Residence La Lanterna
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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 6
2 bedroom ground floor apartment in a friendly community. Very light and airy. Open plan living ideal for families and couples. No stairs to worry about. Next to open farm land. Very quiet and convenient. LOCAL BEACH ONLY 5 MINUTES WALK AWAY. This is a lovely local beach. There is safe paddling/swimming/play area for small children on the beach, and it is still nice and quiet for adults. The apartment has a small herb garden next to the kitchen with bistro table and chairs. A rear terrace has large wooden table and chairs for alfresco dining and space for children to play. A good selection of DVD's to occupy the children and books, TV, CD player for you. Cot and high chair provided.
Ideal for those who want to be immersed in the local community. There is a CAFFE BAR, CHURCH, FISH RESTAURANT, BREAD SHOP, PANNINI/PIZZA BAR, BUS STOP and a SMALL HOTEL WITH TOP CLASS RESTAURANT - all within a 5 MINUTE WALK.
Great for families and couples. All the ingredients are here for your Italian holiday experience.
Good for the beach and relaxing, walking, cycling, music, fantastic food and wine, opera, culture, sight-seeing. Unesco Heritage sites nearby.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Metaurilia 500 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest Amenities||500 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Ancona Falconara and Rimini 40 km, Nearest railway: Marrotta, and Fano 3 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 4|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Access||Wheelchair users, Secure parking|
|Further details indoors|
* Modern and bright apartment
* Open plan living/kitchen/dining area
* Stays cool in mid-summer with high ceilings and cool breezes off the sea
* Gas central heating means it is warm and cosy in winter
* Fully equipped kitchen if youlike to cook
* TV, DVDs, CDs, books/crayons for nights in
|Further details outdoors|
* Part of the local Italian community with friendly neighbours
* Small herb garden at the front
* Rear terrace suitable for children to play out
* Private parking and a garage too
* Quiet and convenient location next to open countryside and near to SS16 and A14
* ON GROUND FLOOR AND NO STEPS FROM PARKING AREA MEANS EASE OF ACCESS
* Restaurant, Church, Bread Shop, Pizza/Panini Bar, Caffe-Bar, Hairdresser, Beach, all with 5 minutes walk
* Bus Stop within 3 minutes walk (pre-purchase tickets from shop next to Church)
*English speaking person available if help needed
*RESTRICTED MOBILITY??? - the apartment is on the ground floor and there are no steps from the car parking area to reach the apartment and front herb garden and no steps inside the apartment. The local beach is also easily accessible and you can park your car free of charge right next to the beach. There are no steps to get onto the beach.
* Information on local area provided
The Marche/Abruzzo region
Le Marche has a varied terrain with charming hill towns and villages, fantastic food, miles of beaches and friendly people. It is an area of outstanding natural beauty with designated nature parks. The Adriatic coast is famous for it's beaches, Rimini, Gabbicce Mare, Pesaro, Fano (5 minutes drive), Senigallia (15 minutes away). The Conero beaches further south are spectacular too. There are also lots of intimate beaches closer at hand for you to enjoy. Look out for cars parked along the roadside and you can be sure a beach is nearby. Just follow the locals! Go and explore some of the nearby towns and villages inland, where local traditions remain intact.
SLOW FOOD MOVEMENT
Le Marche is well-known for its delicious food, and the 'slow food' movement. There are small towns and villages to explore, each with their own food specialties and traditional 'cucina povera'. In the summer there are many eating places around here. THE TRUFFLE SEASON (Oct to Dec) is an ideal time to visit.
Pesaro is the birthplace of composer Giocchino Rossini and is only a 20 minute drive away. You can also visit the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in August, and the composers home is now a museum. There are lots of opera and music concerts in this province. A short bus ride will take you to the UNESCO town of Urbino, a medieval hilltop university town well worth a visit. There are many lovely hilltop towns in the area.
WONDERFULLY SUNNY WEATHER
Le Marche has a mild climate and sunny skies. In spring, early and late summer temperatures are warm without being unbearably hot (20 to 30 degrees). The busiest and hottest month is August when the Italians come to the coast to enjoy the beaches (30 to 40 degrees). You will enjoy a number of free outdoor festivals and concerts organised during the peak periods, which ensure that tourists are treated to a wealth of local culture, sights and sounds.
