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Autumn Accommodation in Italy

July 22, 2014

marche-autumn-leavesAutumn Accommodation in Italy. Discover the festival of the harvest in beautiful Le Marche area in Italy.  Gualdo, is firmly rooted in the land and  Le Marche is known as the bread-basket of Italy. Surrounded by vineyards, valleys and breath taking mountain ranges, Cancello Est is a rare find and just the place for an autumn escape.  Perched on the edge of the walled town of Gualdo, you will be pampered and spoiled with luxury accommodation in Italy at an unforgettable destination.

Enjoy the lazy Autumn days and experience the celebration of the harvest combining wonderful food and wine and of course attending the many village celebrations or Festas.  You will feel as if you have taken a step back in time as you walk the cobbled streets and be greeted by a wave from the friendly baker and a warm welcome from the local flower seller so you can savour the local culture and experience memories to be cherished forever.

Whether is is total peace, in a tranquil, yet beautiful environment to unwind from the stresses of life in the city, or if its shopping  for high fashion,  we can plan your perfect holiday itinerary. This can include horse riding, hiking, picnics, or walks to the lake, a day trip to the Adriatic Ocean beaches or even hang gliding for the more adventurous. Close by is the Sibillini National Park and the towns of Sarnano and San Ginesio. There is no doubt about it, this is Autumn accommodation in Italy at its finest.

Our fully inclusive Autumn Accommodation in Italy weekend can  include:

  • All transfers from Rome, Ancona or Bologna, Italy.

  • All meals, delicious Italian wines and drinks

  • All tours are fully escorted by a fully bi-lingual driver and professional tour guides

  • Pampering at the Thermal Spa in Sarnano or lounge by the the pool and the massage will come to you.

Contact us and we will tailor make an autumn break so that you get the very best out of Le Marche or chat with us online and we will do all we can to help you plan a dream break to Italy.


Christmas In Italy Tours

August 22, 2014
Christmas in Italy Tours

Christmas In Italy

December 25th isn’t the biggest holiday of the winter season in Italy (that’s Epiphany, in early January), but it’s still a great time to plan Christmas in Italy Tours– and you’ll find a festive atmosphere in every corner of the country. The Le marche area , however, seem to take the holidays to another level.

It’s that time of the year – a frenzy of gift buying for family and friends and if you’re in Italy it just gives you more of an excuse to shop in the world’s top style destination. Not surprisingly many cities and towns turn on special Christmas markets (Mercatino di Natale) from the end of November through to early January. In Le marche with its abundance of outlet shops a pre or post Christmas trip can make your present buying stretch that bit further.  You’ll always be able to find Christmas markets in Italy no matter where you are – after all what self-respecting Italian would miss an opportunity to eat, drink, shop and celebrate?

Gualdo has year round tourism thanks to its warm climate for most of the year and to its ski resort 15 minutes away at Sassotetto. The skiing and boarding are well organised and all skiers needs are catered for, there’s even a local ski club. At Christmas time, the snowy backdrop of the mountains, the illuminations and the tree decorations transform Gualdo into a magical, festive place to spend a memorable Christmas break. There are numerous events including a recreation of Bethlehem and the nativity in the Centro Storico, with many of the locals in medieval costume demonstrating traditional crafts.

Christmas in Italy Tours

Festive Lights in Tolentino

Rather than images of Santa Claus, Christmas decor in Italy is dominated by the nativity scene. In Italian, these are called either “presepe” (preh|ZEH|peh) or “presepio” (preh|ZEHP|yoh), and they’re on display throughout the country – in churches, in public squares, in private homes, in shop windows, on boats, in fountains. You name it, you’ll probably find a presepe on it during the holidays – and in some cases, you’ll even see living nativities like in Gualdo and Sarnano.

Cancello Est has four Christmas in Italy Tours available for the Christmas 2014 period.

Christmas In Italy Tours – Pre Christmas Shopping.

Great food and wine and visits to the outlets such as Prada, Tods, Armani and a host of other top Italian designers. Its amazing what bargains that you can find in the run up to Christmas in the Le marche area where Italian Shoes, Handbags and designer clothing is made.

Christmas In Italy Tours – A traditional Christmas in Christmas in Gualdo

Snow capped mountains, medieval village streets, mulled wine and all the christmas trimmings. Christmas in Gualdo is spectacular. Cancello Est has put together an amazing Christmas programme, including a seven course Christmas Lunch with some amazing wines. Christmas Eve supper and a boxing day feast. Our Christmas special is tailor made to individual preferences and is definitely a memory waiting to be created. Combine this with some great shopping and visiting the historic areas of Le Marche and it will be a Christmas you wont forget.

Christmas in Italy  Tours – New Year in Gualdo 

A feast in the Sibillini Mountains. New Year in Gualdo is very special. Gourmet Food, Wine and of course at Midnight experience the fireworks from all the villages in the valley welcoming 2015. Our package includes a full seven course gourmet New Years supper including wines and bubbles to celebrate the New Year.

