Summer Jamboree Senigallia – At the Biggest Rock ‘n Roll Festival in the World

I love the music of the fifties and sixties, love the dresses and the cars… and I knew about the Summer Jamboree Festival in Senigallia. But I thought not to do it in time as I had friends over just those days. When a friend of mine called to go the last day I told my friends we will go. And we had a wonderful evening!

The Summer Jamboree was born in 2000 and began then with only one day where 4 life bands were playing. The following it was still a little unknown but in 2002 the mass media got it and started to report about it. In 2005 the festival left the one day edition and got out with a whole week and more than 100.000 people coming to the little town of Senigallia.

Nowadays the event takes 10 days starting the last days of July and ending in the beginning of August. This years were half a million people to see the festival.

The music event is totally free of charge and organized by the committee of the Summer Jamboree and the community of Senegallia. The event is much more than international life bands and stands where to buy all things of the fifties and sixties. Bar and restaurants, piazze, streets and the whole city is living the time during these days. And exactly that we were feeling when walking through the town center, looking into shops, eating in a restaurant. Amazing!

The music styles one can experience here are multiple: rock ‘n roll, swing, jive, hillbilly, rhythm ‘n blues, doo-wop and more. There are dancing lessons as well. The artists are coming from whole Europe, Russia and the United States. Many of them are well known but there are also artists on the way to fame.

Names like Jerry Lee Lewis, Dita von Teese, Stray Cats, Chuck Berry.. they all had an performance here.

And there are other attractions like….

… vintage cars. We saw only a few as we were late. But I know from a friend who was here the day before that it was full of antique cars. Lovely!

Burlesque is also a theme at the festival. There is always a show.. that’s why Dita von Teese had a performance here in 2007.

There is a Hawaiian party at the beach of Senigallia, all night long.

Nice idea and we had some sneak peak to one: hairdresser and barbers cutting and working the hair in the style of those years.

Restaurants and bars offer typical Mexican and South American food. Louisiana is one of the regions where this style was born.

Dancing platforms we saw a lot. And a lot of people ALL ages were dancing to the music. There is nothing better than this music ful of rhythm and swing and no one can stand or sit still. Everyone has to move….

Stands were offering a lot of vintage. From dresses to old telephones to vinyl discs I saw everything. Even a Harley Davidson stand! The jukeboxes were a real temptation!

Most of all I loved to see the people. From little boys in trousers, braces and a cap – big boys as well, so great to see – to little girls and woman dressed up in petticoat dresses, a ribbon in the hair and makeup like in the sixties… they look sooo wonderful! I have no petticoat but think I should have one for next year!

When it was coming to night time we had the opportunity to see a band, Little Lesley & the Bloodshots, offering some Rockabilly. A whole mass of people moving to the rhythm. It was difficult to leave.

For sure next year I will be there again and this time from the beginning!

Senigallia, Le Marche/Italy:

For further information:
Summer Jamboree Senigallia official website (in Italian)

Photo of the Summer Jamboree Senigallia 2016

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Lollipop – Loppipop – Lolli – Lolli – Cakepop!

The other day I saw these strange molds for cake pops and thought how does it work? There is nothing better than trying to understand. That’s why I bought the mold and had a look on Internet for some cake pops, gluten-free and paleo.

I found a nice recipe on the page of the Civilized Caveman, George Bryant. It’s already a long time I am following him and honestly I love his recipes.

Many times when I find a recipe that could fit in my ‘needs’ it happens that I don’t have all the ingredients at home and should first go shopping. I am often also too lazy to do so. So the result is: I transform the recipe and use what I have.

This time I did the same. I liked the cake pops he prepared especially on the photos. And I wanted something easy like these. But in my recipe I use chestnut flour as it is sweet and … in my pantry. Instead of the garnish he used I took coconut flakes, cinnamon, popped amaranth and green pumpkin seed flour.

Imagine? Yes, I brought my cake pops to my friends’ b&b and they had ‘paleo’ guests. Of course out of 20 paleo cake pops I had one, a handful for the guests and the rest to my friends who immediately fell in love with them.

I recommend to let them sit in the fridge for an hour or more before serving as in summer they are fresh even as chocolate cake.



