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A beauty waiting to be discovered.

Riviera delle Palme

The Hotel Paradiso, a 3-star hotel, is located in the heart of the Riviera delle Palme, characterized by the Mediterranean scrub made of holm oaks, laurels, maritime pines, and Aleppo pines. Oaks, plane trees, elms, and mulberry trees line the roads and climb towards ancient inhabited centers where time seems to have stopped: Acquaviva Picena, Monteprandone, Ripatransone, Offida.

Things to do

Venturing a little inland, you can appreciate various breathtaking landscapes, perfect for strolling and hiking. We are thus faced with a magnificent natural scenery, ranging from the gentle beaches of Grottammare and San Benedetto del Tronto, pearls of the Riviera delle Palme, to the green and gentle hilly area overlooked by the Sibillini Mountains

Trekking

Trekking

A few kilometers from the Spiaggia delle Palme in Grottammare, we can venture into the Sibillini Mountains Park, dominated by the 'legendary' Monte Vettore. These are perfect places for excursions and trekking, admiring breathtaking natural landscapes.

Visit

Visit

To spend pleasant holidays, capable of offering a journey into the history and culture of our beautiful region.

Some Villages and Towns to Visit

ascoli piceno

A few minutes from Grottammare, heading towards the Marche hinterland, you will find the splendid capital of Ascoli Piceno, one of the most picturesque cities in Central Italy. An art and history center, Ascoli is characterized by buildings almost entirely in travertine and unfolds magnificently in one of the most beautiful squares in Italy, Piazza del Popolo, home to some of the city's most important historic buildings, such as the Palazzo dei Capitani, the famous Caffè Meletti, and the Church of San Francesco.

All the narrow streets, alleys, and medieval buildings contribute to characterizing the historic center of Ascoli, which hosts numerous events throughout the year: from the folklore of the historical reenactment of the Quintana, which takes place on the first Sunday of August and evokes ancient medieval knightly games, to Marche cuisine, which finds its maximum expression in the typical and exquisite 'oliva all'ascolana' (Ascolan-style stuffed olives), celebrated by various gastronomic events held right in the streets of the historic center. Art, history, and gastronomic culture blend in the city of Ascoli, which, with its magnificent views, offers a valid alternative if you want to move away from the coast to explore the territory.

ripatransone

Even the smaller towns in the Piceno region preserve significant historical charm. The village of Ripatransone, for example, is located on a high hill not far from the Adriatic Sea and is among the oldest centers in the province of Ascoli Piceno. It has the peculiarity of being traversed underground by an intricate system of caves, called Grotte di Santità (Caves of Sanctity), a series of artificial tunnels probably created in prehistoric times and then closed in 1967, making it geologically unique.

This structure has undermined the urban soil of Ripatransone, so much so that it has often been affected by collapses. From the past, a large quantity of remains of ancient medieval fortifications and some noble palaces from various eras still exist. Moreover, one of its alleys competes for the title of the narrowest street in Italy with the Ruetta di Civitella del Tronto. Ripatransone, defined as the 'belvedere of Piceno' for the fantastic panorama it offers to its visitors, can be reached in just a few minutes from Grottammare.

Acquaviva Picena

Acquaviva Picena is a small center that dominates the valley of the Tronto River from a hill a few kilometers from Grottammare, San Benedetto del Tronto, and the Adriatic Sea. Its origins date back to prehistoric times, but it is only with the barbarian invasions that the village becomes a real urban settlement. Numerous historical buildings remain within the town, stemming from various dominations, such as the Fortress of the Acquaviva, an imposing medieval fortress among the best-preserved in the Marche region, the Clock Tower, and various religious buildings...

