Acquaviva Picena is a small town located in the hinterland of San Benedetto del Tronto; it lies on a hill where you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the Apennines. In Acquaviva Picena flies the Bandiera Arancione (Orange Flag), that is a recognition of quality awarded by the Touring Club Italiano to small towns (population 15,000 or less) in Italy for excellency in tourism, hospitality and the environment.
The village features the fortress, a real masterpiece of Renaissance military architecture, whose first construction dates back to the fourteenth century. It was then rebuilt in 1474 by architect Baccio Pontelli. The plan is an irregular quadrangle, enclosing a large central courtyard with a well, with the tops strengthened by pinnacle towers. The highest tower, the keep, has a cylindrical shape and is about 22 m high. The interior, which is occupied by two vaulted rooms which are linked by a masonry staircase, now houses an interesting exhibition of ancient weapons. At the foot of the fortress is the square of the Fort, which is impressive with its small houses. The square of S. Nicholas is in the heart of the old town, surrounded by homonymous sixteenth century church, Casa Rossi Panelli and the Civic Tower. Outside the old town, the Church of San Francesco with the adjoining convent is the oldest Franciscan site of the whole region, established by the same S. Francesco d' Assisi upon invitation of the Acquaviva family. The traditional activity of the village is the production of straw baskets, carried out according to a method handed down from generations.