The route is dedicated to the town of 100 towers: Ascoli Piceno
MEETING POINT: Arringo Square or De Gasperi Street
DURATION: 3 hours, half day
TRANSPORT: walking route
Extra costs could be expected to enter into some sites
NOTES: The route could be changed according yours demands
The route starts in Arringo Square,a medieval square where the joust of Quintana and the public assemblies were held; it was the centre of the political and relgious powers with the Arengo Palace, the Episcopate Building and the Cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary and S. Emidio, protector against the earthquakes. You can visit the crypt of the Cthedral where the relics of S. Emidio are conserved and the masterpiece of Ascoli Piceno, the polyptych of S. Emidio made by Carlo Crivelli in 1473. The route continues in the Baptistery of S. Johannes, one of the most interesting and beautiful examples of the Romanesque architecture in the middle of Italy: it was built in the XII century..you will deeply strike by its space, its dome..internally you can see three baptismal founts: one of them was realized during the V century.
We are visiting People Square, one of the most beautiful squares in Italy; it is considered similat to S. Marco Square, in Venice; in this space you can admire Meletti Cafè in Liberty style where you can drink the coffee corrected by anise, People’s Captains Palace, the Merchant’s Lodge and the Church of S. Francis with its unique portal.
The route continues in the “Vegetables Square” where, still today, a curious market is held; not far from here you can admire Ventidio Basso Theater dedicated to the Ascolan commander of the Roman period: he established a friendship with Giulio Cesare. We are visiting the “Women Square” where an important market was held during the medieval period. In this part of the town you can admire medieval towers and residences, Romanesque churches and rue..
From “Women Square” we are going to Cappuccina Gateway: it was built during the medieval period; here you can find the Roman bridge: it was built by Emperor Augusto, it is one of the most largest Roman bridge in Europe. You can visit inside it! A memorable experience! From the Roman bridge we are going to the medieval street where the battlements of the town were:here you can see a beautiful view of the Tronto river. Strolling along the medieval “rue” we are reaching Soderini Street where you can admire the Langobard Palace.