Among them, the oldest is the Church of San Rocco, which stands within the city walls of Acquaviva. Noteworthy events include the annual historical reenactment of the wedding between Forasteria, daughter of Rinaldo degli Acquaviva, and Rainaldo dei Brunforte, vicar of Frederick II, held every year between late July and early August, immersing visitors in the medieval past of the town. Acquaviva Picena is a charming village to visit to learn more about the history of the Piceno territory and to observe one of the most imposing fortresses in the region.

loreto

The splendid city of Loreto, immersed in the Marche countryside, owes its fame to the sanctuary where the Holy House of the Virgin Mary is preserved and venerated; a sacred place, defined by Pope John Paul II as the 'true Marian heart of Christianity.' The sanctuary has been and still is one of the most important pilgrimage sites in the Catholic world for centuries. It has been visited by about 200 saints and blessed individuals, as well as numerous Popes.

According to an ancient tradition, now supported by historical and archaeological research, the Holy House is indeed the house from Nazareth where Mary was born, raised, and received the angelic announcement.
The house consisted of a masonry room composed of three stone walls closing off a cave carved into the rock.

The cave is still venerated in Nazareth, in the Basilica of the Annunciation, while the three stone walls, according to tradition, were transported to Loreto in 1294 when the Crusaders were expelled from Palestine.
Documents and archaeological excavations continue to confirm the hypothesis that the walls of the Holy House were transported to Loreto on a ship, at the initiative of the noble Angeli family, who ruled Epirus.

offida

Offida, one of the villages recognized as among the most beautiful in Italy, represents one of the most interesting itineraries of Piceno, thanks to the artistic value of its historic center. Wandering within the Castellane Walls, fortifications dating back to the 12th century, palaces and historic buildings of undeniable charm unfold before the eyes. Among them stands out the Town Hall, still the seat of administrative power in the town. The rooms of the Town Hall also house the cultural center of Offida, the Serpente Aureo Theater, built in the Baroque style...

In other words, it features a horseshoe-shaped layout and hosts various cultural events throughout the year. The most representative building in Offida is undoubtedly the Church of Santa Maria della Rocca, a Romanesque-Gothic style structure among the most appreciated in the Marche region, surrounded on three sides by cliffs, which showcases all its grandeur on the surrounding landscape. Offida is also active from a craftsmanship perspective, with the famous tradition of bobbin lace art, preserved in the memory and skillful hands of the women of the town. As for events, Offida's Carnival is not to be missed, with its allegorical parades and especially the characteristic grand balls ("Veglionissimi") held inside the Serpente Aureo Theater.

Frasassi Caves

The Frasassi Caves are underground karst caves located in the territory of the municipality of Genga, in the province of Ancona. The cave complex falls within the Regional Natural Park of the Red Gorge and Frasassi. The complex is formed by an enormous series of underground environments, the first of which, easily accessible to the public, is the Ancona Abyss, a huge cavity measuring 180 x 120 meters with a height of 200 meters; it is so vast (with over 2 million cubic meters of volume) that the Milan Cathedral could easily fit inside it without any issues.

The discovery of the Frasassi Caves (Grotta Grande del Vento) dates back to September 25, 1971, by Rolando Silvestri of the Speleological Group Marchigiano CAI of Ancona, who identified its entrance during the expedition led by Giancarlo Cappanera. Since then, this cavity has become part of the karst complex Grotta del Fiume-Grotta Grande del Vento di Frasassi, which has been explored for a total development of over 30 km.

The first major speleological discovery in the Frasassi area, that of the River Cave (Grotta del Fiume), occurred on June 28, 1948, by Dr. Mario Marchetti, co-founder of the Speleological Group Marchigiano di Ancona.

In the 1950s and 1960s, the groups of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) of Jesi and Fabriano explored the caves in the area, including, in 1966, a branch more than 1 km long that starts from the River Cave (Grotta del Fiume).

In July 1971, a group of 7 explorers from Jesi was drawn to a strong current of air emanating from a small opening. After enlarging the passage (later named Strettoia del Tarlo) to make it passable, the explorers ventured into a dense network of galleries, tunnels, shafts, and caves for a length of approximately 5 km.

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