Top choice in Ascoli Piceno

Set around a tree-shaded courtyard, the second-largest art gallery in Le Marche sits inside the 17th-century Palazzo Comunale. The palace's aristocratic halls are lined with outstanding works of art and sculpture by major Italian artists such as Titian, Carlo Crivelli and Guido Reni, as well as a collection of religious artefacts. Highlights include Titian's San Francesco riceve le stigmate (Saint Francis Receiving the Stigmata) and a stunning embroidered 13th-century papal cape worn by Ascoli-born Pope Nicholas IV.

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1. Museo Archeologico

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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…

2. Cattedrale di Sant'Emidio

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Topped by a pair of mismatched towers, Ascoli's cathedral was built in the 16th century and dedicated to St Emidio, the city's patron saint. Its most…

3. Battistero

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Next to the Cattedrale on Piazza Arringo, the Romanesque-style octagonal battistero (baptistry) has remained unchanged since it was reconstructed in the…

4. Piazza del Popolo

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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…

5. Chiesa di San Francesco

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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. Chiesa di San Pietro Martire

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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…

8. Museo dell'Arte Ceramica

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