There were several times when I took a photograph, not knowing exactly what I was seeing but enjoying the view. This "Off the Beaten Path Tip" is the place that I've decided to place these images.
The lead photo is the large statue across from the Chiesa Della Carita which the locals of Ascoli call "chiesa della Scopa" or church of the broom' from the confraternity of the Disciplined or Broom beaten who ran the hospital next to the church. In the photo, you can just see the church. The statue is quite tall on a pedestal that always has a wreath beneath it.
To the left of the statue is the beautiful Palm Tree that is lit up at night.
On one of our many walks, Allan and I went along the river toward the newer section of Ascoli, and discovered a portal and bridge. I know that Ascoli Piceno is situated between the mountains and the hills of the Apennines and that it is bordered by the Tronto river and by the Castellano stream, and I assume the bridge was over the river. If so, the bridge is called the Il Ponte Nuovo Sul Fiume Tronto OR Porta Turfilla!
The last photograph is of the Vegetable market and Antique market. The Vegetable market is held in the large cloister of the church of San Francis every morning and has vegetables and plants. The Antique market is held in the main squares and the historical streets, every third weekend of the month. It was fun to peruse these markets.
While wandering around Ascoli Piceno, Allan and I literally "stumbled" upon what is known as The Public Gardens. To be honest, we saw a darling little girl about Sabrina Dee's age and wished to check it out. She was with her mother and pointing to everything, naming each item (in Italian, of course!)
What an oasis this garden is for flower and plant lovers as well as history and architectual buffs. Evidently, this is the place that the monument to King Victor Emmanuel II was moved. (it was originally next to the twin fountains, Le Fontane Di Piazza Arringo, in the Piazza Arringo.
Today, the garden is filled with plants, flowers, fountains, statues, busts of famous Italians, and a Palazzo. The information about the statues, busts, and Palazzo were all in Italian, so I'm not sure about much of it. I have looked on line and in books and have not been successful at discovering much yet. I will continue my search!
Regardless of what it is exactly, it's worth a visit just for the sheer beauty and calming environment. I'm sure that on a hot summer day, it would be the perfect retreat.