High on a ridge above the northern slopes of the attractive valley of the Tesino river stands the small hill town of Ripatransone. Here you can enjoy stunning views over the surrounding countryside . It belongs to the National Association of Cities of Olive Oil and Cities of Honey and boasts the Orange Flag. Its historic centre boasts buildings dating back to Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque time. The town's uniqueness comes in the form of a tiny alleyway - it is only 43 centimeters wide and the narrowest in all Italy. Built and strengthened between the twelfth and sixteenth centuries, the town walls - 2,418 m. long - are some of the best preserved in the Marche region. The most remarkable monuments are: the Cathedral, built in 1957 but completed in 1902, boasting the seventeenth century canvases and statues; the Town Hall, built in the thirteenth century and rebuilt several times between the sixteenth and nineteenth centuries; the fourteenth-century Palazzo del Podestà, the Teatro Comunale Mercantini, with its horseshoe plan and richly decorated ceiling. Must-see attractions are also: the Civic Museum, boasting five collections (the art gallery, with important works of Vittore Crivelli and Vincenzo Pagani, the Gipsoteca One Gera, the historical ethnographic museum, the historical Museum of Risorgimento Luigi Mercantini and a contemporary art gallery); the Archaeological Museum, which houses many prehistoric, Roman and Piceno finds; the Museum of Country Life and Handicraft, which documents the rural tradition of the country and the Potter's Museum, with over eight hundred terracotta products including the typical whistles.
In Ripatransone’s neighborhood there’s a good production of extra virgin olive oil and top quality wines, such as Falerio dei Colli Ascolani and Rosso Piceno Superiore. The typical specialty is ciavarro, a spicy vegetable soup. The most important events taking place during the year are : the "Cavallo di Fuoco", a historical re-enactment on the Octave of Easter and the "Festa della Maddalena", patroness of the city, in July.