Tourist Attraction in Ascoli Piceno: Teatro Ventidio Basso
The Ventidio Basso theater in Ascoli Piceno is located in via del Trivio, in front of the cloister Major of San Francesco, in the immediate vicinity of Piazza del Popolo. It was titled General Publio Ventidio Basso, ascolan, lived in the first century BC. Who managed to rise the degrees of the Roman military hierarchy. Ventidio Basso was one of the main lieutenants of Marco Antonio and gained the honors of triumph for his brilliant victories against the parties in 39-38 BC This theater is the continuity of an ancient Ascolan tradition. The first structure of the city dates back to 1579 and was located in the Ancient Palace. In 1689 they started extending the old building and in 1733 it was subjected to new interventions. In 1827, the project for the construction of a new space was entrusted to Ireneo Aleandri di Sanseverino, who made it between 1840 and 1846, but abandoned the work for disparagement with the commission. The archbishops Marco Massimi and Gabriele Gabrielli took over, and the architect stopped Giambattista Carducci, who made numerous changes and innovations to the original lines of the drawing. The neoclassical façade, in travertine, features a central colonnade consisting of six Ionic-style columns added by Gabriele Gabrielli. A pronao in which there are three access doors to the atrium enriched by niches and statues by Giorgio and Emidio Paci and a coffered ceiling in stucco. On the sides there are plenty of coffee grounds and other uses. Upstairs is the foyer, embellished with stucco decorations. These were made of gold by Giorgio and Emidio Paci, designed by architect Giambattista Carducci. Other decorations such as the curtain depicting "The triumph of Ventidio Basso sui Parti", the midranges, the muses, and the medals were the work of the anconetic Vincenzo Podesti. The faces of the frescoes by Pietro Carbonari of Jesi and the ceiling were painted by Ferdinando Cicconi. The mechanisms of the stage were cared for by Gabriele Ferretti of Ancona. The theater, which has 15 meters of rope, is made up of an oval room with four rows of stages, divided into 23 pieces each, and a galleria log for a total capacity of 842 spectators. Its armchairs are lined with smooth red velvet.