Emilia Romagna & Le Marche
Mar 9 - Mar 16, 2009

This area of Italy can be reached by air to Bologna and/or
Ancona.  It is not heavily traveled by Americans but instead
it is where the Italians and other Europeans will go,
especially in the summer, on the shores of the Adriatic.
The shore side town of Cattolica is similar to our vacation
spots in Florida etc. 

The history of this area is very interesting and goes back
to the Byzantine era and beyond.  The town of Rimini is
chock full of Roman history and a recent discovery (when a
tree got uprooted) was of a Roman doctor's home complete
with his instruments that had many doctors and museum
workers intrigued as to what they may have been used for.
They (the town of Rimini) built a museum right over the site
so that it can be further preserved and enjoyed by all.

We traveled up into the mountains to the separate country of
San Marino and had a wonderful time at the Ferrari museum
there.  Our guide spoke better English than most Americans
and did she know her cars!  The men especially enjoyed this
stop.  We then went to a castle where they believe Dante's
"Inferno" was partially based.

We then went further south, beyond Ancona to the areas of
Pesaro & Urbino , and stayed in a wonderful medieval castle
"Castello de Montegridolfo".  All the rooms were different
and very charming.  During the day we went off sightseeing
in the area and all during these days we ate the most
wonderful food.

Further south still in an area around Ascoli Piceno, we
stayed the last two nights in a Palace still owned by the
Princess Panichi, the "Borgo Storico Seghetti Panichi".  She
even had dinner with us and actually got up and got more
food for our table. We had a magnificent suite with two beds
in the sitting area and then into our bedroom that was huge!
We also visited another Palace in the area. 

These castles and palaces would be great for small groups or
families. There are all kinds of sports in the area
depending on the season.  I would imagine that most
Americans if they were to go, would want to go in the late
spring or fall.  I got the idea that the summer is very busy
and with all the beautiful beaches here in America, there is
no need to go to Europe.

I have a great deal of literature on the area. 

Kathleen P Doyle