Patricia Cleveland-Peck finds very comfortable accommodation on this historic town
Ascoli Piceno is an ideal city from which to explore the southern part of Le Marche, a wonderful area which contains everything we love about Italy; art, hilltop villages, beaches and good food – but minus the crowds.
I spent a very happy few days at Hotel 100 Torri which is centrally situated and very welcoming. The names comes from the fact that Ascoli, which pre-dates Rome, originally had some 200 towers of which 50 remain. The hotel’s building was once the stables of a 13th century palazzo but it has been impeccably converted into a charming and comfortable 4*hotel without loss of historic atmosphere. The use of the local travertine marble gives it a very bright and luminous feel, something which has been carried through to the décor of the rooms with their white, cream and gold furnishings.
My room (and I was offered a choice of two, a nice touch and something which I hadn’t experienced for a long time) up at rooftop level was welcoming, cosy and brilliantly clean. An excellent use had been made of the space with cream and white furnishings, pale parquet flooring and a big comfortable bed situated at an angle beneath exposed beams. It contained everything, air-conditioning, free wi-fi etc, one could need or expect for a hassle-free stay including ( my pet gripe) plenty of shelf-space in the bathroom, a good magnifying mirror and good light throughout.
Downstairs there were a number of elegant public rooms. some available for conferences others, such as the winter garden, in which one could simply relax. Breakfast was good; I enjoyed hardboiled eggs prosciutto and toast with lovely carrot juice but there was plenty of choice. I was careful to ask for espresso coffee and a little extra boiling water as even in Italy, home of good coffee, not all breakfast coffee served in hotels is up to scratch.
Thus fortified I was off to explore Ascoli where I thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful art gallery, after which I visited the Cathedral to see the altar piece by Carlo Crivelli and finally I paused in the Piazza del Poloplo which, paved and surrounded by buildings in the travertine marble, is one of the finest in Italy. There I had a snack at Café Meletti, a famous old Liberty-style café founded in 1907 and sat planning which of Le Marche’s many treasures I would investigate next.
Not however, before slipping back to my charming room at Hotel 100 Torri for a cosy siesta….
The organisation Le Marche Segrete which promotes historic and cultural visits to the region and which assisted with Patricia’s trip, contacted Hotel 100 Torri which hosted her stay at the hotel.
Le Marche Segrete
Hotel e Residenza 100 Torri
Via Constanzo Mazzoni 4
63100 Ascoli Piceno
tel (+39) 0736 255 123