Acquaviva Picena Village
Acquaviva Picena,(Orange Flag), a small town in the immediate hinterland of San Benedetto del Tronto, stands on a hill from which you can admire a wonderful panorama of the Marche hills up to the Apennine mountains, such as the Vettore, the Gran Sasso and the Maiella. The village is characterized by the Rocca, a true masterpiece of Renaissance military architecture, whose first construction dates back to the 14th century by the nobles of the Acquaviva family. It was then rebuilt in 1474 on a project by the architect Baccio Pontelli. It has an irregular quadrilateral plan, which encloses a large central courtyard with a well, with the vertices reinforced by towers. The tallest tower, the keep, cylindrical in shape, is about 22 m high. The interior, occupied by two voltages connected to each other by a masonry staircase, currently houses an extremely interesting display of ancient weapons. At the foot of the fortress opens the Piazza del Forte, which provides it with a scenic audience, with a low case arranged in a semicircle. The streets of the village run almost parallel to each other and are collected by flight of steps like the picturesque Vicolo del Trabucco, where in the past there were war machines similar to catapults. Piazza San Nicolò is the center of gravity of the ancient village, arranged in an elongated shape between two opposite hills; it overlooks the church of the same name, from the 16th century, the Casa Rossi Panelli and the Civic Tower. Outside the historic center, the Church of San Francesco with the adjoining convent is the oldest Franciscan foundation of the whole Marca, established by San Francesco d'Assisi himself at the invitation of the Acquaviva family. Among the prestigious religious buildings we also remember the church of San Lorenzo, containing a seventeenth-century altarpiece, the Church of San Giorgio and the church of Santa Maria delle Palme. Traditional activities of the village is the production of straw baskets, according to the method handed down from generation to generation. Interesting and characteristic is the "Museo della" Pajarola ", which houses a collection of baskets, kitchen utensils, used dolls with straw, wicker and natural materials.