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Offida, an ancient village enclosed by the 15th century castle walls, is included among the most beautiful villages in Italy. Located on a rocky outcrop, between the valleys of the Tesino and Tronto, it is known for the laborious and patient art of delicate bobbin lace, an ancient tradition, to which a museum is dedicated inside the nineteenth-century De Castellotti palace.
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About the village

The village of Offida is placed entirely between the valleys of the river Tesino (north) and the river Tronto (south). The inhabited center owes its irregular plan to the rocky hill on which it stands, cut by two branches sorgentizi torrente Blade, tributary to the left of the Tronto.

Rather discussed are the origins of Offida. The same toponym is subject to various interpretations and does not help to form an idea certain on how it is risen the inhabited center. In offidano territory are present picene tombs (VII-V century B.C.) and Roman ruins, but there is no historical trace certain until 578 A.D. when the ascolani fleeing to the Longobard invasion founded several castles in colli piceni, including Offida. The 1039 dates from the first historical evidence certain, when Longino d'Azone cedes to the Abbey of Farfa castle Ophida.

The village of Offida is characterized for the remains of its medieval walls, while the sixteenth-century fortress remain a portion of wall and two cylindrical towers. Of notable interest is the church of Santa Maria della Rocca, with its suggetiva position, the monastery of San Marco, the Collegiate Church and the Santurario of Saint Bernard.

From the point of view of cultural traditions Offida is famous for its carnival and for the art of Bobbin Lace. The Carnival, of ancient origins, is characterized by events very original, which derive their origin probably from the Roman Saturnalia. The historical testimonies we have starting from the Sixteenth Century, when the Carnival has its maximum splendour in big cities such as Rome and Venice. The main events that characterize today carnival offidano are essentially two: the bove fake and vlurd. The art of bobbin lace, from the latin tumulus i.e. tumolo is a tradition that has been handed down for at least five centuries from mother to daughter. To provide manually the precious lace it only takes a few tools: a tombolo, i.e. a roller along approximately 30 centimeters and the diameter of 20 cm; a prebend, from latin prae habere, keep in front, so call still in dialect, i.e. the reggitombolo three feet, wire, spillini of silvered brass and several pairs of bobbins. The first historical evidence of the use of the Tombolo with bobbins for the realization of precious laces, date back to the Sixteenth Century, but some pictorial works, together with other traces, let us think that the tradition was already firmly at least two centuries before. In 1600 the lace offidano was famous for the sophistication and quality. The establishment of a lace school dates back to 1910, but it was not a happy experience for the cultural resistance according to which were mothers to having to teach their daughters the art of working in Tombolo. Do not miss a visit to the museum dedicated to this ancient art.

In addition to the Rosso Piceno and the Offida Pecorino DOC, Offida is famous for some culinary specialities. In particular note are the "entertainment", while has recently been rediscovered and relaunched with a special feast another skill feature: the "chichì filling". The first are a sweet and have cupcakes roundish irregular, on which emerge of white shapes, similar to the chapels of mushrooms, Hard and hollow inside. The ingredients are flour, water, sugar, egg white and aniseed which confer the characteristic flavor. A sweet poor and ancient that it keeps for a long time and regains softness if it is heated. Chichì filling, instead, is a loaf, or more properly a "crushed" in bread dough thin, round and flat, is traditionally filled with tuna, anchovies, capers and chopped peppers.

Village of Offida
Municipality of Offida
Province of Ascoli Piceno
Region Marche

Inhabitants: 5.058
Altitude center: 293 m a.s.l.

The Municipality is part of:
I Borghi più belli d'Italia

Municipality of Offida
Corso Serpente Aureo 66 - Offida (AP)
tel: 073688871

BY CAR

  • From the A14 motorway
  • From the North: exit of Grottammare; turn right and take the SP Valtesino; turn left after S.Maria Goretti
  • From the South: exit of Ascoli - San Benedetto del Tronto; take the Ascoli - mare highway; exit Castel di Lama; continue on the SP "Mezzina"

ON THE TRAIN

  • Offida railway station
  • San Benedetto del Tronto railway station

BY PLANE

  • Ancona airport
  • Pescara airport

BY SEA

  • Port of Ancona

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Events

from
saturday
22
august, 2020
to sunday 23 august 2020

Feast of the Blessed Bernardo

from
wednesday
26
august, 2020
to monday 31 august 2020

Sagra del Castrato e degli Strozzapreti

monday
3
may, 2021

Santa Croce

saturday
10
july, 2021

GustandOffida

from
saturday
7
august, 2021
to sunday 1 august 2021

Sagra del Chichì Ripieno

From the blog

Telling craftmanships is a fact to be taken very seriously. Yes, because behind the many fabrics, glasses, metals and so on, there are hidden stories of respect for the best materials and traditions. Much attention is needed to detail, dedication and hard work. When the product is finished, the artwork becomes communicative: it is able to tell a story about a specific territory and its people. Today we talk about the tombolo lace from the village of Offida, in Marche. A BI...
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