Situaded on a hill to the right of the Cesano River, this village is a renowned centre for nursery-gardening. The founding of the fortified settlement of Castillione is tied to the destruction of the Roman municipium of Suasa during the wars between the Greeks and Goths since the refugees took shelter on a nearby hill and re-founded their town. The church os San Francesco di Paola is located within the walls and houses a precious canvas by San Antonio Abate(17th cent.), corso Marconi is lined with semi-detached houses and, on the one side, with elegant porticoes. Along this road stands the parish church of Ss. Pietro e Paolo, from the mid 16th century.
    The Archeological Museum “A. Casagrande” (about the Roman City of Suasa)is located in Palazzo Liva della Rovere (16th cent.) and displays the various finds from digs in the area, including a head of Augustus and frescoes from the domus patrizia. (Roman noble house). The murals, from the early 2nd cent. AD, reveal a close link to the wall decorations of the so-called style IV fromPompei and are arare example of late-imperial pictorial decoration in the Marche region.
    About 2 km outside Castelleone, is the Pian Volpello area (Archeological Park area) where Suasa once stood. Excavations, dating from 1987, have brought to light the ancient flagstone road, the trading forum, small shops, some tombs, the domus and the amphitheatre. The domus is the main attraction of the archaeological park: the rediscovered mosaics are the most important unitary complex of the Marche region.
    The “Festival of Forgiveness”, (the most important religious event of the year) is held in spring. The main event is undoubtedly the " the Onion Festival", on the first weekend of September, which involves touring shows and food stands with interesting and delicious recipes based on onions.
  • Corinaldo
    071 7978636 (IAT) - 0717978 64
    The stage includes the following destinations: Corinaldo

    Corinaldo is a village belonging to the Association "The most beautiful villages in Italy"; it boasts the Bandiera Arancione (Orange Flag), that is a recognition of quality awarded by the Touring Club Italiano to small towns (population 15,000 or less) in Italy for excellency in tourism, hospitality and the environment. It is also included in the National Association of olive oil , Honey Cities and European Destinations of Excellence. It is a remarkably pretty fortified hill town, that boasts the best-preserved 15th century defensive walls in the Marche, surrounded by towers, gates and polygonal ramparts. Walking along long stretches of the battlements you can admire sweeping views. In its medieval centre stands one of the most typical sites, the so called “Piaggia”, the one hundred Steps, leading upward to Piazza del Terreno.  It's worth wondering up and down the narrow stepped streets and visiting the Civic art gallery dedicated to Claudio Ridolfi, the Mannerist painter from Verona who spent much of his life in Corinaldo, and the shrine dedicated to St Maria Goretti, the town's own 20th century saint, murdered in 1902 at the age of 12 by a would-be rapist whom she resisted. Corinaldo belongs to the Archaelogical Park of Suasa ( 3rd century b. C) located in Pian Volpello. In the Costume and popular traditional museum you can see the costumes made for the historical re-enactment called “ Contesa del Pozzo della Polenta, which means Contest of the Polenta (cornmeal mush) Well”, the oldest one in the province of Ancona. It takes place in the third week end of July and it brings back to life the victory of people from Corinaldo in 1517 over the army of the Duke of Urbino who besieged the town for 20 days. Other important events taking place in Corinaldo are: Corinaldo Jazz in summer and Halloween Festival at the end of October. In Corinaldo you can taste top quality cured meats, like cured meats from Frattula, the “pecorelle”, a typical cake and an excellent olive oil. The town is in Verdicchio wine country and the local co-operative winery, Val di Nevola, produces some excellent value bottles.

  • Senigallia
    Centro IAT: 071.7922725
    The stage includes the following destinations: Senigallia

    Senigallia is located on the Mid-Adriatic coast at the mouth of the Misa river. Its territory is mostly flat but surrounded by hills sloping towards the sea; the old town follows the urban setting of the Roman site, that was founded on a hill south of the Misa river.

