Brand new apartment available from 17 June 2017

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We are pleased to announce that the new apartment available to guests who wish to have a holiday on the Sibillini mountains in Le Marche will be available and bookable from Saturday, June 17, 2017.

As many of you already know, our accommodation has been damaged by the earthquake which hit Central Italy last October 30 and unfortunately it will take some time before it can be reopened to the public.

In the meantime we have created a new accommodation, completely renovated, welcoming and comfortable, suitable for 2 up to 6 people. The new apartment is located on the first floor of the Yellow House, it is completely independent, with independent entrance and has 3 bedrooms, 2 of which with balcony, bathroom, large living area with fully equipped kitchen, TV, WiFi.

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For any kind of information please email info@lecastellare.it or call +39 339 2713954.

Soon available on Booking.com and Airb&b.

Dedicated to our past and future guests. Diary of 13 March 2017.

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On the morning of August 24th our legs were shaking, our few words were stuttered out fearfully.

I’ll never forget that cold morning.  The bewildered gaze of Silvia and her husband, the frightened girls, wrapped in blankets and then taken out into the car as if it was a game to help them to go back to sleep, all the time trying not to let them feel our fear.  Mrs Anna and her daughter sitting on the lawn, wrapped in blankets as well.  Anna with her swelling belly, and her husband, were quite quiet, while their friends were walking up and down nervously.  Andrea’s family who had arrived the night before from Paris to spend a week in the Sibillini mountains.  His wife, an artist, showing us her watercolours with a reassuring smile.

The few words and hugs…

That day some people understandably decided to leave, others decided to do another walk in the mountains and not to think too much.  Our unhappiness was great when we saw them leave with a not-exactly pleasant memory of their holidays.

These people remain in my heart a little more than all the wonderful people I have known here throughout these years, although I did not get to know them well.  Their eyes and their expressions stay with me and I have wondered many times if I were in their place, if during a vacation which had been looked forward to for the whole year and planned to the last detail something really bad should happen, I could ever forget it.

We are still in touch, they send me messages, they are following the situation, they tell me they want to come back as soon as possible.

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That morning we turned on the TV which we had  put on the ground outside so as we didn’t have to go in the house.  We got the first information and saw the first images coming from Pescara del Tronto but we were unable to take in what had happened.  On our mobiles we saw the photo of the ambulance which had been destroyed outside the hospital in Amandola and the top of the steeple of the church of San Francesco which was no longer there. We all seemed OK, apart from the fear.

That morning, we did not realise that the situation was so serious close by, that some houses in the neighbouring villages and in the centre of Montemonaco, and in nearby towns had been destroyed, that there might be cracks even at our house.  We had not been back into the house and we not even thought to look at the walls, even in the following days.  Then, only days later, we realised that there were some cracks, but fortunately nothing serious.

We were very lucky, we and our guests, not to be touched physically by the tragedy which happened only a few kilometers from us.  On an emotional level, it was difficult to take it in and make sense of it.  It was hard to find the words to explain it to the children.

During the days and weeks that followed, the earthquake damage grew worse.  Our fear returned with every aftershock but we had escaped major damage so far.  The beds were left unmade for many, many days.  But we just had to try to forget about it and return to normality.

In mid-October we were visited by bloggers from the project of “ripartidaisibillini”, who were supporting people with businesses in accommodation and activities in the Sibillini areas adjacent to the epicentre but not directly affected by the quake. These activities, like ours, had seen a dramatic drop in visitors numbers and demands.  With the stories and the images they collected and posted they were able to put over our desire to welcome back tourists and travellers.

 

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Then the 26th and the 30th October.

Terror returned more powerful and arrogant, when it had seemed as if it was all over.  Once again we were lucky, but those small cracks were multiplied, inside as well as in our hearts, and our house has become unusable.

That wonderful refuge for so many travellers, lovers of the mountains and of nature, who have over the years enjoyed our hospitality and spent many light-hearted moments here discovering the most fascinating corners of the Sibillini, from that terrible day lies empty and it will be for a very long time.

