Province of Ascoli Piceno
This fascinating, ancient, walled town sits high on a ridge overlooking the Tesino river valley, with a panorama of snow-capped mountains in the distance. In the height of summer it is the perfect place to visit to avoid the heat of the coast and lower-lying land. It is one of the oldest towns in the Piceno region, dating back to prehistoric times.
The warm pink brick of the ancient town walls are testament to the fact that the town has resisted all forms of modernisation. Given the small size of the town, the grandeur of the buildings is surprising, , with many dating back to the 16th century, when the town was given the status of ‘city’ and enjoyed great prosperity. The most famous feature of this lovely town is that it is the home of the narrowest alleyway in all Italy – only 43 cm wide!
There are a wealth of cultural and artistic delights to discover, including the medieval walls and towers, art galleries, and, of course, a variety of fine churches. There is also a magnificent theatre, constructed inside a 14th century Palazzo, and recently restored to its original mid-19th century glory. The food and wine from this region is also of a very high calibre, winning it membership of the prestigious ‘Citta’ del vino’ (wine city) club of Italy, which allows only 194 members from the whole of the country. It is also the recipient of the coveted ‘Orange flag’ seal for tourism and environmental quality.