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Culture of Ascoli Piceno. Places to visit - old town, temples, theaters, museums and palaces

It is surprising to see so many attractions in such a small town. One day is not enough to see all landmarks of Ascoli Piceno. Moreover, the town’s vicinity is also rich in interesting historic sights. The central square of Ascoli Piceno – Piazza del Popolo – is recognized as one of the most beautiful in Italy. An ensemble of gorgeous old buildings surrounds it. Many of these historic buildings are made from light travertine. This material is not typical for local towns.
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During a walk in the city center, you will have an opportunity to see not only ordinary houses but also beautiful palaces and gorgeous churches that were built more than two centuries ago. The first travertine houses appeared here yet during the Middle Ages. This stone is incredibly hard to work with but local masters became proficient and capable of making true masterpieces. Carved columns and unusual sculptures decorate many historic buildings today, and each building has unique peculiarities.
You will find Chiesa di San Francesco close to the main square. This church is an important architectural landmark of Ascoli Piceno. It is also made from light travertine. Skillful carvings with traditional ornaments decorate the church’s façade. The arched entrance with massive wooden doors deserves a separate mention. Fabulous paintings decorate the arch above the entrance. Step inside Chiesa di San Francesco to see gorgeous columns and stunning stained-glass windows that look particularly attractive in the middle of a sunny day. If you want to admire the square and the church from the best angle, eat lunch in one of the nearby restaurants with outdoor summer terraces. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The majestic Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo is located nearby. It is easy to recognize this palace because it has a tower of an original shape. The palace is actually a complex consisting of three separate buildings, each of which was located on a different street several centuries ago. These buildings date back to the 13th – 14th centuries. Today, Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo looks so harmonious that it is almost impossible to notice this interesting peculiarity. The palace has an unusual façade. Besides the clock on the tower, there is another clock above the entrance. The palace is currently used for important political and cultural meetings so it might be unavailable on some days. You will have an opportunity to see the preserved elements of inner décor. The palace exhibits a collection of vintage furniture and artworks.
When it comes to religious attractions of Ascoli Piceno, Cattedrale di Sant'Emidio should be mentioned first. This fabulous cathedral is one of the oldest buildings in the city. The first church on this site was built at the edge of the 5th and 6th centuries. Naturally, it was rebuilt several times over the centuries but the shrine still has some elements from the first church.
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The underground crypt is the oldest part of the cathedral. It was built almost one thousand and five hundred years ago. The façade has been unaltered since 1529 – this was the year of the last major restoration. Cattedrale di Sant'Emidio keeps the relics of Saint Emidio. Local people consider him the patron saint of Ascoli Piceno and organize a beautiful celebration in his honor every year. The cathedral exhibits many valuable religious artifacts, so multiple pilgrims from different regions of Italy and other countries visit Cattedrale di Sant'Emidio every year.
One-of-a-kind artistic decoration is another advantage of the famous cathedral. Visitors will see multiple ancient sculptures and paintings of different periods inside it. The cathedral is located on Piazza Arringo, the oldest square in the town. Piazza Arringo has a gorgeous old fountain in the middle. Several majestic palaces beautifully adorn this square.
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Don’t forget to visit landmarks located in the nearest suburbs of Ascoli Piceno. For instance, the ancient Tempietto di Sant'Emidio alle Grotte is situated in a picturesque mountain region. The temple was made inside the rock. It almost hasn’t changed over the centuries. The temple is quite small and modest-looking. The unusual location is the main attraction of the old church. As many tour guides simply don’t mention Tempietto di Sant'Emidio alle Grotte, most tourists are not even aware of this hidden gem.
Any review of interesting museums in Ascoli Piceno is incomplete without Pinacoteca Civica di Ascoli Piceno. Open in a gorgeous old palace, this museum features an interesting collection of ancient artworks. The palace itself is also an important architectural landmark.
In the section below, you can get one of our excursion, activities or city discovery tours over Ascoli Piceno and surroundings. Our website offers 10-30% lower ticket prices, when compared to the offline purchase on the spot.

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Public palaces near Ascoli Piceno
♥   Palace 'Torre e Palazzo de Félice' Rosciano, 70.6 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Cathedrals and basilicas near Ascoli Piceno
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Bernardo e S. Maria Assunta, Teramo, 24.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Cattedrale di S. Maria della Marina, San Benedetto del Tronto, 27 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Convento-Santuario di S. Gabriele dell’Addolorata, Isola del Gran Sasso, 39.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Concattedrale di S. Maria Argentea, Norcia, 39.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Concattedrale di S. Maria Assunta, Atri, 44.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica S. Nicola di Tolentino, Tolentino, 45.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Basilica Concattedrale di S. Catervo, Tolentino, 45.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
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Excursions over cultural sights of neighbours of Ascoli Piceno

Culture guide to Ascoli Piceno. Which fascinating sights to visit once you are in Ascoli Piceno: temples, churches, museums, theaters and castles. Recommendations (with addresses, phone numbers and links) on the places 'must visit' in Ascoli Piceno. Plan your own city excursion by using this page info!
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