Beppe and I were recently on the road doing some scouting for a custom tour that will visit several regions on the Adriatic coast. We spent a few nights in Ascoli Piceno in one of the hotels where our group will stay, took a walking tour of the town, and of course, tried all of the local food!
CNN's travel section has been filled with great stories about Italy lately, and a few weeks ago I saw the headline, "The Italian town that glows at night." Before I even clicked on the article I knew they had to be writing about Ascoli Piceno; the historic center is built almost entirely in travertine, which gives it a golden glow come dusk.
This week's blog is is a repost of the article from CNN.
Walk round Ascoli Piceno, and in some ways it could be any Italian town. There are two big squares where locals watch the days go by, sit in cafes to people-watch, and do their nightly passeggiata stroll. There are centuries-old churches and even ancient remains dating back to the Roman period.
A miniature ancient Rome
2,000 years of upcycling
Roman Ascoli lasted well past the days of the empire, but in the medieval period, the citizens decided to rebuild. Instead of using new stones, as might happen now, they upcycled the Roman buildings, using the travertine cut 1,000 years earlier to build a modern city. Today, the churches of San Venanzio and San Gregorio Magno sit on the site of Roman temples, incorporating their stones into the building -- the latter has even recycled the pagan foundations, its back wall, and has even built its façade around two original Corinthian columns.