I fancied a change of pace recently and so arranged a quad biking trip with Moreno Moretti of lemarcheholiday.net. We were a group of four adults and we decided to share two quad bikes for our excursion. We met up with Moreno at Caffe Flory in Comunanza for a quick espresso. Then we followed him around the road to a garage that hires out the quad bikes. We gave in our driving licences to be copied for the insurance and got suited up! Before we knew it, we were on the bikes having a little practice around the car park, and after a few minutes we headed out onto the road and into town! We drove towards Amandola for a short while and then drove onto the quieter roads.
After a short period of time we stopped to admire the view as the sun came out. Then on we went zigzagging around these roads seeing the area in a completely different way to normal. We then went really off road! We were driving along the edge of a steep cliff with a river below. Before we knew it, we came to a really muddy bit of track. Moreno went in first and called our first quad in to follow. We did anne we very quickly got stuck in the mud! Moreno jumped onto our quad and attempted to get us out but with no luck. Within a minute he was on the phone to the garage and they sent out the boss on the super-quad to come to our rescue. We were only waiting a short while – just enough to realise we were standing very close to a loose horse. He turned out to be friendly!
The boss arrived and towed our quad out of the mud and then we went in convoy for a short time. The boss turned out to be crazy! He was obviously a very experienced quad driver and showed no fear! He was happy to get our quads down steep, muddy and narrow tracks on two wheels while we stood watching before hopping back on and carrying on. We drove to Amandola, waved to the passing Polizia before cutting across to Montefortino. The views were astonishing! Before we knew it we were back in Comunanza at the end of our trip. We all really enjoyed ourselves and found Moreno to be an excellent guide. We would definitely do this trip again!
We have been wine shopping to choose some treats for our guests at Casa Val d’Aso!
We called in at Dezi on our way back from Servigliano recently. We were greeted warmly and offered wine to taste. Laura explained to us about the grape varieties in each wine as we tasted and tasted some more. The Dezi winery has a range of two white wines and three red wines from €8 to €25 a bottle. The two reds – Solo and Regina del Bosco – are the most expensive price point and both are delicious, although we finally settled on Solo as our favourite. Of the two whites, Solagne is the cheapest and the drier wine, while P. is a syrupy honey coloured blend. We preferred Solagne after much deliberation. So, after lots of wine tasting ( it’s no problem for them to open all the bottles for you) we bought a box of mixed wines and were given some lovely bottles of their own olive oil to take away.
Laura also showed us the view from the terrace across their vineyards. Also, the Dezi team are currently having an extension and they hope to have a new, larger wine tasting area with a first floor open air terrace with fabulous views over the vineyards. Perfetto!
In addition to its lengthy coastline featuring the Conero National Park, Marche also benefits from the Sibillini mountains and associated National Park. Coast, mountains and everything in between in one region! Inland there are numerous hilltop towns and villages to be explored. Le Marche is often referred to as “the new Tuscany”. I guess people are referring to Le Marche having the attributes of Tuscany, with fewer tourists and cheaper prices. The Le Marche region is currently (it keeps changing!) split into five provinces, each with their own capital town – Pesaro-Urbino, Ancona, Fermo, and Ascoli Piceno.
Getting to Le Marche
Le Marche’s airport is called Ancona Falconara. Ryan Air fly to Ancona direct from London Stansted, Brussels, Dusseldorf, Alghero, Stockholm and Trapani.
You can also fly into nearby airports including Rome, Bologna, Pescara, Rimini or Perugia with a wide range of airlines.
Ancona is also a port with links to Croatia and Greece, and also has a train station (including Castelferretti which is at the airport) which connects it to a variety a major Italian cities.
Car hire is recommended to ensure you can make the most of your time in Le Marche and explore all of the inland hilltop villages.