Ascoli Piceno Province
Ascoli Piceno Province
Palazzo dell'Arengo - Photo: Sibilla
Province of Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche

Ascoli Piceno Province

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Ascoli Piceno runs in a narrow strip from east to west in the southernmost portion of the region of Le Marche. It extends from the Adriatic Sea in the east across to the Sibillini mountains in the west, covering an area of 1,228 km². It is bordered by Abruzzo to the south, Lazio to the south west and Umbria to the west. Ascoli Piceno is a beautiful and diverse province which, from its sunbaked beaches on the coast to its ski slopes in the west is full of history and ancient traditions.
Ascoli Piceno ProvinceProvince of Ascoli Piceno, Le Marche
The province is served by two airports, Aeroporto di Ancona-Falconara in Ancona, and Abruzzo airport in Pescara.

Aeroporto di Ancona-Falconara (AOI) is located in Falconara Marittima to the west of Ancona and is just over 130km from the city of Ascoli Picene. This airport is also known as Aeroporto Raffaello Sanzio.
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Abruzzo Airport (PSR) is just outside the city of Pescara in Abruzzo. It is about 100km from Abruzzo airport to the town of Ascoli Picene.
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The nearest ferry port is Ancona, just over 120km from the town of Ascoli Piceno. The port, one of the main ports on the Adriatic Sea, is located near the centre of Ancona and is a busy passenger port with ferries running to Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Albania and Montenegro. It has good facilities with a café, shop, restrooms and both short and long term car parks.
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There are good train and bus services to and from all the major cities in Italy.

The main road serving Ascoli Piceno, along with the rest of the region of Le Marche, is the A14 motorway (Autostrada A14 or Autostrada Adriatica).This motorway runs between the cities of Bologna and Taranto, mostly hugging the Adriatic coastline. The A14 motorway is 743.4 km in length and mainly consists of two lanes, three in parts of the north and has many hills, tunnels and bridges.

The town of Ascoli Piceno, also the capital of the province, lies at the confluence of the rivers Tronto and Castellano. Three sides of the town are bounded by mountains and two natural parks also run along its borders. Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini to the north west and Parco Nazionale dei Monti della Laga to the south.

Several centuries before the founding of Rome, the town of Ascoli was formed by the Piceni on the Salt Road (Via Salaria) which ran between the Adriatic coast and the area where Rome now stands.

Ascoli Piceno
This provincial capital has a beautiful historical city centre which is mainly constructed with a grey marble which was extracted from the nearby mountains. It once had more than 200 towers but only around 50 remain today. The main square, Piazza del Popolo (Square of the People) is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful in Italy.

Cathedral of Sant'Emidio
Dedicated to Saint Emygdius who was martyred there and is believed to have saved the town when an earthquake badly affected the rest of Le Marche but seemingly missed Ascoli Piceno.

Sant'Emidio alle Grotte
This Baroque church was built in the early 18th century on the spot where the saint was said to have walked, with his head under his arm, in 309AD when he was beheaded.

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Sant'Emidio alle Grotte - Photo: Sibilla
Church of San Francesco
A Gothic style church on which work began in 1258 before finally being completed in 1549.

Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo
Built in the 13th century the southern side was enlarged in the 15th century, a façade was added to the back in 1520 and in 1535 it was fully renovated before a portal, a monument to Pope Paul III, was added in 1549.

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Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo - Photo: pizzodisevo
Porta Gemina
Ancient Roman twin gates dating back to the 1st century BC and through which the Salt Road originally entered the town.

Porta Tufilla
Built around 1550 and connected to the bridge of the same name which was built over the River Tronto in 1097.

Ponte Maggiorre
A medieval bridge.

There are botanical gardens connected to the agricultural college containing many rare specimens and which were set up to teach ecology and environmental education.

On the first Sunday of August every year the town celebrates Saint Emidio by holding an historical parade. More than 1500 people dressed in Renaissance costume and after the parade there is a tournament called 'Quintana' with six knights riding a course and trying to hit an effigy of an Arab warrior.

The town of Ascoli Piceno is very pleasant and an excellent place in which to enjoy a true Italian holiday people watching from one of the many bars set up in streets and piazzas.

