Paesaggio Urbino



The fall of Ascoli Piceno marked definitive defeat of the Italid in the Social War and the end of the conflict, the Piceni were ascribed to the Fabia tribe, obtaining Roman citizenship and completing the Romanization process of the Picene population, which began in the 2nd century B.C.

In this itinerary we will discover the testimonies left by the Romans in our territory starting from the archaeological remains found under Palazzo dei Capitani in Ascoli Piceno, where four building phases of the Roman age are still visible today. A few minutes from the historic center we find the Roman theater which based on the characteristics of the building technique, is dated to the last decades of the 1st century B.C. and maybe it went afterwards.

Not far away is Porta Gemina, a true architectural jewel of great archaeological value and preserved Roman artifacts in the city. After the visit to the Roman evidences in the city of Ascoli, we will leave for Comunanza, a small town located at the beginning of the riverbed of the Aso River , surrounded by the Sibillini chain , which was used by the Romans as an outpost and point of defense against the nemids, for the particular topographical conformation. As evidence of of this passage we will visit the archaeological area where the remains of a Roman villa (Domus) have been brought to light. At the end of the visit we will dedicate ourselves to the knowledge of a product that was already mentioned by Latin poets in Roman times: the pink apple of the Sibillini, a variety that has always been cultivated in the hilly and mountainous areas of the Marche and in particular in the area of the Sibillini Mountains.

To end the experience in Comunanza we will have lunch in in one of the characteristic cellars obtained in the warehouses of the ancient village houses, which welcome visitors to immerse them in an atmosphere of the past where we will taste typical dishes of the countryside and dishes made with the pink apple of the Sibillini. Finally, we will leave for Acquasanta and more precisely we will reach the small town of Santa Maria, where near the banks of the Tronto river there is a small natural open-air SPA called “Lu Vurghe”.
This area, recently redeveloped after the 2016 earthquake, has several basins with sulphurous water which in some point reaches as much as 30°. Here, like the Ancient Roman Legionans, we will immerse ourselves in the healty waters and enjoy the landscapes that surrounds us.


MEETING POINT AT PALAZZO DEI CAPITANI FOR VISITING THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL ROUTE: 9:00 a.m. - we will visit the archaeological area on the ground floor of Palazzo dei Capitani. The Roman period structures refer to a public area adjacent to the forum where a macellum and some houses once stood. The stratigrafy shows the traces of the devastation following the defeat of Asculum during the joint wars against Rome.

THE THEATER AND THE ROMAN DOOR: 10:00 - A few minutes from the historic center, in the west of the city we find the Roman theater of Ascoli Piceno. Its construction dates back to the 1st century BC. with subsequent restorations and extensions in the first half of the 1st and 2nd centuries after Christ. Not far away we find the Gemina gate, built on the pre-existing Picena gate destroyed by Gneo Pompeo Strabone and found during the excavations conducted in the twentieth century.

THE ROMAN BATHS OF COMUNANZA: 12.00 - Of Roman origins, Comunanza rises along the river Aso. Archaeological excavations, near Colle Terme, show that the site was already inhabited in Roman times with the presence of spas. The current settlement originated in the fifth and sixth centuries, when some families from the city of Ascoli Piceno moved to this area to escape the raids and barbarian incursions. The village experienced alternating vicissitudes and was disputed between Amandola and Ascoli Piceno, remaining in the latter’s sphere of influence.

THE LUNCH OF TRADITION: 1.30 pm - A gustatory journey through the flavors of the traditional dishes of this mountain area made using the pink apple of the Sibillini. We discover an ancient variety of apple grown in the Marche between 450 and 900 meters above sea level. We have certain news of the existence of the Sibillini pink apples already in Roman times, in fact they are mentioned as “one of the ancient fruits of the Marche hinterland” to which the Latin poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus also dedicated a quote in his Satires.

ACQUASANTA TERME, “LU VURGHE”: 5.00 pm - In Acquasanta Terme, along the banks of the Tronto river, there is a small natural spa, created by the sulfur springs and called “Lu Vurghe”. A small corner of paradise, recently restored, born in a place whose history is always linked to the healing properties of its waters. Already in Roman times, Roman consuls and legionaries used this gift of nature to regain health and strength. RETURN TO ASCOLI PICENO: 8.00 pm

- BASE 2 PAX: EURO 164

- BASE 5 PAX: EURO 150

- BASE 10 PAX: EURO 102

- BASE 20 PAX: EURO 70

Criluma Viaggi

Any part of Italy is wonderful to be discovered, but there is one region that can leave you truly breathless: Marche. Our agency has unique features in our territory, we can organise travel according to the purpose: study travel, work travel, holidays, cultural travel, natural experience, shopping journeys, etc. We are also specialize in planning weddings and weddings travels in Italy or in our region taking care of everything from A to Z The famous guide Lonely Planet has ranked Italy 2nd in the top 10 most beautiful and fascinating places to visit, right after the evocative tour along the Silk Road, in Central Asia. Green hills, endless vineyards, beautiful beaches, enchantingwoods, cities of art and ancient villages are all around. Thanks to Criluma, you will be able to get to know cities that willsteal your heart, such as Urbino, an enchanting picturesque Renaissance village located in the north of the region, which still retains the atmosphere of one of the brightest periods for Italian art and culture, celebrating the 500th anniversary of the death of its most famous citizen, Raffaello. However, Urbino is just one of the many wonders that the Marche region boasts. Among the most popular destinations are the Frasassi Caves, near the town of Genga: an extensive underground system of karst caves where you can admire the gigantic sculptures created by nature, known as stalactites and stalagmites. Moreover, the beautiful Loreto, a religious and spiritual landmarkpar excellence, a Marian pilgrimage destination known worldwidefor its majestic Basilica. In addition, during the summer, the Marche coast offers countlessbeautiful beaches, where you can relax and have fun in the crystal clear water of the Adriatic Sea. Among the most beautifulattractions, there are certainly Sirolo and Numana, sitting in thepromontory of Monte Conero. The south of the Marche Region is full of breathtaking landscapes, centuries-old traditions, myths and legends. The Red Blades can be considered as the Grand Canyon of the Marche Region, one of the most fascinating and well-known places on the SibilliniMountains. A 7-km-long itinerary that will take you up close to see wonderful rock formations with pinnacles and towers. The area of the Sibillini Mountains National Park is defined by many as magical and wild: legend has it, in fact, that there lies the kingdom of the mythical Sibyl. The places across the border of the Marche and Umbria regions are rich in ancient myths and legendsas well, adding to the evocativeness of attractions such as the cave of Sibilla and Pilate’s lake, the only natural lake in the entire region. A unique habitat where many animal and vegetable species, nowhere else to be found, coexist, such as a small and rare crustacean, which gives water its typical reddish nuance. All around the Marche region there are companies that have produced food and wine products for centuries. Moreover, there are true districts of handcrafted products such as shoes in the province of Fermo, hats in the enchanting area of Montappone and then bags, tailored objects and furnishings in the Pesaro area. The food and wine and handicrafts of the Marche Region have always been renowned and nationally certified as products of Italian excellence. The Marche region awaits you with its culture, art, history, tradition, fashion, adventure, food and unpolluted nature. At Criluma, a national landmark for tourism based in the Marche region, we look forward for you to discover our region at its best.
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