Flutterby Pumps Alberto Guardiani
Winning design of the Alberto Guardiani i-D ‘Cinderthriller’ international design contest, the ‘Flutterby’ takes flight as an elegantly styled red suede pump with a delicately painted heel shaped as a butterfly’s wing. A true design piece, these shoes combine graphical harmony with the artisanal Italian know-how Alberto Guardiani is known for. Heel measures 100mm / 4 inches. Made in Italy.
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Alberto Ciccioli: Timeless Classic
From the early Eighties, Alberto Ciccioli has been a name standing for Italian design, strictly hand-made craftsmanship, innovation and highly focused search for quality both in terms of raw materials and accuracy for details.
The company’s know-how, gained over a career of more than 30 years, allowed for constant improvements of the products, anticipating and setting trends, always meeting customers’ needs both on the national and international markets.
The brand, born in the shoes district of Le Marche, the heart of Central Italy, is successfully exporting items to Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan and UAE, positioning itself in that èlite of names that have turned our ‘made in Italy’ into a phenomenon now so famous worldwide.
Thanks to its line of classic menswear - from casual to traditional, ranging from a strictly more formal style to a rather fashionable taste, with a hint to classic English-style evergreen pieces and a recently launched line of androgynous inspiration women’s shoe line, adapted to a female taste - still today, Alberto Ciccioli is a brand able to team up high quality and made in Italy sophistication, with a clear cosmopolitan and international influence typical of names that are always keen on contemporary trends.
Giovanna Nicolai Couture SVMI-E Le Marche: Couture Dreams
GIENNE was born in 2006 from the intuition of its founder Daniele Macellari, who intends to continue the family tradition in the Haute Couture, reality consolidates within four generations. GIENNE is tailoring and craftsmanship, synonymous of Italian excellence, contextualized in the global market requirements; our Haute Couture (Giovanna Nicolai Couture) and Prêt-à-Porter (SVMI-E) collections are the results of research of tissues, rich and fine yarns, worked by the able hands of Italian tailors, repositories of a timeless art. GIENNE puts itself on Italian and international market with a product 100% made in Italy certified (according to the Italian law 166/2009 art.16), guarantee of high quality and exclusivity. GIENNE proposes a unique style, for an hard to please and with a great personality woman.
Marchetti Verdicchio Dei Castelli Di Jesi Classico Le Marche
- Grapes - 100% Verdicchio
- Pronunciation: Verdicchio: [Vair-dee-kee-oh] Dei Castelli Di Jesi: [Day kah-stay-lee dee jeh-see]
The name Verdicchio comes to us in part by the Italian word for green (“verde”), due to the greenish-yellow hue of the wine.
Winemaker Maurizio Marchetti is an avid painter. With a particular love for the work of Renaissance painter Botticelli this particular bottle bears Botticelli’s Venus.
Marchetti is known to be extremely picky about the grapes he chooses to go into his wines.
The wines from Marches are just not widely seen on wine lists, mainly because of poor marketing.
The Marches region of Italy apparently sees close to 3,000 hours (that’s almost 200 days) of grape-warming sun each year!
What makes this wine a “Classico” is that it’s produced from a smaller defined area within Marches. This area has the amount of vines planted per acre limited more than “regular” Verdicchio. Anytime you see “Classico” on a bottle of Italian wine, that pretty-much the same story through Italy.
Verdicchio is known to have a naturally high level of acidity and it’s for that reason the grape was actually used to make some of the first Italian sparkling spumante wines, dating back to the middle of the 19th century.
Medium-bodied, but remaining crisp. The fresh cut grass, herbs, floral notes and apricot leads the way, but really only opened up after a little vigorous swirling. The wine is fresh and alive on the palate, with pear, citrus, and wet stone flavors leading into a dry finish.
I would normally suggest drinking it on it’s own, sat next to the pool somewhere; but since we’re right in the middle at winter, and the heating is temporarily out of action in my house, nothing could be further from my mind! I recommend: gnocchi, seafood salad, clams, salmon, sea bass, sushi, light pastas, or pork….and now I’m cold AND hungry!
- Price $14.99
Available in Jacksonville from Riverside Liquors and/or Royal Palm. Call first to order/confirm stock.
Calzaturificio London Le Marche: Local Craftsmanship + Global Market = GLOCAL Success
Estabilshed in the first seventies, London completely expresses the concept of enterpriese and creativity typical of this region firms. On the traces of deeply-rooted high artisan production combined with the constant research of innovative materials and techniques, with time this firm war able to research of innovative materials and techniques, with time this firm was able to renew his creative direction addressing production choises always towards new markets meeting and anticipating the requirement of a continously evolving consumer. The exploitation of these abilites of high artisan work enables pruduction by London, lead by Franco Marzetti, to be aware of today ladies and men, with shoes and accessories wich are dynamic and sober at the same time and of young girls assuring a design always ready to follow market changes, all this strictly Made in Italy.
