Ripe San Ginesio is situated up on a hill of Fiastra valley and it is a peculiar medieval town. Of that period it still has the evocative urban layout with narrow spiral streets, with alleys enriched in slopes and stairways, with houses leaned one against the other and connected between each other by high flyovers. Ripe San Ginesio surprises the tourist for its peculiar town centre within a territory that is full of history: the first settlements go back to the Picentes, but afterwards this village got included under the Urbs Salvia domain.
The visitTheTorre Leonina (the Leonine Tower) has been standing out against the hill for centuries, and it is named like this because Pope Leo X wanted it to be built during the 13th century by San Ginesio inhabitants. Until the 19th century, the Tower hosted a castellan and some soldiers in order to control the surrounding territory. From the square dedicated to Victor Emmanuel II, king of Italy, you can undertake two different streets to go inside the castle; those two streets reunite in another little square from where you can see a panoramic view of the surrounding hills. Inside the castle walls, we suggest you to stop at the Pinacoteca Comunale d’Arte Contemporanea (Town Pinacotheca of Contemporary Arts) and at the Chiesa Patronale di San Michele Argangelo ( Saint Michael the Archangel patron church), that still has a 16th century fresco. Going back, leaving Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II behind, you can walk to the right to admire the Parco Sculture where there are iron and wooden sculptures until you reach the brand new “La Cava” Theatre, a natural arena obtained in a eco-friendly way from an ex quarry. Outside the town, on top, apart from the unforgettable view of Sibillini Mounts, there is the Chiesetta di San Silvestro ( Saint Sylvester little church), important to the inhabitants devotion, that during the first half of 16th century got renovated according to the shapes of a Renaissance little temple.
Do not missParco Sculture con sculture di ferro e legno
Comune di Ripe San Ginesio
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Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, 8