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On 30th October in Montemonaco the famous Chestnut Festival had been planned, which attracts many visitors from all over central Italy each year.  That day Daniela, Patrizia and their other friends had planned to be with us but at the last moment, after the shock of the 26th, they decided not to come.  Luckily.

Even though we had never met before, these people have remained close to us and they even made us a visit, to show their support.  We hugged each other without knowing each other.  A gesture which we appreciated.

Since that day, like them, many of the people we hosted over the years have contacted us to see if we were okay and if we had suffered damage.  We felt close to them even if they were far away.  Also, a message in these times is important and it can change the feel of a grey day.  Their support and their hope that we can repair the damage and be operative as soon as possible gives us great strength.  It means that we left a small part of us with them, that our small place created with sacrifices and run with passion and sharing, has not been forgotten.  That these places are not forgotten, but they have left good memories with those who passed through here.

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Over the years even people from outside Italy appreciated our welcome.  Lovers of nature, travelling, hiking, lovers of good Italian food, of our endless and colourful landscapes, the culture of our rural villages, authentic experiences, the many foreigners who we hosted were thrilled and amazed by this part of Italy which is outside the main tourist circuits, unknown to mass tourism, but also, and this is so important, we are able to share emotions and unique experiences with them.

 

And from abroad we have received the first concrete demonstrations of solidarity.

 

After my last post a few days ago where I spoke of our project to renovate the apartment of the Yellow House for guests, in order to partially restart as soon as it is possible, we received support for this project from our friend Eric and his entire family from Chester (UK), from our friend Jesse, from New York, who came to see us a few years ago, and Harry and Linda from San Francisco who came to Le Castellare four times. We are part of every one of their trips to Italy.  From my friend Shelley, lover of the Sibillini, also from San Francisco.  Our friend Geert from Belgium, a guitarist, decided to organize a charity concert to support our project, which will be held on May 20th in the city of Ghent, where he will perform together with a singer.

All of this is fantastic!

The positive side of this “misadventure” has been, and will continue to be, you, the people who are and will be close to us in different ways but each one is very special to us.

Thanks to all of you with all my heart!

The earthquake will not stop our desire to start again.  So I want to tell you that the work on the new apartment will begin very soon and for you and for those who want to come here the door will always be open, we’ll always be ready with a “merenda” and a drink of “sbruilli” made by Pietro.  Ready to tell you about the Sibyl legends and fairy dancers and still ready to help you to spend time in our Sibillini as soon as possible!

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Nadia Buratti 13.3.2017

Diary of 16 February 2017

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I have returned to writing this blog after a gap of a few weeks, with both the intention and the desire to document the rebirth of our area which has been affected by the earthquakes.  This is an area to which we inhabitants of the Sibillini are linked in a profound way, and I especially want to tell you about the reconstruction of our house, which is not just a simple house, but a place that is our identity, our project, our lives.  I’m telling you this because it is all of these things to us.

So I’ll try to explain the situation of this part of the world so severely battered by Mother nature over the last months in order that even those who do not live here and have not personally experienced the earthquake but feel close to us in their hearts, can be helped to understand how things stand.

 

 

My family has always lived here in the mountains, in the foothills of Mount Sibilla, in this hidden but incredibly charming and magical place.  It’s a simple life, without frills, made of hard work and little things that give small satisfactions: work in the fields, the vegetable garden, the animals, genuine and home-produced food, and love for others.  A healthy life that many seek these days, with a history of hospitality which started very long ago and which I really want to continue with my parents, because this place and this way of life belong to me and are part of me.  It might seem a paradise for those who live in town, but life here is not easy, especially in winter,(ironically but also with some truth, mountain dwellers say that winter here lasts 10 months a year), when we remain alone, with the snow and the cold.  The weather is often Master, the cold, strong winds, snowstorms creating discomforts, just as happened a few weeks ago.  We are far away from essential services and we risk being cut off.  Fatigue and discomfort are felt but we go on.

