martedì 31 gennaio 2012


Itineraries of the Region Marche


Our journey begins in the discovery of the Lacrima Morro d'Alba among the wineries that produce it:  thanks to the tradition and to some producers in the territory's pride all the stocks of Vitis vinifera grape cultivated with Lacrima vine obtained DOC denomination, otherwise would have been explanted in favor of others. It is said that the name "Lacrima" comes from the fact that some berries, when fully mature, break and, consequently, "shed tears". Initially the DOC area included only Morro d'Alba, now the area has been extended to surrounding towns, too. Morro d'Alba is our starting point, heart of the homonymous denomination, and we continue towards the inland, in the area marked by the River Esino path: an area characterized by gently rolling hills where, on our way, we can see villages as Belvedere Ostrense, Ostra Vetere, Serra de Conti and Montecarotto and then we continue towards the Apennines with Maiolati Spontini and Castelplanio. In our journey will be touched some towns included in the probably most famous denomination of the region: the Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi. These are the steps of an itinerary where art, history and nature will satisfy even the most demanding visitors thanks to its beauty and variety of places.
 Highway A14, exit Senigallia, direction Ostra, after about 8 km you will find a crossroads for Morro d'Aba (16 km from the exit); Highway A14, exit Ancona Nord, direction Chiaravalle, then Monte San Vito, and finally Morro d'Alba (14 km from the exit ); Throughout history Morro d'Alba has undergone several changes of its name (from Morro to Morro Senigalliese, to Morro di Jesi to Morro d'Alba). The current designation was given in 1862 following a Board resolution of the town of Morro. It has the distinction of being the only fortified town in Italy, having walls crossed, along their entire length by a walkway, covered and equipped with arcades: the famous "Scarpa". This city wall has the shape of an irregular pentagon with six bastions. In the course of time has undergone several renovations including one, built in 1654, during which it was authorized the construction of houses within the walls. To visit the Town Hall and the Church of San Gaudenzio, both from eighteenth-century, and the Museum of sharecropping art, which houses many objects from traditional work.
Wineries to visit: 

Azienda Agricola Lucchetti
Via Santa Maria del Fiore, 17 60030 Tel e Fax +39 0731 63314
 The company began in the early 80s with the first hectares of "Lacrima Morro d'Alba" vineyard and turned up to the current configuration devoting 90% of the property to vineyards for the production specialized in wines of great prestige. Winery visits by appointment.  

Azienda Agricola Stefano Mancinelli
Via Roma, 62 60030 Tel +39 0731 63021 Fax +39 0731 635 21 Web 
  A family company, covers 62 hectars, 25 of which are vineyards, the rest are olive grove and arable. In the enterprise winery, mill and distillery, are transformed only the products grown in the property. Winery visits by reservation 

Badiali e Candelaresi di Ronconi Samuele & C. s.n.c.
Via Sant'Amico, 16 60030 Tel e Fax +39 0731 63040  Web  
 For more than thirty years has been involved in the production of DOC wines, it has succeeded with dynamic, ongoing commitment and efficiency a modern winery, where current technologies blend wonderfully with traditional systems, achieving significant results in terms of quality and authenticity. The wines represent a happy marriage between innovation and tradition, and a positive response to the needs of developed and refined consumers. Its products are presented with images that convey  old colors, signs and emotions, awakening unexpected hints. Winery visits by appointment 

Marotti Campi 
Fraz. S. Amico, 14 , Loc. S. Amico 60030 MORRO D'ALBA Tel 0731 618027  Fax +39 0731 618 846 
Web  Email
 Here, for over a century, the Marotti Campi family has owned lands and from sharecropping farm has been transforming in a company primarily involved in the wine field with the current 52 hectares of vines. In 1999 the passion for the vineyard has prompted the family to build a modern winery to enhance the heritage of typical characteristic offered by the vines. With this commitment they have initiated a road of continuous investments for the entire chain quality which is controlled in every step since they only vinified their own grapes. Winery visits by reservation. Vicari

