About the area – discover rural Italy
The countryside surrounding Casa delle Querce is ideal for walks and the nearby historic towns are ideal for exploring and sampling the fantastic local foods and wine. We like to think of it as discovering the real Italy.
The holiday villa nestles between the two towns of Frontone and Pergola, both of which provide a range of supermarkets and other shops, as well as a number of small cafes, restaurants and bars.
Frontone is just two miles to the South West of the villa, and has a population of just over 1,300. It has two small supermarkets that can supply most of your needs, and a small market on a Monday. There are a number of other shops but our favourite is the fresh pasta shop, which is not too expensive.
Pergola is approx. four miles to the North East, with a population of around 6,700. It has a larger supermarket as well as a range of shops. On Saturdays there is a large market in Pergola that stretches along the main street of the town. Read more on le Marche website.
Le Marche is one of the three regions that make up central Italy, the others being Tuscany and Umbria. Pronounced “lay markay”, it lies on the eastern side of central Italy and is one of Italy’s best-kept secrets, being unspoilt by the ravages of mass tourism.
Inland, perhaps more so than anywhere else in central Italy, you will find places where time really has stood still; a mosaic of ancient cities, rolling hills, dramatic mountains, hidden valleys and long, sandy beaches. Le Marche is an outstanding holiday destination for those seeking to get away from the traditional tourist trap – it is almost tourist-free and the local people tend to be kind and helpful to strangers.
The landscape varies from undulating agricultural fields and vine-clad slopes to snow-capped mountains and dramatic gorges. There are 20 peaks over 2000m and several ski resorts in the area. The whole area is a walker’s paradise with many mountain paths, guided walks if you require, and a stunning array of wild flowers to be seen. Le Marche is rich in historical-artistic and cultural heritage.
Every small hilltop village in this region has a beautiful church and a welcoming bar, and throughout summer and autumn each village has its local festa or sagra, which is a time to celebrate the year’s hard work and is usually based on produce from mushrooms, sausages, fruit, wine or chestnuts depending on the season. It is a time for eating and drinking, processions, music and dancing.
You will find that little English is spoken but the local Italians are very friendly and helpful, especially if you try to speak a few words of Italian.
There is a great article written about le Marche region on the Guardian website – click to read more about le Marche area
There is also a website devoted to le Marche region