- 2 bedrooms
- 1 bathrooms
- Sleeps 5
- Farmhouse / Barn
Description from the owner
Palomba is a traditional Le Marche farmhouse which used to supply the locality with wine. The name stems from the Italian word for wood pigeon or dove (palomba) – this was a place where hunters would gather to shoot the birds as they flew over. Happily the hunters have disappeared, but the doves still linger.
Today, the area is a nature reserve and we often see deer, wild boar and porcupines; peregrine falcons, kestrels and buzzards are frequent sights circling overhead, and we even once saw a golden eagle which must have drifted over from the mountains. The place is also a butterfly heaven.
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2 bedroom farmhouse apartment in heart of Italy
Camerino, Marche, Italy
Additional Location Information
The region is very beautiful, bounded by mountains to the west and the sea to the east, and there are numerous picturesque towns and villages that make an excellent focus for day trips. These include small towns such as Sarnano and Amandola in the foothills of the Apennines; Ascoli Piceno, a big, busy medieval/Renaissance city built of travertine (similar to marble); elegant Urbino, the famous ‘Renaissance gem’ of Le Marche and the birthplace of Raphael; Macerata, a bustling medieval hill town with an ancient university and its renowned open-air opera festival in July/August; and Tolentino with some fabulous frescoes. Many towns have quirky little museums or art galleries, often containing something amazing and unexpected. Local open-air ‘festas’ take place throughout the summer months. Day trips are also possible to more familiar tourist destinations in Umbria, such as Assisi, Spello, Perugia, Gubbio, Todi, Spoleto and Orvieto. All these take between one and two hours to reach by car. Towns in Tuscany are reachable too: for example Siena is a two-hour drive, Florence three hours or so by coach or car.
In the other direction (east) the coast is about an hour’s drive away. The beaches are excellent, and tend to be of the type where you hire a lounger and sun umbrella for the day. These areas will usually be lifeguard-tended and are kept very clean, so are ideal for children. Some beaches are less controlled, especially out of season (before mid-July/after August). The stretch of coast just south of Ancona is more striking and less developed, being flanked by rocky cliffs which offer views back inland and over the sea. There are lots of interesting towns over towards, or on, the coast, including Loreto, Fano and Jesi. You will also find numerous good, unpretentious fish restaurants.
For wine and food lovers there's a huge amount on offer. The region produces some very good local wines, often using traditional ancient grape varieties, and many producers are now concentrating on quality output. Like most Italian cuisine, Marchigiano cooking uses fresh, seasonal ingredients and is simple and delicious. There are some superb local cheeses, and, in season, porcini mushrooms, truffles and game.
By car Driving from the UK is feasible in two days with a single night’s stop somewhere north of the Italian border (eg Geneva); however, it is more comfortable to do the drive in three days with two nights en route.
By air Ancona (Falconara) airport is the nearest at about one hour’s drive from the house: Ryan Air do very cheap direct flights from Stansted. From other UK airports Ryanair, Easyjet, Alitalia and BA offer direct flights to destinations such as Pescara (2hrs to Camerino), Rome (3hrs), Bologna (3hrs), Pisa (4hrs) and Milan (5hrs).
The easiest way to get to Camerino from an Italian airport is to hire a car. Hertz offer special rates for Ryan Air customers.
There are trains to Camerino (station: Camerino-Castelraimondo) from many Italian cities. There is also a direct coach service from Rome and Florence to Camerino.
More About This Location
Mountain nearby, Rural retreats
Last updated on December 11, 2014
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- Central heating
- Linens Provided
- Local Guides/Maps
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
Phone / Internet
- Internet Access
- Mountain Views
- Stove or Oven
- Balcony or terrace
- Outdoor Dining Area
- Pet friendly - yes
- Smoking allowed - yes
- Suitable for children - yes
- Suitable for the elderly - yes
- Wheelchair accessible - no