Via Pozzo Buono, 3 60030  Tel e Fax +39 0731 63164 Web
 With devotion and wisdom, the Vicari family is always looking for the highest quality, expressed in the same memory of the wines. The tradition rooted in time and experience allow them to obtain wines of great value. Winery visits by appointment
 A few kilometers and we are in Belvedere Ostrense, in the Misa river valley. A small medieval village, whose origins are around the twelfth century. The monks gathered the surviving populations  from the Goths of Alaric raids, helping them to cultivate fields to rebuild homes, abbeys and to build fortifications, which would hinder the ambitions of neighboring landowners. One of these was built on the highest hill from which the name "Belvedere". In 1862, the Town Council, decided to add the name Ostrense, in order to promote a better geographical location, emphasizing its proximity to the old and famous town Ostra.
Wineries to visit:

Via Gavigliano 16 Tel e Fax +39 0731 62353 Web   
The company was founded in the '50s by Sergio Landi with a property of 4 hectares of land converted to cultivation of typical vines of the territory as Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi and Lacrima di Morro d'Alba, already appreciated for its quality by Federico Barbarossa in 1167. Currently the company is run by his grandson Luciano and covers an area of 20 hectares 16 of which in vineyards. Winery visits by appointment
 At about 15 kilometers is Ostra Vetere, ancient center of medieval origin, whose historical and artistic events are linked to the presence of important religious communities. The urban terraces in the city center offer evocative images and recalls: nimble steps (like the ones that leads from Porta Pesa to Santa Maria di Piazza), characteristic views ( la costarella which branches off from the entrance of Via Mazzini up to Porta Nuova). The town's location also offers the opportunity to enjoy unique panoramic views: from the "lookout" in front of the Town Hall, from the square located between Piazza della Libertà and Via Mazzini, from the characteristic "Giardinetti" and along various sections of the town walls.
Winery to visit: 

Azienda Agricola Bucci 
Via Cona, 30 , Loc. Pongelli 60010 OSTRA VETERE    Tel e Fax +39 071 964179  Email
 The company has an area of 400 hectares, of which 26 are vineyards Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi DOC Classico, Montepulciano and Sangiovese. For four years has applied the organic farming technique. 
Winery visits by appointment
 Serra de' Conti is one of many medium-sized towns that populate the region of Marche. Thanks to its good state of preservation, it's still a quite significant example of thirteenth-century urban layout  adapted and transformed, in the later Middle Ages and in modern age, under the pressure of economic and social changes. It's a 'Slow food' garrison for the production of grass peas (a poor legume used for soups ..), to which is dedicated a Festival, the last weekend of November.
Winery to visit:

Via Farneto, 16 60030 SERRA DE' CONTI Tel e Fax +39 0731 889001  Web 
The company covers an area of 60 hectares, located on a hill overlooking the valley towards the Apennines. The company's goal is to position itself on high quality standards. 
Winery visits by appointment
 For many centuries has acquired the connotation of one of the sixteen castles of Jesi Contey, Montecarotto ideally represents the encounter between the Esino and Misa valleys. The landscape  from the walls of this town is beautiful: the gaze is able to embrace almost the whole province of Ancona, caressing the valleys of rivers until reaching the peaks of the Apennines and the Gola della Rossa. Best time to visit this town is in the early days of July, during the event Verdicchio in festival, where hundreds of Verdicchio bottles are uncorked accompanied by bread and cold cuts.
Wineries to visit:

