Morro d’Alba, home of Lacrima wine

This little borgo is mentioned in guidebooks for two things: for its excellent wine: Lacrima di Morro d’ Alba and the internal covered passageway (the “Scarpa”) built into its walls.

View of the walls of Morro d'Alba.

View of the walls of Morro d’Alba.

The former will not disappoint, and the latter has its charm, but a long stretch of the passageway is actually built on to a casa di riposo (old people’s home).Don’t be misled by the false impression that there is no more to the centro storico (historic centre) than the Scarpa and the old people’s home.

When you first arrive at the centro storico the temptation is to have a drink in the modest caffè

Morro d'Alba caffe

Morro d’Alba caffè

 

just outside the main gate

Morro d'Alba main gate

Morro d’Alba main gate

We visited this caffè on the morning of Ferragosto, 15 August, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary and a national holiday, so maybe we didn’t get a very good impression as the Signora was naturally keen to get off home for her festive lunch. It’s fine for coffee and cold drinks: no spremute, or freshly squeezed fruit juice; too far inland. See my blog post: A sideways look at Italian – or maybe Marchegiani – bars and caffes . While you’re in the caffè, enjoy the view of the main square with its classic Italian combination of the charming and the flyblown.

Lovingly maintained houses in Morro d'Alba's main square.

Lovingly maintained houses in Morro d’Alba’s main square.

 

Maybe they've smartened this one up by now.

Maybe they’ve smartened this one up by now.

When you’ve done this, walk round the Scarpa

View of Morro d'Alba's Scarpa

Morro d’Alba’s Scarpa

Morro d'Alba's Scarpa

Another view of the Scarpa

and enjoy the views,

Countryside around Morro d'Alba, view from Scarpa

Countryside around Morro d’Alba as seen from the Scarpa

but then explore the area inside the walls. It is very small, and for us the high point was a charming restaurant, Vin’Canta ,approached either from the Scarpa or from a little public garden. Here they were happy to serve us with a light snack of an excellent glass of Lacrima and some salumi (cold meats) even though it was lunchtime. Lacrima is very rich and fruity and I think the best of the Marchegiani red wines I have tasted. Others are Rosso Piceno and Rosso Conero.

Vin'Canta restaurant terrace, Morro d'Alba.

The restaurant terrace, which gives on to the Scarpa.

Restaurant Vin'Canta food, Morro d'Alba

Not actually a photograph of our food, but it gives you an idea.

(Photos courtesy of the comune’s website).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was the end of our visit, but we had actually missed out on a fantastically located museum of rural life, the Museo Utensilia or Tools Museum, which is situated underground, below the Scarpa. This underground area, according to the website, is a dense network of caves and tunnels on two levels, one dating back to the seventeenth century and the lower one to the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. We’ll be going back there, always assuming it’s open, of course, in May on our next visit to Le Marche. Basically it’s open on Sundays in the afternoon/early evening, with the odd Saturday at festa time. Follow the Museo Utensilia link for opening times.

The other thing we didn’t do was go on a tasting tour of the vineyards. If you are interested, there is plenty of information in Italian on the comune’s website, including a list of producers and a map of cantine. There is also an annual Sagra del vino Lacrima, or Lacrima festival, at the beginning of May, so you’d better hurry along.

Morro d'Alba Sagra del vino Lacrima

Poster for Morro d’Alba Sagra

Sagra del Vino Lacrima di Morro d'Alba poster

The sagra continues!

Photograph courtesy of the comune’s website and Promorro Pro Loco Morro d’Alba. Unless otherwise stated, all other photographs are by Edward Fennell.

About An Englishwoman in Italy

I have a holiday home in Corinaldo in the province of Ancona in the Marche region of Italy. I have been going there since 1993 and would like to share my love and experience of the area. I speak Italian. Ho una casa di villeggiatura a Corinaldo nella provincia di Ancona, Regione Marche. Frequento Corinaldo da 1993 e desidero condividere i miei affetto e esperienza della zona con gli altri. Gli italiani sono sinceramente invitati a correggere gli sbagli.
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