Polentò cu li furbi e l’abbiti of Civitanova

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It is a typical dish of Civitanova Marche cuisine, rooted in the origins of the city’s maritime activity.
For the polenta: make the water boiling and add salt. Slowly pour corn flour and mix it with a whisk to avoid leaving lumps. Let it cook until the polenta has a solid consistency and pour it on a wooden chopping board. Cut the mixture with a string as the tradition wants.
For the sauce: beat the “furbi” (polyps) to make the meat soft and richly wash them in order to remove the sand residues. Remove the innards, the eyes, the skin and dry the furbi. In a pan, fry oil, onion, parsley and garlic. Ass the “furbi” cut in big pieces, salt, chili pepper and deglaze with white wine. Add tomatoes cut in pieces. Halfway through the cooking, add abbiti (chards), potatoes, and season with salt.

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“Li Vurgacci” – This path, which winds through wooden bridges and footbridges, combines the beauty of nature with its proximity to the old town centre. It begins where the waters of the Potenza River cross Pioraco, in the place where a series of waterfalls, vortexes, pits and gorges, created from years and years of erosion, come to life, almost if by magic. Here there are also some rest areas where you can stop for a nice picnic.

Paper and Watermark Museum – Here you can have a rare experience, which consists in observing the hand-made creation of sheets of paper by the gualchiera, which will also allow you to witness the incredible use of tools and techniques typical of the 14th century.

River shrimp festival – In August, do not miss this event with food stands open for lunch and dinner, which pays tribute to one of the most incredible delicacies of the territory
– a crustacean of unique sweetness and flavour.

Souvenirs – Are you looking for a souvenir that will allow you to relive the town’s spirit? Then you have to buy one of the incredible filigree paper artifacts produced in the extraordinary Gualchiera Prolaquense.


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So much to do! – The main events of the town are the Italian Regularity Championship for Vintage Motorcycles (an Italian Classic Car Race Event, in June), “Città del Miele” (lit. “City of Honey”, in July), Festa della Montagna (Mountain Festival, in July), the Sagra degli Arrosticini (Arrosticini Food Festival), “Giornata Bandiera Arancione del TCI” (Orange Flag Day, in October) and Sagra della Castagna (Chestnut Festival, in October).

Green break – Are you ready to get lost among many trails, the conservation area of Polverina and Lake Boccafornace? The natural beauties of this territory will leave you speechless!

Enjoy! – The local cheeses, honey, chestnuts, legumes, beef, lamb, Varnelli liquors, trout and freshwater fish will enrich your table with unforgettable moments!

Rebirth – The community of this town rich in art and history is tenacious and eager to make you fall in love with the natural beauty offered by their territory.

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