Located between the sea and the mountains, Ascoli Piceno is a treasure trove of surprises for its visitors. The city of travertine marble and a hundred towers is rich in history and enchanting stories, which can be seen as you wander around the streets of the old city centre. The atmosphere is typically Italian in the central Piazza del Popolo, and you can finish your meal with a glass of Anisetta, Ascoli’s most popular digestive, in the historic Caffè Meletti. A few miles away is San Benedetto del Tronto and the coastal area between Grottammare and Cupra, one of the most beautiful stretches of Adriatic coastline, which has been awarded the Bandiera Blu for clean bathing waters every year since 1999.
There are many places to discover, between the river Tronto and the sea, for instance the sand and water landscape of the Sentina Regional Natural Reserve, the smallest protected area in the Marche region. Moving inland the valley has ancient and refined traditions, such as bobbin lace embroidery from Offida, and excellent wines, like Rosso Piceno Doc and Offida Pecorino Docg. This area extends as far as the boundaries with Lazio, Abruzzo and Umbria, and for centuries charming villages have been hidden away in the Apennines, such as Arquata del Tronto, rich in art and history and well worth a visit, despite the recent earthquakes.
Discover the town of Offida, famous for its bobbin lace embroidery
Visit Grottammare and Moresco, two of the most beautiful towns in Italy
The crystal clear waters of San Benedetto del Tronto
Piazza del Popolo and the Church of San Francesco in Ascoli, the city of a hundred towers
Discover the fascinating history of the Templars in the medieval village of Castignano
Enjoy a stroll at the MAM – Art Museum on the Sea – and beneath the skies of San Benedetto del Tronto
Admire the works of Titian, Tintoretto and Pellizza da Volpedo at Ascoli’s Civic Art Gallery
Visit the Hot Springs of Acquasanta nestled between the Monti Sibillini and Monti della Laga
Sample Campofilone Maccheroncini in a ragout sauce
Visit La Cuma, the late-Republican Roman sanctuary on Monte Rinaldo