Christmas in Italy Tours – January Sales in Le Marche 

The 7th January is when the sales start in Italy and this includes the outlet shops. The outlets are well priced anyway but in the January sales the markdowns are well worth experiencing. Our package include gourmet food, wine and everything you would need to recover from a hectic days shopping!

Springtime Accommodation Italy

July 22, 2014

springtime-becomes-youPlanning a holiday or looking for Springtime Accommodation Italy ? Springtime becomes you! Book six nights in the medieval town of Gualdo, Le Marche. Beautiful, luxury accommodation in the heart of Italy.

Situated in the ancient medieval town of Gualdo, Cancello Est is majestically perched on the verge of the ancient wall protectively surrounding the town. Cancello Est dates back to 1625, and was originally part of the eastern gate of the original town wall. In modern day now a majestic boutique palazzo-the perfect venue to discover the undiscovered Italy.

Sweeping drapes, cobbled pathways, stone steps and rooms magnificently decorated with original restored antique frescoes, luxurious bedding and tasteful art and exquisite ornamental pieces.

Steeped deep in Italian history, your experience when visiting will be as poetry or songs and your imagination will hear the striking of horses hoofs from long ago drum the streets while you drift to sleep wrapped in the finest cottons and luxury surroundings. Awake the next morning as sunshine enters your room to breath taking views of the Sibillini National Park.

Cancello Est is perfectly situated no matter what the desires of your heart are, we can offer you all! Sun, mountains, lakes, sea, beaches, wood cladded slopes, farmland, medieval towns and villages! For the more adventurous at heart we can offer skiing, horse riding, climbing, cycling, rambling and hang gliding. For the cultured we offer gorgeous art, traditional architecture, historic museums, and excursions to castles and forts in the vacinity.

This idyllic venue is perfectly located should you wish to experience the heart of true Italy.

We can arrange a custom itinerary to suit all tastes. Not to mention some of the best organic food and wines in Italy!  Be sure to delay no more and book your romantic trip to visit us. Unforgettable memories are simply waiting to be created. This is a must do to be added to your bucket list-accommodation in Italy at its very best. Should you wish to make group booking for a corporate event or plan a special occasion for your wedding or honeymoon- a warm welcome awaits you at Cancello Est.

Our Fully inclusive weekend includes :

  • All transfers from Rome, Ancona or Bologna, Italy.

  • All meals, gorgeous Italian wines, Prosecco and drinks

  • All tours are fully escorted by a fully bi-lingual driver and professional tour guides

  • Pampering at the Thermal Spa in Sarnano, Italy.

  • High Speed Free Wifi (the latest in modern technology to ensure maximum comfort)
  • Did we mention Italian Ice Cream in abundance?

Not included :

  • Any gratuities
  • Single supplement
  • Flights

View or download the Spring Time .pdf Program

Gourmet Weekends in Italy

special-packages-at-cancelloestDiscover Undiscovered Le Marche and its abundance of Fine Food, Superb Wines and hidden gems. Staying at Cancello Est, a beautifully restored boutique hotel over looking the Sibillini National Park.

Are you food obsessed and fussy? Book your undiscovered gourmet weekends in Italy! For a life changing vacation, have fun at our Cancello Est Cooking School where you will dive into Italian cooking fundamentals. Not only will you learn more about traditional Italian cooking, but you will enjoy hands on Italian cooking classes in a spectacular location.

Looking for a cultural adventure? Book at Cancello Est for the best cooking school and a delightful culinary vacation to be cherished for years to come.

Our Fully inclusive weekend includes:

  • All transfers from Rome, Ancona or Bologna
  • Canape’s and welcome drinks on the sunset deck
  • Wine Tasting Tour to our local vineyards
  • All meals
  • All wine and drinks
  • See Pecorino Cheese being made and enjoy a fabulous Cheese Luncheon
  • All tours are fully escorted by a fully bi-lingual driver and tour guides
  • Six course dinner at local artisan restaurant enjoying delightful organic products
  • A morning at Cancello Est Cookery School with Chef Valentina preparing a six course for your dinner

View or download the Undiscovered Gourmet Weekend .pdf Program

Travel to Italy for a Romantic Week in Gualdo

summer-lovingEscape the British Summer and travel to Italy and avoid the tourists.  Undiscovered Marche has everything you could need for the most romantic week in the sun. Plan a romantic week in Gualdo and enjoy great food, beautiful scenery to get lost in and wonderful memories just waiting to be created.

Sun, mountains, lakes, the ocean, beaches, wood cladded slopes, farmland, medieval towns and villages, skiing, horse riding, climbing, cycling, rambling, hang gliding, art, achitecture, museums, castles and forts.

