"I was goofing off with satellite view again, and came across a very orderly beach, with grids of various types of umbrellas, and some spots where the grids broke down into sections multicolored "mess". I'm sure the grids are for paying customers, and the mess is for riff-raff, like me, but I'm not sure if the different colored umbrellas mean anything."
"Leopardi, poet of the Canti, was born in this town, where his father had built a great library which included all Greek and Latin literature. Leopardi had been such a dedicated reader that by the time he was 15 his tutors declared they had nothing left to teach him."
"Today (May 1st) is the feast day of St Aldebrand of Fossombrone.
He was appointed the Bishop of Fossombrone in 1170, and his relics are held here in the cathedral that bears his name.
Stories tell that once while sick, a servant brought Aldebrand a roast pheasants to fortify him. As it was a feast day, he refused to eat them and instead brought them back to life, at which point they flew away. (Some versions have him turning them into tortoises!)"
"For the definitely special and cheap junk finds on vacation, the Italian farmer's market is probably a good start. At those I've seen, you can get clothes, towels, shoes, handbags, noisy plastic toys and - though it's a minority - food. At least that last one is probably real and regional, with the rest you've got to be careful..."
"High on top of a hill above the (very ) small town of Colombara, Italy, you'll find what is said to be the largest globe in the world (it boasts a Guinness Book entry, even). It measures 10 meters in diameter and was made ny hand out of wood by a local fellow. They say 600 people can fit inside of it, but we couldn't verify this claim because when we visited 1) there were only four of us; and 2) the road up to the globe itself was blocked by a locked gate. So while I can't say that Mappamondo is worth a trip in and of itself, if you are in Le Marche visiting the neighboring towns of Piobiccio, Piano, Urbania, or Sant Angelo in Vado (or if you're taking a tour of the nearby Amarcord Brewery), it's worth a stop—just in case they'll let you climb inside."