Ripatransone, home to Michelangelo’s first official biographer | Le Marche another Italy |

It was a sunday morning, my mother was coming to visit us in Macerata. Let me check if there is any “sagra” going on.. i don’t know, maybe some food festival, religious feast or something.. We find this one in Ripatransone, in the province of Ascoli Piceno. A few times I’ve heard the name of this little town facing the Sibillini mountains on one side and the sea on the other side. Never though have I known it was home to Ascanio Condivi, first official biographer of Michelangelo.

Not only this, Ripatransone is one lovely town, with a vibrant Renaissance vibe, a little Florence on the Marche hills. Perfect for a day trip, especially when it’s too hot in the valley and you feel like you need to enjoy the view on the mountains while drinking some good wine.