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From the Riviera of the Palms to the Apennine National Parks

 

A varied experience that will take you to discover the beauty and traditions of the Piceno area.

 
San Benedetto del Tronto is the queen of the ‘Riviera Picena delle Palme’ which offers holidaymakers a serene and comfortable stay with the chance to spend time on the spacious beaches along the coast. Lovers of history, folklore, nature and archaeology can set off from San Benedetto del Tronto on a discovery of the surrounding towns and villages. Travelling southwards we find the San Benedetto del Tronto Sentina Regional Nature Reserve located between the mouth of the river Tronto and the sea, a place of extraordinary interest from a naturalistic point of view. Staying with the coast, just a few kilometres from San Benedetto a further two important seaside resorts are located, Cupramarittima and Grottammare, both awarded Blue Flags and offering a lovely historic town centre by the sea. 

Continuing inland, a fifteen-minute drive by car brings us to the medieval village of Acquaviva Picena, a masterpiece of Renaissance military architecture. This is a place full of culture and tradition particularly known for its artisan manufacturing of “pajarole”, which are baskets made from wheat straw, wicker and various types of marsh reeds. A short distance away do not miss a visit to Offida, an ancient village enclosed by 15th century castle walls and numbered among Italy’s most beautiful villages. Perched on a rocky outcrop, it is known for the intricate and patient art of bobbin lacemaking, an ancient tradition still very much practised today, to which a museum is dedicated. The most important event on the calendar is Carnevale, with origins that go back a long way, featuring very original festivities that can probably be traced back to Roman saturnalia. 

Just a few kilometres away lies one of the 5 administrative centres of the Marche Region, the city of Ascoli Piceno. The historic centre is built almost entirely in travertine and is one of the most admired in the region and in central Italy because of its rich artistic and architectural character. It has a large number of bell towers and noble towers and for this reason is known as the city of a hundred towers. 

Nearby, continuing towards the Gran Sasso National Park and the Monti della Laga mountain chain we find the thermal Spa water centre of Acquasanta Terme. The town can trace its origins to Roman times and today is a well-known complex equipped for thermal water, physiotherapeutic and rehabilitative treatments using sulphurous water, open from May to October.
 
 
 

From the Riviera of the Palms to the Apennine National Parks

Duration: 3 days
Recommended for: Bike - Family - Wellness - Culture - Leisure
 

Attractions along the route

Discover the attraction of Grottammare - St Lucia’s Church

Grottammare - St Lucia’s Church

The Church is the most important architecture of the ancient town, situated in a very visible position which features thanks to its façade, the view of...

Discover the attraction of St. Martin’s Church

St. Martin’s Church

St. Martin’s Church is one of the most ancient religious buildings in Ascoli Piceno. It was founded by the Benedictine monks of the Farfa...

Discover the attraction of Offida - Church of St. Maria della Rocca

Offida - Church of St. Maria della Rocca

You rises on a precipice; I become' possession of the Benedictine monks around 1047 was partially demolished then when the monks thought about building the...

 
Discover the attraction of Ascoli Piceno - Sanctuary of Sant'Emidio alle Grotte

Ascoli Piceno - Sanctuary of Sant'Emidio alle Grotte

The unique and evocative sanctuary of St. Emidius alle Grotte is a magnificent example of religious Baroque art in the Marche. It’s called “ alle...

Discover the attraction of Ascoli Piceno - Cathedral of Saint Emidius

Ascoli Piceno - Cathedral of Saint Emidius

On one side of central Piazza Arringo is the "Cathedral of Saint Emidius". The cathedral underwent many adaptations between the eighth and sixteenth centuries....

Discover the attraction of Acquaviva Picena - Church of St. Nicolò

Acquaviva Picena - Church of St. Nicolò

The church dedicated to St. Nicholas of Bari, the patron saint of Acquaviva, and completed within the first half of the sixteenth century, was subjected during...

 
Discover the attraction of San Benedetto del Tronto - The 'Virgin of the sea' Cathedral

San Benedetto del Tronto - The 'Virgin of the sea' Cathedral

The original project. dating back to the half of the 19th century, was carried out by the Bolognese architect Gaetano Ferri and later modified several times by...

