When I first started this blog, I was pretty sure I perfectly knew my land. The more I’m posting at Discovermarche, the more I’m realising how wrong I was!
For instance, I’ve always linked the Adriatic coastal town of Numana to beaches, to the harbour and to a refined and elegant tourism that makes it a popular destination in Italy and abroad.
It was only after Mrs. Lidia Berlingieri invited me to visit the winery she successfully manages with her husband, that I’ve found out about the unexpected beauty of this town in the north of Le Marche.
Numana lies at the southern foot of the Monte Conero (Conero Mount) and is well renowed for its typical white stone houses of rare beauty. This calcareous material, extracted from many quarries in a time when mining industries was one of the main activities of the area, gives the streets great brightness and a rare grace to the old town.
The old town is often called “Numana alta”(at the top) as it is on top of a cliff overlooking the sea and can be described almost in continuity with the settlement of Sirolo, while “Numana bassa” (at the bottom) includes the area around the harbour.
The beach of “Numana alta” comprises two bays formed close to the cliff: the ‘Spiaggiola’ beach and the ‘Frati’ beach (aka: the Friars’ beach) while “Numana bassa” beach extends to the south of the port village of Marcelli.
The years haven’t changed the original appearance of the old town and I couldn’t resist the charm of the Costarella, one of the most peculiar street in Numana. Entirely composed of steps, it was once inhabited by fishermen who daily went along this impressive staircase to go to the port. Strolling along the Costarella means immersing oneself in a distant past and breathe the ancient splendor that made this town so famous.
Local people are still strongly tied to their traditions and values of the past. This is probably what struck me most when I reached the Piazza del Santuario (Sanctuary Square).
The beautiful Palazzo Comunale (Town Hall), the magnificent Sanctuary of the Holy Crucifix, but even more enchanting is to witness the attachmente to the sea and to their roots of people who have always lived here.
I reached Piazzetta La Torre (the Tower), the beating heart of the old town, with no expectation or even any idea of the amazing landscape I was going to be part of shortly…I literally found myself in front of a breathtaking view over the blue Adriatic Sea.
Not surprisingly, many couples choose to celebrate their wedding here, in a set made up of a stunning view and ancient ruins, like the Medieval Arch in the center of the ‘piazzetta’ (the little square overlooking the sea)…
…and also contemporary art, like the bronze scuplture named ‘the Fischerman’ by the Dutch artist Johannes Genemans (who relocated in Le Marche back in 1993 and currently lives in Numana).
As beautiful as this glimpse overlooking the coast is, I already posted many pics of this area in my blog in the past.
Still, the power of this view in person is just as incredible as the timeless beauty of the rocks and cliffs surrounding the Spiaggia dei Frati (the Friar’s Beach).
Among other wonders related to this beautiful coastal town, there’s also the project called “Turtles of Numana”, in a decade-long collaboration with the ‘Riccione Fondazione Cetacea’ Association and the support of the Marche Region Tourism Service. The aim is to inform and involve and educate the tourists of the Conero Riviera about the resources of the Adriatic Sea starting with the presence of sea turtles. Therefore, since 2013, Numana has becomes the place elected within the European Project IPA Adriatic NetCet aimed at safeguarding protected species at risk.
The presence of turtles is not occasional, in fact it is part of the wildlife of the Conero area. Clear water, peaceful environement, ideal seabed: ahose are the best elements to get these animals used to the environement after a period of hospitalisation.
During the summer season a series of events are organized with the aim to raise awareness about this important environmental issue among tourists and visitors. For more information and summer 2016 releases schedule, you can log on here
What is the best way to finish off an impressive tour? Sitting and relax outdoors at the tables of the historic and renowed ‘Morelli’ ice cream parlor, while enjoying an ice cream cone whose recipe has been handed down since 1927. I chose hazelnut and vanilla flavors. And you: what would you like?
A special Thanks to the Numana Turism Association. You can find out more about Numana by visiting the English page of their official website here
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