Category Archives: Vacation

The Englishwoman discovers Fiorenzuola di Focara

We were inspired to visit this area by an article in the Daily Torygraph (alias Telegraph), which I saw on Facebook,  extolling the delights of Gabicce Mare and  the San Bartolo nature reserve (parco naturale). About time too! Le Marche … Continue reading

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The Englishwoman in Corinaldo; a personal take

One of the most beautiful small towns in Italy. It actually belongs to an association called “I borghi più belli d’Italia” (“Italy’s most beautiful small towns”) which claims to have strict entry conditions. When we take our guests round the town, … Continue reading

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Some hill towns; the Englishwoman survives in Cingoli, Gradara, Matelica, Mondavio, Urbania, Urbino.

Cingoli Small town known as the balcony of the Marches, for its spectacular views. Touristy, but consequently clean and beautifully kept. I visited it at lunchtime in October – it was deadly quiet and there were no restaurants open within … Continue reading

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Return to Corinaldo (continued)

Let me take you round some of our favourite places and activities in Corinaldo. Where we ate and drank. I’m pleased to say that Corinaldo’s Corso has livened up a lot since our last visit. In our opinion this is … Continue reading

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Return to Corinaldo; the ups and downs of owning a second home

  Living in Italy is a switchback of emotions for foreigners, whether you are an expatriate or a second home owner. For us, second home owners, there is the anxiety of the return to our holiday home after the cold, … Continue reading

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Fossombrone:Winged Victory, Roman mosaic and smart shops

  We have visited Fossombrone twice before, and this time were pleasantly surprised. The first time, the whole of the centro storico, or historic centre, appeared to be dug up for drainage renovation, and we had to pick our way between sewer … Continue reading

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Torno a Corinaldo

Gli stranieri che vivono in italia, sia residenti che proprietarii di una seconda casa, vivono delle vere e proprie montagne russe emozionali. Per noi, che abbiamo una seconda casa, c’è l’ansia del ritorno dopo l’inverno freddo e piovoso. Ci sarà … Continue reading

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