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Il Teatro is a charming townhouse set over two floors and with sleeping accommodation for up to four guests. It is in a quiet square overlooking the town's small open air theatre. The townhouse has a small roof terrace with great views looking over the historical centre of Montalto in one direction and in the other there are views of beautiful rolling countryside typical of this stunning region of Italy. There is a table and chairs on the terrace which makes it perfect for dining al fresco and, if it gets too hot there is an umbrella for shade. On the ground floor there is a double bedroom with a large wardrobe, chest of drawers and bedside cabinets with lamps. The windows have wooden shutters to keep the sun out if you feel like a lazy start. Also on the ground floor is the very well equipped kitchen with all the pots, pans, crockery, glasses and cooking utensils and basic provisions. The first floor has a large and airy living room/diner with double sofabed, TV, DVD, CD and wifi.
Le Marche is a stunningly beautiful region of Italy on the eastern side of the country on the Adriatic coast. Inland, the breathtaking mountains form a pastoral idyll with rolling hills and striking hilltop towns and villages. This is unspoilt Italy, where Italians come to enjoy renaissance art and architecture or share a seaside holiday with their bambini on one of the many blue flag beaches.
Il Teatro is in the historical centre (centro storico) of the delightful hill top town of Montalto delle Marche which is situated only 25 minutes from the sea and not much further from the mountains of the Sybillini National Park.
This area of Le Marche offers the visitor a wide variety of places to see, both locally and further afield:
Ascoli Piceno, a beautiful historic town, 40 minutes drive away is the capital of the province. It boasts many stunning buildings, fashioned from travertine marble; giving the effect of a place bathed in a honey hue. After seeing the paintings of the famous Venetian artist Carlo Crivelli, why not relax with a coffee and cake in the recently restored Art Deco Caffé Meletti famous for its house liqueur.
Loreto, just inland from Ancona and an hour’s drive from Montalto, is another ‘must see’ town. It is one of the most important Roman Catholic shrines in the world which holds, nevertheless, many attractions for the non-religious visitor. Its position, high up on a hill, gives wonderful views from the mountains to the sea.
It is possible to combine a cultural visit to Loreto with a trip to the sea.
The Conero Peninsula, minutes from Loreto is a protected nature reserve. Mount Conero is visible as a landmark from some distance. If you like a peaceful beach away from the crowds, then Sirolo is the place. It has a blue banner for clean sea water and beaches. The hill top town is charming, traffic free and well cared for.
Closer to home; twenty minutes away, is the seaside town of Grottamare. It is a fashionable resort with an Edwardian feel to it. The beaches are well manicured in the best Italian tradition and good seafood restaurants can be found along its walkways. The old centre called Monte Castello on the top of the hill is also worth a visit.
Nature lovers and walkers will be thrilled by the Sibylline mountains and national park, approximately 90 minutes away. In Spring, the wild flowers form a carpet of brilliant hues.
Holidaymakers in need of a further adventure might like a day trip to Rome. A comfortable bus with facilities leaves Grottamare several times a day. It is a three hour stress free journey and costs only €29 return.
There are many more places to see locally, including countless hill top towns, each with amazing architecture and valuable artifacts. But most important are the people of Le Marche with their easy charm and warm hearted approach to foreigners. This fact alone will leave you with a desire to come back again. We certainly did!
We had a wonderful week - so beautiful and peaceful here and delicious food wherever we went.
" We enjoyed our stay in ‘Il Teatro’ very much! The nicest place of the house is the roof terrace. Beautiful views with always different colours. Maria gave a special ‘taste’ to our stay in this house. The homemade cake she gave us for breakfast on our first day in Montalto, the wine-tasting with her and another couple, the visit to the church in Montalto and our meal at Maria’s home. Tomorrow we are leaving Montalto Delle Marche – it was a very nice start to our holiday."
Our first visit of hopefully many more to come and it certainly didn’t disappoint. We had an enjoyable 2 day trip to Rome – the coach trip was very comfortable and easy to organise following the instructions in the welcome folder. After a hectic 2 days we were glad to return to the serenity of Montalto to enjoy the scenery and relaxing pace of the village. Maria was a fantastic host and one of the resons we can’t wait to come back. We can highly recommend her mystery wine-tasting tour – a fun way to spend an evening and only 5 euros each including some tasty local food. There is still plenty more to do and see. Il teatro has everything you would need for a relaxing stay and is well situated close to a small but well-stocked shop, butcher, local bar and excellent pizza restaurant. The views from the balcony are breathtaking.
Il Teatro was a perfect retreat for the two of us. We had lots of space (we didn't use the lounge/diner at all as when 'home' we relaxed and ate on the terrace). The whole house was well equipped and well furnished.
The small town of Montalto delle Marche is charming with its winding, steep streets, squares, bell towers and magnificent cathedral. The local people were very friendly and the helpful staff at the 2 small supermarkets and the pizzeria (good food) were very patient with our very poor Italian speaking skills! Maria (who looks after the house), in particular, was very helpful and we really enjoyed accompanying her and her family to a wine tasting event at Poderi dei Colli. A very enjoyable and informative evening!
We chose this area in part for the great walks in the Sybillini National Park which is stunning and definitely worth exploring. However, due to some very high temperatures of 35 degrees or more for much of our stay, we often opted for the wonderful beaches of Grottammare instead! Lots of great restaurants and 'concessions' line the sea front.
In summary, a great place for relaxing on the beach, exploring the stunning landscape, admiring beautiful buildings, eating good food and drinking some super wine!
We enjoyed our stay in this beautful plart of Italy so much. Lovely little house with a magical patio overlooking a stunning panorama of the surrounding countryside. We travelled in a hire car round the area and found many lovely places to visit including Offida and Ascoli Piceno. The coast is not too far for sandy beaches. Montalto was picturesque, and whilst not really for people who struggle to walk since we had to park quite a way from the house, this only added to the charm of staying in this medieval town. Would heartily recommend for a quiet but real Italian experience.
This was not our first visit to Montalto, but it was the first time at Il Teatro. We loved every minute. With just the two of us we were able to enjoy the extra space and relax in the house, on the rooftop balcony in the May sunshine or sit outside for a picnic lunch on the theatre terraces.
The delightful hilltop town is small enough to get to know very quickly and a short stroll down to the pizzeria in the evening for excellent local food completed an often eventful day.
In the ten days we explored neighbouring towns and villages, discovered wonderful local restaurants with cuisine to die for and spent a day in the mountains with a bewildering array of wild flowers and spectacular scenery. The roads were very quiet and ideal for the driver inexperienced in winding roads.
We'll be back next year!!
This is such a beautiful house in such a fabulous location. We had a peaceful week relaxing after the rigours of Rome. Sitting on the terrace looking at the wonderful views was so restful. The house has everything needed to self cater and is extremely well furnished and set up.The village is lovely with good restaurants and shops. We were well looked after by the two guys looking after the property, with one of them even carrying our bags for us. All in all a peaceful dream. We would recommend it to everyone and hope to go back soon.
Ian & Ceri Mather
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