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Explore Ancona’s historic center to see prehistoric relics and colossal stone arches. Relax in a lively town square café or head to one of several fantastic restaurants along the pretty waterfront.
Founded by the Greeks during the 4th century B.C., the town hides many fascinating artifacts beneath its modern exterior. Most are located close to the port, easily reachable by boat.
Start at the Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche on a journey from early Paleolithic times to the Middle Ages. The museum has a remarkable collection, including Neolithic flint daggers and intricate Greek ceramics.
Wander north toward Cattedrale di San Ciriaco, stopping briefly at the Piazza Anfiteatro to glimpse the old Roman Amphitheater. Several sections remain of this structure that was probably built during Emperor Augustus’ reign.
Reach the cathedral and admire its high dome and wooden roof. Notice that it resembles an upside-down boat. Walk past two marble lions on either side of the main entrance to discover an interior of bright white columns and intricate wall carvings.
From the cathedral’s elevated position on a small hill, look for Ancona’s Arches standing proudly above the main road toward the harbor. The Arco di Traiano was erected in 115 B.C. to honor Emperor Trajan while the Arco Clementino just beyond was built for Pope Clement XII. Two other arches stand approximately 0.5 mile (800 meters) south along the coastal road.
After a morning of walking, go to Piazza del Plebiscito, a short stroll from the port. Select from several small cafés and enjoy a drink as you gaze toward the elegant Chiesa di San Domenico.
Ancona has many excellent restaurants serving traditional food. Try the town center or the waterfront on the city’s eastern side for superb seafood selections. Stay at a central hotel or a private villa on the town’s outskirts.
Located on the Adriatic coast and 3-hours’ drive northeast of Rome, Ancona is a haven of forested terrain and gorgeous beaches with a city center rich in culture.
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A: If you're organising a trip to Ancona, usually you'll fly in to Ancona Airport (AOI-Falconara). This leading airport operates approximately 137 international flights per month.
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A: First stop, Ancona. Start your journey with a trip to well-known attractions like Porto di Ancona, Ancona Lighthouse and Ancona Hospital.
If your holiday takes you to Jesi instead, Teatro Comunale G. B. Pergolesi, ACCA Academy and Teatro Pirata are your best bet.
Or, for some new experiences, find out why Porto Senigallia - Penelope Statue, Theatre La Fenice Senigallia and Garibaldi Senigallia Square are excellent attractions for people travelling to Senigallia.
Lovely hotel to stay in on our road trip from Crete to Wales. Friendly and helpful staff, comfortable room with excellent facilities. Buffet breakfast was also very good. We had a nice meal in a nearby restaurant but perhaps the hotel could offer evening meals too?
I was staying here under very difficult circumstances (severely ill husband in local hospital) and the staff were extremely accomodating, helpful and sympathetic. I had to extend on a day by day basis and could not have been treated better by the Reception Team.
My friend and I stayed here at the end of September/beginning of October. Despite being well-booked, the property felt very private and serene. Truly could not have asked for a more perfect location--especially lovely to have a private patio for guests with access to the ocean just steps away, but ...