Manlio's apartment was exactly as described - cosy and comfortable and well equipped. It was a pleasant, easy walk of about ten minutes along tree lined pavements into the historic centre of Ascoli Piceno. The city is lovely and well worth a visit. We found this first floor apartment in a nice suburb, close to an excellent bakery, pasticcherias, fishmongers, cheese shop, great wine shop (The Cantina) and much much more, a really good base. It was quiet at night and the bed was comfortable. Manlio is an exceptionally good host. He met us at the station in his car, gave us a brilliant walking tour/introduction to his beautiful home city and made sure we had everything we need. He was very quick to respond to messages and immediately came to help when we couldn't find the plug for the kitchen sink. He also took us around the city by car to show us views from vantage points high above it. We really enjoyed Ascoli - a good combination of churches, galleries, the wonderful cathedral and surely one of the most beautiful squares in Europe. The Tourist Information Centre was welcoming and helpful.We recommend eating at the simple, unpretentious and fun Pecora Nera, in Vittorio Emmanuele, 38, La Bottega Prosciuttera and wine bar in Piazza della viola, and especially for coffee or an early evening aperitivo at the historic Cafe Meletti. We also had Sunday lunch there which was lovely. There's a small farmers food market on Wednesday and Saturday mornings. We also enjoyed a day out in Grottamare on the coast by rail - slightly complicated but good fun and some great sea food. It poured with rain that day so our memory of the Adriatic is stormy and grey - but the food and wine were great and when we asked the restaurant to book us a taxi back to the station to avoid getting soaked again, they gave us a lift free of charge. Only regret I have not got their card - it was a small glass and wood building, right on the sea, painted in blue and white stripes, a ristorante/pizzeria.