Fairest of Them All?

October 17, 2008 / Places
Ascoli Piceno
What does it take to wow an Italian into proclaiming a piazza to be one of Italy’s most beautiful? Step into Ascoli Piceno’s dazzling Piazza del Popolo and find out.

Piazza del Popolo (the People’s Piazza) lives up to its name – it is the favored gathering spot in Ascoli Piceno and is abuzz with life. It is equally alluring in the sunlight and moonlight, as each plays differently upon the smooth, shiny travertine and the colonnades.

Enclosed by the surrounding buildings, the piazza is used for concerts and operas, and plays host to the evening passeggiata ritual (promenade). The impressive Palazzo dei Capitani with its three-story inner courtyard frequently houses art exhibits and hides very impressive Roman ruins below, while the monumental church of San Francesco with its high bell towers stands sentinel over its northern end.

Grab a table at one of the many outdoor cafés and you’ll quickly see why so many Italians consider this to be among Italy’s most impressive piazzas.

Valerie Schneider

by Valerie Fortney- Schneider

Through her company My Bella Basilicata Valerie uses her tourism industry experience to offer travel planning and on-site genealogy research in the Basilicata region. She is a freelance writer with magazine and website articles to her credit, adores cappuccino, and is an enthusiastic cook.

Valerie Fortney-Schneider

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