The origins of Altidona date back to 150,00 years ago. Then it was inhabited by an ancient Greek population called Pelasgi and then by the Picenes and the Romans.
It belonged to Fermo, to the Abbey of Farfa in Sabina, then again to Fermo. At first a castle was built which in upper medieval times collapsed into the sea or was destroyed by local inhabitants. After the 12th century they built a new castle near the parish of Santa Maria and San Ciriaco, which was at the top of a hill and still exists.
Altidona was a minor castle ruled by Fermo. The medieval walls are well preserved. Worth visiting are also the outlook, the Medieval watch- tower overlooking the Aso valley and the parish church which houses a painting attributed to Vincenzo Pagani representing the Holy Mary with Child, two saints and a patron. Villa Montana and a Roman cistern are in the old contrada called Barbolano. The municipal theatre hosts concerts, plays and theatre performances.
In Altidona you can see the Provincial Photo Collection where images documenting the history of Fermo and its surroundings can be found.
Altidona overlooks the Aso valley and Marina di Altidona is by the sea. It’s a stretch of coast with sand and pebble. Among pinewoods and century-old palm trees you can see nice villas and accommodation facilities. Cyclists can ride along the coast for 3 kilometres or along the river Aso. A nice cycling path starts from the park called “Parco dei Due Ponti” and reaches the beach. This park is also the ideal place for children looking for fun and green areas, as it’s a wide park with centuries-old trees and play spaces.
Every year,in summer, a typical food event is organized where cornmeal mush is served with snails or seafood. It brings back to memory the spare meals of farmers, although, through the years, further typical dishes made with fish and meat have been added.