Our TownA historic city of travertine and 100 towers
Ascoli Piceno is a picturesque town located in the region of Marche in central Italy. Just a stone’s throw away from Umbria and Abruzzo, making it the perfect location to visit all three of Italy’s regions with ease. It is filled with architectural charm, boasting a history that dates back before the inception of Rome. Once known as the city of one hundred towers, it is covered in travertine, and is home to one of the most beautiful piazza’s in Italy, Piazza del Popolo. In the evening the streets around the Piazza come alive, buzzing with energy, as friends meet-up to enjoy drinks, and the city emerges for the nightly passeggiata. Take the evening in like an Italian, enjoying an apertivo (cocktail) at Caffe Meletti or follow the tempting aromas to one of Ascoli’s many restaurant tables.
Ascoli is easy walkable, allowing you to relax and go back in time while you cross its maze of tiny alleys and cobblestone streets. Unlike many of the towns of Tuscany that have been surrendered to tourism, the heart of Ascoli still beats to the rhythm of its 50,000 residents. It is big enough to support a local shopping and dining scene, but small enough to have maintained its authenticity and culinary heritage one which includes the second largest medieval representation in Italy, the Quintana, and the Famous Oliva all’Ascolana (stuffed olives) festival.
The hills around Ascoli are uncrowded and hide many gems of the region. Here you will find generational wineries, family-run agriturismos, and award winning olive oil production. Still relatively undiscovered and unaffected my mass tourism, tourists are still seen as an anomaly here. This unchartered territory lends Ascoli to being a city where you can still truly experience the authenticity of genuine Italian hospitality.
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