Getting there & away
Buses leave from Piazzale della Stazione, in front of the train station in the new part of town, east of the Castellano river. Start (800 44 30 40) runs buses to Rome (€14.50, three hours, four daily) and Civitanova Marche (€4.95, two hours, 12 daily). In Rome, Start buses leave from Viale Castro Pretorio 84, near Stazione Termini. Mazzuca (0736 40 22 67) leave from Piazza Simonetti (buy tickets on board) and serves Montemonaco (€3.75, 1½ hours, four daily), Amandola (€3.25, one hour 10 minutes, six daily) and other towns near the Monti Sibillini range. At 6.30am daily, Amadio (0736 34 23 40) runs a service to Perugia (€17, arrives 11am) and on to Siena (€25, arrives 12.30pm) from in front of the train station. A second bus leaves Sundays and holidays at 6.30pm.
Ascoli Piceno is on its own spur line from San Benedetto del Tronto, which is easily reached on the main Bologna to Lecce line along the Adriatic coast. There are good connections to Ancona (€4.20, one hour 10 minutes), but Macerata requires one or two changes (€5.60, two hours, hourly).
From the A14 motorway, exit at San Benedetto del Tronto and follow the superstrada (expressway) for Ascoli Piceno. From Rome, take the Antique Salaria or A2 motorway L’Aquila-Teramo. Follow the state road Piceno–Aprutina for Ascoli Piceno.