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This is what the Petrolati’s family is happy to offer you in one of the nicest corners of the "region of Verdicchio", one of Italy’s best-known dry white wines.

 The Farmhouse "Il Bacucco" is a treasure hidden among the sunflowers carpeting the regional landscape.

 Here, the old traditions of the two rural areas of Vallesina and Valle del Misa are harmoniously and intelligently brought into one.

 The aim of the Farmhouse "Il Bacucco" is to open its doors to a real and deep exchange with different people and cultures.

 Our guests will enjoy the peculiarities of our hills, which find their best expression in the traditional cooking and in the local wines.

 The inhabitants of Montecarotto, land of devotion and culture, are very well-known for the warm hospitality they always offer to their guests.

 The keywords here are a good glass of wine and a friendly atmosphere.


By virtue of a decree of the President of the Republic Giorgio Napolitano,  Castelplanio was granted the title of city on 11 July 2006.
Come here and taste its famous dish: the “Crescia sul Panaro”!
Since the 1950s and 1960s it has been a poor food  prepared with a few basic ingredients. It is made of polenta, that is a maize flour cooked in water within a special container, the  "callaro", where it was continuously stirred by hand with the aid of a particular ladle, a sort of long wooden cylinder with three or four metal edges on the bottom.
Since those lean years, when people could not afford to waste anything and leave it unused or eat it reluctantly, the left polenta was then reused by mixing it with a bit of wheat flour, kneaded it again (this time by hand) giving shape to the so-called "cresciola." . Then it was put on to the panaro, a metal plate with a long handle, a kind of pan without edges . See if you can find it  in our country houses , hanging on the wall or in the fireplace; today it is no longer a working tool, but only an ornament.
Wrapped in a large yellow sheet and holding it in your hands, taste the crescia  with vegetables (chard, chicory, wild herbs ...), ham or sausages.
It can be also a sweet crescia when fried and covered with sugar  or chocolate cream. It is a delicious dish, not only for children.
Treat yourself to a pleasant “voyage of  taste” into the traditional flavors of our cuisine and celebrate with us Castelplanio’s summer festival: “ La crescia sul panaro”. This year (2013) is the 40th edition.
The crescia is now stirred by a far more practical mechanical arm that operates automatically in the container-mixer in ordert to satisfy the hunger of so many visitors  from the neighbouring villages and towns of Vallesina and  of  Ancona and even from other countries.
Castelplanio is one of the last places in the Marche to have put the tradition of the crescia to an excellent level.

The Pro Loco Castelplanio is ready to celebrate the special 40th edition of  Crescia sul Panaro Festival with two long weekends (12-14 July and 19 to 21 July). Do not miss it!


Distance:  km 15

Time advised: an hour and a half

Difficulty: medium


From Piazza Kennedy (Kennedy Square) follow via Trieste (Trieste Street) for about a kilometre and after the third “stop” turn left towards the Vecchia Fornace (Old brick factory).

Take the gravel road alongside the fishing lake until you reach the tarmac road; then turn left and shortly after turn left again onto the white road that leads you back to town.

Turn right and join the S.S. 76; turn left and then right taking the road that leads to the motorway.

Having crossed the level-crossing and the bridge over the River Esino, proceed along the road for about 3 km; then turn left and climb up to Maiolati Spontini.

When you join the village, turn to the left for Colle Celeste.From here go back to the tree-lined avenue and turn right towards the descent.At the junction turn left and join the long descent called Boccolina.

Once crossed the bridge over the River Esino, turn right towards the Vecchio Rotone.

Then turn left and follow the road on the left crossing a small bridge. Go through the railway subway and join  the S.S. 76 again. Turn left and you are easily back to Piazza Kennedy.






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