Sunday, May 4, 2014

A Couple of Reasons to Visit MARCHE

"As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.  I wish you all very good lives" J.K. Rowling

We had been driving for a couple of hours before we finally arrived at our destination in the Marche region.  We made a quick stop at a local coffee bar before our final drive to our friend's house.  As I entered the bar I saw a group of a dozen man, all in their 80s, playing a game of cards, drinking coffee, and having a great time.  Had I discovered a place that has found the secret to long lives?

Then, I met signor Giovanni, 94 years old, no cholesterol, no high blood pressure, still sharp as a whip and with a great disposition. Is living in Italy the secret to a long life?  Statistics certainly seem to support this fact and signor Giovanni is the living proof.  During our Easter meal he ate salami, pasta dishes, meet, desert and washed it all down with a nice red wine!  Maybe the secret is the fresh air of Marche!

Marche is an Italian region not as renowned as Tuscany, but with enough going for it to make a visit worth your while.  It is situated east of Rome and its terrain is dominated by hills.   As our friends drove us around several hill-top towns it seemed to me that on top of every hill there was a medieval city to be discovered.

Here are some points of interest in Marche:

1. The Fiastra Abbey (Abbazia di Fiastra) in Urbisaglia is a great spot to enjoy nature, visit historic sites and have a picnic on the Abbey's ground.  It is a wonderful place to visit with children!
2. Fermo, with a great duomo this medival town is a perfect stop during your trip to Marche.
3. The Tod's and Prada outlets of course! Via Garibaldi 134, Sant'Elpidio a Mare.  Several other shoe outlets are listed here.

I was impressed by Marche and now I want to return and see if I can learn the secret to their long and healthy lives!  And that is all for now.  Arrivederci,

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