    SEASIDE HOLIDAY: The town boasts the famous beach dubbed “velvet”,  consisting of 13 Km of a most fine sandy coast interrupted only by the long docks of the port and by the suggestive Rotunda by the Sea, built in the XIX century to administer hydrotherapic therapies and to host parties; nowadays it hosts exhibitions and events. Along the boardwalk there are many beach resorts equipped with beach volley, soccer and tennis courts, as well as playgrounds for children. Along the promenade you can also find the “Bibliomobile”, a service offered by the city library, which lends books to tourists directly on the beach. In addition, skilled professionals perform readings and leisure activities for children. Along the main boardwalk there's a bike track, where you can bike or skate. Near Senigallia, as a natural extention of its beach, is Marzocca, whose beach is mostly pebbly. The beaches awarded with the Blue Flag label in 2018 are Levante and Ponente; in addition, the Porto della Rovere (Della Rovere Port) has been awarded the 2018 Blue Flag Harbor.

    TOURIST ATTRACTIONS: The symbol of the town is the Rocca Roveresca, a splendid example of fifteenth century military architecture, built by Giovanni della Rovere. Must see attactions are: the Palazzo del Duca, with its beautiful paneled ceiling painted by Taddeo Zuccari; Palazzetto Baviera, where you can admire splendid stuccos made by the celebrated plasticizer Federico Brandani in 1590; Portici Ercolani, one hundred and twenty arches in Istrian stone that line the right bank of the Misa river; they were built to accommodate the many merchants who used to come to Senigallia in July for  for its enormous commercial fair - the Maddalena Fair; the Foro Annonario, a neoclassical building in brick, projected by Pietro Ghinelli in 1834; it hosts the city market and a large number of shows and concerts in summer; the Church of the Cross, where you can admire the "Burial of Christ" by Federico Barocci. You can't miss: the Museum of Modern Art, Information and Photography, which houses some works by contemporary photographers including those made by Cavalli and Giacomelli, founders of the "Photographic School Misa", established in Senigallia in the 50s; the diocesan Art Gallery, the museum dedicated to Pope Pius IX in his birthplace. The archaeological site "La Fenice" documents the consistency of the settlement of Sena Gallica, the first Roman colony on the Adriatic Sea. 3 km from the historic center is the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, home to the "Sergio Anselmi" Museum of History of sharecropping. The homonymous church boasts a masterpiece made by Perugino. Senigallia is among the capitals of Italian restaurants: there are countless local restaurants who appear in the most famous guides to hospitality. Moreno Cedroni and Mauro Uliassi are internationally acclaimed chef. Many events are organized throughout the year like, for example, the traditional fireworks  and the folk Fair of Sant 'Agostino which enlivens the center of Senigallia in late August, drawing more than 500 exhibitors.  The most remarkable festival is the Summer Jamboree, the international festival dedicated to the music and culture of America of the 40s and 50s ; in late July and early August there are concerts of the most well-known bands of the genre, a great vintage market and motorbike parades and cars of the 40s-50s. Further important events  include: the Music festival, which is held in June, the CaterRaduno, with numerous musical and theatrical events; Pane Nostrum, the international bread festival, which takes place every September. 

