Today you will be picked up at 9am and driven through beautiful wooded countryside to the ancient town of Ascoli Piceno. The town gains its name from two families, the Ascolani and the Piceni. Both of whom spent a great deal of time fighting each other until they realized it was better to work together. The town has always been rich. Mainly from its job of collecting taxes on behalf of the Romans.
On arrival you will look inside the Duomo at the end of the Piazza Arringo. See the Crivelli hanging to the side of the altar, and the newly opened cript which is full of ancient artefacts. You can even see through to the catacombs beneath the church. After this we will look round the Archeaological museum which now has a second floor, thanks to newly uncovered treasures during the laying of new gas and water pipes. We shall then take lunch in one of the local restaurants and then have a look round the Comune museum, followed by a walk to the Piazza del Popolo and its wonderful church, and then down to the river to see the Roman bridge spanning the river Tronto. Then a stroll back to the Piazza del Popolo for afternoon tea or cocktails in the gorgeous Caffe Meletti. Opened in 1904, it still retains its Art Nouveau style. Order whatever you desire and it will be served by a waiter from another era. Dressed in white jacket with a black tie, the waiter will bring your order to the table and if you have ordered a cocktail, will proceed to mix it in front of your very eyes.
We guarantee your camera will be worn out, especially if you come for the Medieval carnival which starts on the second Saturday of July, and runs until the first Sunday in August. This spectacular event has the locals all decked out in authentic outfits from the middle ages, and culminates in a ‘joust’ involving riders against the clock, trying to hook rings onto their lance.
On return to your hotel, you will need a rest before sitting down to a sumptuous dinner.