Although for many people this wouldn’t make sense, it does for us, because for more than 20 years in this lovely but at times rather unforgiving place we have run our guest house, Le Castellare. When, in 1992 my father decided not to leave the village but to renovate my grandparents’ house to create accommodation for travellers, the Sibillini National Park had not yet been established, so it was a big risk to take.  Today I thank him for that brave decision.  Today, in spite of the structure having been damaged by the earthquake, I know where my place is, and as my father had to make a choice many years ago, now I’ve made my choice and that is to stay.

 

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The present situation is not the best.  The earthquake has changed our lives and our perception of things.  Now the word “future” almost makes us afraid.  But the hope that we can get back to normality is alive and strong: an indescribable desire makes us look forward to the future positively, although there are often moments of discouragement.

 

The discouragement of still having to walk through the rubble (dating from 24th August – it’s been six months) which inexplicably has not yet been removed from any of the hamlets of Montemonaco, and which it is not possible to remove or have removed privately.  The discouragement of seeing that the only work of “making-safe” (partial) was done in a couple of churches thanks to the fire-brigade, but that the other precious features of our cultural heritage have remained exactly in the state to which they were reduced that day, partially collapsed or with the roofs caved in.  The discouragement of realising that our small villages are inhabited mostly by the elderly (the few who remain) and soon these villages are going to be abandoned completely if there is not help at least with the removal of rubble and the making-safe of buildings.

There are so many things that are wrong.  Every day we witness unexplained delays, bureaucracy everywhere, even over the removal of a tile fallen from a roof into the road.  But emergencies are multiple, over a huge area, on many fronts and even more serious than ours, so it is obvious that our small communities are left until last even though it should not be the case.

 

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Le Castellare needs consolidation work and structural reinforcement, which cannot yet be started because we are waiting for a special decree from the government which will provide the guidelines for the so-called “heavy reconstruction”, which is for the buildings with the most serious damage.  It is nearly four months after the quake that rendered our guesthouse unusable and still we cannot do anything.  Just wait.  It’s painful to see, every day, those cracks which constantly seem to get bigger.  That’s because small aftershocks are continuing and make the situation worse.

 

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After the initial shock, which in part will always be with us along with the feeling of dizziness that did not allow us to think clearly, we asked ourselves what we were going to do.  We said, “Let’s fix it right away and start again.”  Yes, it would be nice but you cannot because since the state will finance the reconstruction, you cannot begin to restore a property privately unless you forego the financing.

The thought of all that we must go through becomes heavier each day.

And now a bit of good news!  The “Yellow House”, the one opposite Le Castellare”, where my parents live, suffered minor damage and fortunately has been declared fit for use.  So, after considering the fact that we cannot start immediately with Le Castellare and that we do not even know when we can actually start the restoration work or how long it will last, we decided to arrange the apartment on the top floor of the Yellow House for use as a tourist apartment.  It needs some consolidation work and we need to change the interior because it is a little dated, so it will need a new layout of the rooms and also new services.  But I’m sure this work can be achieved more quickly than Le Castellare as we do not need to wait for any decrees.

 

So, we have a new project which will start shortly, because we have to look ahead, because we cannot stay with our arms folded, because we want to restart as soon as possible, because we cannot succumb to bureaucracy even though we will have to come to terms with it, because inaction will destroy us, and because we believe that a future is still possible.

Many people in recent months have given us moral support and many have asked how they can help us.  Please note that you can support this project by making a donation.

Here are details of how to support us by bank transfer:

 

BANCA INTESA SAN PAOLO to AMANDOLA Branch (FM)

Payable to: Angela Lea Fioravanti and Pietro Buratti

IBAN: IT08 X030 6969 3601 0000 0001 462

BIC / SWIFT: BCITITMM

REASON: DONAZIONE RISTRUTTURAZIONE APPARTAMENTO CASA GIALLA

 

Meanwhile, we thank you, the friends and people who follow us and show us their affection in so many ways , and all those who want to support this project with a small contribution!

Nadia Buratti 16.02.2017

 

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Le Marche – Italy in one region

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Let’s start our virtual tour with some information about our region Le Marche, an undiscovered pearl in Italy.

