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Top Choice Italian in Ascoli Piceno

Degusteria 25 Doc & Dop

Strings of garlic and chilli dangle from the ceiling of this convivial deli-enoteca, where the locals squeeze in or spill out onto the terrace for fine wines and tasting plates of regional salumi, cheese and, of cou…
Top Choice Piazza in Ascoli Piceno

Piazza del Popolo

The harmonious and simply lovely Piazza del Popolo has been Ascoli's salotto (sitting room) since Roman times. The rectangular square is flanked on the west by the 13th-century Palazzo dei Capitani del Popolo. Built…
Museum in Ascoli Piceno


Gathered around a tree-shaded courtyard, the second-largest art gallery in Le Marche sits inside the 17th-century Palazzo Comunale. It boasts an outstanding display of art, sculpture and religious artefacts; there a…
Museum in Ascoli Piceno

Museo Archeologico

Ascoli's archaeological museum holds a small collection of tribal artefacts from Piceni and other European people dating back to the first centuries AD.
Cafe in Ascoli Piceno

Caffè Meletti

From the elegant shade of this cafe's portico you can sip a coffee or a glass of the famous homemade anisette with olive all'ascolana as you gaze onto the piazza. The cafe, founded in 1904, was once a popular haunt …
Cathedral in Ascoli Piceno

Duomo della Città di Ascoli Piceno

Topped by a pair of mismatched towers, Ascoli's duomo was built in the 16th century over a medieval building and dedicated to St Emidio, patron saint of the city. In the Cappella del Sacramento is the Polittico, a p…
Cultural in Ascoli Piceno


This is one of Italy's most famous medieval festivals, and for good reason. Expect thousands of locals dressed in typical medieval garb: knights in armour, flag-throwers and ladies in flamboyant velvet robes. Proces…
Pizza in Ascoli Piceno

Bella Napoli

Yep, the name might make you want to leg it in the opposite direction pronto, but bear with us. Unlike its touristville name, this pizzeria is as authentic as they come. It's jam-packed on weekend nights with locals…
Italian in Ascoli Piceno

Piccolo Teatro

This barrel-vaulted restaurant blends historic charm with a dash of style. Tables draped in white linen set the scene for wonderfully light pasta and season-driven dishes – from artichoke tart with fondue of Castelm…
Church in Ascoli Piceno

Chiesa di San Pietro Martire

The 14th-century Chiesa di San Pietro Martire is dedicated to the saint who founded the Dominican community at Ascoli. The chunky Gothic structure houses the Reliquario della Santa Spina, containing what is said to …