Italy, Marche … the shoe land!
The word “Marche”, for those in the know, means handcrafted in Italy footwear. Marche, for the rest of us, is the beautiful geographic area in the centre of Italy.
Within this region, it is a pleasure to discover the traditional footwear craftsmanship. Something like 500 small local family factories are responsible for the production of the majority of the luxurious footwear you find around the world. From Bond Street in London to Via Montenapoleone in Milan, through Fifth Avenue in New York and Ginza in Tokyo, think of the shoes on display coming from some small factories on hilltop villages of this lovely region.
In the middle of this fabulous district you can find Montegranaro, it is in this medieval village where signs of shoemakers are dating back from 300AD, that the family factory Lancio with expertise and passion is making Jack&Me mens shoes a reality.
And Marche is not only shoes… with its 180km of coastline, 1million hectares of mountains and hills, hundreds of characteristic hilltop villages, house of 1500 hectares of vineyards (Sangiovese, Montepulciano, Verdicchio), producer of their very special maccheroncini egg pasta of Campofilone, there is very little the region of Marche cannot offer.
… and if you like your footwear you really have no excuses not to visit.
Riviera Del Conero www.rivieradelconero.info
Sant’Epidio A Mare is a lovely small village on the top of a hill with views to die for over the Sibillini monuntain one side and the coastline the other. Simply perfect. If you fancy a great mix of character, amazing views, service and tranquillity choose Residenza Corso Baccio www.residenzacorsobaccio.it
Do you fancy a Luxury Country Villa? Casa Olivi in Treia embodies the quintessential combination of the best of Italy from tradition to Italian design www.passepartout-homes.com/holiday/italy/casa-olivi/470
We could not fail Kiro Kiro in Porto Recanati www.kirokiro.it
Visit the factory and the store of the historic factory La Campofilone
Umani Ronchi organises winery tours and can also ship your favourite wines wherever you want in the world. www.umanironchi.com
Sky in the Sibillini: Sassotetto, Pintura, Frontignano, Monte Prat. www.skiinfo.it/marche/localita-sciistiche.html