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Chestnut Flour Cake Pops
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20 pops 15 minutes
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18 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 pops 15 minutes
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18 minutes
cake pops
Chestnut Flour Cake Pops
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
20 pops 15 minutes
Cook Time
18 minutes
Servings Prep Time
20 pops 15 minutes
Cook Time
18 minutes
Cake pops
Chocolate glaze
Servings: pops
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F.
  2. Put the eggs, coconut cream, chocolate chips and the honey into the blender and let it blend for at least a minute.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients, the chestnut flour, vanilla, salt and baking powder and mix it again for half a minute until all is well combined.
  4. Take the cake pops mold and fill all the molds with the batter. Now close the mold and be sure it is closed well. The batter rises and can lift the top and the cake pops don't get the right shape.
  5. the cakes pops are ready when a tooth stick comes out clean (always control in the middle of the cake).
  6. Take the pops out of the oven and let them cool out.
  7. Take the chocolate chips for the glaze and on a bain-marie dissolve the chocolate.
  8. Put the chocolate cake pops one by one on a stick.
  9. In equal parts pass all the cake pops in the liquid chocolate and in the decoration to garnish the cake pops.
  10. Let them stay on/in something (I stuck them in a piece of styrofoam) and let them in the fridge for at least one hour until the chocolate is harden out.
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In the Underground of Urbino – The Oratory of the Cathedral

The grotto or oratory of the cathedral of Urbino is dated back to the beginning of the 16th century. It is also called ‘Oratorio del Santissimo Crocifisso della Grotta’ (Oratory of the Holiest Cross of the Grotto). While I was doing some research I found out there is not too much in English which I find a pity. It is an interesting and very worth to see place!

It is part of the ticket when you go visiting the Palazzo Ducale opposite of the cathedral of Urbino. But you can enter also only to this place. The entrance is on the left side when you stand in front of the portal of the duomo.

Going down the many stairs first you will note the portrait of the two hooded monks under a cross. I was thinking about the Klu-Klux-Klan because they don’t have faces, want to be unrecognized. I don’t know the meaning of it.

We took the ticket for a few euros and then had a look into the four chapels.

Originally the underground chambers were built to fill a gap between the cathedral’s foundation and the hill. Initially it was used as a magazine of the stables of the Palazzo Ducale. But in the beginning of the 16th century the Duke Guidobaldo da Montefeltro donated two of the rooms to the cathedral. The priests transformed them in two chapels. During the work they found a cross which they thought ‘magic’. The confraternity took the name of ‘Santissimo Crocifisso della Grotta’

There are four chambers today, four chapels.

One is for the Nativity where we could see a scene made in 1682 and a beautiful ceiling.

The second is the chapel of the cross which was reconstructed after a damaging earthquake in 1789. Here we could admire the cross which was found here. It’s dated to the 15th century. Further there is a the tomb of Federico Ubaldo della Rovere, last Duke of Urbino.

The third chapel is the Resurrection. Here there is a sculpture of Giovanni Bandini, the ‘Pietà’, created around 1500. Some frescoes and other beautiful decorations complete the room.

The last chapel, the fourth, is about the sepulture. Here we find s few sculptures of the 15th century showing the death of Christ.

It is definitely a place not to miss when sight seeing in Urbino. You can go after the visit in the cathedral or with the ticket of the Palazzo Ducale opposite. And in summer during lunch time it’s wonderful fresh here in as well…

Urbino, Le Marche/Italy:

For further information:
Urbino website

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Exploring Verucchio in a hot summer day

When climbing up a hill in San Leo to see if there is any possibility to get up the tower for a greater view on the hinterland I happened to talk to a lady from Rome who was exploring the area and just figured out that the tower is closed. While talking about the beautiful village of San Leo she told me she was just before at Verucchio which es even more interesting than this place. So mu reaction is easy to predict: I have to verify.

A few days later I was on my way to Verucchio not without getting first lost in San Marino which is only a few kilometers far.

Verucchio is a little comune in the Rimini area and near to San Marino which is another country within Italy. Both are embedded in the Emilia-Romagna. Here flows the Marecchia river and the whole valley is called Val Marecchia.

Verucchio is situated on a rock and offers an incredible view on the valley, to San Marino and along the Romagna coast. The name means ‘true eye’ as it is referring exactly to this clear view to the horizon.

It’s story starts already in the late Iron Age when the first settlers of the Villanovan culture discovered the secure place.

