On the road of the ancient Romans: discovering the Marche hinterland
This tour allows you to explore the hinterland of the Marche region, using the ancient Roman road known as Salaria Gallica. This road axis, used for archaeological explorations in some stretches, connected Ascoli Piceno with the Roman city of Forum Sempronii, the current village of Fossombrone, in prehistoric times. Along this ancient road, already rich in natural beauty, there are remains of antique theaters and amphitheaters, pagan temples that have become churches, perched castles and abbeys, panoramic views and picturesque sceneries. Already praised in Roman times, the wines produced by the Marche hills are numerous and appreciated all over the world. Each town and village in the region is also characterized by particular gastronomic products: the juicy olives from Ascoli Piceno, the cheeses from Jesi and the vincisgrassi from Macerata.
Best season : All year-round
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Assistance upon arrival at the airport
Car rental with insurance
Hotel in a double room with a minimum of 3 stars
Directions and suggestions for best beaches
Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM
Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants
Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French
Flights to/from your home city
Meals where not mentioned
Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)
Arrival at Falconara airport where you will be greeted by an Italy Trails representative who will welcome you and give you the travel material. You can then go pick up the car and head to your first destination. Acquaviva Picena stands on a hill overlooking the landscape of the Tronto valley, a few kilometers away from the Adriatic Sea and San Benedetto. From the hill on which the town stands, it is possible to see, in addition to Mount Vettore, the most distant mountains of Abruzzo (Gran Sasso and Majella). Mentioned among the most important fortresses in the region, the Fortress of Acquaviva is the most representative monument and the main tourist attraction of the region. Built during the consolidation of power of the Acquaviva family, it was completed around 1300 and then rebuilt in 1447 by Giovan Francesco Azzolino. The fortress now houses the Archaeological Museum, La fortezza nel tempo, or The Fortress Over Time. We recommend a visit to the numerous cellars, both in Acquaviva and in nearby Ripatransone, where the Cocci Grifoni family has managed to create a great white wine, Pecorino. It is an ancient indigenous grape variety that disappeared for years and then recovered.
Overnight at the hotel in Acquaviva.
Scattered with towers and bell towers, Ascoli Piceno is surrounded on three sides by the water of the Tronto and Castellano Rivers. The historic center is full of medieval civil and religious buildings. Starting from Piazza Arringo, overlooked by numerous historic buildings including the Cathedral of Sant’Emidio and the Baptistery, continue along Via XX Settembre and Via Tibaldeschi to reach the splendid Piazza del Popolo, surrounded by porticoes. Archeology enthusiasts can visit the State Archaeological Museum. After the visits, you will have to take a tasty break with the fried icons of Marche: Ascoli olives. These are large local olives that are pitted and stuffed with meat and cheese, then breaded and fried. To digest, enjoy a good glass of anisetta (anise liqueur created in 1870 and produced with Castignano green anise) at Meletti café, also in Piazza del Popolo. For those wishing to explore the surroundings of the city, you can head to the nearby villages and also visit the hermitage of Sant’Emidio alle Grotte (the Italian Alpine Club organizes excursions on foot or by mountain bike, and climbing courses on the cliffs around the city).
Night in a hotel in Ascoli.
In the morning after breakfast, you will reach Montemonaco, which falls mostly within the Monti Sibillini National Park, stretching between the peaks of Mt. Vettore Massif and Mount Argentella, up to the ridges of Mount Sibilla, where the cave situated at the top is inhabited by the legendary Sibyl, according to tradition. For hiking lovers, reaching Pilato Lake is an unmissable opportunity. It is a body of water of alpine glacial origin, one of the few in the Apennines, enclosed in a narrow glacial valley north of the main peak of the massif, and surrounded by the highest peaks of the Sibillini Mountains. The lake is home to a particular animal, the Chirocefalo del Marchesoni, a small red crustacean that measures 9-12 millimeters and swims with its belly facing upwards. Traditionally, the lake is considered a mysterious, magical and demonic place: it takes its name from a legend according to which the body of Pontius Pilate would have ended up in the water, executed by Vespasian for not having prevented the crucifixion of Christ. Overnight in a hotel in Montemonaco (or Amandola).
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