Who and where
Arriving by car
Giardino Segreto is located in the historic centre of Ascoli Piceno, in Via Pretoriana 55. Driving and parking in the centre of Ascoli Piceno could be difficult (access and parking restrictions apply).
Please contact us before arriving and we will explain to you the best way to reach us. There are some parking spaces available at the front of the villa for loading and unloading. Assistance can be given with luggage.
You can park near the villa for a day rate of €2.50 on the blue lines or at "Torricelli" park.
Arriving by Train or Bus
Ascoli Piceno train and bus station is approx. 1.2 km from Giardino Segreto and the city centre, so arriving by train is easy.
Trains arrive at Ascoli Piceno Station regularly from the San Benedetto del Tronto Station, taking just 45 minutes and up to one per hour (visit www.trenitalia.com for more information).
Ascoli Piceno is also served by many bus lines. Visit www.startspa.it for help and journey planning.
In the South of the Marche Region, Ascoli Piceno is ready to show its historical centre entirely built from marble called Travertino. Located between Monti Sibillini and the Adriatic sea, this small and unexpected city is considered to be the Marche's hidden gem.
There is plenty of grand architecture and the lovely cafè-lined central square, Piazza del Popolo (typical meeting point for people of Ascoli), is appreciated as one of the most beautiful renaissance squares of Italy. Here, it is possible to visit the Palazzo dei Capitani and the scenic gothic style church of "San Francesco". The Palazzo dei Capitani dates back to the 13th century and was the seat of the "Podestà" (the People's Captains), and later of the Papal governors.
The other most popular attraction in the city is Piazza Arringo, located just a few minutes away from Piazza del Popolo. The square has been the political heart of the town for centuries, with its Palazzo dell'Arengo (the City Hall), the Cathedral of Sant'Emidio and the Palazzo Vescovile (the Bishop's Residence).
The Cathedral of Sant'Emidio, houses an altarpiece by Carlo Crivelli. Piazza Arringo is also known for its museums (the Pinacoteca Civica with masterpieces by Tiziano and Guido Reni, the Museo Diocesano and the Archeological Museum). Moreover, according to traditional accounts, Ascoli Piceno was home to more than two hundred medieval towers which spread through the city's old town: today some fifty can still be seen.
Not far from the town there are some interesting seaside towns like San Benedetto del Tronto, Cupra Marittima and Grottammare. We recommend that you do not miss visiting Offida, known as "one of the most beautiful villages in Italy" with its fabulous church of Santa Maria della Rocca and Acquaviva Picena with its 15th century fortress.
So, come and discover our hidden wonders!