Tag Archives: Senigallia

The “Annunciation” painted by Giovanni Santi, Raphael’s father

I am quite a fan of “dear old Mr Santi”, as the art historian Kenneth Clark described him, so I was keen to go and see this picture on display in Senigallia as part of the exhibition “La Grazie e la … Continue reading

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The sad side of Urbino

Autumn, however mild and bright, can be a melancholy season here in Le Marche, especially in an ex-casa colonica (farmhouse) like ours, with small windows and thick walls. How much more so in Urbino, high up, inland and chilly as … Continue reading

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Suasa has a story to tell – a story of conquest and dispossession, of the rise and fall of a civilisation, and of people living out their daily lives – working, playing and worshipping for hundreds of years, unaware that … Continue reading

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A sideways look at Italian – or maybe Marchigiani – bars and caffes

Do you have an ideal caffé-bar? Do you visualize yourself sitting comfortably in a beautiful piazza, with a charming waiter/ress, watching the world go past, sipping a delicious strong coffee, or maybe a freshly squeezed orange or lemon juice, or … Continue reading

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Classical Sites in Le Marche continued

Senigallia, according to its history by Marinella Bonvini Mazzanti (Urbino, Quattro Venti,  1998), was either occupied or founded by the Gauls sometime in the fifth or fourth century BC. It was then turned into a Roman colony in 290-280 BC. … Continue reading

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Classical Sites in Le Marche

Inspired by my hero, Mike Duncan, of the History of Rome podcast, I thought I’d list a few classical sites. True to form, not a lot happened in our dear region in antiquity, but there are some sites of interest. … Continue reading

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