The Eight Edition of the Artistic Nativity Scenes by Andrea Pistolesi

Dear Friends,

please mark your calendar on December 15th and then…start the countdown!

Also this year the eighth exhibition of Artistic Nativity Scenes by the personal collection of Andrea Pistolesion will open in Monte San Giusto (MC) on 12/15 at 10:30 pm. To make the atmosphere even more magical, the exhibition will be christened by the usual inaugural concert with the choirs “pueri cantores, Santa Cecilia and the choir of the students the choir Happy Voices”.This Christmas the Nativity Scenes will be set up in the grotto near the Bonafede museum, currently closed for the restoration of some canvas from 18th century. There will be five new cribs for this eighth edition!A new mechanical Nativity Scene displaying the houses and traditional jobs of local people from Le Marche, as well as a Nativity arranged in a house of the early 1900s with some sculptures by the Master Salvatore Caputo.

Lastly a gem ☺️ …a beautiful Nativity Scene by the Crib-maker Emilio Lattarulo. The secrets of the nativity scene will be unveiled during a conversation with Andrea Pistolesi and some of his closest partners, like: Cesare Ciccale’, Gilberto Pistolesi and Stefano Renzi.

The Maestro and Nativity Scenes-maker-expert: Andrea Pistolesi

A journey through history and manual skills, to get to know an art that is the symbol of the Holy Christmas in our homes.

 

Opening:: from December 16th to January 21st

Holiday hours: 10am-1pm and 4pm/8pm

Other days by reservation

And from 23 December until 1 January: open every day!

 

Merry Xmas and Happy Holidays!!!

And if you’re interested in knowing more about this Italian tradition, don’t miss this older post from Discovermarche:

https://discovermarche.wordpress.com/2015/12/03/andrea-pistolesi-and-the-artistic-nativity-scenes-in-monte-san-giusto/

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Celebrating the Italian Ferragosto with a glass of wine from Santa Liberata vineyards!

If you are in Italy today, most probably you would escape the heat at the seaside, lakes or mountains. If you’d stay at home you will have a huge family party or enjoining the company of many friends. You’d probably make many toasts, watch a lot of fireworks and eventually attend a traditional Palio horse race in one of the many old towns around Italy.

Today is August 15th, not just another ordinary summer day, but THE summer day that everybody has been waiting for! Today is the “Ferragosto,  literally the ‘hottest’ holiday in Italy! So whatever you’ll be up to, just make sure to celebrate and have fun from day to night!

Talking about celebration and tradition in Italy, you’ll certainly have to raise your glass to toast and say “CinCin” at some point. That’s a sure thing.

As you know,  you’ll  have a wide choice of  great wine in Le Marche, thanks to excellent vineyards and their  amazing families who run the business generation after generation.

Today, in observance to the Italian Ferragosto holiday, I’d like to share with you the story of an amazing vineyard in Le Marche: the Santa Liberata vineyard and their Savini Family.

Please enjoy this interesting post from the WineLoversPage blog by our dear friend Neil Duarte and  let’s start celebrating! Cheers!

More info about the Santa Liberata vineyard, their family, their wines, estate and cellar, their wine tasting experience and much more…here!

Casa Agostinelli: a place where taste and tradition of Le Marche region welcome their guests in a true “Farmily”!

How strange life is! I’m going to tell you about a surprising place in Le Marche, that I was able to discover thanks to some dear friends from Texas, Terry and Neil.

The Duartes have just come back from a travel in Le Marche and Terry, knowing that I would myself have been back to Italy soon, advised a visit to Montemarciano.

Here’s what she wrote to me:

“I know the charm of the hills in Montemarciano, a town that gives a wonderful view of the Adriatic Sea, as well as the extraordinary landscape of the Apennines and Monte San Vito.”

…and so, I visited the Agostinellis!

I cannot tell you what I was most impressed with by this delightful family the other day.

Probably the taste of homemade ‘tagliatelle’ pasta, the same recipe my grandmother used to make every Sunday when my family got together. Then we used to spend all the day chatting and telling how life was going.

Or maybe something about the warm hospitality with which Dilva and Giancarlo welcome their guests. Or,  even the extraordinary feeling of spending a few hours as we used to do long ago.

Dilva is making her homemade traditional ‘tagliatelle’ with Terry

Giancarlo and the harvesting of garlic

“Buon Appetito!”

I have no doubt: besides the quietness and the beauty of the scenery surrounding “Casa Agostinelli” (aka, Agostinellis’ Home), besides the authentic taste of meals, it is the vibe you breath here that struck me most!

I felt like being back to the old days, when spending quality time together while sharing thoughts and opinions was one of the most enjoyable time! 

Today my thanks go to the Duartes for the great advice and to the Agostinellis, who made me realise that certain values still exist.

If you’re also missing the simplicity of old times, then get in touch with ‘Farmily’. Please find more information on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/casa.agostinelli/