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  • Morro d'Alba
    The stage includes the following destinations: Morro d'Alba
    Morro D’Alba is a small hilltop town in the province of Ancona, few miles from Senigallia and Jesi. Until the mid 19th century the town was known as ‘Morro’, a name most probably derived from the pre Roman term ‘muur’ or ‘moor’ which signifies altitude and rock.
    The pleasing old part of this rocky village is embraced by an escarpment wall dating back to the second half of the15th century. Atop these walls runs a remarkable walkway pierced by porticoes that offers ever-changing views of the delightful countryside around, with vineyards, olive trees and sunflowers. Ruins of two Roman villas have been found in the area of Sant’Amico along with Roman coins and medallions.
    The clock tower rising above the town features the symbol of the town of Jesi, a rampant lion. The gateway into the town, once with moat surrounding it, was repositioned in the early twentieth century. Must-see attractions are: 
    The parish of San Gaudenzio, a fine example of 18th century architecture; The Church of Santissimo Sacramento, built in the first half of the 17th century, with a highly decorated wooden altar.  The church is also home to a collection of religious procession lanterns dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries; the church of San Benedetto completed in 1512; the church of Santa Maria del Fiore, a rural church, situated on a small road of the same name, boasting frescoes and other decorative works dating from the late 17th and early 18th centuries; the Church of Sant'Amico situated in an area of the same name.
    The utensil museum, housed in the underground vaults of the town hall, documents many aspects of rural life, with tools and machinery. 
    There is another excellent reason to stop here - to try the celebrated local red wine, Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, a heady garnet brew with an elegant finish, definitely a cut above a mere country wine.
    The most important events taking place in Morro d'Alba during the year  are: the "Festival of Lacrima di Morro d’Alba", which is held every first weekend in May, "Cantamaggio", the ritual offertory song celebrating the advent of spring and the new agricultural season (every third weekend of May) and the "Festival of the Lacrima di Morro d'Alba and Acqualagna truffles", which takes place every third weekend of October.

  • Belvedere Ostrense
    0731.617003 - Info Turismo Tel
    The stage includes the following destinations: Belvedere Ostrense

    Belvedere Ostrense was founded, just like Ostra and Ostra Vetere, by some inhabitants of the Roman town of Ostra, although former settlements date back to the Picenes and also to the Senonian Gauls.

    The landscape is characterized by gentle rolling hills, where vineyards and olive trees abound, alternated with small fluvial valleys.

    The historic centre is surrounded by Renaissance walls adorned with nice little loggias and polygonal towers. It encloses interesting religious buildings, such as the parish church of St. Peter, the Collegiate church of the Virgin of Mercy and the "Sanctuary of the Vergin of the Sun ".

    Belvedere Ostrense belongs to the National Association of Olive Oil Towns.

    Among museums, worth mentioning is the International Museum of Post Image, which was opened in 1989. It aims at the research, production and information in the communication field.

    A recurring event is the Festival of the Vergin of the Sun which takes place on the second Sunday of May. Traditional farmers’ games such as the tug of war or card games are organized.

  • Montecarotto
    The stage includes the following destinations: Montecarotto
    Located at 380 m a.s.l., Montecarotto is part of the eastern spur of the sub-Apennine area of the Province of Ancona, at 18 km from Jesi, straddling the upper valleys of the Misa and Esino rivers. The historic centre conserves some imposing fortified walls built in 1509 to the design of the architect Albertino di Giacomo of Cremona, who restored and enhanced the original medieval enclosure. It is considered one of the most important fortifications in the Esino valley. Two towers stand at the entrance to the town joined by a covered walkway at the height of the ramparts. By climbing up in the imposing tower, elegantly castellated and adorned with a clock, visitors can admire the splendid panorama that takes in the valleys of the Misa and the Esino rivers. The 19th century Municipal Theatre is very interesting, featuring a portico supported by brick columns and with a richly decorated interior. Close by stands the Palazzo Baldoni, built on the end of the southern section of the castle walls and the War Memorial to the First World War, made in the early 1930s by the Venetian sculptor Vito Pardo, also the creator of the famous Marche National Monument at Castelfidardo. The Mail Art Museum is worthy of a visit, the only Italian public museum dedicated to mail art, i.e. artistic expressions made possible by the postal service. The museum today exhibits fine engravings by Marchigian artists, such as those of Orfeo Tamburi, Pericle Fazzini and Arnoldo Ciarrocchi’s ‘Carte Lauretane’. In the territory and headed by the Santissima Annunziata Parish of Montecarotto there are a large number of churches with a wealth of art and history bearing witness to the strong faith and devotion of the people of Montecarotto: the Collegiate Church of the Santissima Annunziata, the Church of San Filippo, the Church of the Crucifix and the Convent Church of San Francesco. Verdicchio is the name of the excellent wine made in the Montecarotto area, produced in different types and variations: Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva, Castelli di Jesi Verdicchio Riserva Classico, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi classico, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi classico superiore, Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi passito and Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi spumante. The most important events that take place at Montecarotto during the year are: the ‘Pasquella’ (a re-enactment of an ancient ritual of begging for alms) and the ‘Verdicchio in festa’ festival held in July.
  • Serra De' Conti
    The stage includes the following destinations: Serra de' Conti

