Catacombs of Sant’Emidio to be Restored and Open to Public in 2019

(Source: PicenoNews24 of March 15, 2018). The Catacombs of Sant'Emidio in Ascoli Piceno in Le Marche are to be restored and opened to the public by 2019 thanks to the generous financial support of the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio. While the project focuses on the medieval crypt of Sant'Emidio below Ascoli's cathedral, it also draws attention to the existence of fourth-century burial crypts in the city's Campo Parignano locality ("Sant’Emidio alle Grotte"), which the bishop of Ascoli, Giovanni D’Ercole, hopes to include in the official catalogue of catacombs of Italy under the supervision of the Holy See (link). A photogallery of these crypts with loculi, arcosolia, and formae tombs is here (link). To visit the Catacombs of Sant'Emidio and Church of Sant'Ilario, contact by e_mail: s.emidiomondo@gmail.com, or call +39 334 3565078 (Sig. Giuseppe Bachetti); +39 328 3247179 (Sig. Paolo Petrucci).