A coastal view

Le Marche offers 180 kilometres of coastline, 26 seaside resorts facing the Adriatic Sea defined by beautiful beaches, picturesque bays, 9 marinas and 16 Blue Flag beaches.

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The varied landscape allows those who decide to take a vacation by the sea to choose between different types of beaches and to visit the natural beauty of the inland; a large number of itineraries in the villages above the sea or in the cities are available so as to discover their rich historical and cultural heritage. The seaside resorts offer services that can meet the requirements both of the families and of the young: they are designed to respect the territory and can be the perfect destination for a relaxing vacation.

The coastal landscape of The Marche, so varied in shapes and colours, offers a journey full of emotions: you can choose among wide fine sandy beaches, small rocky creeks, with rocks and palm trees, and white cliffs overlooking the Adriatic Sea, which is framed between the green countryside and the very long ochre strands.

The Northern coast, the so-called “Riviera delle Colline”, features cliffs, coves and inlets creating an amazing landscape. The beaches are sandy and white, in particular the long one in Gabicce Mare. From here you can start a tour , enjoying breathtaking views in the heart of the Regional Park of Monte San Bartolo, for approximately 20 km, and reach other amazing beaches, such as Pesaro and picturesque fishing villages, such as Casteldimezzo, Fiorenzuola di Focara and Santa Marina Alta.

Senigallia

Heading to the South, there is the coast of Ancona: we find Senigallia, a town boasting ancient origins and famous for its velvet beach: 12 km of fine sand. It’s an ideal seaside resort, thanks to the many accommodation facilities, the bathing establishments and the renowned restaurants. Driving South we arrive at Ancona, the capital city, having a longstanding maritime tradition, situated in one of the most beautiful stretches of the Adriatic coastline, the Riviera del Conero, located in the homonimous regional park. This protected area features a series of bays, steep cliffs and hidden beaches. A must see site is the so-called Due Sorelle (Two Sisters) beach, named after two large rocks emerging from the water.

The particular shape of the territory allows enjoying a marvelous sunrise and sunset by the sea. The grassy cliff of Monte Conero, plunging into the sea, offers a spectacular scenery: it interrupts the flat shore and creates a nice stretch of pebbled beaches, rocks and steep cliffs that plunge into the sea.

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Down south, along the coast of Macerata, lies with Porto Recanati, also known as the “Salotto della Riviera”, a modern seaside resort boasting 8 km. of sandy and pebbled beach, comfortable accommodation facilities and lovely corners of the old maritime village, built around the fifteenth century Castello Svevo. Nearby is Civitanova Marche, with a long sandy beach to the North, rocky to the South, divided by the fishing port and the marina. The town gives the chance to practice different sports, to go to trendy places and enjoy shopping in the many outlets in the area bearing the prestigious Made in Italy brands. Porto Sant’Elpidio, an amazing old maritime village, now a lively seaside resort, marks the beginning of the so called “Verde Riviera Picena”: pebbled and sandy beaches and clear water , surrounded by green hills. This Riviera boasts authentic maritime villages and seaside resorts such as Porto San Giorgio, Lido di Fermo and Pedaso to the South.

In the very South of the coastline there is the well-known “Riviera delle Palme”, between Cupra Marittima, Grottammare and San Benedetto del Tronto. Popular for its large beaches, its approximate 7,000 green palms, and the old Medieval villages, real balconies overlooking the sea, the Riviera delle Palme is a perfect destination for families, thanks to the beauty of the pine wood, the fine sand and the quiet atmosphere.

A few miles  to the South, the landscape shows typically Mediterranean notes: evergreen shrubs, palm trees, bougainvilleas and oleanders and such a rich vegetation evoke exotic essences and overseas scents. A bicycle path leads to Grottammare, the Pearl, known as the town of oranges, with its 5 km of fine and sandy beach. The long and wide beach is one of the main attractions of San Benedetto del Tronto, a well-known seaside resort surrounded by the countless green palm trees. San Benedetto del Tronto is also known as The Queen of the Sea; its history is well witnessed by the many museums scattered throughout the city, like the Maritime Culture Museum. Wide sandy beaches can also be found in Porto d’Ascoli, in the very South of the region.

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Along the coast different sports can be practiced: windsurf, water skiing, sailing, scuba diving, kitesurfing, swimming and beach volley. The sea, with its rich fish wildlife, is the ideal place for scuba diving; there are qualified scuba diving schools and diving centers with recharging stations, that can guarantee quality material and assistance at any level of immersion.