    Serra de 'Conti is located on a hill 217 meters high, on the right side of the valley of the river Misa.
    The old town of Serra de' Conti offers a significant example of urban structure of the thirteenth century, adapted and transformed first in late medieval age, then in modern age as a result of economic-social changes. Along the perimeter of the ancient city run the surrounding walls, characterized by ten defensive towers and a monumental fortified gate. Among the major sites of religious architecture are: the Church of S. Croce (Holy Cross), the Church of S. Michele, the Cloister of S. Francesco, the Church of Santa Maria de Abbatissis, the rural Church of San Fortunato and the Monastry of Santa Maria Maddalena, housing the “Museo delle Arti Monastiche” (Monastic Art Museum). The exhibition is divided into thematic rooms that recreate the environment of the pharmacy, the pantry and craft activities such as spinning, embroidery, processing of ceramic with plastics and dyeing.
    Noteworthy is also the Council Room, painted by Bruno Bruni, a contemporary artist known as Bruno d'Arcevia. Not far from Serra de’ Conti, on the border with the territory of Arcevia is an important example of industrial archeology: an oven for bricks, Hoffmann type (19th century). Built in an area rich in very good water thanks to the proximity of the river Misa, it was in operation from 1884 to 1971. Privately owned, it recently underwent a major restoration and preservation work.
    The local product is the “cicerchia” (blue sweet pea, Slow Food Presidium), excellent in soups, but also mashed or served as a side dish to “zampone” (stuffed pigs foot). With the blue sweet pea flour, it is also possible to prepare the kinds of pasta called “maltagliati” and “pappardelle”. The "Feast of Cicerchia", held in late November, celebrates this legume.
  • Staffolo
    0731 779218
    The stage includes the following destinations: Staffolo

    This sturdy fortified medieval town, where the Orange Flag flies, stands among olive groves and vineyards where you can enjoy lovely views out over the hills and mountains of the central Marche. Its walls retain the original shape; parts of them now house the museum of wine and peasant culture; next to it is the wine bar where you can taste the best wines made in the area. The most typical one is the Verdicchio, the Marche’s most famous white wine. During the second week of August the town gives itself over to the Festa del Verdicchio, a colourful festival dedicated to the local incarnation of Bacchus. In the historic centre a must-see attraction is the parish church of S. Egidio, boasting a fifteenth century pentyptic made by Maestro di Staffolo.

