Corso Serpente Aureo, 66 - Offida (AP)
This beguiling hill town is one of the southern Marche's smaller gems and belongs to the association The most beautiful villages in Italy. The triangular main piazza is dominated by the beautiful Town Hall, one of the finest examples of 15th century civic architecture in the Marche. The building's lovely upper loggia and swallowtail battlements give the square true class. The nearby Theatre del Serpente Aureo  is a beautiful 18th century theatre , decorated with stucco and gilded carvings.  The most remarkable tourist attraction is the church of Santa Maria della Rocca, that stands a little way from the main piazza. The Romanesque -gothic church is one of the area's most important examples of Piceno monastic art. The building began as a Longobard castle before being passed to the Abbey of Farfa around 1000. The present building dates back to 1330 and provides clear evidence of the peculiarity of Piceno monastic style. Offida is well-known for hand-made lace. Lace making is one of Offida's most common crafts. Women can still be seen, seated at their doorways in old town passageways, working intently with bobbins, threads of white or grey yarn and pins on designs of flowers and animals.  Offida also boasts the bobbin lace museum (which has a separate path for blind people), housed in the nineteenth century De Castellotti - Pagnanelli Palace; the Palace also houses the "Archaeological Museum "G. Allevi ", the "Popular Traditions Museum" and the Municipal Art Gallery. Offida is also an important wine-making centre: Terreni di Offida and Pecorino are the two typical wines. The former convent of San Francesco  now houses one of the two sections of the Enoteca Regionale (Wine Bar), important centre for the promotion and tasting of Marche’s wines and typical products. .The specialties of the village are: chichìripieno  (a flat bread with tuna, anchovies, capers and peppers) and the so-called Offida’s "mushrooms" (anise-based sweet cakes ). The most important events taking place  during the year are: the traditional Carnival of Offida (January, February), Offida Opera Festival (September) and Di Vino in Vino (September).


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Discover the attraction Offida - Serpente Aureo Theatre

Offida - Serpente Aureo Theatre

Originally, the theatre was located inside the town hall Palace it does not have its own facade, but the entrance is set under the town-hall Palace portico....

Discover the attraction Offida - Museums of Palazzo De Castellotti

Offida - Museums of Palazzo De Castellotti

Today, the archaeological museum "G. Allevi" is located inside the nineteenth-century De Castellotti - Pagnanelli building that has been hosted, since 1998, the...

Discover the attraction 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 Castel di Lama – Giardini di Villa Seghetti Panichi (Villa Seghetti Panichi Gardens)

Castel di Lama – Giardini di Villa Seghetti Panichi (Villa Seghetti Panichi Gardens)

The complex, also known as “Villa Odoardi Seghetti”, raises close to Castel di Lama upon the hill crest which, in the low Tronto valley, is oriented...

Discover the attraction Civic Picture Gallrty and Archeological Museum

Civic Picture Gallrty and Archeological Museum

The paintings to be found inside this picture gallery include works from the XV to XX century.  Some of the rooms are assigned to the towns which make up...

Discover the attraction The Diocesan Sistino Museum

The Diocesan Sistino Museum

Recently, the diocese of San Benedetto del Tronto, Ripatransone and Montalto realised this inter-municipality Diocesan Sistino Museum to emphasis and protect...


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