Theregion of central borders the Adriatic Sea. The s get fairly cold and the mountains have plenty of snow. You know what that means. This region is relatively unspoiled; if you want to visit the “Real ” the can be a good choice, even in .
Theis truffle country. Acqualagna is a town that calls itself the “truffle capital.” It holds a white truffle fair on weekends starting at the end of October through mid-November. You’ll find another truffle fair on weekends, mid-October through early November in Sant’Angelo in Vado. On Saturday nights there is live music as well. Pay careful attention to the full town name; is home to several Sant’Angelos and to my knowledge the other ones are not truffle territory.
One Christmas tradition that occurs all across Italy are the Nativity Scenes called Presepi. There’s a fine example called Citta’ dei Presepi in the town of Loreto. This town is best known for its Santuario della Santa Casa (Shrine of the Holy House), a Catholic pilgrimage site. In addition to Easter week, Loreto greets many pilgrims on December 10, the Feast of the Holy House. The Museo Tipologico del Presepio (Nativity Scene Museum) in Macerata boasts a collection of more than four thousandartifacts including a Seventeenth Century masterpiece from Naples.
According to Italian tradition, the Befana is a good witch who brings sweets to the good children and coal to the bad ones on the 6th of January. According to local residents she lives in the town of Urbania. Residents start the celebration about January 2, but the high point is the parade on the night of January 5. Once you are there, you will want to check out the town’s manyand visit the beautiful Renaissance hill town of Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage site only about 10 miles (17 kilometers) away.