Guilt free Italian holiday indulgences
We appreciate that when you holiday in Italy you want to indulge yourself.
Well after all, its your holiday! and there are some fantastic ingredients and culinary delights on offer in this part of Le Marche, but we are also increasingly hosting guests who watch what they eat and are also quite health conscious.
So we have made it even easier for you to have your cake and eat it too! You can now enjoy that wine, home cooked pasta, wild boar stew and gelato and we can offer you a range of ways to stay fit burn those calories.
Le Marche slow food
Our website and local guide includes pages devoted to the best local restaurants and slow food places in the Le Marche area near Sarnano and we recommend local gelaterie, pizzzerie and osteria that include mountain refuges with the best home cooked wild mushroom lasagne and a fantastic place in an old olive press that serves a mouth watering 12 course tasting menu at only€30 including wine.
Free organic fruit and vegetable
We rent most of our land to an organic sheep farmer who makes Pecorino and Ricotta. However, we also devote part of our fields to an “Orto” or allotment where we grow organic vegetables that are guests are encouraged to pick for free, our usual produce includes peppers, aubergines, kale, chard, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, chilli, courgettes, beans etc. The gardens also include fig, plum, apple, pear, pomegranate, cherry, cob nut, hazel, and walnut trees and large amounts of herbs such as rosemary, thyme, sage, chives, mint etc.
We also have a small vineyard and give a complementary bottle of our SuperMarche wine to visitors, our hops have also been known to find their way into an IPA or two.
Sarnano and its foodie legacy
Sarnano is an old cattle market town and its legacy is 8 butchers that each specialise in something different. The one common denominator is that they all know the provenance of the food, the animal and usually the person who reared it and what it was reared on.
Fabrizio Monterotti produces salumi in the town, supplies restaurants far and wide and is famed for his succulent Porchetta and stuffed meats. If you fancy a night on the tiles there are a number of late bars that play great music and include Decantautore with its craft beers and many cask wines that cost only €1.50 a glass!
Being on the edge of the Sibillini National park, you can always get your hands on game, wild mushrooms and the area is home to myriad truffle reserves.
Singing for your supper- getting active in Le Marche
So how do you get away with staying fit whilst eating food that’s fit for a king. Well, its okay to sit by the pool and admire the vast and stunning panorama, but you should also make time to get out under the skin of Le Marche, go exploring, do it on horse back, on a mule, rent a bike, hike or walk, discover the history and the nature, go urban or delve into the National Park.
Here are some ideas of activities that we recommend in this glorious part of Le Marche and the calories that they’ll burn in an hour (examples for someone 11 stones/ 70kg/155lbs):
A walking tour some of Le Marche’s fantastic medieval towns using our guide; 250 calories
A walking Tour around some of Le Marche’s superb wine cantinas that produce 13 DOCG wines: 250 calories
An aerobic class at Sarnano Gym (500m from the villa and cost €6 a day); 457 calories
Circuit training at Sarnano Gym (500m from the villa and cost €6 a day)
Self guided walking in the Sibillini Mountains: 3.5 mph in hills( some steep – 425 calories
Guided walking in the Sibillini Mountains: 3.5 mph in hills( some steep_ 425 calories
Self guided cycling in the Sibillini Mountains: 14mph in challenging terrain – 700 calories
Guided cycling in the Sibillini Mountains: 14mph in challenging terrain – 700 calories
Running at 6mph: 700 calories
Horse riding: 280 calories
Tennis in Sarnano: 420 calories doubles
Shopping at Le Marche’s outlet stores: 150 calories
Swimming in our pool or at the municipal pool in Sarnano: 490 calories
Badminton at the villa: 317 calories
Moderate paced canoeing at lovely lake Fiastra: 350 calories