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Provincia di Ancona

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  • Day207

    Senigalia

    January 19, 2017 in Italy

    We read this morning about the avalanche that crushed the mountain hotel less than 100 miles south of where we were. We'd previously planned a mountain drive close to the area, albeit at a lower altitude, but it really brought it home to us how close the danger had been.

    Vicky's trapped nerve in her neck had got worse so we didn't want to travel too far on the bumpy Italian roads. We chose to go to Senegalia, just a little way down the coast. Despite being close to the sea, there weren't sea views on the journey because the main coast road was a corridor through hotels and apartment blocks, most of which looked shut up for winter. As we approached the stopover it looked as if it might be raining up ahead but it turned out to be a smog haze. The stopover was just off the busy road and close to the train tracks that ran parallel. It wasn't the nicest setting but it was free because it was winter (€10 in summer!) and it was somewhere to rest the night before moving on in the morning.Read more

  • Day208

    Portonovo, Happy 63rd Will!

    January 20, 2017 in Italy

    It was Will's 63rd birthday today. We'd decided to do a few nice things but leave presents and the birthday meal to another day when Vicky's neck was better and she could look after him instead of it needing to be the other way round.

    We'd read about the Conero Riviera, a particularly beautiful stretch of coast backed by towering white cliffs. The plan was to stay somewhere along there and go for a walk on a beach. Unfortunately, in order to reach it we needed to pass through the busy port town of Ancona; the source of pollution we'd seen yesterday. As we approached, the film of dirt on everything thickened, dampening colours and the light. We passed through a tunnel and it was only once we were half way through that we realised there were supposed to be cats eyes marking out the lanes. It caught in our throats while we tried to navigate through the narrow streets, inconsiderate parking and one way systems, dodging potholes, cracks in the concrete and having no choice but to roll with the undulating road surface.

    It was a breath of fresh air for our lungs and eyes when we emerged the other side, climbing above most of the smog on a road that ran between open fields and had glimpses of coves bordering the vast blue ocean below. We climbed, descended, climbed then descended the 200m high cliff, through woodland to the small resort of Portonovo. Finding a light yellow gravel car park in a quiet woodland clearing, we checked whether we could stay and found again that it was free this time of year (it would have been €18 in high season!). Leaving the van and winding our way down single track roads framed by forest, we found the rocky shore. The sound of the waves crashing on the shingle and the seaside smell made us smile. The hotel, campsite, most restaurants, canoe hire, cafes and beach side bars were closed and there was hardly anyone in sight. The peace was wonderful! After walking along the pebble beach for a while we found a restaurant that opened on Fridays and weekends. We had a glass of wine and decided to return later when they'd be cooking pizza in the authentic woodfired oven!
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  • Day30

    Picked up the hire car this morning and hit the road once again. This time we had an automatic car so it was a bit easier. We are still very confused about the speed limits in Italy. There was a lot of roadworrks going on and a lot of 40 zones but the signs meant nothing to the Italian drivers and often held them up by adhering to the speed limits. We did not want to arrive home after our holiday to a heap of speeding tickets.

    We made our way to Genga today, 50 kilometres from Ancona, the capital of Le Marche. On the agenda today was a visit to the Grotte di Frasassi, Frasassi Caves, one of the largest subterranean cave systems in Europe. The caves were discovered in 1971 and have been open to public since 1974. While more than 18 kilometres of the caves have been explored, just 1 kilometre is open for a guided public tour–a fairly easy walk, with stairs and ramps built around the stunning stalactites and stalagmites. Strategic lighting highlights some of the most spectacular formations, which take various forms and shapes. There are formations that resemble the Grand Canyon, the Niagara Falls, the leaning tower of Pisa, various animals and more. The main cavern is massive; apparently it can fit the entire Cathedral of Milan, the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world! Further inside, there’s a cave whose floor is covered with small stalagmites, giving the impression that there are hundreds of candles. At some points the limestone formations hanging from the roof of the cave are so thin that they look like delicate sheets or veils.

    We were very lucky once again that there were only four other people on our English speaking tour so we really got to enjoy the caves without being overcrowded. Unfortunately photos just don't do it justice, they don't convey the sheer size of the caves or the beauty of the stalactites and stalagmites, the way they glisten and shimmer. Photos don't show how crystal clear the water is and the way the stalagmites reflect upon their surface. This truly is a magical place and the best cave system we have ever seen. One of the highlights of our trips.
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  • Day30

    Next stop was to find the temple in a cave that I had seen online. I had read it was near the entrance of the Frasassi Caves but in actual fact we could not walk to it from the caves and had to catch the bus back to the car park and drive in the hopes it would be easy to find. Considering how windy and narrow the roads were we were a bit concerned we would be able to park anywhere but thankfully the Sanctuary was properly signed and there was parking, a bit of a surprise considering how hard it has been to find other sites in Italy.

