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Camerano is close to some of the most beautiful beaches of the Adriatic coast and is right next to the spectacular Monte Conero Natural Park. It is an ideal location for people that love sun, sea and sand but also want to immerse themselves in nature. The Italian Language school organises trips and excursion to some of the most striking and renowned places of the region.Here in Le Marche, the climate is usually very mild all year round, thanks to the closeness to the sea which prevents it from being too cold or too hot.
Those who like to keep in contact with nature will have the opportunity to join rekking or biking guided toursto the Monte Conero Natural Park. Most of Italy's Adriatic coastline is flat, but Monte Conero, just south of Ancona, is a rare exception.It has impressive limestone cliffs that plunge into the sea and a number of idyllic and secluded beaches and bays ideal for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling. It has impressive limestone cliffs that plunge into the sea and a number of idyllic and secluded beaches and bays ideal for sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling.
Excursions BETWEEN SEA AND MOUNTAINS
Excursions can be organized to Monti Sibillini Natural Park, in the heart of the Appennine mountain range. This mountain range hosts Monte Vettore (2,476 mts.), one of the highest peaks on the Italian mainland; its wild tarns and windswept high plains provide a breathtaking landscape.
The Frasassi Caves are some of the most spectacular caves you are ever likely to visit. So far, some 13km of limestone caverns have been explored and it is estimated that they may run for up to 35km.
Equipped with walkways and theatrical lighting, the caves include the awesome Grotta Grande del Vento, Europe's largest single cavern. It is so vast that Milan Cathedral would comfortably fit inside and hosts some of the most extravagantly fanciful stalagmites and stalactites you are ever likely to see.
Those who love Italian art and culture will be able to visit the
Le Marche’s important monuments include the famous Loreto Sanctuary, San Leo Fortress (where Count Cagliostro was imprisoned), Gradara Castle and many others. During the summer, there are also a number of historical and medieval festivals that take place in many of the local towns and villages.
Famous in this regard is the ""Contesa della Crescia"", during which the entire town of Offagna (located about 15 km from Camerano) returns to being an active and industrious medieval village for a whole week, the scene of rich shows and characteristic historical representations, while in the evening the ""taverns"" and ""osterie"" churn out succulent traditional medieval dishes.
From May to September, our 165 km coastline is a paradise for all watersports enthusiasts and for those who cannot do without the traditional "made-in-Italy" sun tan. Located only 6 km away from Camerano is Portonovo, a bay of acclaimed beauty, characterized by the quaint Romanesque Church of Santa Maria (built in the eleventh century), an old watch tower and a Napoleonic fort. Portonovo is a beautiful seaside resort which is very popular among local people and renowned for windsurfing. The beach is part of a natural park, and its charm has been preserved intact. South of Portonovo, under the imposing Conero cliffs, you can admire the magnificent beach of the "two sisters", which can only be reached on foot via a steep path from the "Passo del Lupo" or by boat.
Relaxation and fun BETWEEN SEA AND POPULAR FESTIVALSSirolo and Numana are the two pearls of summer tourism. They are quite close to one another, but each has particular features of its own. Sirolo is smaller and more intimate, offering stupendous views of the coast and of the mountain, while Numana with its long, wide beaches, its bars and discos is the ideal place for those who love sunshine and the nightlife.
The climate in our region is generally mild, influenced by the presence of the sea, which mitigates the extremes of heat and cold.
The local cuisine too is heavily influenced by the sea and by farming traditions. Here is the home cook and not the professional chef who rules, and even the smartest restaurants tend to offer dishes derived from our grandmothers' recipes. A generous portion of ""Vincisgrassi"" (a traditional rich baked lasagna without the usual tomato sauce), a shellfish risotto, brodetto (fish stew made with 13 different types of fish), spaghetti dressed with vongole, or baby clams, accompanied by wines like Verdicchio, Bianchello, Rosso Conero or Lacrima di Morro d'Alba will satisfy even the most demanding gourmets.