Our region has been defined ‘Italy in one region’ as it offers lovely and varied landscapes, a lot of history, art and culture across a relatively small area.

Le Marche’s eastern edge is a long line of sandy beaches, with many lovely seaside towns and the stunning Conero peninsula, with its Regional Park and crystal-clear waters at Sirolo and Numana.

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Toward the internal side of the region you might feel as if you are entering a beautiful landscape painting, with its green and gold hills, well-kept towns and ancient hilltop villages.

Orchards and vineyards as far as the eye can see cover the hills of Piceno and extend through the Esino Valley; they surround farmhouses that offer the hospitality and genuine tastes of times past. Manor houses or old sharecroppers’ farms, now used as agritourisms, tell of a way of life no longer seen.

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The western border has mountain range with the Sibillini mountain at the south, and it’s the ideal place for hikers, botanists and nature lovers with many wonderful hiking routes.

The Sibillini National Park comprises the most elevated mountainous group in the Umbro-Marchigiano Apennines. Its highest peak, Monte Vettore, reaches 8,132 ft above sea level.

The region and the Sibillini area in particular, preserves untamed nature, ancient traditions and good food. The region enjoys great weather, glorious geography and a high quality of life.

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The best way to reach the south of the Region is to arrive at Ancona-Falconara airport or at Pescara airport, rent a car and drive along the coast road. The main road system is the A14 motorway, which links up to state and regional highways to reach the typical villages and inland towns.

This is a gorgeous and affordable region to explore, so… we are waiting to welcome you!

Welcome to our new Blog!

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Hello everyone and welcome to our new Blog!
Today it’s freezing cold here in the Sibillini mountains, it seems that winter has finally arrived …
Don’t you think this is the right time to think about the next vacation?

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I’d like to help you learn more about the Sibillini area and especially the magical side of this beautiful National Park in central Italy, where we live, with its medieval villages, its mountains with countless hiking destinations, legends, history, ancient traditions we try to preserve, activities and also gastronomic treasures and festivals of this territory …

 

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I’d like to tell you about what you can see and do in this corner of paradise, still little known but much appreciated by those who already have visited it and loved by its inhabitants … I hope you enjoy it!

 

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Walks and hikes in the Sibillini National Park

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At short distance away from our house you can reach the most beautiful places of the Sibillini National Park. Among these, here are the most important and popular :

Monte Sibilla, with its 2,173 meters above see level and its majestic crown on the highest point provides the experience of a spectacular hike. The trail, fully marked, from Rifugio Sibilla (accessible by car 6 Km from our house), climbs up to Monte Zampa, and then continues on the ridge up to the crown.

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Gorge of Infernaccio. The beginning of the trail is 2 km away from our house and is accessible by car on a gravelled road, passing the small village of Rubbiano. You walk untill the river Tenna, with its Pisciarelle, picturesque cascades from the rock above. The path starts to climb into the woods and along the stretch of the river, passing into the spectacular gorge and then reaching the hermitage of San Leonardo with a Church rebuilt by Father Pietro Lavini. Or you can reach the headwaters of Tenna, called Capotenna or the Rio waterfall also called “hidden waterfall”.

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The Lake of Pilato, at 1,941 m. above see level, on Mount Vettore, is a small glacial lake, which hosts a particular endemism, The Chirocefalo Marchesonii, a small red crustacean. The lake is accessible from the small village of Foce (9 km from our house) to a path of about 900 m . of altitude. The route is particularly interesting for its plant and wild life.

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The Sibillini Great Ring, is a marked hiking trail that covers the entire Sibillini National Park. It is divided into 9 stages and to be runned across walking or mountain biking in 8 or 9 days. Our farm is located near the stage of Rubbiano.

The territory of the Sibillini National Park offers many and varied opportunities for those who want to discover its treasures in all seasons. From nature trails, suitable for less experienced hikers, to the most challenging hiking trails. http://www.sibillini.net/en/index.html

Agriturismo le Castellare, Colleregnone 1 Montemonaco (AP) Marche Italy Tel: 0736 856270 Mob: +39 340 6215486 +39 339 2713954 P.IVA: 01417740444
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