Country Living in Authentic Marche Region of Italy
Good for body and soul, Italy’s Le Marche region is one of few places to boast seaside resorts, mountain villages, and rolling vineyards bursting with grapes. To the east, the green-blue Adriatic Sea laps ashore, separating Italy from Croatia. The Adriatic tosses fishing boats and sun-loving bathers in the tide. At its western border, the Apennine Mountains gently ease into verdant foothills dotted with renaissance towns, Roman ruins, and villages where family values outweigh 9-to-5 jobs. Wine is local, and produce fresh. Safe country roads were made for long Sunday drives. When considering where to live in Italy, Le Marche offers nature and food-lovers a special retreat. With its rustic ambiance and culinary traditions, Le Marche is a relaxing and healthy spot for vacations, long-term stays, and permanent residence.
- Eat and Live in Italy Like a Local
Roads thread through renaissance towns like Urbino and Apecchio. Streets narrow and buildings loom, tapering the light in a way that makes you feel like you are the only person in the world. Yet at cafes lining the main street, locals mill about. Nothing is too pressing to deter an hour-long chat with friends. In Le Marche, there is only one issue of importance: Have you had your pasta today?[…]
Wines such as Verdicchio and Lacrima are made regionally, selling for 5 Euro a bottle in grocery stores. In town, a cappuccino is 1.20 Euro and comes with high-speed internet. For 25 Euro per person, ocean-side dining in Ostra features platters of seafood with pasta and wine. As the sun sinks below the mountain peaks, candles flicker through the restaurant and dance across the Adriatic waters.[…]
In Le Marche, keeping healthy is a natural part of life. Days begin with organic, locally produced foods, continue with nautical breezes, and end with red wine on a mountain terrace. For many, there is no better place to live in Italy. Doors are open and neighbors look out for each other. As expat Ashley states, “We leave the keys in the car. Enough said!”
Christmas in Le Marche
Christmas in Le Marche is always been traditional since the time Emperor Aurelian decreed in 274 A.D that the Nativity Feast should take place on 25 December to coincide with the pagan festivals surrounding the Winter Solstice.
The first nativity scene decorated the village of Greccio, 80km east of Rome and synonymous with 25 December celebrations throughout Italy. In 1223 Giovanni Vellita created one in Le Marche at the behest of St Francis of Assisi who held a mass in front of the nativity scene which established it as the holy symbol of Christmas.
The traditional Christmas in Italy revolves around the church, religious festivals, families and feasting. Indeed no festival is ever complete without the element of food. The Christmas season starts with La Vigilia (the vigil) on the 24 December and finishes with L’Epifania (the Epiphany) on 6t January, it encompasses Natale (Christmas) on the 25th, San Stefano (St Stephens) on the 26th, San Silvestro on New Year’s Eve and Capodanno on New years Day.
In Le Marche, La Vigilia on 24th December has an equal importance to Christmas, and is celebrated with a huge feast of at least 7 courses that usually includes fish. A typical Vigila dinner begins with antipasti of different fish dishes such as smoked salmon, lumache (snails in a tomato sauce), seafood and marinated anchovies.
The first course, primo piatto, consists of pasta or risotto with a fish sauce. Fish is also unmissable for the secondo (second dish). In relation with the territory around Le Marche, the family choose the fish of the tradition: baked trout, langoustines, stoccafisso (stockfish) or baccalá (dried salt-cured cod), eels, red mullet, or, fried whitebait. As traditional contorno (side dish), bitter greens such as Cicoria, especially sauted with oil and garlic represent a perfect choice for Le Marche Christmas Vigilia. In alternative there are seasonal vegetables or contorni such as Roast Fennel or Globe artichokes. As conclusion the unmissable sweet specialities such as torrone (nougat), panettone, pandoro, and exotic fruits plus a glass of Vino Cotto, a smoky flavour, sweet wine originates in Roman times.
Most locals go to mass at midnight to pray, sing carols and celebrate the birth of Jesus. This heart warming night is concluded with socialising, hugging and kissing as friends and neighbours exchange greetings and toast each other in the Piazza of the Church with a local wine or a warming punch, mulled wine or vin brule.
Christmas Day starts slowly and noisy as children wake to open the Christmas Gifts, conscious to have a better second chance with the witch delivery the day of La Befana, the epiphany (6th of Jannuary). All the family, with relatives from other towns, is now around the table for the Christmas lunch. Gorgeous anti pasti of cold meats, cheeses, pickled vegetables etc. give only an idea of the large meal that will follow. The first course is something “in brodo” (in broth) such as meat cappelletti or wild mushroom filled tortellini and then something baked “al forno”, such as vincisgrassi, the famous Le Marche lasagna made with Chicken livers or Cannelloni, . For the main course, there is a range of meats cooked al forno or grilled “alla brace” on an open fire and even fried. Typically le Marche style is the great variety of meat used: leg of lamb, stinco (pork), and chicken, stuffed olives Ascolana Style. The main course is usually accompanied by side plates of roast potatoes and other seasonal vegetables, winter salad leaves. Then again the sweet specialities such as torrone, panettone, pandoro and, if the relatives were generous: Panforte di Siena, Cantuccini, Saporelli…
SLOK - Music in the Blood - Le Marche in the Heart
I am SLOK, my real name is Alessandro Russo, I’m 100 per cent Italian, I was born into a musician’s family and I’ve been a sound engineer and producer of various styles of electronic, underground music for almost 15 years under few different names. For example the tech and progressive house project called “Stereonova”, which with I released a few vinyl EPs with the renowned (now sadly closed) Covent Garden records store and record label Plastic Fantastic between 2002 and 2005, but mainly I produce under the my first and favourite artist name “SLOK”. I have used this name to release remixes and original tracks on high-profile labels such as One Records, My Favorite Robot, Get Physical, SAW Recordings, Turbo, OM, Circle Music, Baroque and plenty more, including my own imprint Electronic Petz.
