Ascoli Piceno – Loggia dei Mercanti
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Le Marche is historically an area where wool was and still is produced and this is evident in Ascoli Piceno. On the south side of Chiesa San Francesco, just off Piazza del Popolo is the Loggia dei Mercanti, or Merchants’ Lodge. This travertine structure was constructed in the sixteenth century and was used for trading by the powerful and wealthy wool merchants. On the wall of the loggia is a tablet with the exact dimensions for all of the tiles and bricks used in building the structure, a handy template if any repairs would be required.
Now this loggia is used by flower merchants each morning to sell their colorful selections and a favorite place for the younger crowd to gather under in the evenings.