  • Appignano
    The stage includes the following destinations: Appignano

    Appignano is a charming hillside town located in the heart of the Marche region, at an altitude of nearly 200 m. above sea level, considered one of the smallest villages in the province of Macerata.
    Nationally known for its ceramics and for the production of furniture and clothing, Appignano is a town where companies manufacturing many different products proliferate. Besides the picturesque old town centre and the Town Hall, built in 1790 by the architect from Cupramontana Mattia Capponi , many are the monuments of artistic and architectural interest to be visited in Appignano: the Convent of Forano, dating back to the thirteenth century, and known for having hosted, according to tradition, S. Francesco d’Assisi; the Church of Addolorata, built for the first time in the Middle Ages and rebuilt in 1746; the Church of S. Giovanni Battista, built in the sixteenth century and renewed in the eighteenth century; Villa Tusculano, a villa built in Napoleonic times by Count Leopold Armaroli by the Bolognese architect Giuseppe Nadi .
    Not to be missed Bellente il Brigante (the robber), the traditional summer dinner with nineteenth-century dishes which is held every year in the Town Hall square. People in costume evoke, around the diners, the life in Appignano in 1812, influenced by the contradictions of the Napoleonic state and from the legacies of the papal power.
    In early autumn, another successful event takes place: Leguminaria. It is a gastronomic event in the name of dried legumes, such as chick peas, beans, lentils and roveja. Each dish is made using the traditional "grandmother’s recipe" , which will be then served in terracotta bowls especially made by Mastri Vasai di Appignano (Ceramist Masters from Appignano).
  • Loro Piceno
    The stage includes the following destinations: Loro Piceno
    Loro Piceno is located on the top of a gently sloping hill, in an area between Macerata and San Ginesio, south of the Fiastra river. The historic centre has remained virtually intact, with the sole exception of the area alongside the Castle of the Lords of Loro (incorrectly known as the Castle of the Counts Brunforte), in the vicinity of Porta Pia, which underwent some construction work in the 1980s. The current name refers to the ancient Castrum lauri; a human settlement established in pre-Roman times. Castle Brunforte, belonging to the Farfensi family, situated in the highest part of the town, is interweaved in the history of Loro, the name of which would seem to be linked to the laurel and its castle (Castrum Lauri). Later, in the 14th century the free Commune of Loro (the current name with the appellative ‘Piceno’ dates from after the Unification of Italy) became part of the area of the castles belonging to Fermo. The most significant sites of religious architecture are: the Church of S. Maria di Piazza, dating from the 1200s and built by the Benedictines, and the Church of San Francesco, embellished by stuccos and gilding. The Brunforte Castle stands on the ancient walls; built on the remains of a Roman castrum, it was the residence of the Lords of Loro. The ancient fortified centre included the Palazzo dei Priori and the Palace of Justice, used since 1692 as the Corpus Domini Monastery. From the Torre della Vittoria, an imposing 21m high construction, visitors can enjoy a splendid panorama that stretches from Mount Conero to the Maiella massif and from the Sibillini mountains to the Adriatic Sea. Loro Piceno is the home of ‘heated’ or ‘cooked’ wine: this is also confirmed by the fact that in the noble and patrician palaces that line the characteristic streets of the town, some interesting architecture has emerged to accommodate the activities of grape pressing and boiling the wine must in large copper cauldrons. This traditional wine making tradition is reason why the ‘Permanent exhibition of equipment and tools for cooked wine’ was set up, housed in the charming space next to the cloisters of the Church of San Francesco. The festival of ‘Vino Cotto’, that takes place in August, attracts a large number of visitors.
  • Cossignano
    The stage includes the following destinations: Cossignano

    Cossignano is a small municipality with about 1,000 inhabitants and it’s in the hilly area of the ridge between the springs of the river Tesino and the stream Menocchia.

    The historic centre, whose plan is approximately ovoid- shaped and measures 180×90 metres, is completely surrounded by the town walls. Their oldest parts date back to the end of the 13th century. In the town centre you can see the Town Hall, inside of which there's a large painting representing St. George descended from his horse between St. Anthony the Abbot and St. Anthony of Padua.

    Among religious buildings worth visiting is the church of Santa Maria Assunta which is the Civic Museum of Sacred Art. Beside some works by the Crivelli painting school and a valuable altar-piece by Vincenzo Pagani, it preserves several 17th century paintings; in a shrine there is also a reliquary where remains of many saints and a very old cross, probably medieval, but which some people say comes from Jesus’ Cross, are protected. These two relics were given as a gift by Pope Nicholas IV.

    A typical feature of Cossignano are the “calanchi”, i.e. deep cracks caused by the erosive action of waters in the soil.

    In the Civic archaeological museum "Niccola Pansoni" you can see the finds brought to light during the excavation works carried out in the Fiorano district.

    Good DOC and DOCG wines as well as top-quality olive oils are locally produced.

    The most important events recurring in Cossignano are the St. George patron saint’s festival ( in April), Ascoli’s fried fish festival (in July and August) and the Middle Ages Festival (in July and August).

