Monday, November 28

An Autumn Drive thru Le Marche

Autumn is hands down my favorite time of year, especially in Italy! From the color of the falling leaves and the colder bluer sky to but the smell of the wood stove mixed with roasted chestnuts and spiced wine, we not only see the changes of the season but feel and taste them too. One of my favorite ways to spend an autumn afternoon is a road trip to nowhere in particular.   We live just outside of Piobbico in the shadow of Monte Nerone. This northern part of Le Marche is rugged and breathtakingly beautiful - reaching from the foothills of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea (which is only about a 45 minute drive). 

Recently we jumped in the car on a brisk day for a drive to the northwester corner of Le Marche where it meets Umbria & Emilia-Romagna to explore Frontino & Carpegna. 

Frontino has been included in the prestigious club: "i borghi piu' belli di Italia" The most beautiful villages in Italy. It is easy to see why - it may be small but stands tall over the valley below. The views from here are stunning and with a four sided clock tower covered in ivy it's perfectly picturesque and charming.

We stopped in Carpegna for the morning market and a stroll thru the 'big city.' Enjoyed a porchetta panino and started to make our way back home. After 10 years of living in this crazy country I am still amazed & in awe of the beauty with which we are surrounded by on a daily basis and thankful to call this little corner of Italy home.

A little history: FRONTINO

The history of Frontino is that of a long dispute between the Malatesta from Rimini and Montefeltro for the madman of this “sentinel” in the territory of Massa Trabaria. The Montefeltro finally managed to keep it to pass a fief Oliva of Piandimeleto their vassals. Frontino, important part of the Duchy of Urbino, where he remained until the end of the dynasty of the Della Rovere – Montefeltro (1631). But the character of the town is about Malatesta who fortified, who raised the Palace of the family and that they provided the mill and religious buildings.

The towers and the mighty walls are reminiscent of the origins of this embattled castle, advanced sentinel of Montefeltro.

The monumental fountain water sculpture by Franco Assetto, named after Catherine Remies Forlani as symbolic figure of teacher much loved by the people of Frontino.

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