Ascoli Piceno

Ascoli Piceno is a city in the southern end of Marche about 25 km from the Adriatic coast. Population: 90,000.


Around the VIIIth-VIIth BC the legend says of a tribe of Etruscan people named "Sabini" following a sacred bird named "Picchio", found this natural fortification on the cross of the two rivers: "Tronto" and "Castellano" and built here his village named "Piceni". Later they were conquered by the Romans, until in the 91 BC they started the independence war against Rome, ended two years later, with the partial destruction of the town.

Get in

By train

There is a line from San Benedetto del Tronto on the mainline along the Adriatic coast of Italy. The station is few hundred meters outside the centre.

By bus from Rome

A bus from Rome begin his route from the street "Castro Pretorio", near Termini (the main train station of Rome) and arrive in front of the train station, in Ascoli Piceno

By car

From North, in the highway A14 the exit "Ascoli Piceno - San Benedetto del Tronto" than get the free highway "Ascoli-Mare" for 28 km following the indication From Rome take the SS4 "Salaria" (Statal Street n°4) directed and passing to Rieti and after 197 km exit in "Rosara" and continue to East (on the left) for 2 km

Get around

Everything inside the fortified town can be reached on foot.



- Walking rounds of the town explained by the tourist office in the ground floor of "Palazzo dei capitani" in the main square "Piazza del Popolo"


- antique stuff market named "Mercatino dell'antiquariato" in the old streets of the center, stand every third weekends of the month

- Cheaper handmaded shoes in the nearby factories

- The traditional "Anisetta Meletti" a sweet anise distillate digester 130's years old preferely in the original cafè Meletti in the main square "Piazza del Popolo": it's one of the 150's oldest cafè in Italy


- the typicals "olive all'ascolana" maded by olives fitted with meat and spices, breaded and fried in olive oil


- Typical cocktails and local wines in the main square, ad the nearby bars, starts just before the dinner, at 7PM





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