28 June 2007

Ascoli Piceno - Piazza Roma

Ascoli Piceno has the majestic Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Arringo that are the showcase of the city, but there is also a piazza that is the working heart of the centro storico - Piazza Roma. These three piazze are all just a few steps from each other; in fact from Piazza Roma you can see both Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Arringo.

Piazza Roma is full of a mini-mercato every morning Monday through Saturday, empties in the afternoon, and then fills up with teenagers and their motorini in the evening before dinner. Old timers fill the benches daily in warm sunny weather, and stay long enough to watch the ragazzi as they begin to gather.

This piazza also holds the city’s war memorial. Each city in Italy has a memorial to those who died in World War I and World War II. Many were erected after WWI with the hope of commemorating the end of all such conflicts in Europe. Unfortunately, they had to be added to after WWII. The large bronze statue dominates the piazza and is the scene of several small military ceremonies during the year with wreaths, bands and politicians.

Piazza Roma is only a few minutes away from our apartment and one of the many places here in the centro where we can witness the pulse of Ascoli Piceno.

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