Grottammare is a town and comune on Italy's Adriatic coast, in the province of Ascoli Piceno, Marche region. It receives over 500,000 tourists a year. In 1994 the ruling Christian Democrats were ousted by a coalition known as Participation and Solidarity. It created a system of neighbourhood assemblies as a type of participatory democracy. The town is crossed by the 43rd parallel north. Notable residents Pope Sixtus V (1521–1590) was born here. Pericle Fazzini (1913–1987) was an artist who create the bronze sculpture La Resurrezione on Paul VI Audience Hall in Vatican City Sister towns Sal, Cape Verde Gjirokastër, Albania Itiúba, Brazil External links Red Pepper, August 2004, "Local Democracy Italian style"