    The historic centre, monuments and museums of Cossignano are partially accessible. For further information please write to: or contact the phone numbers listed underneath.

  • Ripatransone
    0735.9171 (comune); 0735.99329
    The stage includes the following destinations: Ripatransone

    High on a ridge above the northern slopes of the attractive valley of the Tesino river stands the small hill town of Ripatransone. Here you can enjoy stunning views over the surrounding countryside . It belongs to the National Association of Cities of Olive Oil and Cities of Honey and boasts the Orange Flag. Its historic centre boasts buildings dating back to Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque time. The town's uniqueness comes in the form of a tiny alleyway - it is only 43 centimeters wide and the narrowest in all Italy. Built and strengthened between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries, the town walls  - 2,418 m. long - are some of the best preserved in the Marche region. The most remarkable monuments are: the Cathedral, built in 1957 but completed in 1902, boasting the seventeenth century canvases and statues; the Town Hall, built in the thirteenth century and rebuilt several times between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries; the fourteenth-century Palazzo del Podestà, the Teatro Comunale Mercantini, with its horseshoe plan and richly decorated ceiling. Must-see attractions are also: the Civic Museum, boasting five collections (the art gallery, with  important works of Vittore Crivelli and Vincenzo Pagani, the Gipsoteca One Gera, the historical ethnographic museum, the historical Museum of Risorgimento Luigi Mercantini and a contemporary art gallery); the Archaeological Museum, which houses many prehistoric, Roman and Piceno finds; the Museum of Country Life and Handicraft, which documents the rural tradition of the country and the Potter's Museum, with over eight hundred terracotta products including the typical whistles.
    In Ripatransone’s neighborhood there’s a good production of extra virgin olive oil and top quality wines, such as Falerio dei Colli Ascolani and Rosso Piceno Superiore. The typical specialty is ciavarro, a spicy vegetable soup. The most important events taking place during the year are : the "Cavallo di Fuoco", a historical re-enactment on the Octave of Easter and the "Festa della Maddalena", patroness of the city, in July.

  • Acquaviva Picena
    0735.764005 - 0735 765080
    The stage includes the following destinations: Acquaviva Picena

    Acquaviva Picena is a small town located in the hinterland of San Benedetto del Tronto; it  lies on a hill where you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the Apennines. In Acquaviva Picena flies the Bandiera Arancione (Orange Flag), that is a recognition of quality awarded by the Touring Club Italiano to small towns (population 15,000 or less) in Italy for excellency in tourism, hospitality and the environment.

    The village features the fortress, a real masterpiece of Renaissance military architecture, whose first construction dates back to the fourteenth century. It was then rebuilt in 1474 by architect Baccio Pontelli. The plan is an irregular quadrangle, enclosing a large central courtyard with a well, with the tops strengthened by pinnacle towers. The highest tower, the keep, has a cylindrical shape and is about 22 m high. The interior, which is occupied by two vaulted rooms which are linked by a masonry staircase, now houses an interesting exhibition of ancient weapons. At the foot of the fortress is the square of the Fort, which is impressive with its small houses. The square of S. Nicholas is in the heart of the old town, surrounded by homonymous sixteenth century church, Casa Rossi Panelli and the Civic Tower. Outside the old town, the Church of San Francesco with the adjoining convent is the oldest Franciscan site of the whole region, established by the same S. Francesco d' Assisi upon invitation of the Acquaviva family. The traditional activity of the village is the production of straw baskets, carried out according to a method handed down from generations.

