Surrounding Villa Bussola
Villa Bussola is situated only a
few minutes away from the little village of Monsampolo del Tronto,
a few minutes to the other side lies Acquaviva Picena. The sea,
the palm beaches and the beach resort San Benedetto del Tronto are
reachable within 10 minutes. The fabulous city Ascoli Piceno is
only 20 minutes away.
Monsampolo del Tronto
village, with his old city walls, on top of the hill, offers from
the park behind the church, a magnificent view on the Sibylline
Mountains and the Apennines. In the village centre you will find
a bar, a grocery, a drugstore, a butcher and a post office. Every
Tuesday it’s market day. In Monsampolo you can still find
the traditional furniture makers and restorers. They make magnificent
furniture using old techniques. The culinary speciality of Monsampolo
is the fig salami, a sweet and healthy treat that is traditionally
prepared in October.
The old church of Maria Santissima Assunta, dates back to the 16th
century. Inside you will find some famous paintings, first of all
"la Deposizione" van A.Vitali and secondly two painting
made by P.Gaia (l'Ultima Cena e La Circoncisione).
The former monastery of S. Francesco, with its beautiful columns
and a waterhole in the centre made from Travertine, A type of stone
used frequently in this part of Le Marche.
At the local town hall a large amount of books from the 16th and
17th century have been preserved, they where part of the Biblioteca
Tomistica di Sant'Alessio.
Apart from this, Monsampolo becomes more and more known for its
Picena is situated between Villa Bussola and San Benedetto del Tronto
on top of a hill and not far from the sea. The mediaeval Fortress
and a large portion of the city walls are still intact. The historical
centre with its antique houses, the fortress, the narrow steep streets
are definitely worth visiting.
The local craftsmen process reed and rush with the typical “pagliarole”
following an ancient method.
Acquaviva Picena is well known for its art, history and culture,
in the centre you will also find a tourist office.
church of San Rocco in the old centre, (Building started in the
14th century and was finished in the 15th century by Baccio Pontelli)
is now a arsenal museum. In La Cappellina (little chapel) build
by San Michele Arcangelo you will find a sculpture in "terracotta
policroma" made by San Michele, dating back to the 18th century.
May: Festa di Santa Rita.
July: Acquaviva nei fumetti (national gathering regarding comical
theatre and comics books)
August: Sponsalia (historical commemoration of the marriage between
Forasteria, daughter of duke Rinaldo of Acquaviva and Brunoforte,
lord of Sarnano, that took place in 1230
5 December: celebration of San Nicolò
For more information visit: http://www.comuneacquavivapicena.it/
The beguiling town of Ascoli Piceno is the southern Marche's major
centre and, as its tourist brochure says, it is a place you can
see in a day yet never forget. Along with its breathtaking main
square, it has other outstanding sights that manage to leave their
mark on even the most blasé of tourists.
Although it is a fairly large town with a population of some 60,000
people, the historic centre can easily be seen on foot.
Start at the Piazza del Popolo, the traffic-free, travertine-paved
main square. This beautifully proportioned outdoor meeting place
must be one of the most elegant provincial squares in all Italy.
To one side of the square stands the Palazzo del Popolo, a splendid
13thC building guarded over by a monumental statue of Pope Paul
III. Look inside to see the arcaded Renaissance courtyard.
Closing off one end of the piazza is the great Gothic church of
San Francesco, a sober but pleasing building both inside and out.
The other main square, Piazza Arringo, is almost as impressive
as its big sister and is flanked by the Duomo, or cathedral, and
the town hall, or palazzo Comunale. Inside here you will find the
Pinacoteca Civica, Ascoli's art gallery, a carpet-bag collection
of minor works by major artists and major works by minor artists.
Best of all is the 13thC cope (piviale) of Pope Nicholas IV, a dazzling
piece of embroidery work made in England.
Inside the Duomo look out for the colourful polyptch with the Madonna
and Saints by Carlo Crivelli.
Wander round the old quarter of the town that stretches from the
banks of the Tronto river to the city's main street, Corso Mazzini
- best streets are via Soderini and via di Solestà.
La Quintana, Ascoli's jousting tournament, is
one of the most authentic and exciting of these Medieval shows in
the Marche and takes place in the main square on the first Sunday
of August. The high point of the games is when riders from the city's
six districts tilt with lances for the target.
The day also includes a massive procession with around 1,400 town's
people dressed in 15thC costume and plenty of side-shows and open-air
eating places. Maybe not quite as famous as the Palio at Siena but
certainly worth seeing.
The Riviera Picena
One of the most alluring of the hilltowns of the southern Marche,
Fermo has an ensemble of architectural sights which make it well
worth a visit.
