A region northeast of Rome, Le Marche stretches from the shores of the Adriatic in the East to the Appenines to the West. It is famous within Italy for it’s rolling fertile hills and abundant harvest. For many years Le Marche was one of the Papal States and therefore has many stunning unspoilt medieval towns.
To the East are many miles of beaches along the Adriatic coast (30 mins). If you like it sandy, craggy, or shigley, there will be something for you. (Personally I’m more of a lake person)
We are sited near to the charming little town of Pioraco, dramatically situated in a deep gorge it is a joy to draw and sketch in. It is mostly known for it’s huge flea market which takes place on Monday evenings throughout the summer. It also has a church dug out of the rock and several medieval buildings and clock towers. There is also a long valley following the course of the river toward Fiuminata.
A beautiful regional town, San Severino has an impressive public square as well as an abundance of churches, abbies and cathedrals and a jewel of a theatre.
Things to do
Yoga courses –Camerino has an excellent Yoga School offering a range of courses and classes for all levels www.yoga-camerino.com
Local Bar/Restaurant– we are a short drive from several lively and picturesque local Restaurants.
Horse riding – the best local stables are at Matelica – our kids love them.
Cookery courses – Pappafo is happy to offer custom designed cooking courses by the day – please contact us for prices.
Places to Visit
The Lago di Fiastra – a beautifully blue lake in the Sibilini mountains. No chlorine, no salt just cool. (Also a very good restaurant specializing in truffles).
Loreto– A pilgrimage town, approximately 40-minutes drive away.
Assisi – A pilgrimage town, approximately one-hours drive, through the mountains. Packed full of very lovely Giottos!
Matelica – A 15-minute drive to the center of the Verdiccio wine region.
The Frassassi Caves – Sassoferrato, Fabriano 30mins– the largest cave complex in the Europe and truly, truly breathtaking. Also refreshingly cool on a hot day
Fabriano Paper Mill – 30-minutes- the oldest commercial paper mill in Europe. They offer very good half-day workshops in papermaking. If there is enough interest, we’re happy to arrange a visit.
Macerata Opera Festival 22 July – 6th August – 30 minute drive
Pictures of Local Towns
Moira, Australia, 2016
Shirley UK 2016
Wish I had done this course before I did the others, I wouldn’t have needed to search further afield.
Karyn, Canada, 2013
Rob, UK 2016
Pete UK Sept 2016
my progress has been so much more than I had hoped for.
Anna, Australia 2015
Gera, Australia 2015
Alan , Scotland, 2016
Marianne & Bjorn, Norway, 2016
Rona, UK, 2015 Oct
Rosemary, UK, 2016
Carole & Steve, UK, 2016
Sandra, UK, 2016
Jan & Anthea, UK, 2016
John and Alison, Guernsey, 2014
Srinath & Vasanta, UK, 2016
Tricia,NY, USA 2016
Richard, UK, 2014
Jan, UK, 2014 and 2015
Sanni, Finland, 2015
Johan, Finland, 2015
(he said other things but I feel this should be immortalised!)