June 25, 2009, Abruzzo, Ascoli Piceno, Marche, Notes, Perugia, Tourist Attractions & Destinations, Travel & Tourism, Umbria

Ripatransone and the narrowest alley in Italy

Italy offers some of the greatest attractions in the world – and some of the smallest. Try eg. a visit to Ripatransone and the narrowest alley in Italy.

Italy has some of the world’s greatest attractions with 11 top100 rankings in “Hillman Wonders of the world” and 51 top wonders to “See Before You Die”. None of these attractions are in Le Marche, but it does not make the area boring. People in these parts are quite good at turning curiosities into sights.

Take Ripatransone as an example. A little old town, 494 metre above sea level, with a population of almost 4 500, a location 12 kilometres from the Adriatic Sea and 38 kilometres from the provincial capital of Ascoli Piceno. Despite its modest size, the city has a content list with 14 entries in the Italian version of Wikipedia. Ripatransone gets rich coverage in the English Wikipedia. And of course it has got its very own tourist attraction

The town boasts of having “il vicolo più stretto d’Italia” with a passage between two houses measuring only 43 cm at the entrance. In the middle the alley narrows further down to 38 cm, and most adults should probably walk a little sideways to get through. This is decidedly a narrow attraction, but according to the tourist office, many people visit Ripartransone to see the sight. Other towns like Città della Pieve near Perugia in Umbria have been trying to rival Ripatransone in narrow passageways, but so far Ripatransone remains most restricted.

The entertainment value of squeezing the family through the passage is indeed quite high, and the fun is entirely free.

 

Ripatransone and the narrowest alley in Italy

Like Ripatransone’s even greater attraction, namely the view. A circular road around the city offers a 360 degree panoramic view of the sea, Gran Sasso mountains and Ancona’s hump.

– I live in San Giorgio, but go up here several times a week to enjoy the magnificent sunset, a elderly gentleman who has had a few drinks explains, as he points around the horizon and names the different peaks. And while the sky over Abruzzo changes colour from orange taints to flaming red and subdued violet, I keep my fingers crossed that he will return to San Giorgio by bus.

 Other attractions near Ripatransone and the narrowest alley in Italy:

Abruzzo national parks: Castles and pastures

Giulianova revisited

Ascoli Piceno sights


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9 Comments

July 8, 2011 3:48 pm

Sophie

I was just in Le Marche – in the northern part, mostly. It was such a lovely region, so little visual noise and clutter – a bit like the Italy I remember from childhood holidays.

July 09 2011 09:09 am

admin

I agree - it is a very authentic, relaxed and unspoiled area.

December 23, 2012 4:38 am

Roni

A terrific area, beautiful and genuine. It was fascinating and fun going to Ripatransone as well as Perugia and the many hill towns in Le Marche.

December 26 2012 15:19 pm

admin

I agree. There are so many interesting places in that area just waiting to be discovered.

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March 1, 2014 8:01 pm

Susan Nelson

Lovely photos! I’m still holding my breath for that man…hope he made it home safely…

March 05 2014 18:25 pm

admin

Yes, me too. I hate seeing people drink when you know they are going to drive afterwards.

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