Photo of the day: punta e cul

Punta e cul is a typical Easter game in Urbania in Northern Le Marche. People gather in the main square in front of the theatre on Easter morning and Ester Monday morning. You’re given an egg and you have to smash your neighbour’s egg and take home all the eggs that you can break […]

Crescia di Pasqua: Le Marche savoury Easter bread

Crescia di Pasqua, Pizza di Paqua, Crescia Brusca, Torta al Formaggio, Crescia al formaggio, Crescia Ricresciuta, Caciata… different names for similar Panettone-shaped Easter breads prepared in Le Marche, Umbria, Abruzzo and Lazio (basically throughout Central Italy except Tuscany, as far as I know).

Here in Northern Le Marche (where it’s called Crescia di Pasqua) the […]

Valle Nuova through an unknown guest’s eyes

I have a perfect memory of the guest who left me this amazing photo of our swimming pool at sunset, I suspect that he stayed two years ago in September (because September sunsets are THE BEST), but, I’m totally, absolutely, completely sorry to say that I don’t remember his name….
I found the photo today, […]

Valle Nuova through your eyes: Chris Harden

Thank you Chris and Julia for your photos taken during your visits in June and October this year!We hope to see you again soon!


When I received these photos I did not know that he’s a professional photographer and documentary maker and I felt so frustrated for my poor photographs!

You can read about him and see more of his photos on his website and his blog.

©Jeremy Llewellyn-Jones

Visit a Saffron producer in Le Marche!

According to Greek myth, handsome mortal Crocos fell in love with the beautiful nymph Smilax. But his favours were rebuffed by Smilax, and he was turned into a beautiful purple crocus flower. The deep orange-red stigmas of the beautiful purple Crocus sativus are what we call saffron. It takes the stigmas from 100.000 to […]

I’m on holidays!

The season is over… thank you to Alwena and Merfyn for being the perfect guests to end a beautiful beautiful season! Thank you to Lori, the lady helping us in the Locanda who has been a great help, a joy and a new found friend. Thank you to Bruna for being there when we […]