Torre degli Ercolani

Ascoli Piceno

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 Lombard-Romanesque defensive position that is now home to the Ostello dei Longobardi youth hostel, while just to the north is the well-preserved Ponte Romano, a single-arched Roman bridge.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Ascoli Piceno attractions

1. Chiesa di San Pietro Martire

0.09 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…

2. Museo dell'Arte Ceramica

0.13 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 Francesco

0.24 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…

5. Piazza del Popolo

0.28 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…

6. Museo Archeologico


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…

7. Pinacoteca


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…

8. Battistero

0.43 MILES

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