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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…
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…
Cathedral in Ascoli Piceno

Duomo

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 three-section …
Gallery in Ascoli Piceno

Pinacoteca

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…
Church in Ascoli Piceno

Chiesa di San Francesco

This beautiful church was started back in 1262 as an homage to a visit from St Francis himself. In the left nave is a 15th-century wooden cross that miraculously made it through a 1535 fire at the Palazzo dei Capita…
Wine Bar in Ascoli Piceno

Vincè Fa La Carita A Lu Dome

An Ascoli meeting point on pretty Piazza Arringo, this cheekily named cafe/wine bar draws a fun, artsy crowd for its nightly aperitivo. Great local wines can be sunk here on the cheap – especially when you pair them…
Mediterranean in Ascoli Piceno

Il Desco

Funky chandeliers, high vaults and white distressed wood create a country-chic backdrop at this gorgeously styled palazzo. When the weather warms, diners spill out into the garden courtyard, lit by tealights. A clev…
Cafe in Ascoli Piceno

Siamo Fritti

A great little cafe specialising in both the city's famed fried-and-stuffed olives (there's a vegetarian version for non-carnivores) and local wines. The perfect initiation to this local delicacy is the €6 olive con…
Cultural in Ascoli Piceno

Quintana

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…
Food & Drink in Ascoli Piceno

Fritto Misto all'Italiana

This four-day festival of fried food aims to 'debunk the prejudice that it's unhealthy'. After a few hours spent grazing stalls packed with heavy-duty treats – cannoli from Sicily, panzerotti from Puglia and, of cou…