Acquaviva Picena

Acquaviva Picena is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Ascoli Piceno in the Italian region Marche. The village lies on a hill over the Valley of Tronto, just a few kilometres from the Adriatic Sea and San Benedetto del Tronto. From the top of the hill (365 m.s.l.), it’s possible to see the Sibillini Mountains (Monte Vettore), and even the further away Gran Sasso and Majella.

Acquaviva Picena
Comune di Acquaviva Picena
The fortress of Acquaviva
The fortress of Acquaviva
Location of Acquaviva Picena
Acquaviva Picena is located in Italy
Acquaviva Picena
Acquaviva Picena
Location of Acquaviva Picena in Italy
Acquaviva Picena is located in Marche
Acquaviva Picena
Acquaviva Picena
Acquaviva Picena (Marche)
Coordinates: 42°57′N 13°49′E / 42.950°N 13.817°E / 42.950; 13.817Coordinates: 42°57′N 13°49′E / 42.950°N 13.817°E / 42.950; 13.817
ProvinceAscoli Piceno (AP)
FrazioniAbbadetta, Casaricca, Forola, Madonna delle Piane, Quercia, Sant'Angelo
 • MayorPierpaolo Rosetti
 • Total20.9 km2 (8.1 sq mi)
365 m (1,198 ft)
 • Total3,690
 • Density180/km2 (460/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0735
Patron saintSaint Nicholas
Saint dayDecember 6
WebsiteOfficial website
Piazza del Forte


The Acquaviva area has been inhabited since prehistory, proof of that are several archaeological finds, most of which are from the Piceno age, but also from the Roman Age. When the Picentes (or Piceni, Italian), which settled here during the 6th century b.C., were subdued by Roman forces, the village of Acquaviva survived thanks to the closeness to Castrum Truentinum.

During the Barbarian Invasions the village grew into an urban settlement: the coming of Lombards and Saracens forced the coastal population to move inland. The village was originally owned by the Farfa Abbey (947), then became feud of the Acquaviva’s family (hence the name) that build the fortress during the 13th century.

In 1341 Acquaviva became under control of the city of Fermo and became a garrison against enemy territory, keeping coastal villages (San Benedetto in Albula) out of the reach of Ascoli. During the 4th century the village population grew, bringing its numbers to twice its original size. The eastern section of the village was built and named “Terra nuova” to separate it from “Terra Vecchia” which was the original settlement, just before the fortress. That made it necessary to build another section of the fortress on the same side, to the East.

As part of the Papal States, Acquaviva was annexed with a plebiscite vote to the Kingdom of Italy in 1860.

Main sightsEdit

Acquaviva Picena, Fortezza
  • Fortress of Acquaviva (13th-14th century). A large medieval fortress, among the biggest and better preserved in the Marche region, restored in the 4th century by Baccio Pontelli
  • Clock tower
  • Church of San Nicolò. Built during the 16th century and restored during the 19th century. The horizontal cornice facade with tympanum hosts the main door, sculpted by craftsmen of the school of Ascoli. Interior has a Latin cross shape with a central nave and holds several works of art, mostly paintings and statues
  • Church of San Rocco (13th century). Built by the Augustinians in 1613, with a cloister
  • Church of San Giuseppe
  • Church of Madonna della Pietà
  • Church of San Francesco. A Franciscan convent with cloister, the oldest in the Marca Fermana, founded by San Francesco d’Assisi himself, today neglected;
  • Country church of Santa Maria delle Palme
  • Country church of Santa Maria in Accubitu


Events in the town include:

  • Acquaviva Comics Academy, started in 1996 as Acquaviva nei Fumetti and abolished in 2006
  • The historical reenactment Sponsalia, which stages the wedding between Forasteria d’Acquaviva and Rainaldo di Brunforte (1234). Started in 1988 between the months of July and August, two city districts, Aquila and Civetta, compete in the Palio del Duca, a series of trials of medieval sports. A four district (Aquila, Civetta, Falco, Picchio) Palio for elementary and middle school children takes place every year during the month of June.


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.

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