Ancona

Ancona is a town on the Italian Adriatic coast, located nearby the promontory Monte Conero, and capital of the region. Founded by the Greeks, the city developed strongly under the Emperor Hadrian, who enlarged the small harbor and made the settlement an important commercial intersection of the Adriatic.

Located on the Adriatic Sea and with one of its most important ports, Ancona is an art city with a historic center rich in monuments and a thousand-year history. At the same time, it is one of the economic centers of the region and the largest city in terms of area and population.

Divided in half, the historic center on Monte Guasco and the modern part of the coast, Ancona is a city full of charm. It is the only Italian city that gives visitors both a sunrise and a sunset by the sea.

Among the most important monuments of the city is the Cathedral of San Ciriaco, with the white and pink marble facade that dominates the city from the top of Mount Guasco. Once up here was the Acropolis, the remains of which are still visible today.

Worth visiting are the Archaeological National Museum of the Marche, which contains finds from the Stone Age and the peoples of the area and the Fontana del Calamo, a fountain with mythical bronze masks. At one end of the harbor is the ancient Trajan Arch and on the other, on an artificial island, the Lazzaretto, a pentagonal building that served as a quarantine camp in the 18th century.

A large part of the province of Ancona belongs to the Regional Park Conero, which is characterized by vast forests of scrub, cliffs and secluded beaches. Also characteristic here are the unspoiled hinterland, rich in local products such as lavender, honey, olive oil and legumes.

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