The Piceno

The Piceno offers the opportunity to choose between multiple routes: the city of art (starting by the beauty of Ascoli Piceno, where the juxtaposition of styles has created real gems), the ancient medieval villages, historic theaters, museums and art galleries, archaeological sites, Romanesque architecture and medieval. And then the wonderful nature of this land, the two parks Sibillini and Monti della Laga. The unmistakable hills, stretches of fine white sand of the coast, all with the warm welcome and the qualified facilities, makes an unforgettable holiday in this fantastic place. Field of art, culture and nature. Here a prosperous' ancient and proud tradition of culinary dishes mixed with the flavors and aromas of earth and sea. The Piceno Italy you do not expect. An introduction to the most beautiful attractions of the Piceno, Ascoli Piceno by the wonders of the beautiful landscapes of Groton.

Ascoli Piceno, the provincial capital, according to a tradition mentioned in ancient literature (Strabo, Pliny, Festus) was founded by a group of the Sabines, who were led by a woodpecker, a bird sacred to Mars during one of their migrations that ver sacrum.

HISTORY: The extraordinary Roman remains, the evidence of the Romanesque and Gothic remain indelible in what has been called the city of a hundred towers. The historic center of Ascoli owes its look so smooth and compact the local travertine that has always been the main material in the building: from homes, palaces of power and those mansions, churches, paving of the streets, including the famous Piazza People that encompasses the entire history of Ascoli Piceno.

WHAT TO SEE: The Cathedral of St. Emidio, the cathedral of the city, contains the Polyptych of St. Emidio, a painting in tempera and gold on panel by Carlo Crivelli, dated 1473. The city boasts some of the most important Art Gallery of the Marche Region with works by Titian, Tintoretto, Guido Reni, Carlo Crivelli, Peter Alamanno. To visit the Museum of the Middle Ages composed mainly of two kits gold Lombard tombs discovered in 1893 at the necropolis of Castel Trosino, in the territory of Ascoli and other masterpieces including a beautiful massive gold ring set with a blue stone. The State Archaeological Museum is housed in the Palazzo Panichi, home to the urban century. The exhibition consists of 2 sections: early history, centered on Picenes to Section Romanization and Roman lapidary. The traditional and orderly archaeological exhibition is enlivened by reconstructions scientific and shapes that facilitate the understanding of the pieces, such as the living room crowded with ladies and warriors of the ancient villages, each with its particular custom or armament. Another important museum is the Art Pottery, divided into five sections that allow you to retrace the history of ceramic production in Ascoli Piceno, from a reservoir in archaic maiolica dating back to the fifteenth century, the productions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Ascoli Piceno is famous for the "Quintana", a reenactment medieval horse race that takes place during the summer.

Ascoli Piceno is well known for "Olive all'Ascolana" traditional dish, one of the most representative dishes of the Piceno.

