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Cities for Art-Lovers in Le Marche

Sferisterio, Macerata, Marche, Italy
Sferisterio, Macerata, Marche, Italy

CITIES FOR ART-LOVERS IN LE MARCHE

  • Ancona
  • Ascoli Piceno
  • Fermo
  • Pesaro
  • Urbino

Le Marche (called also just Marche) is known for its extensive cultural heritage and it’s an art-lovers go-to place to visit. Many ancient civilizations have lived in this territory and left  remains for us to visit and study.

Most of these remains are well-preserved. With ancient art and architecture you can truly get a sense of ancient life.

The following is a list of the 5 best cities for art-lovers in the Le Marche region.

Ancona

The capital of the Marche region is Ancona and it’s the first on our list of cities for art-lovers. Characterizing this area are historical and religious treasures like ancient churches, Roman ruins and baths.

Ancona is often called an open-air museum due to its extensive history and well-preserved artifacts. The oldest piazza is the Piazza del Plebiscito, nicknamed Piazza del Papa (Pope Square) due to its famous statue of Pope Clement XII.

This city also stands out due to its large Imperial Age amphitheater and its grand cathedral.

Ancona, Marche, Italy for art-lovers

Ascoli Piceno

Don’t miss the historical reenactment in this city in August, called the Quintana Cavalluccio Torneo. Ascoli Piceno is also known as “the city of a hundred towers” based on its ancient bell and royal towers.

Historically famous San Francesco Church and Caffè Meletti are lovely stops during your visit. Additionally, situated in the city center is the Renaissance Piazza del Popolo.

The Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo now functions as the town hall. It sits directly in this piazza along with the aforementioned gems of the city.

Quintana of Ascoli, Marche, Italy for art-lovers
Photo by MasmarAP at Wikimedia Commons, CCA-SA 4.0

Fermo

Fermo also has a historical reenactment in August, called “Cavalcata dell’Assunta”.

It takes place during the famous Ferragosto holiday, on August 15. This city is divided between the old and new sections. The historical area features the 16th century Palazzo degli Studi and Palazzo dei Priori.

Also, there is a theater built in the 18th century, where you can experience many musical and theatrical performances throughout the year.

These historical reenactments are magnificent performances, making these cities noteworthy to visit.

Flags of Fermo, Marche, Italy for art-lovers
Photo by Manuel M at Wikimedia Commons, CCA 3.0

Pesaro

The city of Pesaro is characteristic for its many cultural and historical artifacts and for its famous architecture.

However, the bronze statue by Arnaldo Pomodoro from 1998 is one of the city’s main attractions. Additionally, every year Pesaro hosts the Rossini Opera Festival, or ROF.

The festival takes place in the Rossini Theater which is one of the main jewels of the city. You should also check out the cathedral and the San Giovanni Battista Church.

Sphere Giò Pomodoro, Pesaro, Marche, Italy for art-lovers
Photo by Diego Baglieri at Wikimedia Commons, CCA-SA 4.0

Urbino

The last on the list is the city of Urbino. The Galleria Nazionale delle Marche features works by Piero della Francesca and Raphael, situated in the Palazzo Ducale.

Moreover, the place is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and it’s full of Italian Renaissance art. Throughout the ancient streets of the city, everything seems to have an aura of the Renaissance.

Symbolic references and architecture will fascinate any art-lover. Today, it’s also a university town and its streets are filled with students.

Palazzo Ducale Urbino, Marche, Italy for art-lovers
Photo by sailko at Wikimedia Commons, CCA-SA 3.0

The Finest of Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche

Ascoli Piceno, Marches, Italy
Ascoli Piceno, Marches, Italy

ASCOLI PICENO, LE MARCHE

Whether you are a foodie, looking for unique Italian delicacies, or a fanatic of ancient Roman architecture, Ascoli Piceno has something for you.

From romantic corners to historical streets and a rich food and wine culture, this is a great stop during your tour of Italy.

We’ve put together a convenient list of some of the best spots and sites of this place in Le Marche.

THE DELICACIES OF ASCOLI PICENO

FOR FOODIES

The delicacies of this province are perfect for the true foodie. Many gourmet style dishes can be found here, with a focus on fresh, local produce and ingredients.

Olive ascolane, meat-stuffed fried green olives, is the most famous dish. Sweet creamy ravioli dishes complement the savory flavor of the anise cakes, which are a holiday season dessert and are typically decorated with powdered sugar.

Stuffed olives, Ascoli Piceno, Marches, Italy

Photo by casamatita* at Flickr

One of the main fresh crops of Ascoli Piceno is olives. Harvests date back to ancient Roman times. Anise is also a staple ingredient of this area, as mentioned before in the dessert cake.

Garlic, fennel, capers, and onions are also cultivated here. Wild truffle mushrooms with their unique flavors are harvested from the woods.

FOR WINE-LOVERS

This region has its own wines to try. The wine culture focuses on local, fresh produce. Two of the most important wines produced here are the Falerio dei Colli Ascolani and the 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.

Anisetta Meletti -(Cafe Meletti) - Ascoli Piceno, Marches, Italy
Photo by Kay485000 at Wikimedia Commons, CCA-SA 4.0

ARCHITECTURE

PORTA SOLESTA’

Constructed during Roman times in the reign of Emperor Augustus is the Porta Solestà. With the intention of uniting Fermo and Ascoli, the ruler built this bridge.

It crosses over the Tronto River and is one of the best preserved pieces of ancient Roman architecture. Make sure you visit this unique historical site; it’s a must-see to experience Ascoli Piceno.

Porta Solestà, Ascoli Piceno, Marches, Italy
Photo by Sibilla.io at Italian Wikipedia, CCA-SA 3.0

PALAZZO DEI CAPITANI

This palace is on the border of Piazza del Popolo, erected between the 13th and 14th centuries.

In 1535, the governor set this building on fire sought to prove a point to political rebels of the time who were using it as a shelter.

Not only did this event destroy many important documents, it also damaged the palace which took a lot of work to repair afterwards.

Today the building is part of the Ascoli Piceno Department of Culture and holds artistic and historical exhibitions.

VIA DELLE STELLE

This road keeps a romantic atmosphere alive in the city. The street borders the Tronto River, allowing a view of the water and greenery.

With a combination of medieval architecture, ancient towers, and shops, it has all the allure of historical romance.

Via delle Stelle, Ascoli Piceno, Marches, Italy
Photo by Infinitispazi at it.wikipedia,CCA-SA 3.0

ROMAN THEATER

This magnificent structure is a must-see for the visitors of Ascoli Piceno. The seats of the theater are particularly interesting as they are decorated with names and numbers. Found just on the edge of the historical city center, this large monument is a fascinating part of Ascoli Piceno and of Le Marche as a whole.

MEDIEVAL PIAZZAS

PIAZZA ARRIGO

During the medieval era, this piazza held the Giostra dell’Anello and the Quintana. Its edges are marked by structures of varying ages both of private and public importance.

During the Roman empire, this was a very important square. Its architecture uses travertine, the white stone from the region.

Piazza Arringo Fountain, Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Photo by Sibilla.io at Wikimedia Commons, CCA-SA 3.0

Piazza del Popolo

Home to the beautiful St. Francis Church and covered with travertine stone is the Piazza del Popolo. Conveniently, while it was being built the piazza had many stonecutter shops to keep up with the high demand.

A large structure was built out of stone in order to mask the irregularities of the Medieval shops and structures. This took two years between 1507 and 1509.

Ascoli Piceno Piazza del Popolo, Marches, Italy
Photo by eumoretti* at Flickr

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