You can drive to Rome in approx two and a half hours. Get a Bus to the medieval hilltop town of Urbino, which is really worth a visit. The Republic of San Marino, Venice and Verona are also near enough for day trips. Assissi, the birth place of St Francis, is in this area. The Frassassi Caves are quite spectacular and worth a visit. Go to San Leo, San Costanzo, Barchi, Casteleone di Suaza, Acqualagna, St Angleo in Pontano.........
A small community next to the coast and farmland. Situated between Fano and Senigallia on the SS16, Metaurilia is a friendly place with a cafe bar, church, hairdresser, breadshop, pannini bar and a number of excellent local restaurants.
You could visit a different beach every day of the week if you wished without travelling for more than 10 minutes. All of the local beaches are very friendly and are used by local families.
THE NEAREST BEACH IS A 5 MINUTE WALK. You can nip back for lunch and a nap which is ideal for July and August, especially if you have young children and want to keep them out of the sun between 12 and 3pm. Can't bear to move from the beach? Have your lunch there, it is excellent value and quality and the owners of the beach are very friendly and helpful.
FANTASTIC FRESH LOCAL FOOD
The local area boasts a number of excellent restaurants, the nearest being 2 minutes walk away! In the summer there are numerous restaurants within a five minute drive which serve fantastic food, and the area is well-known for fish. It is a 10 minute drive along the SS16 to Fano, and 20 minutes from Senigallia and Pesaro for more excellent restaurants, shops and historic centres. Fano Port and Beach area is lively in the summer. There are numerous beach areas between Metaurilia and Pesaro which have eating places in the summer which means you really will be spoilt for choice. HIGH CLASS DINING FOR FISH DISHES WITHIN 2 MINUTE WALK.
Eating at home? There is a IperCoop hypermarket 15 minutes drive south which has all the food you could ever want including fresh fish, meat and pasta, and there is also a local supermarket just over the bridge in Metaurilia, and a shop which sells fresh local produce direct from the farm and local good and cheap wines. You won't be able to resist the Italian ice-cream from the Gelateria which is made on the premises by artisan producers. Try Pesaro and sit and people watch or go to Torette and sit in the Gelateria overlooking the beach and enjoy an icecream or Campari and soda whilst watching the sun sink in the sky. I defy you not to enjoy it!!
The apartment is right on the edge of the countryside making it very popular with cyclists and walkers. The Sibbillini mountains and nature reserves are easily accessible by car. Or get out the map and explore the local towns and villages by foot or bicycle.
TRUFFLE FAIRS FROM OCTOBER TO DECEMBER are an Autumn highlight, go to FOSSOMBRONE
OPERA AND MUSIC FESTIVALS in PESARO and FANO
FANO has a famous STREET CARNIVAL in February - see Fano website for details www.turismofano.com
FANO monthly ANTIQUE/FLEA MARKET
WEEKLY MARKETS ON DIFFERENT DAYS IN THE LOCAL TOWNS,- check at Tourist Info Offices in Marotta, Fano, Pesaro for detail
PESARO Annual STREET MARKET (approx 500 stalls) at the beginning of September
The area abounds with places to see. URBINO is a UNESCO medieval hill town which is well worth a visit and a bus ride away. GRADARA CASTLE (and war cemetery) is a 50 minute drive away. Opera lovers can visit the ROSSINI OPERA FESTIVAL in Pesaro in August and take a look around his home,now a museaum which is only 20 minutes drive along the coast in Pesaro old town.
Inland there are numerous ancient hill towns and villages to explore, which retain their original character and way of life.
Fano was an important port and crossroads in Roman times has an attractive old centre with many fine Roman buildings. The Harbour (il Porto) attracts both locals and holiday-makers, head for the sea and harbour area for a stroll (passegiata) along the water front with the locals as per tradition or have dinner in one of the many restaurants here.
WATER PARKS AND OTHER AMUSEMENTS FOR CHILDREN
For families there are many water-parks in the Riccione (AQUAFAN) and Rimini beach areas for a fun day out.
Torrette is a small seaside area 5 minutes drive south with a small funfair for young children and some market stalls selling trinkets during the summer nights
In August there are usually free street entertainments in the seaside towns. Fire-eaters, jugglers, fireworks, music etc.
'Italy in Miniature' is another amusement park withing driving distance
PESARO - 3rd Weekend - Villa Ceccolini - Festa del Agricoltura
BARCHI - Last Weekend - Culinary festival of the frog! Sagra della Rana
29th - Feast of St Peter and St Paul
FANO - Jazz By The Sea
ANCONA - Klezmer Music Festival
URBINO - Early Music Festival
PESARO - 2nd Weekend - Mare Magnum - Discovering the Adriatic Coast
SAN LEO - Last Weekend - Cherry Festival
MERCATELLO SUL METAURO - 3rd Sunday - Tagliatella Festival
MONTEGRIMANO - 3rd Sunday - Black Truffle Festival
PESARO - Rossini Opera Festival, Barber of Seville etc.
