Appignano del Tronto is a municipality located on a hill. It was probably founded in ancient times. It’s a thriving centre of handicraft, which is specialized in lace, bobbin lace, earthenware, pottery; agriculture and small scale industries are the main sources of income and employment.
The inhabited area has become almond- shaped through the years , it stretches along a level ground and it’s delimited by a meander of the river Chifente. The main street crosses the centre and secondary roads form an ellipse. The municipality features deep cracks caused by the erosive action of superficial waters in the clay soil ( calanchi).
Worth visiting is the Romanesque- Gothique church of St. John the Baptist ( 14th- 16th centuries) which is flanked by a 14th century tower and has a nice portal with above a beautiful rose- window. Inside it's divided into a nave and two aisles and it houses a painting by Simone de Magistris and a 14th century Pietà clay sculpture.
Also the church of St. Michele Arcangelo is in the shape of Romanesque- Gothic buildings. It was built during the first half of the 15th century by Lombard masters and it underwent other remakes in the following centuries; at the main altar you can see a painting by Vincenzo Pagani dated 1539 and a reliquary of the cross, a valuable work of art attributed to Pietro Vannini, a goldsmith from Ascoli Piceno who lived in the 15th century.
The church of Santa Maria del Piano Santo houses the Coronation of the Vergin Mary, a fresco by the master of Offida (14th century).
The town is the seat of the Study Center dedicated to Francesco d'Appignano, a Franciscan friar who was born in Appignano del Tronto and was trained in Paris, where he commented the sentences from 1319 to 1324. Then he moved to Avignon, where he was a reader in the friar's convent in 1328. He got from his posterity the title of “doctor succintus”. It organizes international conferences.
The municipality has been damaged by the earthquake in the year 2016. For further information please write to: firstname.lastname@example.org