Le Marche is a place to discover, a region of Italy that has in the last few years become a real contender to the well known Tuscan and Napoletan destination. The Italians themselves call it the most beautiful region in Italy where the quality of life in aspects of beauty and history and gastronomy certainly has it all. Sun, mountains, grotto's, lakes, also beaches, wood laddered slopes, farmland, medieval towns and villages. Skiing, horse riding, climbing, cycling, rambling and hand gliding, art, architecture, museums castles and forts, good food and wine. All to be found in one fascinating region. You will probably notice different names for Marche restaurants besides ristorante, such as osteria, trattoria, agriturismo and pizzeria, but rest assured that all serve up a range of great Italian dishes to savor. Petritoli town is well served by numerous restaurants ,pizzerias, agriturismi/farms serving rural fayre using traditional Marche recipes and osterie/trattorie (well priced and serving rustic dishes).
The Sibillini National Park has many footpaths which are mostly signposted for the more adventurous and those who want to get nearer to nature . The region is interlaced with white roads (gravel) connecting the many small frazione dotted around the countryside. These gravel roads are ideal for walking, serious trekking, cycling, biking and most are perfectly viable by car. During these walks you can stop to buy vegetables , cheese , wine from the small farms and have the pleasure to bring home the true colors of nature
There are also many routes among the mountains for cycling and mountain biking Our guests have left map suggestions with routes that appeal most to serious bike riders .
Good wind sailing and surfing spot is Monte Conero in the beach of Porto Novo
The Adriatic coast offers a great variety of resorts from the very quiet to the crowded, both sandy and pebbly. Porto san Giorgio beach town resort and Grottamare are only 15km away from Palazz o Mannocchi - http://www.le-marche.com/Marche/html/grottammare.htm
Restaurants, large and small are abundant around Petritoli and prices are very reasonable, you will enjoy the local food and excellent wine. The local people must be among the most friendly in Italy. Le Marche has a specialised and varied cuisine which should satisfy all tastes. The dishes derive from the local produce and recipes passed down through the generations. Specialities include truffles, charcoal grilled meats, fresh fish (San Benedetto del Tronto is one of the biggest fishing ports in Italy), pigeon, rabbit, pasta (Vincigrassi is a famous rich lasagna). Cheeses from Le Marche, the great Pecorino cheese, young or old, fresco or stagionato, the wonderful ricottas. ... Cacio La Forma di Limone, a unique cheese from the Metauro river valley made with sheep’s milk, and oddly enough, lemons. These little cheeses are shaped like lemons, and are rubbed with a mixture of salt and fresh lemon zest .
Le Marche is the triumph of pork meat, used in thousand different rich preparations typical sausages and salamis of the region, the ciauscolo or ciavuscolo and the salame lardellato. Vincisgrassi is the lasagna of Le Marche made with ground pork, mushrooms, tomato and bechamel sauce, sometimes topped with local truffles. Favorite meats include cinghiale (wild boar), pork, veal, rabbit and hare, game birds (quail, pigeon), chicken and goose., Farms around Petritoli produce and sell sweet flavored prosciutto (ham), porchetta (suckling pig stuffed with fennel and garlic), salamis, sausages and other Marche specialtie
Brodetto is a famous fish stew from the Adriatic coast and varies in form from each coastal town. Le Marche's version of Brodetto includes red and grey mullet, cuttlefish or squid (or both), oil, garlic and saffron - served on either fried or toasted bread. Other favorites include dried codfish, which is not native to the Mediterranean and local varieties like sole, bream, clams and mussels.
ACTIVITIES & SPORTS For all the activities you wish to make, you can contact our partner Turis.marche http://turismarche.it/