To make your stay as memorable as possible, here is a sneaky peak at the various treats you can enjoy while staying with us

  • Canape’s and welcome drinks on the sunset deck
  • Six course dinner on the sunset deck enjoying the sunsets over the spectacular mountain range
  • Shopping trip to outlet stores for Prada, Armani, Tods which is followed by a sumptuous seafood dinner
  • Pampering at the natural thermal springs in Sarnano
  • Visits to Basilica St Nicolai and the castle at Caldorola followed by artisan organic dinner at Osteria D’Est in Tolentino
  • Escorted tour of local towns and villages to view the many wonderful artworks that are hidden gems in the Marche countryside
  • Entertaining morning in the Cancello Est Cookery School with Chef Valentina and a six course meal that night

Our Fully inclusive weekend available from July through September includes the following :

  • All transfers from Rome, Ancona or Bologna

  • All meals wine and drinks

  • All tours are fully escorted by a fully bi-lingual driver and tour guides

  • Pampering at the Thermal Spa in Sarnano or lounge by the the pool and the massage will come to you.

View or download the Summer Loving Special .pdf Program

Four Day Holiday in Italy

a-real-holiday-in-four-daysNeeding a good break from the hustle and bustle of daily like? Is it your dream to book and plan a holiday in Italy?

Exploring the Italian countryside is a must-do on any travellers list! Escape to Le Marche and be surrounded by authentic Italy, not crowds of tourists! Book a four day holiday at the beautiful medieval Cancello Est in Gualdo.

Come and enjoy fine food, fabulous wines, the fresh breath of sunflower fields and a taste of real Italian hospitality. Book your accommodation and staying at Cancello Est, a beautifully restored boutique hotel over looking the Sibillini National Park. Arrive to a warm welcome, dive into our pool over looking rolling green valleys to the horizon and discover peace on earth in luxury surroundings.

Discover untouched Italy a simple dream for photographers, perfect romantic getaway steeped in history with rustic vineyards where you can experience and take home some of the best Italian wines. Italy is definitely a country worth discovering.

Our Fully inclusive weekend includes:

  • All transfers from Rome, Ancona or Bologna

  • All meals

  • All wine and drinks

  • All tours are fully escorted by a fully bi-lingual driver and tour guides

View or download the A Real Holiday in Four Days .pdf Program

Opera Under the Stars, Open Air Opera Italy

Openi Air Opera Italy

Opera Under the Stars – Open Air Opera Italy

Open Air Opera Italy. Looking for an experience of a lifetime?. The 2015  programme  will be Cavalleria Rusticana, I Pagliacci and La Boheme. The macerata Opera is in its 51st year and is an experience not to be missed.  Our package combines mouthwatering food and local delicacies, sublime accommodation and  the best open air opera Italy provides.

The Sferisterio of Macerata stands out as one of the most prominent architectural structures of the late European Neoclassical Style.
In the first half of the Nineteenth century, a few wealthy gentlemen living in Macerata decided to enrich their city with a permanent structure used to host the game with ball and bangle and, at the same time, as an arena for the ‘steccato’ and for bull fighting, which was very popular at the time of the Papal State. Construction began on 2 October, 1820, according to the drawings provided by Salvatore Innocenzi.

However, these were soon replaced by a project designed by Ireneo Aleandri, a young architect from San Severino Marche (MC). The Sferisterio was inaugurated on 5 September, 1829. The very special shape of the building – which includes a playing field, a series of rooms for various purposes, a supporting wall, boxes and balconies – was carefully designed to encompass the needs of the sports activities which were popular in the first half of the Nineteenth century. The building, which is in line with the best Neoclassical taste and betrays a Palladian influence, is not only magnificent per se, but it perfectly blends with the city landscape. The harmonious structure ensures perfect visibility and wonderful acoustics.

At the end of the Eighties, the Municipality of Macerata, the Province administration and the civil society named “Eredi dei Cento Consorti” joined their efforts to give life to Associazione Arena Sferisterio, which was to organize and manage the summer opera seasons.
Since then, a summer festival called ‘Macerata Opera’ has been taking place each year, drawing audiences from all parts of Italy and beyond. The greatest fascination of each performance is provided by the Sferisterio itself, whose architectural beauty blends in with the settings and has made it possible for international directors to stage unforgettable operas. Among them are Don Giovanni directed by Job, La Traviata and Lucia di Lammermoor directed by Henning Brockhaus, Turandot by Hugo De Ana, Tosca and Faust by Deflo. Verdi’s opera Oberto conte di San Bonifacio, which was staged in 1999 at the nearby Lauro Rossi theatre, equally deserves special mention for the admiration it aroused. Over the years which saw Claudio Orazi as artistic director, the Sferisterio welcomed on its stage all the best international performers like Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Monserrat Caballè, Marilyn Horne, Fiorenza Cossotto, Ruggero Raimondi, Mariella Devia, Josè Carreras, Katia Ricciarelli and Renato Bruson.

Our Fully inclusive weekend includes:

  • All transfers from Rome, Ancona or Bologna

  • All meals wine and drinks

  • All tours are fully escorted by a fully bi-lingual driver and tour guides

  • Tickets to open air opera in Italy

View or download the Opera Weekend .pdf Program