Also called the Belvedere del Piceno, Ripatransone, Italy, is located in the heart of the Marche region in the province of Ascoli Piceno. We are talking about an incredible little town. The village offers great hospitality. In addition, the b&b in Ripatransone is easy to find, restaurants, bars and interesting sites as well.
How to get to Ripatransone Marche?
The borgo is located in the Province of Ascoli Piceno. The closest airports are Ancona and Pescara (a bit more than an hour). From there you can take a bus or a train. There are trains and buses daily departing from Rome as well. I believe when you come to Le Marche you will plan a visit to other places like Fermo, Ascoli Piceno, Sarnano, Offida. In this case, you don’t need to worry too much about the travelling to Ripatransone.
Why visit Ripatransone Italy?
Between the Adriatic Sea and the Sibillini Mountains, the old town stretches on a high hill. From here, the city boasts an incomparable view. In detail, the view sweeps far from the Gran Sasso to the Sibillini Mountains. And also, from Mount Conero to the Gargano region. Up to the Dalmatian Coast on the other side of the sea.
The old town is famous because here you can find the narrowest alley in Italy. Only 43 cm (16,9 inches) wide!
Things to do and see in Ripatransone Marche
Cross the narrowest alley in Italy
Of course, the first goal of any traveller should be to cross the narrowest alley in Ripatransone Italy. Surely, for those who do not like tight spaces, going through it is pretty exciting.
On one side, the low steps of this alley make it even odder. But as soon as you step out of it, you take in a more satisfying reward.
Find out why they call it Belvedere del Piceno
When you first arrive in Ripatransone Marche, you might not immediately realize it. But when you find a good viewing spot, you instantly understand where the name Belvedere del Piceno (lit. great view of Piceno) comes from.
On clear days, you can gaze on endless panoramas. So, be sure to check the weather forecast to plan your sightseeing tour!
Here is a little known secret. The highest point of the village is called the Colle. Here, for the delight of children, you will also find a small play area. In the same place, during the summer evenings, the city hosts several shows and concerts.
Visit the old town of Ripatransone
Inhabited since prehistoric times, Ripatransone was an important center of Piceno civilization. From the 9th to 3rd century BC, thanks to its inaccessible position, it resisted many invasions. In later times, its importance grew until it was elevated to a bishop’s city in 1571.
Just as in ancient times, the old town is enclosed within mighty walls. In addition, you can find other fascinating old town views. For example, the staircase of Via Margherita.
Ripatransone offers several museums and collections included within a single museum complex to which they belong:
- the historical archive
- the local library
- the Civic Archaeological Museum,
- the collections of Palazzo Bonomi, such as the Pinacoteca (works by Crivelli, Fazzini, etc.)
- the “gipsoteca Uno Gera” (a place where you find plaster reproductions)
- Risorgimento museum
- ethnographic museum with many peculiar things
Enjoy the food, wine, and cultural legacy
Since 2002, Ripatransone is an orange flag town. That is, they received a prestigious award that certifies the tourist-environmental quality of the hinterland.
For travelers, that means special treats and wonderful tourist services. Including wine tasting and local food in the whole Ripatransone Marche area.
Several local farmers and farmhouses with great wineries will welcome you on short notice. The vineyards are mainly located in the town of Ripatransone and in the other neighboring lands.
In this area, grapes grow at an average altitude of 350 meters (383 yards ) above sea level. Above all, this area provides a great variety of vines, types of soil, and ideal locations for the grapes to grow ripe. In the end, farmers have a selection of the best grapes to obtain wines of greater commercial value.
Watch a play in one of the historical theatres of the Marche
Le Marche is a region with 100 historical theatres. And Ripatransone also has a precious one, the Mercantini Theater. A real gem located in the right-wing of the Palazzo dei Podestà in the old town.
At the end of the 18th century, the citizens felt the need to put themselves on a par with all the other important cities of the Marche. In detail, the name refers to the native poet of Ripatransone, Luigi Mercantini. He is the author of well-known poems of the Risorgimento.
Inside, the cosy atmosphere will entangle you throughout the duration of the play. In brief, this theatre shows the fine yet simple cultural side of the town. Overall, people in Ripatransone Italy embraced rural life, but they never stopped striving for more.
Why Ripatransone is not part of “The most beautiful villages in Italy” (“I borghi più belli d’Italia”)
This is something we have been wondering since we visited this incredible little town. The aim of the association is to bring out the beauty of some fascinating Italian villages. All those villages have a great historic and cultural heritage which represents Italy. We believe that Ripatransone deserves to be part of it.
We entered a small local library to get a book that we saw in the shop window. Inside we had the pleasure to meet Gabrielle and his wife. Amazing and kind people who spoke about Ripatransone with sadness in their eyes. What stuck into our heads was something they mentioned: “Our town is so unique and worth visiting, but unfortunately, it has been forgotten.”
It’s a shame that such an amazing place and welcoming locals are not so popular among the tourist destinations in Italy. We hope that one day you will make your way to Ripatransone and feel what we felt. If you are interested in visiting other medieval villages in Le Marche, then have a look at Ascoli Piceno, Grottammare, Sarnano, Cingoli, or Torre di Palme.