Formed in 1898, Ascoli have enjoyed sixteen seasons in Serie A in the past - not bad for Ascoli Piceno, a town of only 50,000 inhabitants. Ascoli's most successful period came in the late 1970s under President Rozzi and coach Carlo Mazzone while their most recent period in Serie A was earlier this decade when they had a couple of years there. Comfortably the most successful team from Le Marche, their main rivals are fellow Serie B team, Ancona.
Full Name : Ascoli Calcio 1898
Team Colours : black and white vertical stripes
Nicknames : i bianconeri (black and whites), il picchio - the woodpecker, historic symbol of the local Roman-era tribes
Coach : Giuseppe Pillon
Stadium : Stadio Cino e Lillo Del Duca, Via delle Zeppelle, Ascoli Piceno
Capacity : 20,000
Official Website : ascolicalcio.net
No major honours
The stadium is situated on the northern edge of town.
Tickets for Ascoli football matches should be available to buy online from Listicket. Failing that, your best bet is to buy tickets in the town (there is a ticket office at the stadium on matchdays), or ask your hotel if they can obtain some for you in advance. Tickets at a reduced price (ridotto) are available for over-65s, women and the disabled, while Junior prices apply to children of 11 and under.
Ascoli Piceno is in the eastern Marches region of Italy (Le Marche). About 55 miles south of Ancona and inland, Ascoli is a historic town, which still follows a Roman streetplan. It hosts a famous jousting festival in August, called the Quintana. The town has an attractive historic square, Piazza del Popolo, dominated by the imposing Palazzo dei Capitani ("one of the most beautiful squares in all Italy", according to the Cadogan guidebook).
In its dramatic ravine setting Ascoli boasts plenty of interesting buildings, including tall medieval towers, attractive churches and a Roman bridge. As well as the architecture, history and scenery, there is also an art gallery and an archaeological museum.
To reach Ascoli Piceno from the UK, you can take advantage of budget flights to Ancona (to the north) or Pescara (to the south). The Ascoli Piceno tourist information office is in Piazza Arringo.
For more detailed information on things to do and where to stay in and around Ascoli Piceno visit our sister website Italy Heaven - Le Marche.