Matt meets Paolo, Francavilla FC captain and manager, at our local pizza box factory.

We’ve been keeping a secret since June. Well we’ve told a few people, quite a few probably.
Earlier this year Casal dei Fichi was chosen as one of a handful of  properties to be featured in a pilot tv series highlighting holiday rental business which stand out as excellent.

We were thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce the crew to some of our favourite activities and places. With just 3 days filming our greatest challenge was to decide what to leave out!

Our schedule ranged from truffle hunting in the mountains to one of our favourite coastal walks that very few locals know. Being a keen sports fan and football player we arranged for the presenter, Matt, to achieve his ambition of meeting the local community by training with Francavilla F.C. With memorable meals at La Botteguccia del Campo enjoying  the truffles we gathered and exquisite Osteria del Baffo with stunning views over the Adriatic we treated them to the best of mountain and sea cuisine. Inbetween we snuck in the Michelin featured Le Logge, a proud participant in our Treedom scheme.

Bob, bigfoot? Never.

And to prove that Marche produces some of Italy’s finest wines, not only did we pick up our wine for the pizza party at Muròla, we enjoyed a tasting of their fine wines as well. Did we mention pizza party?, well what visit to Casal dei Fichi would be complete without one.

Just in case the weather was unkind we asked our friend Emanuelle from Mymarca to recommend an interesting indoor activity. His suggestion of an artisan shoemaker represents one of the most important industries in our region. Though his introduction to charismatic Pepe was a revelation to us. This native of our village still makes shoes to order in his tiny higgledy piggledy workshop, specialising in meeting the global demand for clowns shoes! Unfortunately the sun didn’t stop shining so the footage wasn’t needed.

Matt Landau, the presenter and driving force behind the series, is a recognised authority on holiday, or vacation rentals. Co-starring were dogs Jakes and Obi and our 47 year old Alfa Romeo Spider, all supporting roles to Marche, la protagonista!

So now the secret’s out, click here to discover everything.

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