A Lush Lacrima

A Lush Lacrima

The Adriatic coast is where many Italians choose to spend their holidays and the beaches around Senigallia in the Marche are always particularly popular. Thirteen kilometres of beaches, the famous Spiaggia di Velluto or Velvet Beach, so called because of the fine...
Cacciatore di Cònero

Cacciatore di Cònero

Vinnie and I were driving in the Marche and heading towards Monte Cònero. This high peak, behind the regional capital, Ancona, has for thousands of years served as a navigational landmark for ancient sailors. “So what is the national tree of Italy?” I asked my ancient...
A Very Particular Pergola

A Very Particular Pergola

Vinnie and I were heading for the small town of Pergola in the Marche, a region to the east of the Apennine Mountains. As always, we were on the hunt for artisan wines but we wanted to know what else there was to see in the town. In fact, there is something very rare...
A Verdicchio To Savour

A Verdicchio To Savour

Vinnie and I were in the centre of the Marche, near the town of Jesi, inland from the coastal Adriatic port of Ancona. This part of Italy may not be so well known to modern tourists but historically it was fought over many times and to protect themselves the...
A Luxurious Lacrima

A Luxurious Lacrima

Vinnie and I have seen all kinds of different approaches to wine-making in our travels across Italy, everything from minute one-person operations to some very sophisticated businesses indeed. Some have integrated agriturismo-style accommodation so that they can take...