The Marche boasts 16 blue flags, certifying criteria of sustainability and respect for the environment, in terms of tourism. The standards also include: modern purification systems, sorted waste collection, limited traffic, large pedestrian areas, bicycle paths, environmental education and information, nice street furniture.

Along the 180 kilometers of the coast it is possible to dock in 9 marinas. In the province of Pesaro and Urbino the marinas are in Gabicce Mare, Pesaro and Fano; in the province of Ancona in Senigallia, Ancona and Numana; in the province of Macerata in Civitanova Marche; in the province of Fermo in Porto San Giorgio, the best equipped marina of the Adriatic Sea, with 900 moorings; in the province of Ascoli Piceno the marina is in San Benedetto del Tronto. The overall capacity is for approximately 5,000 berths.

 

Published in DestionazioneMarche

Somewhere for the weekend – Restaurant Uliassi

Mauro Uliassi has been operating his two-Michelin starred restaurant, Uliassi, located right on the beach in Senigallia on Italy’s east coast, since 1990. Since then, chef Uliassi has gained an international reputation for his inspiring and whimsical techniques with seafood. His artistic flair is founded in his love of the sun, the sea and fine Italian cuisine.

Q. Who did you learn to cook from?

I started working as a cook when I was seventeen, 38 years ago. Before going to catering school, I was at technical school. But, this school was not suitable for me because finding a girl in an all-boys school was like finding a needle in a haystack. I was very young, with my hormones totally out of control. When I finally changed to catering school, it was a great party for me, because eighty percent of students were girls.

After finishing school and several experiences in high-level restaurants, I attended university and I had the opportunity to teach in a catering school in Senigallia, to continue my studies.

I decided at that time that I didn’t want to be a professional cook, because it was a very hard job. I wanted to continue studying. But, in the summer of ‘83, I fell in love with my wife and when she asked me to cook for her birthday party and for her friends, I cooked with the greatest passion. I cooked like in the movie Babette’s Feast and for the first time discovered how wonderful it was to see the pleasure and happiness of others. A pleasure and happiness that I had created.

From that time I began to commit myself completely to my work, and after several years of teaching and studying in high-level restaurants, I finally opened the Uliassi restaurant with my sister, Catia in 1990.

At the time the restaurant was a simple wooden hut and we were all very young, but we were liked by everybody, and I remember that we enjoyed ourselves very much.

We did not have a particular style to identify us, but I learned the good flavour of food from my grandmother, Jolanda, who was a cook too.

 

 

Q. Name the one ingredient you can’t live without and how you use it?

The key ingredient in my cooking style is my thoughts, my enthusiasm and passion for the life constantly on the the move.

Q. What’s your favourite dish on your menu right now?

Our cuisine is always evolving and the latest creations for me are all fantastic: snails and frogs with wild herbs, the chicken with the seafood salad, the first shallow marine, roasted cuttlefish dirty with sea urchins, red shrimp, yellow plums and tarragon.

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Q. What do you do when you’re not in the kitchen cooking?

When I am not in the kitchen, I love to read, play the guitar (badly!), I meditate, swim, run.

I try to capture the best that there is in this life so I am always very happy to be doing what I am doing.

Q. What are you predicting to be the next trend in food and what has been your least favourite food trend?

The past is the past. The “mistakes” of the past were important to improve our present.

I believe that the new food will be a food to feel good, to feel healthy. I think this will be the future. The professional chef has the knowledge to cook a good and healthy food using natural ingredients. Ingredients that are good for health.

Q. What other chef or restaurant do you most admire?

I admire chefs who are very different than me. I can learn from the diversity and improve my style. Chefs that I most admire in Italy and who are my friends are: Massimo Bottura, Davide Scabin, Niko Romito, Enrico Crippa, Paolo Lopriore and Massimiliano Alaimo. But the greatest master of this modern time is always Ferran Adrià. A genius.

The restaurant will reopen, Saturday 05 April 2014.

contact us

Restaurant Uliassi
Banchina di Levante, 6 _ 60019 Senigallia (AN)
tel. +39 071 65463
fax +39 071 7930780
e-mail:  info@uliassi.it

Opening hours (from 05/04 to 26/12):

Tuesday-Sunday
Lunch: 12.30pm – 3.00pm
Dinner: 7.45pm – 11.00pm