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Historical-artistic itinerary

"The borderlands between the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and the Papal States"


We will visit the ancient village of Civitella del Tronto, a place known as a fortress city, for the exceptional adaptation of its urban fabric to the military needs of the strong above. Each path we take will tell us the story of those historical personalities who spent part of their lives in these places, such as Ferdinando II di Borbone, Carlo Pisacane, Matthew Wade, Angelina da Montegiove, Fra ‘Guglielmo Isnardi.

The exceptional social environment born in this village, a microcosm populated by merchants, landowners and military, Italian and European, finds the most effective showcase in the exhibition rooms of the Nina Museum of Creative Textile Arts.

Precious haute couture clothes will welcome us in rooms set up to immerse us in the history of the nineteenth century, when the Unification of Italy erased the border of the Tronto and radically changed the history of Civitella. At the end we will take the way back.


Arrival in the square in front of the sanctuary of the Madonna dei Lumi, to observe the fortress city of Civitella del Tronto from below, a singular combination of urban complex and military structures, merged into a iron defensive logic and the last Bourbon stronghold to fall after the unification of Italy in 1861. We will enter the Marian sanctuary, a privileged location for invading armies of the past, where we will admire the most ancient sculpture Renaissance from Abruzzo. At the exit we will walk on foot the access road to the town of Civitella (1 km). We will access the Spanish fortress through a mechanized ascent system. Every corner will be an excellent place to enjoy an exceptional panoramic observation. At the end of the visit we will reach the village below through la Ruetta, a very narrow alley, progressively compressed between two houses, to admire a singular urban complex adapted to the military needs of the fort. We will therefore take the way back.


Renaissance architecture and museums tell centuries of history and creativity. The itinerary winds through these elegant squares, real open-air museums, overlooked by the most beautiful monuments of the cities. It starts from the medieval Piazza Arringo, delimited by some of the most significant buildings in the city: the Baptistery (from the Romanesque period), the majestic Cathedral (inside which there is a splendid polyptych by Carlo Crivelli), the Town Hall inside which the Civic Art Gallery is located.

You then cross the sixteenth-century Piazza del Popolo, surrounded on two sides by a splendid portico, delimited by the Palazzo dei Capitani (fruit of the union of several medieval buildings), by the Café Meletti (rare example of liberty coffee), from the Basilica of San Francesco XIII-XIV sec. with the Loggia dei Mercanti.

Going along Corso Mazzini (ancient Roman decuman) you reach Piazza S. Agostino dominated by the facade of the homonymous Romanesque church (recently renovated, in whose convent a Cultural Center was built which houses the Municipal Library and the Contemporary Art Gallery) and two imposing Gentlemen’s Towers (Ascoli was once the city of a hundred towers and there are still a large number of them).

The itinerary ends along the characteristic rue to reach Piazza S. Tommaso, formerly Roman amphitheater, with the Church of San Tommaso (from the Romanesque period) whose cloister houses the Museum of Art Ceramic. Among the travertine ashlars and the milky-colored columns it is possible to admire the collection of fine ceramic artifacts from the most important shops of Ascoli and from renowned cities such as Castelli, Deruta etc.


From the cult of the golden snake to the ancient tradition of bobbin lace, passing through the tangible testimonies of a Eucharistic miracle. Starting from the monument to the Merlettaie (Offida city of bobbin lace) located at the entrance of Offida, we will walk through the ancient city streets to visit the singular Teatro del Serpente Aureo, hosted in the medieval town hall. From there we will reach the Lace Museum at the tombolo where you can attend a live demonstration of the complex textile art.

The most famous monument of the city will await us at the end of the village, in an isolated position: the Abbey of Santa Maria della Rocca (11th century), a double church built on the remains of a Lombard castle.

Returning to the village we will visit the church of Sant'Agostino, where the relics of the Eucharistic Miracle are kept.


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