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Ascoli Piceno is the capital of the homonymous province in the Marche.

Il historic center of Ascoli Piceno it is almost entirely made of travertine and is among the most admired in the region and central Italy, for its artistic and architectural richness.

Ascoli Piceno is defined the City of a hundred towers because it preserves several noble and bell towers.

Of great importance not only historical-artistic but also urban planning Renaissance Piazza del Popolo, considered among the most beautiful squares in Italy.

Ascoli Piceno it is a bishopric. While the industrial area is mainly developed in the lower valley of Tronto river.

The city is not far from Adriatic Sea and borders on two protected natural areas: the Gran Sasso National Park e Monti della Laga and Sibillini Mountains National Park.

On the Renaissance square Piazza del Popolo there are some of the most important buildings including the Palazzo dei Capitanithe historic Meletti coffee and Church of St. Francis.

Another very important square ad Ascoli Piceno and the Arringo square, the oldest square in Ascoli, where the baptistery of San Giovanni of medieval origins, the Cathedral of Sant'Emidio, which contains within it the crypt also dedicated to the patron saint. The Episcopal palaceArengo palace, Home of the civic art gallery.

Among the monuments are worth visiting: the Roman bridge of Solestà it can also be visited inside, the ruins of Roman Theatre,  caves of the Annunziata, a cyclopean construction of the Roman period, the Pia Fortress and Fort Malatestabuilding Longobardo with the tower of the Ercolani.

Of extraordinary importance to Ascoli Piceno also temples dedicated to the patron saint such as: Sant'Emidio alle Grotte and Sant'Emidio Rosso and also the church of Santi Vincenzo e Anastasio with the characteristic facade divided into panels.

Not only the squares and monuments characterize Ascoli Piceno, but also the ways like via Pretorianaroute of Solestàvia delle Stellevia Soderinivia del Trivioancient cardo and corso Mazzini.

How to get to Ascoli Piceno

A convenient motorway link connects Ascoli Piceno with the San Benedetto del Tronto tollbooth of the A14 Adriatica motorway.

The closest railway station to Ascoli Piceno is San Benedetto del Tronto (Bologna-Lecce line). The connections between San Benedetto del Tronto and Ascoli Piceno are guaranteed by a local railway line and a bus service of the START Spa Company

The START Spa bus line (06-4460567, 0736-259091) connects Rome with Ascoli Piceno three times a day and vice versa.

The closest airports to Ascoli are: Pescara, Ancona and Rome. From Pescara and Ancona train services are available to San Benedetto del Tronto. From Rome the easiest way to reach Ascoli by bus is to use the services of the START Spa