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  ..wonderful ambience...sandstone facades..
by iandsmith

We were lost. Hopelessly lost. More hopelessly than we normally got lost. During the time Rosemarie couldn't find the towns anywhere on our map (supplied by the car hire firm) we had missed two exits that would have allowed us to pick up the northern route again. Thus it was that we raced past L'Aquila and headed east beneath the snow-capped Gran Sasso d'Italia (at one stage through a 10.173km tunnel) in the middle of Italy and exited into Le Marche.
Instead of being in Ascoli Piceno in two days time we would be there today and thus it was that we arrived on dusk in this town of 54,000.
We were shocked. Having dined on a fortnight's feast of street litter and unkempt buildings here was a wonderfully preserved mediaeval town with clean alleyways and lovely facades. No wonder dnwitte (fellow VTer and recommended read) loves the place.
We were so entranced we almost forgot to eat, we were just happy to stroll along the cobblestones and savour the atmospheric lighting that seemed to add a wonderful ambience to the sandstone facades.
I only managed one church here, St. Agostino's, which was under restoration by BRANDIMARTE but, as with most Italian churches, it had several things worth looking at though time didn't allow me to detail them.
The enchanting Piazza del Popolo is dominated by the Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo, designed in the 13th century by Cola dell'Amatrice, and yet another San Francesco church, built between 1262 and 1549.
The Piazza dell'Arringo holds the local Duomo, a building somewhat out of synch as its Baroque overlay on its facade seems at odds with the rest of the 12th century building.
Having had a lovely 3 hours there we agreed to return regardless. Sadly, we renigged on our agreement.
There is also an archaeological museum (Palazzo Panighi, Piazza Arringo) and the Pinacoteca Civica (Piazza Arringo) which holds art by Titian, Alemanno, Reni and Crivelli among others.
P.S. I returned, see my Ascoli Piceno pages

Directions: Southern part of Le Marche

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 19, 2004
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