The whole region has a warm and welcoming feel to it and many of the little towns and villages situated in the stunning countryside are good to stay in or to visit for a day trip.

Acquaviva Picena
There is a fortress here that is one of the largest castles in Le Marche.

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The Fortress of Acquaviva Picena - Photo: pizzodisevo
Montefiore dell'Aso
One of the many pretty hill towns of the province which has a Romanesque-Gothic church containing several works of art.

Montemonaco
This town takes its name from the Benedictine monastery which was founded there in the 8th century. It is located within the beautiful Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini.

Offida
Only 12km northeast of the town of Ascoli Piceno, Offida is located on a rocky spur between two valleys. Tombs of the original inhabitants of the village, the Piceni, dating back to between the 7th and 5th centuries BC have been found here. It is also home to the church of Santa Maria della Rocca which is considered to be one of the most important pieces of architecture in Le Marche.

San Benedetto del Tronto
This is the second biggest town in the province of Ascoli Picene and is an active fishing port and popular seaside destination. In the highest and oldest part of the town it has a 15 metre tall tower from which you gain a panoramic view of the entire area.

The best and most popular beaches to be found in this province are:
  • San Benedetto del Tronto - This beach is one of the most famous in Italy with its beautiful golden sand and endless palm tree lined promenade. The water is clear, clean and shallow making it an ideal location for families with young children.
  • Grottammare - Another lovely sandy beach, palm tree lined promenade and clear blue water. Grottammare is also a lively fishing port.
  • Cupra Marittima - As well as yet another lovely resort, this little town has an excellent and fascinating shell museum.
Food and Wine
Olives and vines are grown extensively in this area and several good wines and excellent olive oil are produced.

The area around Offida produces several DOC wines including red, white and Vin Santo which must be aged for at least three and a half years before it is sold. The main grapes grown are Montepulciano and Cabernet Sauvignon. Pecorino and Passerina grapes are grown to produce DOCG white wine.

The most famous dish from this area is 'olive all'ascolana' which are local olives stuffed with meat, herbs and cheese before being covered in breadcrumbs and then deep fried.

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  • Regional Information

    • Area: 9,694 km²
      Population: 1.5m
      Density: 159/km²
      Capital: Ancona

      National Parks:
      Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga National park
      The Sibillini National Park
Location of Le Marche
Provinces of Le Marche
  • Comunes of Le Marche
    • Ancona
      • Agugliano
        Ancona
        Arcevia
        Barbara
        Belvedere Ostrense
        Camerano
        Camerata Picena
        Castel Colonna
        Castelbellino
        Castelfidardo
        Castelleone di Suasa
        Castelplanio
        Cerreto d’Esi
        Chiaravalle
        Corinaldo
        Cupramontana
        Fabriano
        Falconara Marittima
        Filottrano
        Genga
        Jesi
        Loreto
        Maiolati Spontini
        Mergo
        Monsano
        Monte Roberto
        Monte San Vito
        Montecarotto
        Montemarciano
        Monterado
        Morro d’Alba
        Numana
        Offagna
        Osimo
        Ostra
        Ostra Vetere
        Poggio San Marcello
        Polverigi
        Ripe
        Rosora
        San Marcello
        San Paolo di Jesi
        Santa Maria Nuova
        Sassoferrato
        Senigallia
        Serra de’ Conti
        Serra San Quirico
        Sirolo
        Staffolo

    • Ascoli Piceno
      • Acquasanta Terme
        Acquaviva Picena
        Appignano del Tronto
        Arquata del Tronto
        Ascoli Piceno
        Carassai
        Castel di Lama
        Castignano
        Castorano
        Colli del Tronto
        Comunanza
        Cossignano
        Cupra Marittima
        Folignano
        Force
        Grottammare
        Maltignano
        Massignano
        Monsampolo del Tronto
        Montalto delle Marche
        Montedinove
        Montefiore dell’Aso
        Montegallo
        Montemonaco
        Monteprandone
        Offida
        Palmiano
        Ripatransone
        Roccafluvione
        Rotella
        San Benedetto del Tronto
        Spinetoli
        Venarotta

