Le Marche is the Eastern Italian region quite off the tourist radar. If you are looking for unique things to do in Italy, the region of Le Marche should be on your list. There is so much to do and see here that a few weeks will fall short. But you can always keep going back like I did 😉 Here are 5 unique and unmissable experiences in Le Marche that I recommend you to experience. From visiting a historic ceramic store to a block printing studio and dinner with locals, it has it all!
5 Unmissable Experiences in Le Marche
1. Visit Antica Stamperia Carpegna:
One of the most unmissable experience in Le Marche was visiting the block printing studio of Emanuele Francioni. Situated in the old town of Carpegna, Emanuele’s studio is next to the Montefeltro mountains. As soon as you enter you can smell a mix of vinegar, flour and rust! Emanuele’s family has owned this studio and the legacy of block printing from the early 1900s. The studio passed from one generation to another is a true gem of a find! Emanuele is a kind soul who will gladly show the process of block printing. It was fun to chat and know more about the history. I even bought a few things from him. The art of Block printing is not new to me as India is a big hub for block printing designs. However, I never thought I would find it in a small town of Marche.
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2. Explore Urbania’s Medieval Ceramic Store:
Another unmissable experience that I had in Le Marche was a visit to the famous ceramic store – L’Antica CastelDurante. Situated in the town of Urbania, this historic store has preserved the ancient Renaissance art and designs from over centuries ago. The owners of the store, Gilberto Galavotti and Giuliano Smacchia, are two passionate art enthusiasts who have learnt the majolica technique and opened the world of art in an entirely different way! I absolutely adore crockery and ceramics in general so visiting this store gave me a high!
L’Antica CastelDurante was founded in 1995 and aims to reproduce the classic period of Urbania’s art. (Urbania was previously known as Casteldurante). For more information visit their website for some exceptional designs!
3. Eat with Locals at a River Mill:
Dining with locals at a mill is another unusual experience that I recommend having in Le Marche. “Il Mulino della Ricavata” is a mill located close to Urbania and owned by Anna and Gianfranco. The couple restored the mill in 1998 and have now converted it into B&B. Anna is the Masterchef who brings heartwarming local produce to the table while Gianfranco takes care of the guests.
Dining at their home was very special and a great experience in Le Marche. If you are ever in this part of Le Marche, support them by booking a room here. I am grateful to Anna and Gianfranco for a warm and hospitable evening! Imagine the consistent sound of the river, lush green garden and fresh food at your table.
4. Dinner at Palazzo Mucci:
You would think, all I am imploring you to do is eat!! Well you are sort of right 😉 Another unmissable experience in Le Marche was to eat in a village called “Palazzo Mucci”. Apparently this place is a local’s secret and you can guess why. It is far away from everything and yet you would still feel like you are at home. My friends from Le Marche drove with me here, I was totally blown away by the food and service. The owner is the most kind hearted soul and a wizard in the kitchen. He delieverd the best of regional cuisine to us. For more information on booking and the restaurant visit their official website.
5. Have Aperitivo with the 9 Men
Another unique thing to do in Le Marche is to visit the town of Mercatello sul Metauro and have a foodie experience with the 9 men! Thanks to the Palazzo Donati , Lanfranco Pagliardini and “Academia del Padlot” for this experience. These 9 men are a group of passionate and committed food and wine enthusiasts. They cook, drink and talk and spend evenings together in an insightful way.
Hope you enjoyed these 5 unusual experiences in Le Marche! I stand by my saying that it is the people who make my Italian travels so memorable and fascinating 🙂
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