Agricola Sabbionare
Via Sabbionare, 10 60036 MONTECAROTTO Tel e Fax +39 0731 889004  Web
 The company was founded about 25 years ago from a small family-run winery. Over the years it has realized expansion plans allowing the improvement of the production cycle. Winery visits by appointment.
Terre Cortesi Moncaro  
Via Piandole, 7/a 60032 MONTECAROTTO Tel +39 0731 89245  Fax +39 0731 892 37 
Web  Email
 As in other situations of this Land, there is the strong wish and desire to finally reveal the beauty and goodness of its products. Moncaro believes in it: there must be a way to get to be known, speaking to the world, but without "screaming": giving quality and service with personality and style. Speaking, in other words, the language of the global world being, however, strongly attached to their own land and their culture. Has always, in fact, committed in the work of selection and improvement of the vineyards, with particular attention to the cultivation techniques to improve the environment in the country as well as product quality, the Moncaro over the years has specialized its production by focusing on Marche. Visits in the winery by appointment
Maiolati Spontini is located at mt. 405 above sea level and has a population of 400 inhabitants. In the last thirty years there has been an increase in population due primarily to the development of the village Moie, whose name is very common in the Marche region, especially in the diminutive form Moiette, derived from the medieval Latin Mollie or Mollia used to indicate wetlands or ponding of water. Our wineries are both in the small village of Moie
Wineries to visit:

Monte Schiavo - La Vite
Via Vivaio , Loc. Moie 60030 MAIOLATI SPONTINI Tel +39 0731 700385  Fax +39 0731 703 359      Web   Email
 Monte Schiavo wants to stand in the market for the constant search for quality with productions of excellence and production processes aligned to the most modern international standards of hygiene and purity and with a policy of customer service that focuses on a wide range of selected products, able to meet the needs of all distribution channels, from wineshops to restaurants. Winery visits by appointment Azienda Agricola Mancini
Via Santa Lucia, 7 , Loc. Moie 60030 Tel +39 0731 702975 Fax +39 0731 703 364   
 The company is currently managed by Benito Mancini and by his three sons. The headquarter is located in the heart of its vineyards of indigenous origin such as Verdicchio and Sangiovese. winery visits by appointment
The origin of the name is linked to the historical events of the nearby abbey of St. Benedict dei Frondigliosi, already mentioned in documents from 1199 and dependent to the not far Abbey of St. Elena in Serra San Quirico. The construction of the castle in a flat position in relation to the abbey of St. Benedict has determined the name in Castel del Piano, from which Castelplanio. Several interesting place to visit:
• The Abbey of San Benedetto de 'Frondigliosi, completely restored and partly destined to holiday house. In simple and austere rooms but equipped with modern comforts can accommodate groups of up to 60 people (info and reservations. +39 0731 811 173). 
 • The Church of Sant'Anna: unused for several decades now, it's a very pretty little church with an adjoining rectory, dedicated to Sant'Anna.Some events:
• La Contesa del Formaggio end of June;
• Palio della mongolfiera, second week-end of July;
• Sagra della Crescia sul Panaro, end of July .

Fazi Battaglia
Via Roma, 117 60032
Fazi Battaglia
Via Roma, 117 60032  CASTELPLANIO Tel +39 0731 81591 Fax+39 0731 814 149 
It's the company that first promoted the development of Verdicchio in the second half of the twentieth century. In the sixties, Fazi Battaglia reached considerable dimensions and to meet the strong demand for an always guaranteed quality Verdicchio started to purchase other selected lands, which have been transformed in the most beautiful vineyards in the Classic area of Castelli di Jesi and that reaches today the extension of 300 hectares. Visits by appointment.
Marotti Campi 
Fraz. S. Amico, 14 , Loc. S. Amico 60030 MORRO D'ALBA Tel +39 0731 618027  Fax +39 0731 618 846  Email
Via Gavigliano 16   BELVEDERE OSTRENZE  Tel e Fax +39 0731 62353 
Web   Email
Via Farneto, 16 60030 SERRA DE' CONTI Tel e Fax +39 0731 889001  Web
Marotti Campi 
Fraz. S. Amico, 14 , Loc. S. Amico 60030 MORRO D'ALBA Tel 0731 618027  Fax +39 0731 618 846  Email
Via Gavigliano 16   BELVEDERE OSTRENZE  Tel e Fa x+39 0731 62353
Web   Email
Via Farneto, 16 60030 SERRA DE' CONTI Tel e Fax +39 0731 889001  Web 


