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Ascoli Piceno, Italy is an elegant town that’s definitely worth a visit. This article gives a brief description of the history, local cuisines and special events of this lovely town…

Ascoli Piceno, Italy …Southern Provincial Capital in Le Marche

Ascoli Piceno, Italy, a province located on the southern end of Le Marche (“The Marches”), is a breath-taking little town worth passing through when in Italy.

Capital of Ascoli Piceno province, the town is located in the Marche region of central Italy at the meeting place of two rivers called the Castellano and Tronto.

The town carries a population of around 60,000, and most of its historic square can be seen in a day.

A Brief Look at the History of Ascoli Piceno

Ascoli Piceno was a capital of Piceni, a tribe of the Middle Ages which shared a border zone of the Holy Roman Empire with Umbrii, Sabines and Gauls. The border was known as a “march.” The Piceni tribe occupied much of the Adriatic, and the Romans called the area “Annonaria” due to the abundance in production of cattle and cereals.

The Marche areas became Papal States in the 15th century and were considered the Pope’s own private real estate. In 1860, the lands were joined to united Italy.

Places to See in Ascoli Piceno

Although the historical square of this lovely town can be toured in a day (and by foot), it’s worth the visit.

The town has a main square free of traffic called the Piazza del Popolo, which is known as one of the most beautiful squares in Italy. Here you can see the Palazzo del Popolo, which is a 13th century building with a monumental statue of Pope Paul III. Inside is a Renaissance courtyard. Next is the Gothic church of San Francesco.

Piazza Arringo is another elegant square which includes the Duomo (cathedral) and also the town hall, which is called palazzo Comunale. Here you can visit an art gallery displaying art work from major and minor artists.

Special Events and Local Foods

La Quintana is a famous jousting tournament which is held in Ascoli Piceno, and is known to be the most realistic and amazing tournament of the Marche’s Medieval shows. The tournament takes place on the first Sunday of August in the town’s main square.

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