    • Fermo
      • Altidona
        Amandola
        Belmonte Piceno
        Campofilone
        Falerone
        Fermo
        Francavilla d’Ete
        Grottazzolina
        Lapedona
        Magliano di Tenna
        Massa Fermana
        Monsampietro Morico
        Montappone
        Monte Giberto
        Monte Rinaldo
        Monte San Pietrangeli
        Monte Urano
        Monte Vidon Combatte
        Monte Vidon Corrado
        Montefalcone Appennino
        Montefortino
        Montegiorgio
        Montegranaro
        Monteleone di Fermo
        Montelparo
        Monterubbiano
        Montottone
        Moresco
        Ortezzano
        Pedaso
        Petritoli
        Ponzano di Fermo
        Porto San Giorgio
        Porto Sant’Elpidio
        Rapagnano
        Santa Vittoria in Matenano
        Sant’Elpidio a Mare
        Servigliano
        Smerillo
        Torre San Patrizio

    • Macerata
      • Acquacanina
        Apiro
        Appignano
        Belforte del Chienti
        Bolognola
        Caldarola
        Camerino
        Camporotondo di Fiastrone
        Castelraimondo
        Castelsantangelo sul Nera
        Cessapalombo
        Cingoli
        Civitanova Marche
        Colmurano
        Corridonia
        Esanatoglia
        Fiastra
        Fiordimonte
        Fiuminata
        Gagliole
        Gualdo
        Loro Piceno
        Macerata
        Matelica
        Mogliano
        Monte Cavallo
        Monte San Giusto
        Monte San Martino
        Montecassiano
        Montecosaro
        Montefano
        Montelupone
        Morrovalle
        Muccia
        Penna San Giovanni
        Petriolo
        Pieve Torina
        Pievebovigliana
        Pioraco
        Poggio San Vicino
        Pollenza
        Porto Recanati
        Potenza Picena
        Recanati
        Ripe San Ginesio
        San Ginesio
        San Severino Marche
        Sant’Angelo in Pontano
        Sarnano
        Sefro
        Serrapetrona
        Serravalle di Chienti
        Tolentino
        Treia
        Urbisaglia
        Ussita
        Visso

    • Pesaro e Urbino
      • Acqualagna
        Apecchio
        Auditore
        Barchi
        Belforte all’Isauro
        Borgo Pace
        Cagli
        Cantiano
        Carpegna
        Cartoceto
        Colbordolo
        Fano
        Fermignano
        Fossombrone
        Fratte Rosa
        Frontino
        Frontone
        Gabicce Mare
        Gradara
        Isola del Piano
        Lunano
        Macerata Feltria
        Mercatello sul Metauro
        Mercatino Conca
        Mombaroccio
        Mondavio
        Mondolfo
        Monte Cerignone
        Monte Grimano Terme
        Monte Porzio
        Montecalvo in Foglia
        Monteciccardo
        Montecopiolo
        Montefelcino
        Montelabbate
        Montemaggiore al Metauro
        Orciano di Pesaro
        Peglio
        Pergola
        Pesaro
        Petriano
        Piagge
        Piandimeleto
        Pietrarubbia
        Piobbico
        Saltara
        San Costanzo
        San Giorgio di Pesaro
        San Lorenzo in Campo
        Sant’Angelo in Lizzola
        Sant’Angelo in Vado
        Sant’Ippolito
        Sassocorvaro
        Sassofeltrio
        Serra Sant’Abbondio
        Serrungarina
        Tavoleto
        Tavullia
        Urbania
        Urbino
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Le MarcheWEATHER
Le Marche Climate (Ancona)
  High Low Sun Rain
Jan 15 8 4 63
Feb 15 8 4 52
Mar 17 9 5 43
Apr 19 11 6 31
May 24 15 7 17
Jun 28 18 9 9
Jul 31 22 10 6
Aug 31 22 9 9
Sep 28 19 7 29
Oct 24 16 6 53
Nov 20 12 4 63
Dec 17 10 4 59
Table Key:
High - Average monthly high temperatures
Low - Average monthly low temperatures
Sun - Average hours of sunshine per day
Rain - Average monthly rainfall in mm
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