The itinerary starts from Ascoli Piceno, one of the most fascinating cities of central Italy, and discovering affirmed denominations like Rosso Piceno Superiore and Falerio dei Colli Ascolani, goes down to Fermo, a few steps from the sea passing through small villages brimmed with history and culture as Castel di Lama, Acquaviva Picena, Ripatransone.
ASCOLI PICENOHighway A14. Exit: Ascoli Piceno. Take the RA11 to the exit: direction Via Adriatico, which leads directly to the city.
Known as the "city of hundred towers" Ascoli Piceno with its architecture shows signs of a majestic past. It is a medieval city, characterized by the travertine warm tones and touched by Tronto and Castellano rivers. In the heart of the city we find some of the most beautiful Renaissance squares of the Marche, as Piazza del Popolo with its Palazzo dei Capitani and the Church of St. Francis.
Here every year in the first week of August takes place, the knightly tournament of Quintana, that sees the presence of 700 locals in traditional costume. In every corner of the city's Roman ruins such as the Augustan theater and bridge, churches, Renaissance palaces and noble towers recall the glories of the past. The Cathedral of St. Emidio, in Piazza Arringo strikes with its incomplete façade designed by Cola dell'Amatrice, the Town Hall houses an art gallery with important works by Tintoretto, and Carlo Crivelli. In the same square also seats the Archaeological Museum with Valley of the Tronto and the necropolis of Castel Trosino finds from the Neolithic to the Iron Age.
Winery to visitPantaleone
Loc. Frazione Colonnata Alta 118 63100 Ascoli Piceno - Tel: +39 0736 254 666, +39 347 87 57476 Email:
CASTEL DI LAMAThe town of Castel di Lama takes its name from the Lama stream that crosses its territory together with the Tosa and the Chifene streams, overlooking the Tronto's valley. Despite the name, Castel di Lama was never a castle, intended as center of aggregation of the village, but a territory made up of isolated estates that were probably guarded by fortified places, including a castellum Lamae, cited in 1381, who gave then the name of the current residential settlement. Even today, scattered settlements, usually country villas, dot the entire area, cultivated with olive trees, vineyards and fruit trees, all crops existing since the Roman period.
The most important church is the parish church of St. Maria in Mignano, in the village Piattoni, founded in 1506 and center of the Renaissance town center, in addition to the Sanctuary of the Madonna degli Angeli, in the district Chiarini. The characteristic appearance of the area is given by the presence of many noble villas, perhaps rustic Roman villas' ancient heritage, mostly built during the eighteenth century. The largest one is Villa Seghetti-Panichi, former residence of Odoardi, one of the most illustrious families of Ascoli, which was probably assigned this territory to as a fief from the fourteenth century .. The villa is located in the same place, which is identified by some scholars as the original site of the castellum Lamae and it's surrounded by an ornamental garden, where in summer are held concerts open to the public.
Winery to visitAzienda Agrivitivinicola Filippo Panichi
Via Scirola, 37 63031 Castel di Lama - Tel: +39 0736 815339 Fax: +39 0736 812096 Web: Email:
In recent years the company has provided a process of development and modernization, acquiring new advanced equipment, to ensure respect for the naturalness of the product. All stages of processing and manufacturing take place on site, under the direct supervision of highly qualified personnel. The result is a product that meets predetermined quality standards, also favored by the climate, which enjoys the Adriatic sea breeze and the Sibillini mountains fresh winds.
