Centro Storico

Le Marche

Sarnano's medieval centre sprawls up the hillside in a tangle of steep cobbled lanes and attractive red-brick houses. Climb to the top and you'll come to Piazza Alta, a lovely pint-sized square framed by historic buildings: Palazzo del Popolo, home of a 19th-century theatre; Palazzo dei Priori; and, most impressively, the Chiesa di Santa Maria Piazza Alta, a robust brick church with a splendid Gothic portal. All around are stirring views out to the brooding Monti Sibillini.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Le Marche attractions

1. Gola dell'Infernaccio

8.02 MILES

There's fine walking to be had in the spectacular mountain country near the village of Montefortino. A stunning, and relatively accessible route, leads…

2. Torre degli Ercolani

18.42 MILES

This 40m-high tower is closed to the public but is the tallest of the town's medieval towers. Abutting it is the Palazzetto Longobardo, a 12th-century…

3. Museo dell'Arte Ceramica

18.49 MILES

The Museo dell'Arte Ceramica traces the development of ceramic production in Ascoli and displays works from Italy's famous pottery towns, including Deruta…

4. Chiesa di San Pietro Martire

18.5 MILES

The 14th-century Chiesa di San Pietro Martire is dedicated to St Peter of Verona, the 13th-century saint who founded the Dominican community at Ascoli…

6. Chiesa di San Francesco

18.67 MILES

This monumental church, its southern flank edging onto Piazza del Popolo, is named after St Francis, who is said to have visited Ascoli in 1215. It was…

7. Piazza del Popolo

18.7 MILES

This harmonious piazza has been Ascoli's salotto (drawing room) since Roman times. The elegant rectangular space is flanked by the Chiesa di San Francesco…

8. Museo Archeologico

18.82 MILES

Ascoli's archaeological museum holds a small collection of artefacts from the Piceni and other European peoples dating back to the first centuries AD, as…