"ASCOLI PICENO" Ascoli Piceno by dnwitte

Ascoli Piceno Travel Guide: 53 reviews and 132 photos

I'm almost unwilling to share Ascoli Piceno with the world at large. It's too perfect without tourists. An all white travertine city hides at the head of a long valley, with high mountains towering all around. The town is small enough to comprehend in a couple of leisurely days of strolling and is bound together by an incredible wealth of Romanesque churches, all built of the same creamy stone. We were never able to discover what source of wealth supported this maniacal burst of church building nine hundred years ago, but we're all the richer for it now. At the very center of town is the Piazza del Popolo, a square of such beauty that it puts Siena's to shame.

  • Last visit to Ascoli Piceno: Sep 2000
  • Intro Written Sep 8, 2002
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  • alza's Profile Photo
    May 19, 2010 at 8:00 PM

    Will drive round mostly Tuscany in a few days &Ascoli is in the plans. I see I was well inspired... Olive all'ascolano sound good. I'll tell you if Locanda and Cantina are still there, when I return.

  • unravelau's Profile Photo
    Nov 9, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Thank you.

  • Mar 2, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Loved Ascoli also and the drive along the Tronto into the mountains is spectacular. The medieval towns are beautiful.

  • Paolo-Italy's Profile Photo
    Jun 3, 2007 at 2:07 AM

    Wow, you came in my land ;) No nightlife here, they all come to San Benedetto del Tronto. One more thing: be careful about Ascoli people, as the saying goes "Asculà, tira lu ciutte e nasconne la mà" "Ascoli people, throw the stone and hide their hands" :)

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2006 at 7:10 PM

    Hope I enjoy it as well this October. Thanks for presenting the atmosphere so well.

  • buzzz's Profile Photo
    Apr 13, 2006 at 12:55 AM

    Wow the Piazza del Popolo must be something special to beat Siena. Pity no pics.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jun 2, 2003 at 4:32 AM

    It's not hidden anymore, I found it and well worth the time it was.

  • utttz's Profile Photo
    May 24, 2003 at 6:21 AM

    nice to discover secrets..... effective page!

  • craic's Profile Photo
    Mar 1, 2003 at 6:51 PM

    Hidden treasure! Look everyone! Hidden treasure.

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