ACQUAVIVA PICENALeaving Castel di Lama and crossing Monsampolo del Tronto we reach Acquaviva Picena, a charming little medieval village  that preserves castle walls and towers, as the impressive fortress of the fifteenth century. From here you can enjoy an absolute beautiful panorama, with vineyards expances that give Rosso Piceno Superiore and White Falerio. The Sibillini Mountains complete the setting and are the background to some typical manifestations of the village: the Palio of the Duke in early August and the Festival Acquaviva in comics on the third week of July.
Wineries to visit:Agrivitivinicola San Francesco
Via Fontemercato, 9 63030 Acquaviva Picena - Tel: +39 0735 764416 Fax: +39 0735 769210 Web: Email:
The Agrivitivinicola San Francesco from Cherri from three generations choose and select with love and passion different types of grapes for a careful wine production. The professionalism and tradition, demand a continuous monitoring work of all production stages, from collection to harvest. It is under the control of Association Suolo e Salute (Soil and Health).
Terre Cortesi Moncaro
Via Boreale, 37 63036 Acquaviva Picena - Tel: +39 0731 89245 Fax: +39 0731 89237 Web: Email:
It consists of three production centers respectively in Montecarotto, one of the most beautiful castles in Vallesina; in Camerano, on the slopes of Mount Conero, and in Acquaviva in the Piceno land. The vineyard has 844 hectares in the Verdicchio area, 178 hectares in the Conero area and 634 hectares in the Piceno area. 94% of the surface is for the production of DOC and IGT wines. The company's philosophy, which has always inspired reliability and consistency in the work, expresses the tendency to produce high quality, enriched by an important organic production, which indulge the taste of each consumer.
RIPATRANSONEFrom Acquaviva Picena along a road characterized by a very pleasant landscape we reach Ripatransone, a town that boasts the nickname "the Belvedere del Piceno". Ripatransone boasts an incoparable view from the Gran Sasso to Monti Sibillini from the Conero to the Gransasso until the Dalmatian coast. Inhabited since prehistoric times, was an important center of Picena civility (IX-III century BC) with its inaccessible position. In later periods its importance grew up to be elevated to an episcopal city in 1571. One of its main features is the rich historical and artistic heritage, recognized and felt by its citizens to whom we owe the foundation of the Civic Museum since 1877.
Today Ripatransone has several museums and collections included within a single museum complex which belong its museums, the historical archive, the rich library, the Civic Archaeological Museum, Palazzo Bonomi collections as the Art Gallery (works by Crivelli , Fazzini, etc..), the gipsothèque Uno Gera, the Renaissance Museum and the ethnographic museum with world curiosity. The center is medieval in its urban settlement, with Renaissance and Baroque buildings even if eighteenth and late nineteenth century noble palaces, especially visible along Corso Vittorio Emanuele II, a major axis that crosses the city from south to north. Of the ancient walls (fifteenth-sixteenth century) remain the Tower with Monte Antico Gate (fifteenth-sixteenth century), a second tower with Ghibellines merlons so restored in 1958, San Domenico Gate, Cuprense Gateand and the Tower with the Gate called Donna Bianca (White Woman).
Wineries to visitLe Caniette
Contrada Canali, 23 63038 Ripatransone - Tel: +39 0735 9200 Fax: +39 0735 91028 Web: Email:
"The Caniette" which means "young reed" is the name of an are of Ripatransone territory, "Città del Vino", land of DOC Rosso Piceno, Falerio dei Colli Ascolani and Offida. A land particularly well exposed to the sun and just reached by the sea breeze, suited to producing an intense personality wine because of the convergence of many favorable elements. "The Caniette" is also the name of our company, whose family has been cultivating here the vine for about four centuries following the tradition and loving good drinking! Then with the entry in the company of Giovanni and Luigi, sons of Raffaele, the technology has joined the tradition, enhancing it.