URBINO - 3rd Sunday - Festa del Duca - celebration of Duke Federico
MONDAVIO - Wild Boar Chase - Medieval chase in town square
PESARO - Last Sunday - Mushroom Festival
AQUALAGNA - Last weekend, and first 2 weekends NOVEMBER - Truffle Fair
SANT ANGELO IN VADO - White Truffle Festival
Almost every town and village has a FESTA where they present the speciality food of their town. They are ongoing in different towns and villages during the summer months - ask at the Tourist Information Office in Marotta, Fano, Senigallia or Pesaro for details.
August, third Sunday - Urbino - Festa del Duca
August , first Sunday - Ascoli Piceno, (southern Marche) - La Quintana medieval jousting competiton
CINEMA, MUSEUM, HISTORICAL SITES, THEATRE, OPERA, FESTIVALS, EXCELLENT RESTAURANTS, BEACHES, BOAT TRIPS, WINDSURFING, FISHING, INTERNET ACCESS IN FANO, BANK, SUPERMARKET, PHARMACY, BUREAU di CHANGE, CHURCH, BAR, GELATERIA, TOURIST OFFICE
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17 Aug 2013
"very relaxing holiday"
five minute walk to beach, surrounded by countryside and easy access into surrounding towns and villages. Lovely restaurants within easy access, all very affordable.
I am so glad you enjoyed your stay in my apartment and also this corner of Italy.
You are welcome to come back again at any time.
2 Oct 2012
"OK - but not sure Id go back"
We stayed here for a week in August and while the apartment is a good size and in a good location, as it is I'm not sure we'd go back. The owner relies on the guests to clean the apartment when they leave, and this is where our problems started. When we arrived it was quite clear the people before us hadn't cleaned the apartment so I had to spend 3 or 4 hours cleaning other people's dirt. They had also left a lot of food in the cupboards, fridge and freezer so we had to dispose of all of that.
The owner hadn't been to the apartment for many months and as such the 2 terraces were overgrown and full of rubbish - definitely not somewhere where I'd be comfortable letting my children play. The rug in the living room was also filthy and couldn't be lifted which was annoying as I didn't want my baby crawling on it.
The last problem which didn't really affect us but may put others off is that there is an Alsatian dog which lives in a big cage/kennel less than 5m from the front door. It barked quite a lot, especially in the evening or when you walked past it.
I am sorry the people before you did not leave the apartment clean. This is only the second time this has been a problem in 5 years. It was made clear to you that I do rely on all guests to leave the place clean and tidy and you were happy to make the booking on this basis. Although it has meant inconvenience to you this time, it has worked really well for 5 years and does allow me to keep the rental price low, which you benefited from. I have refunded £30 to you for your trouble.
26 Aug 2011
"Excellent location, very quiet but near amenities"
This apartment is perfect for a holiday near the Adriatic sea. It is well equipped and in a quiet location. The nearest beach is lovely and the apartment is also near Fano, again with lovely beaches and shopping.
Sharon (owner) always communicates quickly and has been flexible with arrival dates (we usually stay out of season)
This was our fourth or fifth stay here.
Thank you for your lovely review. I have had lots of similar comments from other guests. They particularly like the convenient location and wonderful places to eat in the local area. I look forward to welcoming you back in 2012.
2 Aug 2011
"Comfortable, great value base to experience Italian beach life and culture"
We enjoyed a superb week in "La Lanterna", in which each of the family was able to get all they want from a holiday. The apartment is comfortable and well-equipped with everything we needed. The small, herb-filled garden at the front and the larger terrace to sit out and eat at the back were a bonus. With the local beaches just five minutes' walk away, some time was spent there each day, or at one of the many others along the coast (we particularly liked Sirolo on the Conero peninsula). We would recommend a car for the quick, easy access it gives to beautiful towns and countryside inland - Urbino is a must, but we also enjoyed the Gola del Furlo, Fossembrone, Corinaldo and the spectacular Frasassi caves. A proper Italian holiday experience, off the beaten track for most UK visitors, but one we thoroughly recommend.
It was good to hear that you all enjoyed the apartment and this part of Italy so much. It really is an unspoilt corner isn't it? I look forward to welcoming you again.
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