Le Marche | Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
Hole In The Donut Cultural Travel
Emanuele Francioni uses ancient hand-carved wooden blocks to hand-print patterns on linen, just one of the many fascinating atisans I met in this undiscovered gem in Italy known as the Le Marche region

By now, it’s no secret that I fell in love with the little-known region of Le Marche, Italy. I’ve written about the artisans and traditions of Le Marche, and about my...

Carbonai Pietro Cruciani prepares to cover the kiln with soil and charcoal ash mixture

There is a place in Italy where things are still done the old way. Where value is measured by the preservation of ancient traditions. Where life is often difficult, but luxuriously...

The main Piazza of Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy, where I spent an idyllic holiday at the 16th century Palazzo Donati

The main Piazza of Mercatello sul Metauro, in the Le Marche region of Italy. I spent an idyllic few days here, wandering the commune and meeting the locals who gathered every...

Ancient stone buildings mingle with brightly painted facades in the commune of Mercatello sul Metauro in the Le Marche province of Italy

Ancient stone buildings mingle with brightly painted facades in the village of Mercatello sul Metauro in the Le Marche province of Italy. Located about 62 miles west of Ancona, the tiny...

Beautiful countrysie of the Metauro River Valley in the virtually unknown Le Marche region of Italy

The virtually unknown Le Marche region of Italy offers splendid scenery that rivals anything found in the more popular province of Tuscany. I found this picture-postcard view in the Metauro River...

My Italian experience in Le Marche, Italy, included lessons on how to make Tagliatelle pasta from scratch at the magnificent 16th century Palazzo Donati

One of the highlights of my Italian holiday in Le Marche, Italy included lessons on how to make Tagliatelle pasta from scratch. The demonstration took place in Palazzo Donati, the magnificent...