Discover the attraction of St. Pius V’s Church

St. Pius V’s Church

The Church represents the centre of the urban widening of Grottammare designed by the architect Pietro Augustoni, in 1779, who designed at the same time the...

Discover the attraction of Acquasanta Terme - Abbey of San Benedetto in Valledacqua

Acquasanta Terme - Abbey of San Benedetto in Valledacqua

The Monastery of San Benedetto in Valledacqua is situated in a hill, pretty close to the National Park of Sibillini Mountains and the National Park of Gran...

 
Discover the attraction of National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga

National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga

The National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga covers an area of 150.000 hectares of protected land, 9.900 of which are in the Marche. It was established...

Discover the attraction of Marina San Benedetto del Tronto

Marina San Benedetto del Tronto

The tourist port of San Benedetto del Tronto, awarded with the Blue Flag by the EU Foundation for Environmental Education, boasts a Nautical Club, which offers...

Discover the attraction of Ascoli Piceno- Niccolo IV and the cope in Ascoli Piceno

Ascoli Piceno- Niccolo IV and the cope in Ascoli Piceno

Pope Niccolo IV (Girolamo Masci) was the first Franciscan Pope in the history of the Church. He was born in 1227 in Lisciano, a few kilometers far from Ascoli...

 
Discover the attraction of Sentina Nature Reserve

Sentina Nature Reserve

Born on 14th December 2004, the Riserva Naurale Regionale Sentina (Sentina Regional Nature Reserve) is the smallest protected area of The Marche and yet it has...

Discover the attraction of Ascoli Piceno - People's Square

Ascoli Piceno - People's Square

The City is embraced by two rivers - Castellano and Tronto - and it is dominated by the stunning "Piazza del Popolo" (literally People's Square, to...

Discover the attraction of Antiquarium Truentinum

Antiquarium Truentinum

The Antiquarium Truentinum is one of the five sections of the the Sea Museum located in San Benedetto del Tronto. After its renovation, visitors can explore...

 
Discover the attraction of The Sea Museum of the Marche

The Sea Museum of the Marche

The Museum is located in the Fish Market complex and is part of the "Sea Museums Center" which already includes the 'Anphorae Museum and the "Capriotti Fish...

Discover the attraction of San Benedetto del Tronto - Museums Sistini of the Piceno

San Benedetto del Tronto - Museums Sistini of the Piceno

The Piceno territory surprises it's visitors for the quality & quantities of its immense of wealth. Art and nature are in perfect symbiosis. A rich land for...

Discover the attraction of San Benedetto del Tronto - Museum of the Sea

San Benedetto del Tronto - Museum of the Sea

The Museum of the Sea - housed in  the Wholesale Fish Market at the North Pier of the port  - is a museum that San Benedetto del Tronto Town Council...

 
Discover the attraction of San Benedetto del Tronto - Anphorae Museum

San Benedetto del Tronto - Anphorae Museum

The Museum is located in the Fish Market complex and is part of the "Sea Museums Center" which already includes the 'Anphorae Museum and the "Capriotti Fish...

Discover the attraction of Cupra Marittima - Shell Museum

Cupra Marittima - Shell Museum

The Malacological Museum of Cupra Marittima, founded in 1977 is one of the world's largest museum of this kind. There's a three thousand meters exhibition space...

Discover the attraction of Grottammare - Sistine Museum - Piceno Sistine Musems

Grottammare - Sistine Museum - Piceno Sistine Musems

Until 2002, the museum was located in the Saint Augustine Church in Grottammare, but today it is situated in the Saint John the Baptiste Church, which hosts...

 
Discover the attraction of Ascoli Piceno - Municipal Art Gallery

Ascoli Piceno - Municipal Art Gallery

In the Arringo Square is located "La Pinacoteca", the Municipal Art Gallery, with worldwide known paintings by C. Crivelli, Tiziano, P. Alemanno, Cola...

Discover the attraction of Ascoli Piceno -

Ascoli Piceno - "Piazza Arringo"

The City of Ascoli Piceno does praise an additional centre of civic aggregation, "Piazza Arringo", the Arringo Square, which takes its name from the public...

 
 
 

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