The fortress which once topped the town was destroyed
in 1445 in a popular rebellion against the ruling Sforza family
and is now the site of municipal gardens which afford fine views
over the marchigiano countryside (and a spacious car park). The
nearby 13thC Romanesque-Gothic cathedral (below), with its richly
decorated interior and fine rose window, now stands in splendid
isolation. For British visitors, perhaps the most interesting
of the cathedral's treasures is the chasuble of St Thomas a' Becket,
Archbishop of Canterbury (1118-1170), which is on display in the
The main town stands on the level just below the cathedral. Built
around the magnificent large square, the Piazza del Popolo, are
the main municipal buildings. Sansovino's grand statue (1590)
of the Bishop of Fermo who was to become Pope Sixtus V tops the
main entrance of the Palazzo Comunale which contains the town's
art collection, in which the most notable work is an early Rubens
painting of the Nativity (1608). During the summer period the
piazza plays host to Fermo's music festival featuring some of
the world's finest performers, as well as outdoor markets. Also
worthy of note are the underground piscine romane (roman pools)
which comprise thirty magnificently preserved underground chambers
built between 41 & 60 BC to conserve and purify the town's
water supply, and regarded as the finest example of their kind
What was once the ancient port for the inland city of Fermo is
now a pleasant seaside resort with a small working port.
It's streets sandwiched between the main SS16 road and the sea
offer plenty of chances for window shopping and in high summer
the place has a lively air and plenty of concerts and the like
to keep you entertained.
It owes some of its charm to a few fine examples of the Liberty
Style architecture that was much in vogue in the smarter seaside
resorts across Italy at the turn of the 19thC.
It's 13thC fortress, built by Lorenzo Tiepolo, later Doge of Venice,
stands close by the town's central square, and has fine towers
and high keep.
But the town's main attractions are its fish and its attractive
beaches. There are plenty of moderately priced restaurants serving
brodetto (the Marche fish stew) to choose from.
To the south of Porto San Giorgio is Pedaso,
the Marche's "mussel beach" - these delectable molluscs
are cultivated on concrete pillars that lie just off its short,
gravely beach. Apart from being a popular place for skin-diving,
it is also conveniently close to the motorway exit. In summer
there is also a Sagra delle Cozze, or mussel feast.
To the north of Porto San Giorgio is the narrow beach of Porto
Sant'Elpidio. This resort's main attractions are its pine woods
at the northern end and plenty of enormous shoe shops on the main
SS16 (here we're in the heartland of the Marche's shoe industry).
This smaller resort on the southern Marche "Palm Riviera"
boasts 5km of fine sandy beaches. Its pretty traffic-free promenade
is backed by some splendid examples of seaside Liberty architecture
- grand villas that date back to the turn of the last century.
Along with the many palm trees that line the seafront, bright
flower beds and well-kept lawns give the place great charm. The
Medieval historic borgo up above the main resort has fine old
buildings and great views out to sea. The attractive church of
Santa Lucia was built in 1597 in memory of the town's most famous
son, Pope Sixtus V. Above it all stands the ruins of the old Castle.
In high summer the town organises guided tours of the place's
highlights, including a visit to a gallery dedicated to the works
of the 20thC sculptor, Pericle Fazzini who was born here.
This is one of the main holiday resorts of the southern Marche
and, with over 7,000 palm trees on its wide promenade, it has
a touch of tropical charm. But it's also a thriving town that
doubles as one of the most important fishing ports on Italy's
San Benedetto del Tronto
In summer this is a popular resort, but with 8km of wide sandy
beach with palms trees actually growing in the sand there is plenty
of space for everyone. And although it has a great deal of old-world
elegance, it's also a lively place with a fun nightlife that's
great if you're younger.
The most pleasant stretch of beach - and the
highest concentration of good hotels - runs from the centre of
town southwards. The beach to the north of the large port area
is less inviting although it offers many more stretches of free,
The older part of the town sits above the main
resort, on the far side of Corso Mazzini, with its castle and
narrow streets of brick houses.
As well as catching them, its inhabitants also
taking the eating of fish seriously and there are plenty of moderately
priced restaurants to satisfy their demanding tastes. This is
one of the best places to try the Marche version of fish stew
- brodetto - which must be made with 13 species of fish, no more,
Cities and villages to
San Benedetto del Tronto, Famous beach resort
with long rows of palm trees along the beautiful beach
Ascoli Piceno, The beguiling town of Ascoli Piceno
is the southern Marche's major centre and, as its tourist brochure
says, it is a place you can see in a day yet never forget.
Jesi, Beautiful village on top of a hill, centre
of the verdichio region called castelli di Jesi .
Ancona is the capitol of Le Marche, well known
for its white cliff “Monte Connero” that towers high
above its beaches.
Loreto, famous for its ancient place of pilgrimage.
Macerata, well known for its open air opera performances.
Urbino, World-famous renaissance town .
Rome, Reachable within two hours, definitely worth a visit.