Ascoli Piceno, Italy

Ascoli Piceno is a city in the Italian central region of Le Marche and it the fourth largest city in the region with a population of about fifty two thousand people according to the Italian Wikipedia ( Ascoli Piceno is surrounded by mountains on three sides and it borders with two natural parks one being Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini and the other one being the Parco Nazionale dei Monti della Laga.

The central part of the city which is also the historical area is mainly built with a type of marble called “travertino” of a grey color and it comes from the nearby mountains which surround the city. The following are some of the cities religious monuments that you can admire within the city of Ascoli Piceno.

The Cattedrale of Sant’Emidio is the Duomo of the city and it was completed in 1539 and it is located in the central area of the city and the interesting aspect of this cathedral is that it has five bell towers and all built in different times from the sixteenth to the nineteenth century, while inside the cathedral you can see a Romanic-Gothic style.

Then there is the Chiesa di San Francesco and this one in particular is considered one of the most beautiful and interesting ones that are dedicated to the Saint. This church rose to remember the visit of San Francesco (Saint Francis) in the year 1215, according to the Italian Wikipedia (, and the façade of the building is completely done with the “travertino” marble and the inside has a mix of medieval and renaissance art and architecture.

Then there is the Chiesa di San Gregorio Magno (Saint Gregory Magno’s church) which was built to transform the pagan building in a Christian place and this was done between the first century B.C and the first century A.C. The façade of the church is very simple and it has two entrances with the bigger one having a larger arch and the architectural style is mainly Romanic.

Another one is the Chiesa di Santa Maria delle donne and it was built in the thirteenth century right outside the walls of the city. The style is Romanic but it hides some of the Gothic style which you can see it in the height of the building and this church also was built with the local marble the “travertino”.

These are four of the religious monuments that you can see in the city.