Tenuta Cocci Grifoni

Contrada Messieri, 12 63038 Ripatransone - Tel: +39 0735 90143 Fax: +39 0735 90123 Web: Email:
Company founded in 1970, now owns about 80 hectares, 50 of which are under vine with a commitment of 10 hectares of new plants. A toast to the territory that efforts towards the recovery and the development of native vines among which excel Pecorino and Passerina.
FERMOOn top of Sabulo mountain, rises the ancient city of Fermo, a Roman colony, dominated by the imposing Cathedral, whose square offers a beautiful view. The territory is a happy synthesis of sea and hills, ranging from the wide beaches of Lido di Fermo, Casabianca and Marina Palmense, to the charming center of Torre di Palme, perched on a spur overlooking the sea, in a panoramic position on the Adriatic is situated Capodarco, too. On this wide territory stands out from the top of the hill, the city of Fermo, which preserves many valuable evidences of its history.
Piazza del Popolo was the center of the town already in Roman times, and houses sixteenth century palaces such as Palazzo dei Priori (with inside the Art Museum, the Hall of the Globe and archaeological exhibition), the porch of San Rocco and Palazzo degli Studi. The imposing Romanesque - Gothic Cathedral is located in the scenic square of Girifalco, which corresponds to the acropolis of the Piceni people.
Fermo is a very much alive center on a cultural level, thanks to the intense activity of the Aquila Theatre and the many events that occur during the year: the typical carnival, the months of July and August events with GustaFermo, and the typical Cavalcade and Palio dell'Assunta around mid August.
Wineries to visit:Madonnabruna
Contrada Camere 110 63023 Fermo - Tel: +39 0734 679500 Fax: +39 0734 678746 Web: Email:
Surrounded by the rolling hills of Marche which border the ancient city of Fermo, the farm takes its name Madonnabruna from the memorial newsstand at the entrance of the Company. The company covers about 50 hectares of vineyard, orchard and arable crops. Madonnabruna wines are typical of the Piceno traditions and thus based on the skilful processing of the two most important grapes, Montepulciano and Sangiovese. Producing great quality wines, but related to the area, is the basis of our work.


"Historical" wine of this land, we found quotes already in Plinius, crossing some of the Benedictine monks documents where treatments based on these grapes are mentioned, up to Giacomo Leopardi; it was born in a beautiful promontory inside Parco del Conero. The nature of this itinerary is extraordinary beautiful, leaving from Ancona is possible to discover all the pearls of the coast as Portonovo, Sirolo and Numana up to Osimo.
Motorway A 14 Bologna - Ancona-Taranto. Exit: Ancona South, direction Riviera del Conero. Divided into two distinct parts (the historic center on Mount Guasco and the modern part on the coast), Ancona is a city full of charm. Among the major monuments of the city, the cathedral of San Ciriaco, with pink and white marble facade and the Greek cross plan, which dominates the city from the top of the hill Guasco, in ancient times here stood the acropolis of the city (visible some remains). The National Archaeological Museum of Marche, divided into several sections, preserves many remains from the Iron Age and from the civilizations that inhabited the Adriatic coast (Piceni, Greeks and Romans). The Church of St. Maria della Piazza, of Romanesque origin, dating from the eleventh century, Trajan's Arch, built in the second century by Apollodorus from Damascus and the Mole Vanvitelliana, a huge military building designed by Vanvitelli (hence the name) in the eighteenth century.
Wineries to visit:Azienda agricola Alessandro Moroder      
Fraz. Montacuto, 121, Loc. Montacuto 60100 ANCONA - (AN) Tel: +39 071 898232 Fax: +39 071 2800367.
 The company belongs to the Moroder family since the beginning of the eighteenth century, but in the '80s, thanks to the passion of Serenella and Alessandro Moroder, were introduced new grapes cultivation methods and highly specialized vineyards. High quality products and exemplary hospitality are the hallmarks of the company. The company offers the opportunity of accommodation and dining. Visits every day by appointment.
 From Ancona follows directions for Camerano, Poggio, Portonovo.
 The territory of Portonovo, part of the Conero, a mountain inhabited since prehistoric times, follows its fortunes: Piceno, Doric, Roman, Byzantine, Papal States, France, and finally, Italian. Only a trace of the monastic life that distinguishes this area in the Middle Ages, with hermits in search of silence and solitude, is the beautiful church of S. Maria Roman masterpiece (eleventh century). Along its beach, landing place, and booty area for Turkish ships, you meet significant historical sites: the Tower of Guard erected in the eighteenth century in defense from the pirates, and the Napoleonic Fort, a military bulwark now used as a hotel.

