Why on earth did you move to Ascoli Piceno? This question is frequently uttered incredulously by locals, and curiously by visiting Americans or would-be expats. The locals don't understand why Americans would leave the perceived splendors of the US for Italy ("ma, the whole world wants to live in America and you come to live in Ascoli?!") Despite their protests that "Ascoli e` piccolo piccolo" (Ascoli is such a little town), there are nearly 60,000 inhabitants with lots of stuff going on all the time, even if many of the Ascolani say "there is nothing to do here".
Fellow Americans are generally curious about our decision to move and how we picked a fairly unknown city. Since I've been receiving quite a few more emails relating to the topic, I thought now would be a good time to recap the decision and reasons for you.
Our first impressions of Ascoli:
Our decision to move here:
A Place to Call Home
The exciting things to do:
Men in Tights and Sleepless Nights
Ascoli isn't a tourist town:
Tourists and Trinkets
And finally, why we moved to Italy in the first place:
Dreams Do Come True
Not enough? Bryan has some great photos posted on his blog:
NM 2 Italia
Now you know -probably more than you ever wanted to-about what made us decide on Ascoli.