    The Sanctuary of Santa Maria infra Saxa and the Tempietto Valadier are two sanctuaries and chapel located at the entrance of the Frasassi Caves, but not the main entrance. The sign said that it was only a 700m walk to the sanctuary and the temple but it failed to say that the walk was straight up. I really earned by piece of pizza today. The walk was exhausting and Brad was not impressed so I was crossing my fingers it was worth it. I'm not sure Brad through so but I was pretty impressed when we rounded the final corner and there in the entrance to a cave was the temple.

    The Tempietto or small octagonal temple was commissioned in 1828 by Pope Leo XII, who was originally from Genga. The white marble structure was designed by Giuseppe Valadier. The chapel once housed a marble statue of the Madonna and child by the studio of Antonio Canova. The statue is now in the civic museum of Genga, and been substituted by a copy.When the temple was built, a number of remains of skeletons were found in the opening of the cave.

    Behind the temple, the cave continued back in tiers, with steps leading up to the insides of the caves. On the tiers were hundred of cairns, human-made stacks of stone built as a memorial or landmark, and it was pretty cool.

    The hermitage of Santa Maria Infra Saxa, Sanctuary of Madonna di Frasassi,
    is located within a few dozen meters of the temple, on a ledge at the entrance to the cave. The sanctuary is ancient; it is cited in documents from 1029. It is a simple stone structure built by Benedictine monks to house a burned image of the Madonna. The one room of the sanctuary was formed by being carved into the rock. It isn't until you go into the sanctuary that you grasp how it was actually built. Once again I am amazed of the history of this place. I think it was worth the long walk up. The walk down was a bit easier.
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  • Day30

    Genga - Il Bivacco Frasassi

    September 28 in Italy

    Getting to our accommodation was quite an adventure. It wasn't in the main town of Genga but off a road beforehand in a little commune. The road to our B&B was in fact a lane way and we had to manoeuvre a maze of lane ways to get there. It was an experience but Brad mastered the driving very well and at the very top of the hill was our very cute accommodation for the night.

    Our hosts weren't onsite when we arrived but had made sure the fire was burning and our apartment was ready. It had actually started to cool down after the heat we had been experiencing and it was very nice. Our apartment was very cute, with a real homely feel and it had everything we needed for our nights stay. We quickly dumped our bags and headed out to explore this little piece of heaven we had found ourselves in.

    All the quaint houses were made of stone and as we stepped out of our accommodation we came face to face with the local church. We wandered down the stone lanes, admired the breathtaking views, visited the Piazza Coriolano Bruffa and the remains of a tower, and fell in love with the area. This is what I imagined country Italy to be.

    We decided to try the local restaurant for dinner, quite surprised there even was a restaurant in this area due to the lack of homes and customers surrounding it, and discovered good old Italian time. Opens at 7pm means it opens when they feel like it. Thankfully they finally did open and we enjoyed a delicious dinner and bottle of wine before making the steep walk back up to our B&B. I must say it was one of the most authentic Italian restaurants we have been in with every wall covered with photos, art and every surface covered with knick-knacks, a stuffed animal or two, and lots of lace curtains. It has a real Italian charm and the staff were fabulous. It was the perfect way to end a very enjoyable day.

    The next morning our lovely hostess brought us down a breakfast tray with everything we could need to start the day. The love heart coffee mugs were another cute touch. We were sad to be leaving this beautiful area.
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  • Day15

    Senigallia

    September 22 in Italy

    Heute eine weitere Station unserer Rundreise. Sie bringt uns nach Senegallia an der Adria unterhalb von Rimini. Kilometerweiter Sandstrand zum laufen, genießen, sich wohlfühlen. Geht ständig ein Wind.... herrlich 😍.
    Das Hotel für 3 Sterne wirklich toll mit Sonnendeck und WhirlPool.
    Bene hat mir /uns ein gegrilltes Hühnchen besorgt, haben wir auf unserem Balkon mit einem guten Bier verzehrt. 😋

  • Day62

    Goodbye Italy

    September 30, 2016 in Italy

    After 1 month, 800 miles, 45 pizzas, 65 bowls of pasta, 30 caprese salads and a spectacular wedding we say goodbye to Italy......and hello to a luxurious (in comparison to the last three!) cabin on our ferry to our next destination.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Provincia di Ancona, Ανκόνα, Ancône, Ancona

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