Ascoli Piceno (Asculum) entered in contact with Rome mainly for reason of the trade that took place along that which would successively become the Consular Salarian Road as far back as the Alliance Treaty between Rome and the Piceno people that had been stipulated in the year 299 BC.This exceptionally important road, which linked the Tyrrhenian coast to that of the Adriatic, was of fundamental strategic and military importance for the Romans. Various theories exist regarding the origin of the city’s name. According of the Latin poet Silio Italic, the Pelasgi, a Greek population, led by King Aesis, had settled along the Adriatic coast and intermingled with the pre-existing populations that were present in the Piceno territory from before the neo-eneolithic age, making their settlement the present-day hill of the Annunziata, which is called still to this day Pelasgic Hill. From the root “as” taken from the mythical king’s name, one can possibly explain the place names such as Ascoli, Aso, Jesi.
According to the version recounted by Strabone and Pliny the Younger, the Sabine peoples made their appearance in this territory in the instance of a ritual migration known as the primavera sacra. In this voyage, guided by a woodpecker, a bird sacred to Mars, or by Pico, mythical king and son of Saturn, one may explain the origin of the name Piceno.
The Piceno people, also called Picenti, began to differentiate themselves from other Italic populations during the Iron Age. They had control over a vast area of the Middle Adriatic between the regions of Le
The beguiling town of
Although it is a fairly large town with a population of some 60,000 people, the historic centre can easily be seen on foot.
Start at the Piazza del Popolo, the traffic-free, travertine-paved main square. This beautifully proportioned outdoor meeting place must be one of the most elegant provincial squares in all
Closing off one end of the piazza is the great Gothic
The other main square, Piazza Arringo, is almost as impressive as its big sister and is flanked by the Duomo, or cathedral, and the town hall, or palazzo Comunale. Inside here you will find the Pinacoteca Civica, Ascoli's art gallery, a carpet-bag collection of minor works by major artists and major works by minor artists. Best of all is the 13thC cope (piviale) of Pope Nicholas IV, a dazzling piece of embroidery work made in
Inside the Duomo look out for the colourful polyptch with the Madonna and Saints by Carlo Crivelli.
Wander round the old quarter of the town that stretches from the banks of the Tronto river to the city's main street, Corso Mazzini - best streets are via Soderini and via di Solestà.
La Quintana, Ascoli's jousting tournament, is one of the most authentic and exciting of these Medieval shows in the Marche and takes place in the main square on the first Sunday of August. The
The day also includes a massive procession with around 1,400 town's people dressed in 15thC costume and plenty of side-shows and open-air eating places. Maybe not quite as famous as the Palio at Ascoli with his Ascoli Calcio, a lagend in the Italian Premier League.
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The day also includes a massive procession with around 1,400 town's people dressed in 15thC costume and plenty of side-shows and open-air eating places. Maybe not quite as famous as the Palio at
Ascoli with his
Ascoli Calcio, a lagend in the Italian Premier League.