Offida, located 293 meters S.L. m., is the capital of the wine production in the Lands of the Piceno with a DOCG "Offida" characterized by three types: Pecorino, Passerina and Offida Rosso DOC and the "Land of Offida" (Passerina Raisin in the types, Vin Santo and sparkling wine). Offida also boasts a historic center of the most interesting and best preserved in the area. Through a series of archaeological finds dating from the seventh to the sixth century. C. you think that the country had organized life since prehistoric times. Even the name is lost in the mists of time could result from Ophis snake daOppidum, the fortified town of Roman, or from the Etruscan Ophyte. The birth of the modern town dates back to the foundation of the castle by the Lombards, between the sixth and ninth centuries. Today Offida occupies a prominent place in the Piceno, both for its remarkable artistic and monumental heritage, both for trade and industrial activities, mainly related to agricultural production. Among the crafts is important that bobbin lace. At the entrance of the city stands the massive construction of the fortress (1487-1494), commissioned by Pope Innocent VIII. In the large circular tower are preserved intact the old port and bastion fortified castle. Inside is the massive Hospital of Pietro Maggi (1796), with neoclassical façade in brick. Near the fortress are willing to lace the monument (1893) and ilmonumento to the Fallen (1923). Coming to Piazza del Popolo are the Town Hall, elegant balance of its proportions. High on the porch of the '400, supported by cylindrical pillars floors, runs a pretty loggia, which is also the fifteenth century, resting on columns of travertine. From the porch you enter the theater "Golden Snake" by Pietro Maggi opened in 1823. On the square is the New Collegiate, built in a style of transition between the Rococo and Neoclassical. The three-nave interior has a Latin cross. It is striking for its bold architecture, bustling dome with four drum plumes. Along Via Roma, meets the nineteenth century Palazzo Castellotti, which brings together into a single new is the Archaeological Museum "G. Breed ", the Municipal Art Gallery and ilMuseo Popular Traditions. The Church of St. Mary of the Rock, the main monument of the city, is situated on a majestic cliff, almost isolated from the rest of the country. The building, in Romanesque-Gothic style, is built of brick and has, outside, three slender polygonal apses divided by pilasters of travertine. The portal of the vault, decorated with stylized floral motifs and fantastic animals, opens at the center of the main apse. The crypt, marked by a forest of columns and vaults, with the same extension of the upper church, frescoes of the fourteenth century. Among the most notable popular events include the Carnival of Offida, whose festivities begin on Friday with Fat with the shooting of Lu Bov Fint: between groups of young people in guazzarò (old peasant dress from work), a fake ox cloth, worn on the shoulders of one man, along the crowded streets of the town running and scornando, followed by a lively procession of supporters who escorted him to the symbolic slaughter under the Town Hall. On the last day of Carnival, accompanied by the music of the various congregations masked parade Vlurd: bundles of reeds on fire carried by the men around the city, and finally thrown into a great fire, around which the people in masks turns, dancing and singing in a final salute to the collegiate Carnival dying.

Ripatransone, despite the distance of 12 km from the sea, is situated at an altitude remarkable: the hill where it is located is itself a watchtower natural that ranges from the Mountain of Flowers, Gran Sasso, the mountains Sibillini.Si is a center of artistic keen interest, even in recent years has been able to not only preserve its heritage and landscape art but to promote the rediscovery; is important to the civic art gallery and plaster casts "One Gera" one of the museums and unique composite of Marche features a collection including paintings by 70 artists from four hundred to the present day and masterpieces such as a triptych and three boards by Vittore Crivelli, woodcuts Adolfo De Carolis and an interesting collection of ceramics and pottery Renaissance. Just because perched on the highest hill in the area, the area is typical of the wine Rosso Piceno. The extensive municipality, which falls partly in the Rosso Piceno Superiore, is characterized by intensive agricultural production. Sharing in the associations City Wine and Oil City, well represents the typical Marche landscape so characteristically marked by the hand of man. The valleys and hills that gently slope down to the sea, carved by small streams, have been shaped over the centuries by the work of farmers: the nature naturalis coexists with nature artificialis in an intense and balanced living exchange. Special features of this area are the disturbing and surprising pieces of land in character gullies. The country is the narrowest street in Italy, as well as one of the historic theaters in the area.

Located along the southern costaadriatica of the Marches at the mouth of the river Tronto.

It is the most important and well-known of the Riviera, words originally referring to just coast sambenedettese but has since expanded even to those of Grottammaree Cupra Marittima and even some neighboring inland towns after the birth of the tourist association of the same name.

The city attracts visitors from all over Italy and Europe and is the main tourist attraction of the Marches for the number of [5], as well as having the largest fishing port in the Adriatic and among the largest in Italy.

Since 1999, the city was awarded with the Blue Flag uninterrupted star, the recognition that the FEE (Foundation for Environmental Education) releases to the coastal resorts that meet the European quality criteria related to various parameters including those relating to bathing water, the cleaning of beaches and marinas.

Located north of the mouth of the river Tesino, the town stretches along the coast to the foothills of the nearby hills where stands the medieval village.

The intense urban development, now underway, is to extend the built-up area to the mouth of Tesino and along its course to the inside.

To the south of the mouth of Tesino is the populous village Ischia, became over the years a part of the city that forms a single conurbation with neighboring San Benedetto del Tronto.

It is crossed by the 43rd parallel of the northern hemisphere. Groton has a benign climate, with relatively temperate winters and hot summers, dry summers. The average annual temperature is about 15 ° C and rainfall is generally in the range between 600 and 700 mm.