Ascoli Piceno facts for kids
|Città di Ascoli Piceno|
Piazza del Popolo
The comune Ascoli Piceno, in red, in the province.
|Location of Ascoli Piceno in Italy|
|Province||Province of Ascoli Piceno (AP)|
|• Total||158.02 km2 (61.01 sq mi)|
|Elevation||154 m (505 ft)|
|Highest elevation||1,110 m (3,640 ft)|
|Lowest elevation||46 m (151 ft)|
|Population (31 December 2015)|
|• Density||315.625/km2 (817.46/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|Saint day||5 August|
The central historical part of the city is built in marble called travertino, a grey-hued stone extracted from the surrounding mountains. Its central Renaissance square, Piazza del Popolo ("Square of the People") is considered one of the most beautiful in Italy.
The town is in the valley of the Tronto river, at the confluence of this river and the small river Castellano and is surrounded on three sides by mountains. Two national parks border the town, one on the northwestern side (Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini) and the other on the south (Parco Nazionale del Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga).
Ascoli Piceno borders with the following comuniː to the north, Venarotta, Rotella, Castel di Lama and Castorano; to the east, Castignano, Appignano del Tronto and Colli del Tronto; to the south, Folignano, Maltignano and the comuni of the province of Teramo (Abruzzo) of Ancarano, Sant'Egidio alla Vibrata, Civitella del Tronto and Valle Castellana; and to west with Acquasanta Terme, Roccafluvione and Venarotta.
Some mountains close to comune are Monte Ascensione, Montagna dei Fiori and Monte Vettore.
The following frazioni (hamlets) are part of Ascoli Picenoː Bivio Giustimana, Campolungo, Caprignano, Carpineto, Casalena, Casamurana, Case Schiavi, Castel Trosino, Cavignano, Cervara, Colle, Colle San Marco, Colloto, Colonna, Colonnata, Coperso, Faiano, Fonte di Campo, Funti, Giustimana, Il Palazzo, Lago, Lisciano, Lisciano di Colloto, Montadamo, Monte di Rosara, Morignano, Mozzano, Oleificio Panichi, Palombare, Pedana, Piagge, Pianaccerro, Polesio, Ponte Pedana, Porchiano, Rosara, San Gaetano, San Pietro, Santa Maria a Corte, Talvacchia, Taverna di mezzo, Trivigliano-Villa Pagani, Tozzano, Tronzano, Valle Cupa, Valle Fiorana, Valle Senzana, Valli, Vena piccola, Venagrande, Villa Sant'Antonio.
Ascoli was founded by an Italic population (Piceni) several centuries before the building by Rome of the important Via Salaria, the salt road that connected Latium with the salt production areas on the Adriatic coast. In 268 BC it became a civitas foederata, a "federated" city with nominal independence from Rome.
In 91 BC, together with other cities in central Italy, it revolted against Rome, but in 89 BC was reconquered and destroyed by Pompeius Strabo. Its inhabitants got Roman citizenship, following the developments and the eventual fall of the Roman Empire.
Ascoli Piceno is twinned with:
- Trier, Germany, since 1958
- Massy, France, since 1997
- Banská Bystrica, Slovakia, since 1998
- Chattanooga, United States, since 2006
- Bayonne, France, since 2008
- Norcia, Italy, since 2010
- Amatrice, Italy, since 2010
- Veles, Republic of Macedonia, since 2011
- Civitella del Tronto, Italy
Images for kids
The monumental entrance of Julius II in the church of San Francesco
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