Montelparo, Le Marche, Italy: a stay, a festa and a drive

Festa preparations block the main entrance to Montelparo, Le Marche

Festa preparations on the main route into Montelparo, Le Marche

A carpet of hilltop towns, patterned with crops and fields of faded sunflowers unrolled around every corner.  Up and up the old car climbed, the oil hot and the passengers restless – we were nearly there.

This was Le Marche, all of it a discovery for us as we searched for the village of Montelparo and its new Hotel Leone.

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