Experience of the unknown …

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In our age of interconnectivity, there’s literally nothing new under the sun. The paths to the Great Wall of China, Petra, the Taj Mahal, Angkor Wat and the Pyramids are as well worn as the objects themselves. They seem to disintegrate before our eyes not only because of the elements, but because of the over use of the images in the both the media and our imaginations. It’s almost impossible to explore something new—when it comes to our growingly small seeming plant earth. Le Grotte di Frasassi in Le Marche region of Italy are an exception. They were discovered in l971 by a group of boys whose experience of the center room of the caverns was that of plunging into a kind of ultimate darkness. Initially they had tossed a stone down. Noting that it took 5 seconds to hit bottom, they used Newtonian physics to calculate the depth (or height) of 240 meters. When they lowered themselves on a cable ladder they lost all sense of time and space. Maurizio Montalbini, an Italian sociologist and caver would eventually enter Le Grotte on December 14, 1986 and emerge on July 12, l987, but he had little idea of how much time had passed. The experience of those early spelunkers who discovered Le Grotte di Frasassi has continued to be a source of interest, particularly to NASA scientists dealing with the effects of isolation on astronauts. Tolkein talked of a Middle-earth, but the Frasassi caverns which sit in the middle of an awe inspiring gorge on which you can spot the ant like figures of rock climbers, are a literal embodiment of Tolkein’s terminology. When you enter you are dazzled by a universe of speleothems, rock formations like stalactites and stalagmites that have taken wondrous shape. The Frasassi caverns date from the Pleistocene era, 1,400,000 years ago. The calcite mineral formations take place at the rate of 2 millimeters per year and time has wrought miraculous formations over the centuries. These are identified by names like the Witch’s Castle, Dante Alghieri, the Madonna and the 7 ton Sword of Damocles which hangs threateningly from a ceiling. In our current age of disenchantment, in which everything wants to be explained by science, the Frasassi are a bit of magic that’s the result of nature working in seclusion. Because their discovery is relatively recent, they exude a mystery and innocence that brings us a little closer to the increasingly novel experience of the unknown.

watercolor by Hallie Cohen

{This was originally posted to The Screaming Pope, Francis Levy’s blog of rants and reactions to contemporary politics, art and culture}

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Flying between Le Marche and Umbria

At the border between Le Marche and the near region Umbria it will be quite impossibile to stay within Le Marche’s geographical limits!

Mountains between Le Marche and Umbria are quite famous within the paragliding and the hang glider’s lovers.
There are some exceptional spots from where you can literally fly and discover the area from above and there are a lot of schools and experts that can assure you a unique and wonderful experience.

One of these places is the Monte Cucco, one of the most known “fly sites” in Europe that hosted the Hang Gliding world championship. Here there are the right winds that create the perfect environment for hang gliding and paragliding. The Monte Cucco is a mountain lying just between Le Marche and Umbria and from here you can fly for long distances and for a long  time!

The amazing thing is that you don’t need to be a “pilot”. Of course you can bring your own gear and fly all by yourself (in that case you’ll need to have a pilot’s license and to be authorized), otherwise you can book a flight with an expert pilot and fly in pair, leaving all the work to the others and simply enjoying this thrilling experience!
You can choose between paragliding and the hang glider and prepare yourself. There are a lot of schools, such as Monte Cucco in volo or Volo libero Monte Cucco.

Salamis and … environs

prodotti tipici dintorniMucca al pascolopecore PiaggiaseccaOne can not overlook the local pork cold cuts that are traditional in these zones and represent a local typical product. A typical tasting consists of a platter with a splay of locally made salamis and cheeses accompanied by a basket of ‘Crescia’ (a type of locally made focaccia) and a glass of Rosso Piceno or, why not, an organic Verdicchio superiore. You cannot miss a tasting of the renowned ‘Salame di Fabriano’ (Fabriano salami), one of the Slow Food approved products of the Marche region. Another must is the mountain Prosciutto, and Pecorino and Ricotta accompanied by honey or marmalade. Meat lovers must try the Fabriano bred lamb and the Marchigian beef which is one of the more esteemed bovine breeds in Italy, sanctioned by the brands “5R” and “PGI-Central Apennine White beef”.

Norcineria e dintorni

Non potrete dire di aver assaggiato qualcosa di tipico, se non avrete degustato un tagliere di salumi e formaggi del territorio accompagnato da un cestino di crescia e da un bicchiere di Rosso Piceno o, perchè  no, di Verdicchio superiore biologico. Non fatevi mancare il Salame di Fabriano, uno dei sei presidi slow food nelle Marche, né un gustoso prosciutto di montagna, né un buon pecorino o un assaggio di ricotta da degustare magari con mieli o marmellate. E per gli appassionati della carne, da provare l’agnello di razza fabrianese, e la marchigiana, una delle più pregiate razze bovine italiane, tutelata con i marchi “5R” e “IGP-Vitellone bianco dell’Appennino Centrale”.

 

 

The Sentino valley: through rocks, gorges and caves

Towns and castles widespread in the natural greenery that reveals itself above and below the earth, along rocky gorges and fairy-tale caves like Frasassi, green hills and valleys rich with history, ruins of the past like the archaelogical park of Sentinum.

Borghi e castelli disseminati nel verde di una natura che si svela sopra e sotto la terra, lungo gole rocciose e grotte fiabesche come quelle di Frasassi, colline verdeggianti e val-late ricche di storia e vestigia del passato come il parco archeologico di Sassoferrato.

 

 

 

 

TAKE YOUR TIME, CHOOSE THE APENNINES

A whole area with uncommon historical, artistic, socio-economic and geographic identities, united by the Umbria-Marche Apennines, and by the great heritage of parishes, abbeys and monasteries. Destination for people who love active tourism in nature, the discovering of unusual routes along paths of the history, art and faith, and for people who appreciate the authenticity and pleasures of good food.

Bon voyage!

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Frasassi Park

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IT IS TIME TO PLAN YOUR HOLIDAYS !!! SMALL GROUPS SPECIAL OFFER

Have you already planned your vacation?

The Guardian, one of the major British press organizations, has included Le Marche region as one of the places to visit in 2017.

What are you waiting for? Book your stay at our VILLA now!

For all customers who like to travel in small groups and want to book their holidays before April 30th 2018 Le Perelle will reserve a special discount from 10% to 30% on the list prices (see below).

Hurry up and come and discover the countless artistic, natural and enogastronomic beauties that our territory has to offer.

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