Author James Martin

  • A little outside the historic center of Ascoli Piceno stands the Forte Malatesta, which defended the Castellano river. Beside it is the Cecco Bridge, a Roman work completed during the last period of the Republic. The fort is now an interesting museum and the architecture makes it one of the most compelling examples of Renaissance fortified architecture in Italy.

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  • Eat with a great view inside one of Rome’s most diverse museums, the Castel Sant’Angelo.

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  • If Ascoli Piceno is one of Italy’s top hidden treasures (and it is), then little Offida, population just over 5000, has to be one of Italy’s top villages.

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  • An unassuming red brick building marks the entrance to a very special underground place in Italy, the second century AD Mithraeum, or, as the Italians say, Mitreo. If you are a fan of going underground to strange places, the Mithraeum of Capua is a great place to start.

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