Ascoli Piceno praises a rich artistic and architectural heritage that makes it one of the most characteristics Renaissance cities in the Marche region.
Ascoli Piceno was an important center during the Roman Empire, as attested by the remnants of the remnants of Cecco Bridge and the Roman theater. In the Middle Ages, it evolved into an independent municipality, marking a period of economic and cultural prosperity. Piazza del Popolo is the heart of the city, dominated by the Palazzo dei Capitani which is surrounded by elegant arcades and travertine buildings.
Of great artistic interest are the Church of San Francesco with its Gothic cloister, and the Civic Art Gallery, which houses the works by Crivelli, Lotto and Giotto.Also worth visiting is the Baptistery with the 14th century octagonal baptismal font, as well as the Fortezza Pia, a fortess with bastions.
Ascoli Piceno is also famous for its flavous and typical products, such as the stuffed olives, Campofilone maccheroncini pasta, pecorino cheese, prosciutto and sweet wines like "vino cotto and "vin santo". The historic center is a charming collection of bars, restaurants and shops that invites you to stop and taste the local specialties.