Amandola is a town at the foot of the Monti Sibillini in the extreme west of the province of Fermo in the Marche region. The town’s less than four thousand inhabitants live scattered over three hills, named after the castles that were located on their summits in the Middle Ages. The main attractions are located around the Piazza del Risorgimento.
Amandola travel guide
Region: Marche. Province: Fermo. Postal code: 63857. Area code: 0736. Town hall: Piazza Risorgimento 17 – 63857 Amandola (tel. +39 073684071). The tourist office (Punto IAT) of the town is at the same address (phone +39 0736840731).
Public transportation: The nearest train station is in Ascoli Piceno. From this station one can travel further by bus. The travel time of this, not very regular, connection is around 75 minutes. There are also bus connections from Porto San Giorgio and Fermo (Transfer company).
What to see
The Piazza del Risorgimento is the central square of the city. Highlights in this square are the clock above the Porta San Giacomo and the façade of the Sant’Agostino Church.
Only a tower in the Piazza Umberto I remains of the 14th century defensive constructions that used to protect the town.
The town hall houses the Museo della Civiltà Contadina, which in English would be called the Museum of Agricultural Civilization.
Attractions outside the center are the San Ruffino and Vitale Abbey and the Santi Vincenzo and Anastasia Abbey.
Festivals and events
A theater festival takes place in Amandola during the first week of September.
A brief history of Amandola
The area was given by Rome to the inhabitants of the new colonies in the year 15 BC. The town itself was founded in 1248 by merging three fortresses. These had gained independence from their feudal lords. In the 2nd half of the 17th century there was much poverty and the area was infested by local bandits. In 1798 the town was looted by Napoleon’s troops.
By car/Public transportation
By car: Amandola is located in the western part of the province of Fermo. The street road SP239, which starts more or less at the provincial capital Fermo, goes directly through the center of the town. Also the SP237 from Sarnana to the south passes through Amandola.