I was born in Ancona, a nice little town of the beautiful Marche region, we can say the elbow of Italy – right on the Adriatic coast opposite Croatia. There wasn’t, and still isn’t, much to do with electronic music, or any good place where to go if you are looking for new inspirations apart from Rock, Punk, a few Jazz bands that usually jam around the city, and that’s why I played as drummer in different local bands. Really Ancona and its neighborhoods are only good for relaxing!
Luckily in my parents and uncle’s living rooms there was a huge collection of vinyl from every genre, from the Jazz of Mile Davis, to the Sixties pop and rock’n’roll sounds of The Beatles, Rolling Stones to the Seventies Progressive Rock like the UK’s Genesis and some electronic bands like Kraftwerk for example, to the father of Soul James Brown, or Prince, the Italo producer Giorgio Moroder – Giorgio is actually a native from the same region where I come from and his family now produce a really great wine (Rosso Conero Moroder) – and then we also had Depeche Mode to listen to… so many artists and bands to mention!
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Ancona - Milan by train with all conforts in 3 hours for next summer
Ancona-Milan in three hours, with stops in Bologna, Forli ‘, Rimini and Pesaro. Italo is still growing and plans to land in Le Marche. The Goal is to set the High Speed ‘on the Via Adriatica from next June and bring one of the most productive regions of the country to the Lombard capital of business. The plan developed by NTV with the Marche Region aims to connect within six months of the Marche Milan and serve with a potential catchment population of over one million and 200 thousand people.
Accommodation Le Marche: Villa Holiday, Sassoferrato
Located in the heart of Italy and Le Marche, at a short distance from the picturesque Frasassi’s caves and the Natural Park of Gola della Rossa, this accommodation is the result of the fantastic renovation of an old barn.
Through the use of a set of design solutions, the building manages to maintain the environmental conditions of comfort, high-level control of internal microclimate, during both summer and winter.
The natural lighting, and choice of furnishings make the house warm and comfortable.
To strengthen this feeling is the reception and helpfulness of the owners, who take care of the house to the smallest detail.
Among the features to highlight: heated swimming pool.
The ground floor overlooks the pool and is characterized by large windows that make the rooms bright. Here you will find living room and fully equipped kitchen, 4 rooms with LCD TV, all with independent entrance, 2 bathrooms. On the first floor there is the lounge area with a splendid and extensive view of the hills.
LA BEFANA – Festa Nazionale della Befana - Urbania 2/6 Gennaio 2013
Befana is an old woman who delivers gifts to children filling their socks with candy and presents (if they are good or a lump of coal or dark candy if they are bad), throughout Italy on Epiphany Eve (the night of January 5) in a similar way to Saint Nicholas or Santa Claus.
The character may have originated in central Italy, then spread as a tradition to the rest of Italy. Befana is descended from the Sabine/Roman goddess named Strina.
For five days the beautiful town of Urbania in the Marche region will celebrate the National Feast of the Befana.
Parades along the streets of witches singing and dancing, jugglers and fire eaters, workshops and exhibitions.
The conclusive show see the Befana in an acrobatic coming down the bell tower with fireworks.
Marche Bianco IGT Il Casolare 2011 by Fattoria San Lorenzo
Marche Bianco IGT Il Casolare 2011 by Fattoria San Lorenzo. Marche, Italy. Importer: Indie Wineries. 100% Verdicchio. Like Verdicchio di Castelli di Jesi without the DOCG. Organic & Biodynamic Estate in Montecarotto. Vineyards Nourished & Run by Natalino Crognaletti (& his Mom). Up Close & Pure Expression of a Succulently Grassy Grape. Saline & Like the Sea. -Approx $14.
Christmas in Italy = Cappelletti in Brodo
Vuotto Italia Sportswear Apparel - Sartorial lines made in Le Marche
Vuotto means sportswear at the highest end of the range, the latest new generation of products developed according to the evolved Italian-style.
Their designs, in line with the immense cultural and historic heritage of the best Italian traditions, consider and draw upon themes from the great Italian School of the 20th century, with a particular eye to the sartorial lines and style of the 1930s/50s, These have been reinterpreted and re-worked deep down to give them a modern, contemporary feel that creates a subtle blend of current and traditional, of extreme care over the natural imperfections of handcrafted items, constantly seeking out their own unique and personal tone, a sort of harmonious discord. These garments, designed, created and finished wholly and exclusively in Italy, by Italian, competent professionals and skilled labour, naturally and visibly show all of the characteristics, the aroma and the appearance that are the fruit of a unique and inimitable culture and history.