Piazza Arringo was their destination. This huge travertine-paved piazza, that shines like marble, is absolutely breathtaking and surrounded by magnificent architecture. A religious procession followed, in which the statue of Sant’Emidio was carried on the back of a cart drawn by two oxen to the Cathedral of Saint Emidio.
|Statue of Sant'Emidio being transported to the Cathedral|
|Piazza Arringo - Cathedral of Saint Emidio with Baptistry of Saint John to its left|
|Beautiful interior of the Cathedral of Saint Emidio|
|Masterpiece by Carlo Crivelli in the Cathedral of St Emidio|
|Detail of ceiling in Cathedral of St Emidio|
At both ends of this piazza are pretty twin fountains, depicting dragons, seahorses and a dolphin like figure on the top. In Piazza Arringo you will also find the Municipal Art Gallery La Pinacoteca Civica, with one of the richest collections of religious paintings in Italy, including works by Carlo Crivelli, Titian, Tintoretto and Guido Reni.
|Fontana di Piazza Arringo|
|Knight of Porta Solestia|
|The Twin Towers of Ascoli in Piazza Sant'Agostino|
Piazza del Popolo nearby, is surrounded by magnificent buildings such as the Palazzo dei Capitani, the Loggia dei Mercanti, the Gothic church of San Francesco and the famous Caffè Anisetta Meletti. There is so much more to see in this piazza alone, so I will leave that for the next post. One day is just not enough to experience all of the wonders of Ascoli Piceno!
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