Below you can find our proposal, but bear in mind that we can PERSONALIZE the tour according to your needs. You can decide the DURATION and the PLACES in the area you want to see to CREATE YOURSELF the perfect holiday for you.
Visiting Ascoli Piceno during la Quintana festival is definitively a great idea. The city has medieval origins and in 1955 a group of citizens in love with Ascoli Piceno’s historical traditions decided to restore an ancient event: the knight joust of La Quintana. This incredible reenactment, with historical customs, the colorful parade and the horse race, make the city look like it was in the XV century taking you in a journey back in time.
The “Ponte Majore” Horse Race Stadium is the sacred location where the Quintana takes place. Six knights take part in the joust, and every knight represents one of Ascoli’s district. They compete on horseback, armed with long wooded lances, and they have to launch the lance into the target, a puppet named “The Dark” (Il Moro) with a shield on his arm.
You shouldn’t miss the procession for the celebration of Saint Anna and Saint Emidion, the patron of the city, with the choreographic flag-throwing competition and the historical parade with 15th-century costumes.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ASCOLI PICENO
Transfer from the airport (Rome, Ancona, Bologna, Pescara) to Ascoli Piceno. Check-in at the hotel and welcome aperitivo in the historical Caffè Meletti (one of the most ancient in Italy). Welcome dinner at a local osteria.
DAY 2: GUIDED TOUR OF ASCOLI PICENO AND QUINTANA FESTIVAL
After breakfast, meeting and briefing with the guide, and full guided tour of Ascoli focusing on the Quintana event. The city has medieval origins and Renaissance squares, hosting domes, spires and bell towers and filled with the golden hue of its travertine architecture. The city is surrounded on three sides by two rivers, Tronto and Castellano and just walking around the city can give you amazing views and incredible spots. The guide will then take you to the joust to live first person the Quintana event.
DAY 3: OFFIDA WINE TOUR
Free time in the morning and meeting with the guide for a guided wine tour in the beautiful town of Offida. Guided tour of the town, visit to a local winery and wine tasting. On the way back to hotel, stop for a visit to another local winery with wine tasting.
DAY 4: DEPARTURE
Breakfast and transfer to the airport.
The tour includes:
- Transfer from/to the airport
- 3 nights at a 3* hotel
- Welcome aperitivo and dinner
- Full-day guided tour of Ascoli Piceno
- Lunch with the guide
- Entrance ticket to the Quintana Joust
- Guided tour of Offida
- Personal driver for the transfers
- Wine tastings of 2 wineries + lunch
- Travel insurance
The tour does not include: everything else not included in the list “The tour includes”.
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