It’s no secret I like lesser known, off-the-beaten-path places in Italy. It’s in these areas that a very authentic experience can be had. The Le Marche region would certainly make the cut. The area shares a border to the west with Umbria and to the east, you’ll find a lovely coastline along the Adriatic sea.
Ascoli Piceno is the southernmost province in Le Marche.
Why visit Ascoli Piceno?
Other than the food and wine (which of course always tops my list of reasons to visit a place) Ascoli Piceno has
- medieval towns
- Roman ruins
- many historic churches
- charm and authenticity
- a perfect combination of green mountains, little towns, sandy beaches and rocky coastline
- two natural parks, Sibillini National Park and Gran Sasso-Laga National Park
- local craft artisans; goldsmiths, leather, terracotta, majolica, pillow lace
- hardly any tourists. And it’s inexpensive compared to other popular areas of Italy
- convenient to nearby Umbria and Rome – about 2 hours from each. Abruzzo is even closer.
Things to do
The town of Ascoli Piceno itself has both a new town and an old town. In the old town, you’ll see plenty of travertine marble, ancient facades, ruins and tiny mazes of streets. It once held about 200 towers, but today only about 50 are visible…
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