The Bosco del Cugnolo and the village of Torre di Palme
ACTIVE NATURE & ANCIENT VILLAGES
Don't miss, during your holiday, the beautiful village of Torre di Palme, recognized as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy . An ancient location, born from the Picena city of Palma, which was conquered by the Romans. Torre di Palme then developed in the medieval period, precisely as a fortified protection of the ancient seaport of the Roman city of Palma. The castle dominates the town, which stands on the rock to protect the entire village.
Visiting Torre di Palme is fascinating for many reasons and mainly because, walking through the streets of the town, you can see wonderful corners of the blue sea, between the houses and the narrow alleys. Another reason are the old medieval churches and the Gothic Church of St. Augustine . Among the churches of greatest interest is also that of Santa Maria a Mare which contains wonderful majolica basins.
On the hill adjacent to Torre di Palme, you can discover the thrill of a walk in the Bosco di Cugnolo , a rare example of intact Mediterranean scrub along the Adriatic coast, with a short and easy circular excursion that starts directly from the village. Protected by the Region as a Protected Floristic Area (number 85), it is also an interesting place from a geological point of view due to the various points where Pliocene sediments emerge. The story of the Lovers' Cave is also linked to the site, another attraction in the area, as it is linked to an ancient and tragic legend of love. The story took place in 1911 during the colonial wars, when two young engaged men from Torre di Palme and Lapedona, in order not to be separated due to the call to arms, decided to hide in the cavity where they lived for three days and three nights before choosing death .
Along the route you pass by two historic eighteenth-century villas, one of which has been used as a hotel restaurant with a beautiful park overlooking the sea. In the center of the town you can visit the characteristic Craft and Typical Products Market, which takes place in the streets, in the small squares and in the suggestive alleys of the Borgo and is an opportunity to taste some excellences of the typical "Marche cuisine" , such as for example the famous Ascolana Olives , Pecorino, Ciauscolo and the sweet Vino Cotto directly from the producers.
Usually during the summer season, the churches are also open until midnight, including Sant'Agostino with inside the beautiful polyptych by Vittore Crivelli and the recently restored panel by Vincenzo Pagani , as well as that of San Giovanni in the Church of Santa Maria love.
Every year, in the heart of summer, on August 15th, Torre di Palme participates as a district in the Cavalcata dell'Assunta in the province of Fermo, the oldest historical re-enactment in Italy. The Palio Race and the processions enrich and make the festival magical.