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Feb 9th, 2018, 04:21 AM
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Just went to Trip Advisor and saw some reviews of hotels in Norcia. That may give you some idea of the damage from the earthquakes. As we drove into Ascoli, we noted that some of the towns had access restricted by the military. Extensive damage to some of the towns was very evident from the highway. It appears Norcia is open and rebuilding from those TA reviews.
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Feb 9th, 2018, 03:45 PM
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Hi Eks,
We have very much enjoyed our holidays in Puglia and only considered going there after reading your trip reports here. Thank you!
Last May we went to Le Marche for the first time. We flew from JFK to Milan and took a train that same day to Bologna. We spent 2 nights in Bologna where we have stayed before. On the 3rd day we picked up a rental car near the train station and drove 4 hours with the help of Tom Tom gps to our holiday rental in Aquaviva Picena. After a couple hours of driving, when I first saw the cliffs and the sea from the highway, it literally took my breath away. When we continued on to the little town we stayed at and our jaws dropped at the views! There were snow-capped mountains in the background and the sloping valleys were lined with the most incredible shades of green from the planted fields and olive trees that were everywhere.
We checked out the beach at San Benedetto del Tronto. We did enjoy a side trip Ascoli Piceno. Our favorite day trip was to the lovely town of Offida partly because of its active lacemaking tradition. After a enjoyable and relaxing week we drove the rental car back to Bologna. We stopped in Brescia to see the Mille Miglia before returning to Milan to fly back to JFK. Le Marche exceeded our expectations, and to us, is worth exploring again and again.
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Feb 10th, 2018, 06:13 AM
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Feb 10th, 2018, 01:41 PM
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Tcinct: I never even considered flying to Bologna! Although I've been to Italy many times, these areas are foreign to me, and the planning seems daunting. I have to get on with it soon, I think, if we will go in late May. I am waiting for a (paper) map of Central Italy that I ordered on Amazon, and then once I spread out the map it will be more fun to plot out a route. I have to tell myself that is will be impossible to go too far wrong..if I have too much time in one place, or not enough in another, it's all part of traveling.

I do think that we will rule out staying in Rome except for overnight near the airport the night of arrival. I had hoped to fly into Ancona but that seems a poor option now that I have looked at fights from NY (the most popular ones to that airport go through Germany, on Lufthansa!).

Some trips are fun to plan and some just make me anxious....but I do know that once we have it all nailed down it will be great.... It is true that Puglia was really unknown to me before we made the first trip, and I fell in love with that area, so hoping that this will have the same result!!

I love Leely2's idea about tracking certain foods..I know that Abruzzo (I want to say the town of Navigli, but not certain) grows saffron and that that spice is an ingredient in some pasta dishes..have to look into that deeper, and get my hands on the Matthew Fort book... I have a copy of Fred Plotkin here with me so will look into that tonight....

Thanks, all..wish you could all come along!!!!!
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