Italy: Marche, Piobbico, and the Ugly Club

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photograph courtesy of  L3@ndr0
photograph courtesy of L3@ndr0

Those in or headed to Italy this summer would be wise to pencil in a seaside stop in Marche, one of Italy’s loveliest regions. Marche boasts a refined cuisine and a Riviera all its own, yet remains more or less undiscovered by the tourist masses.

Should your vacation plans lead you to Marche over the first of September, book a bus ticket to the town of Piobbico. The town is home to the world’s oldest ugly club, and the festa dei brutti (festival of the ugly) is held in Piobbico every September. You can become a card-carrying member for free and join the fun!

Marche tourism information can at this regional tourist site and by telephone (within Italy) at 800 222 111.

About the author

Annie Shapero was born and raised in the cosmopolitan oasis of Columbia, Missouri. A call to the big city brought her to Chicago, where she pursued a degree at DePaul University's theatre conservatory. Four years of "rigorous, professional" training and a minor in Italian language led her to her next destination: Rome, a city of natural born tragedians with a flair for comedy. There she put her dreams of Broadway stardom on hold and took up a wild series of careers (including "marketing strategist" for an edible Egyptian insecticide). Eventually, she found her niche: writing for "WHERE Magazine Rome." When not in Rome, Annie hops about the Mediterranean, indulging in the local gastronomic and dance traditions. Ole´!

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