Piceno, also named the city of travertine,
of the most beautiful places in the whole
Marche region: you can easily discover the
artistic and historical treasures of this
city-jewel and pleasantly breathe its
suggestions just by looking at the
buildings, the squares and the fronts of
The wonderful historic centre gets his
elegance and harmony from the beauty of the
Travertino Ascolano, a natural
ivory-veined stone used for more than 2000
years to build the whole fabric of the city
like buildings and paved squares.
was the ancient capital of Piceni people and
it’s elder than Rome. It shows the thousands
facets of its glorious past life through the
architecture of Middle-ages, Renaissance and
baroque period; along its outstanding
Piazza del Popolo (“Square of the
People”) is the main symbol of the city, a
typical “Italian meeting place” overlooked
by the spectacular gothic-style church of
Ascoli is also famous for its “Oliva
all’ascolana” (“Ascoli Stuffed Olive”) and
La Quintana, Ascoli’s jousting tournament
played between the city’s six districts.
that takes place between the end of July and
finishes with a spectacular parade of
fifteenth-century costumes on the first
Sunday of August.
Many museums will help you to better know
the historical and artistic treasures of
Ascoli Piceno and its past times.