Luxury self catering holiday apartments with pool in Le Marche - Italy
Leisure & Interests - suggestions for you to explore during your holiday at Villa Miramonti!
Cycling is a very popular activity in Le Marche, in particular the routes that follow the shoreline through the Adriatic coastal resorts, those that wind their way up to medieval hill-top villages with dramatic vistas and those inside the Sibillini National Park with its forests and plains. There are routes to suit all levels of ability and inclination, for both mountain and road bikes accessible from Villa Miramonti.
WALKING & HIKING
There are some circular walks from Villa Miramonti along paths and quiet asphalt roads around Curetta pleasant for early morning or evening strolls. Other circular trails with good views, and away from roads, are found around Monte San Martino, Lago San Ruffino, Smerillo and the Abbadia di Fiastra Nature Reserve, a short drive away. Going further afield, the Golle dell' Infernaccio waterfalls, nature trails around Lake Fiastra and to the caves of the Fratti are spectacular. There are many footpaths and guided walks within the Sibillini National Park of varying lengths and degree of difficulty; maps and information are available from the National Park.
WATER SPORTS & FISHING
The beaches of the Adriatic (many are Blue Flag accredited) are mostly sandy and the warm, shallow water is usually calm. The lidos along the coast rent sunbeds and umbrellas and you can hire pedallos and canoes. There are also kite surfing and sailing opportunities at different points and sea fishing from the shore at the pebbly beaches. Further afield, Conero, near Ancona, may be worth a visit but it can get crowded during the high season. Heading inland, the lakes offer a refreshing alternative; Lake Fiastra is a must with its shingle beaches and deep, clear, cool water where you can swim or fish for trout. Near Villa Miramonti, the River Tenna is popular with anglers and competitions take place regularly.
HORSE RIDING & TREKKING
A few km from Villa Miramonti, the San Lorenzo Riding School, on the road to San Ruffino, offers horse riding and trekking. In addition, at Smerillo, the Forest School organises donkey treks to explore the local landscape. Within the Sibillini National Park, horse riding & trekking are also available.
Paragliding, ballooning, kite boarding, wind surfing, quad biking and other opportunities exist for adrenalin junkies in central Le Marche; you can find out more online using the links provided.
WINERIES & WINE TASTING
In this wine-growing region you will find many excellent wines to enjoy; you can buy them directly, at very reasonable prices, from the Ciù-Ciù and Castignano cantinas nearby. There’s nothing quite like visiting the wineries themselves though! Wine tasting can be arranged (in English if you like) at the Muròla Winery and PS Winery, both a short drive away and you can, of course, buy your wine direct from them. Dezi, a local award winning winery, is near Curetta; you can taste and buy very special wines there too!
GYM, FITNESS, SPA & BEAUTY TREATMENTS
The modern Q-bo Wellness Centre, just a 10 minute drive at nearby Montegiorgio, has state of the art fitness rooms, an olympic-size indoor swimming pool and exercise classes such as spinning, power pump, pilates and yoga. There is a well-equipped Health Spa and Beauty Centre for spa baths, treatments and massages, as well as a hairdresser, large modern bar and terrace restaurant. This centre is unique and we can provide our guests with free vouchers for discounted daily or weekly passes to enjoy their facilities!
There are many excellent routes and circular drives for exploring the Marche region’s towns and villages from your holiday base at Villa Miramonti. The three main provincial towns - Macerata, Fermo and Ascoli Piceno – all have historical centres, piazzas, churches, museums, restaurants & markets easily explored on foot with parking easy to find. Along the coast, Porto San Giorgio, Grottamare, San Benedetto del Tronto all have lovely palm tree lined promenades and marinas. Many smaller inland towns have ‘Orange Flag’ quality awards from the Touring Club of Italy including Montelupone, Urbisaglia, Sarnano, Caldarola & San Ginesio. A little further away, Tolentino, San Severino, Camerino, Cingoli and Loreto may be of interest.
HISTORY & ART
There is a strong sense of historical continuity in Le Marche. The archaeological park of Urbs Salvia is impressive; Falerone, Macerata, & Ancona have many Roman ruins & artefacts. Ascoli Piceno has one of the most elegant piazzas in Italy. The great Cistercian abbey, the Abbadia di Fiastra, is nearby with guided tours available and the Tolentino Basilica has a magnificent cycle of early 14th century frescoes. Many great Renaissance artists & architects worked in Le Marche; Raphael was born in Urbino. Glorious religious paintings by the Crivelli brothers are found in churches close to Villa Miramonti and many small museums are worth visiting. Urbisaglia, Caldarola, Tolentino & Senegallia have fine fortresses or castles. From your holiday apartment, you could also explore Urbino and even Assisi, Florence and Siena.
FOOD & WINE
Cooking in Le Marche is deeply rooted in tradition. Wild ingredients such as mushrooms, game, nuts, field herbs and truffles are often used. Inland specialities include a rich lasagna, charcoal grilled meat, stuffed pigeon and rabbit with fennel. By the coast, fish stew & spaghetti with seafood are always excellent. Pizzas and ice cream are, of course, delicious! Local Pecorino cheese is also excellent. Le Marche region has 13 varieties of D.O.C. wine; you can taste and buy wine from many small cantinas & vineyards a short drive from Villa Miramonti. Shopping for food is a pleasure and the fruit & vegetables are plentiful, cheap and excellent. And of course, there are very good restaurants to suit every budget and taste!
MUSIC & EVENTS
Our region’s many historic and beautiful theatres have regular performances; theatre plays can also be seen at the Roman amphitheatres. The many musical events in Le Marche include the famous summer opera season at the Sferisterio in Macerata and the international San Severino Blues Festival. Most towns & villages organise festas or ‘sagre’ during the summer and autumn to celebrate a typical local dish such as wild boar or mushrooms, or mussels by the sea, with music, entertainment & plenty to drink! The medieval past is celebrated through feasts, games, musical events & tournaments across the region (most famous are held in Ascoli Piceno, Fermo & of course Servigliano, close to Villa Miramonti) and there is a varied calendar of special events throughout the year in Le Marche.
Shopping is a very popular Italian pastime – and you can enjoy it as part of your holiday! You can buy fresh produce in the local markets which also sell fabrics, shoes, inexpensive clothing and some crafts. You can always find a town nearby with a market day where you can soak up the atmosphere as locals come to shop and socialise. Specialised markets sell shoes (Le Marche is the world centre of shoe production!) leather goods & hats (produced locally) as well as antiques in the main towns. There are also many factory shops, easily reached by car, selling quality clothing and shoes at good prices in addition to the famous outlets of Tods, Prada & Armani amongst others!
BUYING A HOUSE IN ITALY'S LE MARCHE REGION?
If you are captured by the beauty of this region and decide to purchase a house in Le Marche, we strongly recommend A&G Immobiliare – an excellent local Estate Agency. From the very beginning, Gildo Ercoli (owner) and Alessia (his assistant – who speaks good English) will understand your requirements and show you some very attractive properties on their books. Gildo will provide guidance and advice throughout the process and also help with introductions to other professionals for legal & restructuring work. The level of honesty, competence and their assistance, even post-purchase, is always excellent. We would thoroughly recommend the friendly and professional service of A&G to anyone considering buying a house in this magical part of Italy!