Art

Acoli Piceno, administrative center of the Province of Ascoli, is for sure the most important artistic center of the area according to the number and quality of its monuments.

The Old age, the Middle Age, the Renaissance, the Modern Era, have shaped the city, giving life to the web of roads, towers, Romanic and Gothic houses and to the Baroque buildings and of the Renaissance.

The wide squares on which Churches and artistic buildings overlook are striking: Piazza del Popolo, of the Renaissance, framed by the Palazzo dei Capitani and by the Church of Saint Francis, heart of the city; a square that thanks to its ambiance seems like a living room.

Less intimate but more impressive is the nearby Piazza Arringo, from the Middle Age the center of civic, religious and cultural life of the city, overlooked by the large rectangle of the Baptistery (XII Century) , the Cathedral (XII- XVI), the Town Hall ( XVIII Century), the Bishop's Palace (XVIII Century). In the Town Hall, with the Civic Library, it is housed the Art Gallery which contains works by Crivelli, Pietro Alemanno, Cola dell'Amatrice, Tiziano, Annibale Carracci, Alessandro Magnasco, Rubens, Van Dyck, Callot and a precious Cope of samite fabric, by British art of the Thirteenth Century .

The Cathedral has a great and wonderful polyptych by Carlo Crivelli, considered the masterpiece of the Venetian painter ( 1473) . In the Bishop's House it is hosted the Diocesan Museum ( Alemanno, Cola dell'Amatrice and local works of gold, even from the Abruzzo); in Palazzo Panichi it is instead hosted the Archaeological Museum ( finds of stone, bronze and iron; mosaics and Roman sculptures, objects of gold Byzantine and Lombard).

Ascoli offers visitors other notable Squares ( Ventidio Basso and Garibaldi), other solemn buildings ( Malaspina Palace, now the headquarter of the Modern Art Gallery, the Romanesque Lombard building with the adjoining tower of the Ercolani; the neoclassical Saladini-Pilastri palace; the imposing building of the Prefecture, other suggestive Churches ( Saints Vincenzo and Anastasio , St. Vittore, St. Pietro Martire, St. Agostino) and many exciting testimonies of Roman art ( Solestà and Cecco bridges, Gemina door, the Church of San Gregorio and San Venanzio door).

Even the city of Fermo boasts a heritage that goes from the relevant Villanovan evidences to modern times. The center of the city is Piazza del Popolo, lined by arcades of 1569 and closed at the end by the medieval Town Hall, rebuilt in the second half of the '400 and completed in 1525, which includes, in some rooms, the Art Gallery with the beautiful Nativity by Rubens ( 1608), the Stories of Saint Lucia by Jacobello del Fiore, the Annunciation, fabric on cardboard by Giusto di Gang.

The Roman pools are the most impressive classical monument while the Romanesque and Gothic architecture is represented by a group of interesting Churches ( San Zeno, St. Agostino, St. Domenico , St. Francesco) and the Renaissance by magnificent buildings ( Fogliani, Azzolino, Vitale Rosati palaces).

The Cathedral is from the Eighteenth Century, but retains the statement of the Thirteenth Century ( with the beautiful rose window of 1348) and, inside, some paleo -Christian testimonies.

Ascoli Piceno and Fermo are the two main artistic centers of their Provinces, which have other places that really worth a visit for the quality and beauty of the works they preserved: Ripatransone ( Palazzo del Podestà, Palazzo del Comune, the Cathedral, the Museum); Offida ( the Church of Santa Maria della Rocca, the city hall, the Collegiate); Amandola ( the churches of St. Agostino and St. Francesco, the Abbeys of Saints Ruffino and Vitale and of Sts Vincenzo and Anastasio); Montefortino ( the Church of S. Angelo in Montespino, dell'Ambro Sanctuary, the Art Gallery); Arquata del Tronto ( and its fortress); Falerone ( the Church of S. Fortunato, the Faleria theater, the thermal baths); Montegiorgio ( the Church of St. Francesco and St. Maria degli Angeli); Sant'Elpidio a Mare ( the Church of the Misericordia, the Collegiate, the city hall with polyptychs by Vittorio Crivelli); Massa Fermana ( the polyptych by Crivelli, the first made by him after his arrival in the Marche; Urbica door); Montalto Marche ( the Cathedral); Montefiore deIl'Aso ( the Collegiate of Saint Lucia, St. Francesco Church, parts of a dismembered polyptych by Carlo Crivelli); Monterubbiano ( the church of Santa Maria dei Letterati); Acquaviva Picena (the fortress); Montemonaco (the Town Hall and the Church of St. Benedetto); Ponzano di Fermo ( the Church of Santa Maria Mater Domini, called St. Marco); Porto San Giorgio ( the fortress); Santa Vittoria in Matenano ( the Civic Tower; the Cappellona); Carassai ( the fortress of Montevarmine); Moresco, an interesting medieval castle, surrounded by walls, dominated by the heptagonal tower with battlements and by the squared clock tower, that is opened at its center with a picturesque square; Servigliano, a typical eighteenth century village with a squared plan, built according to the dictates of the time.

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