Tour of Le Marche – Art, poetry and hidden temples
4 days / 3 nights
Our journey begins with a short afternoon visit to the centre of Ancona, the capital of the Marche region, before arriving at Loreto to visit the Sanctuary, or Basilica of the Holy House, which remains one of the most visited Marian sites in the world by believers and pilgrims. Inside, the walls that tradition attributes to the Holy House of Nazareth are preserved. Accommodation in the hotel near the Sanctuary, dinner and overnight stay.
Dopo colazione e incontro con la nostra guida, ci sposteremo in Bus verso Ascoli Piceno, che con il suo centro storico, attraversa palazzi, chiese e piazze bellissime.
Vedremo Palazzo dell’Arengo e in Piazza Arringo visiteremo la Cattedrale con la cripta che custodisce le reliquie di Sant’Emidio, patrono della città, l’Episcopio e il Palazzo Panichi. Arrivati poi a Piazza del Popolo (una delle più belle del mondo), posiamo il nostro sguardo sul maestoso Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, proseguiremo verso la chiesa romanico-gotica di San Francesco ed infine il Teatro ottocentesco Ventidio Basso. Finiremo poi nell’antico quartiere medievale di San Giacomo, alla scoperta delle sue caratteristiche “rue”, torri gentilizie e chiese , fino a raggiungere ed attraversare il Ponte Romano Augusteo.
Pausa pranzo in ristorante.
Grazie ad un breve spostamento in Bus, arriveremo a Offida, tra i borghi più belli d’Italia, patria del merletto al “tombolo” e custode della Chiesa di Santa Maria della Rocca, imponente architettura romanico-gotica in cotto, costruita nel 1330 su una preesistente chiesa longobarda, al suo interno si ammirano i bellissimi affreschi del Maestro di Offida del XIV sec.
After breakfast and meeting with our guide, we will move by bus to Ascoli Piceno, with its historical centre, through beautiful palaces, churches and squares.
We’ll see Palazzo dell’Arengo and in Piazza Arringo we’ll visit the Cathedral with the crypt that holds the relics of Saint Emidio, patron saint of the city, the Episcopio and Palazzo Panichi. Then we reach Piazza del Popolo (one of the most beautiful squares in the world), where we gaze at the majestic Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, continue towards the Romanesque-Gothic church of San Francesco and finally the 19th century Ventidio Basso Theatre. We then end up in the ancient medieval quarter of San Giacomo, discovering its characteristic “rue”, noble towers and churches, until we reach and cross the Roman Augusteo Bridge.
Lunch break in a restaurant.
Thanks to a short transfer by bus, we will arrive in Offida, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, home of the “tombolo” lace and guardian of the Church of Santa Maria della Rocca, imposing Romanesque-Gothic architecture in terracotta, built in 1330 on a pre-existing Lombard church, inside you can admire the beautiful frescoes of the Master of Offida of the fourteenth century.
After breakfast, we leave the hotel rooms and get on the bus for a pleasant walk that starts from the village of Pierosara. In the beginning it was called Castel Petroso (or Castrum Petrosum) due to the rocky nature of the place where it stood, and in medieval times it was an important castle that dominated the entire upper Esino valley.
The story, handed down through the centuries, tells of the ill-fated love between Sara, a beautiful girl from Castel Petroso, and Piero, her betrothed and fellow citizen.
We then move on to the Abbey of San Vittore delle Chiuse. In the municipality of Genga, a few kilometres from the famous Frasassi Caves, in the evocative setting of the Gola della Rossa e di Frasassi Regional Natural Park. This is one of the most important Romanesque churches in the Marche region. A place of worship surrounded by greenery, where architecture and environment blend in total harmony, conveying a sense of profound peace and tranquillity.
We leave the Abbey to visit the last but not least place on our tour, the Valadier Temple. It is a small building set inside a cave lost in the rocky mountains. It was built during the 19th century and its dispersed location has always preserved it from mass tourism.
Its small size makes it a jewel set in the cave walls. The Valadier Temple is a neoclassical church built to honour the Virgin Mary during the 19th century. The façade bears an inscription that reads Refugium Peccatorum, indicating that sinners can go there to ask for forgiveness.
However, these spaces are also famous for giving shelter to believers for several decades. In fact, the caves behind the church also housed the inhabitants of the area who had to flee from the Hungarian invasions during the 10th century and other times of danger. These caves then became a small town, so much so that during the construction of the Valadier temple, remains of bones buried in the surrounding area and ancient structures such as bread ovens and grain stores emerged.
Return to the bus and END OF SERVICES
395€ per person up to 20 people
Single room supplement: euro 90,00
15% reduction 3rd bed 2-12 years
0-2 years free
MINIMUM 15 – MAXIMUM 25 participants
THE PRICE INCLUDES:
On-site transfers as per the itinerary;
Nr 3 HB in double room in Hotel***;
Nr 1 lunch in restaurant in Ascoli ;
Nr 1 lunch in a restaurant in Urbino;
Guided tours as per programme;
Entrance fees as per programme;
THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE:
Transfers to and from the Hotel***;
Lunch on the first and last day;
Extras and everything not mentioned in “the fee includes”.
Enrolment fee 30€
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