If you are touring in summer or early autumn, you'll probably have the chance of attending a local sagra - a festival dedicated to a town's particular speciality where you can try the food in question (truffle, fish, wild boar, gnocchi, etc.) served in a dozen different ways.
Camerano THE CITY OF OUR ITALIAN LANGUAGE SCHOOL
Camerano is set in one of the most picturesque and rich landscapes of the Le Marche. It’s located on top of a hill overlooking the sea, Mount Conero, the Appennines. The stunning local countryside serves as an ideal starting point for treks as well as cultural excursions. Camerano is the ideal place for those who want to avoid mass tourism and see the real Italy.
Camerano is very close (10 minutes by bus) to some of the most striking and beautiful beaches on the Adriatic coastline. It offers the possibility of a wide range of excursions and trekking, allowing students to easily explore the culture and relax.
The first human settlements in the area where Camerano is now located, date back to the period between 7th and 6th millennium B.C.: the ancient "Piceni" were the first inhabitants of the area, later replaced by the Romans.
In the Middle Ages, between the 8th and 9th century, the whole territory around Ancona became part of Bizantine "Pentapoli". Camerano's area was divided into several districts owned by the Church. The first documents where the name "Castrum Camurani" (castle of Camerano) appears date from 1177. In 1198, Camerano first became an independent Commune, part of the Commune League created to resist against Marcovaldo, sent by Henry the sixth.
San Francesco Church (see photo below) was most probably founded in 1215. From the 13th to the 15th century, the town lost its independency and came under the jurisdiction of Frederick the second of Svevia first and under Ancona's later From 1797 al 1798, Camerano was ruled by Napoleon's troops; after his defeat, the local tradition tells of a short visit paid by the English admiral Horatio Nelson. In 1860, after the battle of "Castelfidardo" ended with the defeat of the Pontifician army, Camerano was occupied by Savoia troops and was annexed a year later to the Kingdom of Italy.
During the Second World War, Camerano was occupied by the German troops in 1943 and afterwards liberated by the Allies in July 1944: the town suffered great damages, as it was the target of several air raids. In the post-war period Camerano underwent great industrial and economic development: one example is the worldwide famous musical instrument factory "Farfisa", founded in 1964.
The local tradition attributes the foundation of this church to San Francis himself, in 1215. The church still features the original impressive stone portal of the 13th century. Inside you can find paintings by Marco Vannetti, disciple of Maratti (famous painter from Camerano; 1625-1713). Worth seeing is the attached convent with its characteristic cloister and the impressive monastery founded by the Conventual Fathers (1763), which later became the seat of the Municipality.
Under the historical centre of town there is a labyrinth of caves excavated in sandstone. For many years these caves were believed to be the ruins of ancient sandstones caves or even cellars used to store wine. More recent explorations and in-depth studies let to the discovery of architectural and bas-relief decorations which hardly can be related to mere sandstone caves or storerooms: dome and vault shaped ceilings, circular chambers and columns with architectural details, decorations with friezes, ornaments and religious symbols were found throughout the caves.
Visiting these caves people discover an almost fairy-tale like world by which they remain astounded: it is a secret Camerano where legends and history abound. The most accredited theory today is about caves used as houses, for worship or for defense purposes, in ancient and even in recent times, considering that in 1944 the caves where used by many local families as a bomb shelter.
Camerano is located in the centre of the famous Rosso Conero wine area. Every year, during the first week of September, the inhabitants of Camerano give farewell to the summer season and celebrate the beloved local wine with a three day event called the Festa del Rosso Conero.
“Rosso Conero” (Montepulciano grapes) is a quality wine (DOC) that finds its ideal environment on the fertile hills and ridge lines of the Mount Conero, thanks to the mild Mediterranean climate, the calcareous soils and also to the winds blowing from the sea.
The Festival (free entrance) takes place in the streets and little squares of the historical centre and offers many food stands, wine tastings and events: music, shows, concerts and street theater.
See more: http://www.festadelrossoconero.it
For more info about Camerano: http://www.turismocamerano.it