Province of Ascoli Piceno

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Province of Ascoli Piceno
Map highlighting the location of the province of Ascoli Piceno in Italy
Map highlighting the location of the province of Ascoli Piceno in Italy
Country  Italy
Region Marche
Capital(s) Ascoli Piceno
Comuni 33
 • President Piero Celani
 • Total 1,228 km2 (474 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Total 212,846
 • Density 170/km2 (450/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 63100
Telephone prefix 0736
Vehicle registration AP

The province of Ascoli Piceno (Italian: Provincia di Ascoli Piceno) is a province in the Marche region of Italy. Its capital is the city of Ascoli Piceno, and the province is bordered by the Adriatic Sea to the east, the province of Macerata to the north, and it faces the regions of Umbria and Abruzzo (Abruzzi) to the south. It has an area of 806 square miles (2,090 km2) and a total population of 368,027; the city Ascoli Piceno has a population of 52,320. There are 73 comuni in the province, see Comunes of the Province of Ascoli Piceno.[1]

The first settlers of the province were located on the banks of River Tronto by the Picentes tribe. It was later conquered by the Romans and became known as Asculum Picenum by 268 BCE.[1] From 91-88 BCE the Picentes revolted against the Romans and attempted to re-claim the land, but Gnaeus Pompeius (Pombey) Strabo besieged and sacked the city. The town of Ascoli Piceno managed to revive, but after the 476 collapse of the Roman Empire, it was conquered many times. King of the Ostrogoths Totila invaded the town in 545. Ascoli Piceno was then under strong control from the church and was made free in 1185, but the bishop declared it under his control in 1212.[1]

The town was sacked by Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor in 1242; it later recovered but fought against Ferno from 1256 until 1504. It joined the Kingdom of Italy in 1860 with the rest of the region, and was saved from bombardment by Pope Pius XII in World War II.[1][2] The capital of the province, Ascoli Piceno, was constructed at the confluence of the Tronto.[2]


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  1. ^ a b c d Roy Palmer Domenico (2002). The Regions of Italy: A Reference Guide to History and Culture. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 213. ISBN 978-0-313-30733-1. 
  2. ^ a b "Ascoli Piceno". Italy World Club. Retrieved 2 August 2015. 

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Coordinates: 42°51′17″N 13°34′31″E / 42.85472°N 13.57528°E / 42.85472; 13.57528