Lazy Days and Locavores: Agriturismo Il Sapore della Luna in Monteprandone
In the quiet hills of the little known region of Marche, which hugs the Adriatic mid-way up the length of Italy’s boot, medieval hill towns rivaling those of Tuscany and Umbria dot the countryside, begging further exploration. An excellent base from which to explore is the charming agriturismo Il Sapore della Luna, which claims its own hill overlooking the stunning village of Monteprandone. The property boasts a fantastic restaurant with breathtaking views, along with well-appointed rooms. The pool is fittingly shaped like a wine bottle – a nod to the excellent Pecorino DOC and Offida Rosso DOC varietals that are produced in the cantina on site – and is a refreshing spot to take a dip after hiking all day on one of the many excursions offered by the hotel. It is a place that positively oozes romance (many wedding celebrations have taken place here) and has a very private feel but it would be equally appealing to families. The cuisine in the restaurant draws inspiration, not to mention ingredients, from the surrounding gardens and regional traditions. Il Sapore della Luna offers delicious farm-to-table fare with attentive but unobtrusive service. While Monteprandone is sleepy from a commercial perspective, have no fear if you feel the need for some retail therapy and café life, Ascoli Piceno is a short car ride from the hotel. Whatever your motivation – fitness, photography, food, fun - get off the beaten path to blaze your own trails in Marche.