SIROLO Continuing south we arrive in Sirolo. The etymology of the city's name probably comes from Sirius, the leader in the wake of Belisarius, which was attributed this territory after the victory over the Goths around 560 AD. In the Middle Ages  was built the fortress as defense from the incursions of barbarians and pirates. Later it became a fief of the Cortesi Counts (eleventh century) Franco-Germanic origin nobles, who, in 1225, gave the Rock to Ancona. In 1038 the same Cortesi gave to the Benedictine the abbey at the top of the mountain, now the Church of St. Peter and the surrounding land. Later the town will become property of the Papal States, under whose rule have been founded the churches  of S. Nicolò and the Church del Rosario.
Continuing in a southerly direction, just after Sirolo we meet Numana, ancient Piceno port reconstructed by the the Syracusans, from the fifth century BC. The town, already famous at the time of the Athenians had been  goods distribution center inward and towards the middle Adriatic. Then it became a colony and then a Roman municipium; in the Middle Ages gradually decayed due to earthquakes and looting .. In recent years, from humble fishing village has turned into a modern tourist city, still maintaining a good balance with the historical center. Picene culture evidences are preserved in the Archaeological Museum in Ancona and in the Numana Antiquarium, currently only partially opened. Symbol ideas of the town are the tower, the arch of still unknown origins, and the folk and characteristic Costarella alley that in summer is transformed in a natural setting for art exhibitions.
Wineries to visit  
Fattoria Le Terrazze 
Via Musone, 4 60026 NUMANA - (AN) Tel: +39 071 7390352 Fax:+39 071 7391285.
  Located just south of Monte Conero, just a few hundred meters from the sea, the winery was built in stone in the late ninth century. From a description that made Mario Soldati in 1971, little has changed: new specialized vineyards have been planted, the winery has been endowed with modern and efficient equipment, but the company choice is still the same, production of wines with their grapes to ensure the origin and the typicality. Thus, to more traditional wines, such as Rosso Conero, have been joined others to confirm their wish of modernizing fused with tradition. Visits by appointment.

 From Ancona, still inside the Conero Park, take the provincial road 2. After about four km climb to the right, continuing along the provincial Cameranense road (number 7) for another four kilometers. The city owe its notoriety to the painter Carlo Maratta, to whom has been dedicated a bust in the central square, Piazza Roma. Inside the square you can see the Manciforte Theatre and Palace. Is well worth seeing the Church of S. Francesco, which can be reached from Central Square going into Via Mentre if we take Via S. Apollinare or via S. Francesco, the church of S. Faustina (which contains a painting of Maratta school and a medallion of the famous painter's daughter) and the Parish Church reachable from the square by Via Maratta. It's 'important to remember that another characteristic of the city is its subsoil, from which runs a network of caves.
Wineries to visit
Mercante di Oriano 
Via Loretana, 190 60021 CAMERANO - (AN) Tel: +39 071 732050 Fax: +39 071 732455.
Visits by appointment.

