Whether you are a foodie, looking for unique Italian delicacies or fanatic for ancient Roman architecture, Ascoli Piceno has something for you. From romantic corners, historical streets, and rich food and wine culture, this is a great spot to stop during your tour of Italy. We’ve gathered together a convenient list of some of the best spots and aspects of this spot in Le Marche.
The delicacies of Ascoli Piceno
The delicacies of this province are for the true foodie. The gourmet style dishes are found easily here, with a focus on fresh, local produce and ingredients. Olice ascolane, meat-stuffed fried green olives, is the most famous dish. A creamy ravioli dish is sweet, complementary to the savory flavor of the anise cakes. These are a dish of the holiday season and typically decorated with powdered sugar.
One of the mainly fresh crops of Ascoli Piceno is olives. Harvests date back to the Roman empire! Also, anise is also a staple ingredient of this area, as mentioned before in the desert cake. Additionally raised here are, garlic, fennel, capers, and onions. Wild truffle mushrooms with their unique flavors are found here also.
This region has its own taste for wine. The wine culture also focuses on local, fresh produce. Two produced here are the Falerio dei Colli Ascolani and Rosso Piceno. A typical liquor of Ascoli Piceno is made from the aforementioned anise. Anisette Meletti is bitter and sweet at the same time, making for quite a unique alcoholic flavor.
Constructed during Roman times and the reign of Emperor Augustus is the Porta Solestà. With the intention to unite Fermo and Ascoli, the ruler built this bridge. It crosses over the Tronto River and is one of the best preserved pieces of ancient architecture from its time. Definitely visit this unique historical site; it’s a must-see (and use) to experience Ascoli Piceno.
Palazzo dei Capitani
This palace is on the border of Piazza del Popolo, erected in the 13th/14th century. In 1535, the governor sought to prove a point to political rebels of the time who were using the building as a shelter by setting the building on fire. Not only did this event destroy many important documents, it was an expensive amount of work to fix afterward. Today the building is part of the Ascoli Piceno Department of Culture and holds artistic and historical exhibitions.
VIA delle Stelle
This road keeps the romantic atmosphere alive in the city. The street borders the Tronto River, allowing a view of the waters and greenery on the water’s edge. With the combination of Medieval architecture, ancient towers, and shops, it has all the allure of the historical romance and more.
This magnificent structure is a must-see for the visitors of Ascoli Piceno. An interesting part of the touring experience is the seats. With names and numbers, they’re a unique part. Just on the edge of the historic city center, this large monument is a fascinating part of Le Marche overall.
During the Medieval era, this piazza held the Giostra dell’Anello and the Quintana. It’s edges are marked by structures of varying ages both of private and public importance. During the Roman empire, this was a very important square. It’s abundant with architecture using travertine, the white stone from the region.
Piazza del Popolo
Home to the beautiful St. Francis Church and covered with travertine stone is the Piazza del Popolo. Conveniently, during the building the piazza also had many stonecutter shops to keep up with the high demand. A large structure was built out of the stone in order to mask the irregularities of the Medieval shops and structures. This styling of the square happened over two years between 1507 and 1509.