  • Cupramontana
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    The stage includes the following destinations: Cupramontana

    The name Cupramontana comes from Cupra, the goddess of fertility worshipped by pre-Roman population of Piceni. It then became an important Roman Municipality. In the Lombard period it was part of the Duchy of Spoleto-Camerino, thus changing its name into Massaccio. Located in the heart of the Marche region, 505 metres above sea level, the country is an ideal destination for holidays in contact with nature and for enogastronomic and cultural tourism. Cupramontana is also the capital of the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi wine, one of the most important Italian white wines, and the birthplace of Luigi Bartolini, a great twentieth-century engraver and author of the novel "Bicycle Thieves", which inspired Vittorio de Sica for its movie of the same name. Among the historical places are to be mentioned: the Abbey of Beato (Blessed) Angelo, the Church of Santa Maria della Misericordia, the church of San Giacomo della Romita, the Church of San Leonardo and the Church of San Lorenzo. Near Cupramontana is the Hermitage of the Caves - also known as Hermitage of the White Friars from the white robe worn by Camaldolesi who lived there for more than four centuries. 
    Not to be missed is the wine label's International Museum, which houses an original collection of labels for bottles of wine from all over the world. Next to the historical collection, with rare pieces from the late nineteenth century, the contemporary art collection and selection is very rich, with hundreds of sketches inspired by wine made by famous Italian and foreign artists. The Museum is located in the caves of the former St. Catherine's Monastery: it is a new exhibition area (Museums in Cave), which includes "The Taste Route", a journey through the flavors, traditions and local companies and "Enocupra", a wine bar equipped for tasting and catering. The Museums in Cave also houses "Horto de i Semplici", a space that, since the origin has always been the monastic vegetable garden. In the territory of Cupramontana is the "Network nodes of the Castles of Verdicchio ", a network of several walking and cycling routes that are connected through numbered nodes (usually road intersections). Using a map of the network, you can choose your own hike or bike tour, planning a path from node to node.The most important festival that takes place throughout the year in Cupramontana is the Sagra dell'Uva (Grape Festival), one of the oldest wine festivals in Italy.
  • Fratte Rosa
    The stage includes the following destinations: Fratte Rosa
  • Maiolati Spontini
    The stage includes the following destinations: Maiolati Spontini
    The village is situated on a hill at an altitude of 405 metres and is birthplace of the famous musician Gaspare Spontini. The medieval historic centre has small alleys and series of steps, which evoke a former peace and tranquility. In the church of San Giovanni is the grave of Gaspare Spontini, adorned by a medallion with the image of the composer, by Antonio Canova. The church of S. Anna or della Cancellata preserves a sixteenth-century fresco with the image of the Madonna che allatta il Bambino (Breastfeeding Madonna). The Celeste local park was part of Gaspare Spontinis' property and it was named after his wife's name, according to his own will. From the balcony of the park you can enjoy a nice view over the Esino valley up to the Adriatic Sea.

    A very famous music festival called Pergolesi Spontini Festival is dedicated to Gaspare Spontini and to Giovan Battista Pergolesi, who was born in nearby Jesi.   It take splace in September and it attracts many people.
  • Montefalcone Appennino
    The stage includes the following destinations: Montefalcone Appennino
  • Offagna
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    The stage includes the following destinations: Offagna
    A few miles  from Ancona and Mount Conero, Offagna is a typical medieval village dominated by its squared fortress, built in the middle of the fifteenth century on the ruins of an old castle; it is one of the region's most impressive fortresses. The village belongs to the association The most beautiful villages in Italy and boasts the Orange Flag. It still retains the massive keep, that now houses a museum of ancient weapons. The village is pretty small, but full of remarkable tourist attractions: the church of SS. Sacramento in neoclassical style; the Church of Saint Lucia, attested as early as 300; the church of San Tommaso and the  Museum of Natural Sciences Luigi Paolucci, boasting  interesting paleontological, mineralogical, zoological and botanical collections. The typical specialty of the village is "crescia", a kind of flat bread cooked on the grill and served with a variety of herbs.  Rosso Conero is the local outstanding red wine, made in the area.
    Offagna is well-known for its Medieval fun and games in July, featuring some form of knightly tournament between the different quarters of the town, a  parade in sparkly medieval costumes and, of course, plenty of enthusiastic eating and drinking to round off the event.