Tasting the culinary gems of Italy’s Marche region

I tried so many interesting and tasty dishes while I was in Le Marche that I decided to write a separate blog post on this Italian region’s culinary gems. It is quite a rural area so is known for a lot of hearty country-style cooking, and for seafood dishes given its position along the Adriatic coast. … More Tasting the culinary gems of Italy’s Marche region

Ascoli Piceno: the definition of a hidden jewel

Whenever I spoke to anyone about Ascoli Piceno, it was always described as a “jewel” or “hidden gem” due to its many fascinating sights yet relatively low tourist numbers. So I knew that this town in Italy’s Marche region needed to be in my blog. Nevertheless, its beauty and rare qualities still managed to surprise … More Ascoli Piceno: the definition of a hidden jewel

Urbino: a hilltop town full of hidden treasures

By ItalianGems Text copyright ItalianGems After being  inspired by Raphael’s painting in Rome’s Villa Farnesina, I decided to pay a visit to his hometown, the medieval city of Urbino in the Marche region of Italy. From Rome I took a train to Pesaro and then hopped on the bus, passing lush green countryside on the way … More Urbino: a hilltop town full of hidden treasures

Sant’ Agnese and Santa Costanza: two gems outside Rome’s walls

The Basilica of Sant’Agnese Fuori Le Mura is a sanctuary in northeastern Rome that is worth visiting when you need to escape the bustle of the city for a while. It is also a good option for tourists who would like to see some catacombs but don’t really have time to head out to the more … More Sant’ Agnese and Santa Costanza: two gems outside Rome’s walls