Someone believes that shopping can even
become a sort of addiction; but in this territory, characterised by the
countless aspects of its landscapes and by the eclectic
inhabitants, shopping means every time a splendid discovery, the pleasant
access to a new world full of precious details.
Marche, in fact, still maintains the high value of its handicraft,
preserving the magical secrets of ancient arts, whose products, real
masterpieces of creativity and perfection, are shown in the luminous
displays of many cities: artistic ceramics in Urbania, Ancona, Appignano
and Ascoli; decorated glasses in Pesaro, Jesi, Macerata and Cupra
Marittima; wrought-iron and copper objects in Senigallia, Caldarola, Force
and Pianello Vallesina; decorated wood in Tavullia and Piobbico.
And yet the carved stone of Folignano, the fine leather shops of
Tolentino, the hats of Montappone and the pipes of Recanati.
Where the small artisan activity has grown, becoming an industrial
business, numerous productive poles were born, like the very important
shoes area between the provinces of Macerata and Ascoli Piceno, that
boasts brands famous all over the world and the high-quality furniture
factories scattered in Pesaro territory; the Fabriano area expressed all
of its potentiality in the high technology of the household-electric
industries and, if Jesi has acquired over the time the well deserved name
of Silicon Valley of Marche, Ancona can boast the prestigious fashion
company. This factory, like many others, has an excellent store where it
is possible to make deals without renouncing to the high quality of the
And it is possible to buy fine footwear in Casette d’Ete , the casual
clothing factory in Acqualagna, the famous leather shop in Tolentino
and the beautiful toys in Recanati.
Moreover, there are many typical food products (from the humble and
healthy cereals up to the most prestigious wines, from the tasty salami to
the delicious cheeses) that can be acquired directly at the farms where
they are produced or at the shops.
But for the ones who love the lively sound and the amusing multicolour
game of the open air markets, there is nothing better than attending one
of the thousand fairs during which the public squares and the streets get
crowded with every kind of stalls.
For the people of this territory in fact, so jealous of their tradition of
ancient merchants, every occasion is good to show their own products,
coloured, scented or tasty; precious, innovative or antiquarian;
discounted, under the curious look of whom, happily involved in the joyful
surrounding atmosphere, stops amazed in front of their lively stalls.
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