Strologo Silvano 
Via Osimana, 89 60021 CAMERANO - (AN) Tel:+39  071 731104 - +39 071 732359 Fax: +39 071 732359. Established more than forty years ago by Sante Giulio, is currently a small family-run winery, Silvano with the help of the oenologist Dr. Giancarlo Soverchia's professionalism, has introduced new facilities and modern methods of cultivation. Visits by appointment.Terre Cortesi Moncaro 
Direttissima del Conero, 47 60021 CAMERANO - (AN) Tel: +39 071 731023 Fax: +39 071 732010.
It consists of three production centers respectively in Montecarotto, one of the most beautiful castles in Vallesina, in Camerano, on the slopes of the Conero Mount, and in Acquaviva in Piceno territory. The company's philosophy, which has always inspired reliability and consistency in the work, expresses the trend towards high quality production, enriched by an important organic production, which indulges the taste of each consumer. Visits: Monday - Friday, 8.30am - 12.00pm / 3:00pm to 6:00pm by appointment. OSIMO
Take the Adriatic Highway 16, direction of Ancona, we arrive in Osimo Stzione. After this, turn left onto the old road to Osimo, and after a series of switchbacks, we arrive at the destination, otherwise it is easily reachable from any other location via the A 14 (exit Ancona Sud) and the highway 361. Rising along the city wall, you reach the Duomo, dedicated to St. Leopardo, and, within the same courtyard is the entrance to the Diocesan Museum. We recommend visiting the Gardens of Piazza Nuova and Piazza del Comune where stands the Town Hall flanked by the Civic Tower and the Shrine of St. Giuseppe da Copertino, with its museum.
Wineries to visit   
Azienda Vinicola Umani Ronchi 
SS16 km 310 + 400, 74 60027 OSIMO - (AN) Tel: +39 071 7108019 / +39 071 7108716 Fax: +39 071 7108859.
 Gino Umani Ronchi founded the first site in the 50s in Cupramontana. In the '70s, after a period in partnership with the engineer Bianchi, the direction of the company passed to his son in law Massimo Bernetti and has been started the construction of two current wineries in Castelbellino and Osimo. Visits: Monday - Saturday, 9:30am to 1:00pm / 4:00pm to 7:30 pm..
 Left Osimo and continuing along the Musone river and the countryside we rise to Loreto: just before we recommend a stop in Castelfidardo famous because it keeps alive the accordion production and houses an interesting Accordion International museum with over 150 examples that tell of the history and the evolution, starting from the first craft shop opened in 1963. In Loreto, privileged destination for devotional tourism, there is one of the most famous Marian Shrines of Italy. It's said that in 1929 the House of Nazareth, where Mary lived, was carried by angels in flight on the hill near the river to escape the invasion of Palestine by the Mohammedans. A few years later it was moved to the current Shrine of the Holy House's site, which began in the fifth century and completed in the eighth, with works by some of the greatest Italian artists: Giuliano Sangallo, author of the dome above the house, Giuliano da Maiano, the Bramante, Andrea Sansovino and others. In the gothic interior of the sanctuary, the Holy House, now entirely covered with marble bas-reliefs, holds the statue of the Black Madonna and Child, in cedar wood, St. Mark and St. John's vestries are decorated with frescoes by Melozzo from Forlì and Luca Signorelli. It is advisable to visit the room of the Pomarancio, annexed to the Basilica, with frescoes on the vault, and crucifix on the artist's altar.
Wineries to visitCasa Vinicola Gioacchino Garofoli 
Via Arno, 9 60025 LORETO - (AN) Tel: +39 071 7820162 Fax: +39 071 7821437.

The origins of Garofoli Wine House go back in the nineteenth century when Antonio Garofoli, in 1871, had already began the production and sale of local wines. His son Gioacchino continued and expanded the business that his father founded in 1901, Gioacchino Garofoli Wine House. His two sons, Franco and Dante, succeeded him in running the company after the Second World War. Gioacchino Garofoli in 1950 became a company and started a process of strong growth. Following tradition, Franco's sons, Carlo and Gianfranco, joined the family company since the early 70s.
The history of Garofoli Wine House is a story of men and a family that for five generations have  been identified in the wine production world. Always the same philosophy has guided the company: continuous updating of production techniques, but respect for the traditional and historical wine making, attention to the evolution of the market and its needs but loyalty to the value of the peculiarity that the territory traditions have passed. Visits by appointment.
Dining:  Azienda agricola Alessandro Moroder , Fraz. Montacuto, 121, Loc. Montacuto 60100 ANCONA - (AN) Tel: +39 071 898232 Fax: +39 071 2800367. -

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