Here was born the founder of the Malatesta dynasty which rules for 300 years the area. His son is also known from Dante’s Inferno. He was lame and married to a beautiful young lady who was in love with his younger brother. When he found them (after almost 15 years) in adultery he killed them both with his own hands (this happened in Gradara).

After the Malatesta dynasty it has been a fief of the Medici of Florence in the Papal States, was part of the Republic of Venice until 1620 and it follows the history of the whole region and Italy.

The little town offers a little ancient center with the typical architecture of the Middle Age. On the top of the hill and easily to arrive there is the castle, closed at the time I was there. The view is amazing! Just under the castle there is a little restaurant enjoying this amazing panorama and worth to sit on the terrace for a romantic dinner.

The village itself is nice, very suggestive. I recommend NOT to go there during lunch time (1 pm to 4 pm) as everything is closed (except restaurants etc). We walked in the narrow streets where oftentimes no car can pass, the cathedral from outside is already imposing. There were young people preparing for a concert at night time.

Verucchio is just 5 minutes by car from San Marino and on the way to San Leo and Sant’Agata Feltria, another two rock villages with castles.

Verucchio, Emilia-Romagna/Italy:

For further information:
Verucchio (in English)
Verucchio Music Festival (in Italian)
There is in the beginning of August another event: Rocca d’Incanto with Medieval dinners, music and lifestyle. Proloco Verucchio (in Italian)

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San Leo – The Little Brother of San Marino

San Leo is situated just in front of San Marino in the hinterland of Rimini in the region of Emilia-Romagna. As I have been various times to San Marino I wanted to see its little brother which I was told is not less amazing. So one day under the sunny heat of the summer I got here.

Already the entrance is amazing. A narrow cobbled gate street goes into the little borgo where it opens soon into a piazza. I have to go across this center and find a parking place in a huge parking area. My friend and I walk back into the little borgo to have first a coffee and then explore.

San Leo is built on the remains of an ancient Roman city that was surrounding an old temple dedicated to Jupiter Feretrius. That’s why its name was initially Mons Feretrius (Hill of Feretrius).

Hundred of years later in the 4th century AD Marino and Leone arrived from the far away Dalmatia. Both of them got a hill or mountain and founded a city: San Marino and San Leo.

Meanwhile San Marino was always very independent and never submitted under strangers Mons Feretrius has an interesting history to offer. Around 538 the Goths’ king Vitiges was trying to besiege Belisarius but had to give up and surrender to the Byzantines.

Only a short time later the entire area goes to the Lombards. Pepin, king of the Franks, gives the city – with many others – as a gift to the church in 752. Things change again.

Again 200 years later it was the refuge of a king and his wife, Berengario II, who surrendered by his own will after months of resistance.

Only in the year 1000 it changed its name into San Leo as tribute to its founder and of cause patron but the region is still known as Montefeltro – also a dynasty contradicting to the Malatesta family of Rimini. In 1474 Federico of Montefeltro got Duke of Urbino.

During Renaissance Martini placed a significant fortified belt in front of the castle fortress, just on the only weak side.

The fortress was converted into prison during the Napoleonic period which would not change until 1906. It was then used as military station.

In the fifties it was abandoned and the restoration and transformation into a museum started.

We walk into the Romanesque cathedral of San Leo which was built in the 7th century. The cathedral is dedicated to the patron, St. Leone, and which relics can be found here. In the 12th century the church was re-built on the old one. The room is high, has high columns and a wonderful staircase to the main altar, I think. Under the same there is another room with the crypt.

Just in front of the duomo there is a rural church, a pieve, also very simple but very special. Here we find also a crypt.

Just leaving the town center we go up the steep hill and arrive at the fortress. It’s a little expensive but it is all worth it! The view from here to the not so far San Marino and the whole landscape of the hinterland of Rimini is amazing! The castle as well as it is really incredibly well preserved and done a lot. There area few different museums like the room of the alchemist, a weapon and armor museum, a torture museum (where ironically are the toilets) and some other exponents. Too me it seemed to be a ‘just built’ castle.

We had lunch here as well sitting in the little piazza and enjoying the warm breath and the really calm of the place as there is nearly no traffic at all. It is like San Marino without any chaos and tourists (even there have been a few like us).

San Leo, Emilia-Romagna/Italy:

For further information:
San Leo Tourism website (mainly in Italian)

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