BORGO OFFIDA, among small artisans and bobbin lace
Offida, among the most beautiful villages in Italy
Offida , a small village included among the most beautiful in Italy, located on a rocky spur between the Tesino and Tronto valleys, is known for the artisan tradition of bobbin work and home to an ancient lace school.
In the province of Ascoli Piceno, the historic center is enclosed by 15th century castle walls, from which you can admire the fabulous panorama of the Sibillini Mountains chain and on clear days up to the Gran Sasso .
At the entrance to the town, on the large panoramic square, there are the remains of the 15th century fortress at whose feet you are greeted by the Monument to the Lacemakers , a work that perfectly expresses the soul of the village and which celebrates the figure of working women bobbin lace . The manufacturing of bobbin lace is still very widespread today, which is why you can visit the Museum located inside the nineteenth-century De Castellotti-Pagnanelli palace, together with the "G. Allevi Archaeological Museum" and the Museum of Popular and the municipal art gallery , thus forming a de facto cultural hub.
The Piazza del Popolo , the central square, contains a multiplicity of styles and materials following the interventions that have taken place over time. As can be seen from the façade of the eighteenth-century Collegiate Church , where you can admire Greek-Roman and Baroque styles together, with an elegant loggia of thirteen travertine columns and a 15th century portico. made up of brick columns with travertine capitals. From the portico of the Town Hall you can access the splendid Teatro del Serpente Aureo , built in the 19th century, a jewel of Baroque design arranged in a horseshoe shape, rich in stucco and gilded carvings. Also overlooking Piazza del Popolo is the Church of the Addolorata , where the famous Coffin of the Dead Christ resides. When visiting this ancient village you cannot miss the church of Santa Maria della Rocca from the Lombard period and consisting of an imposing Romanesque-Gothic terracotta architecture. The most important religious building, located on the edge of the town centre, on a cliff with steep walls, inside which it is possible to admire the notable frescoes by the Master of Offida from the 14th century.
Another important stop is the tasting of typical dishes, including taccù: typical tagliolini mixed with water and flour and the Terre di Offida DOC and Offida DOCG wines. In fact, the former monastery of San Francesco , in the historic center of Offida, hosts the regional wine shop which offers a rich variety of wine production from the Piceno area and all of the Marche region.