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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.
Located in the heart of Ancona, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro delle Muse, Loggia dei Mercanti and Chiesa di Santa Maria della Piazza. Lazzaretto of Ancona and Piazza del Plebiscito are also within 10 minutes.
Situated in Ancona, this hotel is 2.7 mi (4.4 km) from Lazzaretto of Ancona and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Teatro delle Muse. Loggia dei Mercanti and Chiesa di Santa Maria della Piazza are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Ancona, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Lazzaretto of Ancona, Teatro delle Muse and Loggia dei Mercanti. Chiesa di Santa Maria della Piazza and Piazza del Plebiscito are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in Ancona, this bed & breakfast is within 9 miles (15 km) of Luigi Paolucci Museum, Caves of Osimo and Osimo Civic Museum. Lazzaretto of Ancona and Teatro delle Muse are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in the heart of Ancona, this hotel is steps away from Chiesa di Santa Maria della Piazza and Porto di Ancona. Loggia dei Mercanti and Teatro delle Muse are also within 5 minutes.
Situated in Castelfidardo, this luxury hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Conero Regional Park, Basilica di Loreto and Sassi Neri Beach. Caves of Osimo and Osimo Civic Museum are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated on the waterfront, this spa hotel is 3.2 mi (5.1 km) from Conero Regional Park and within 12 miles (20 km) of Sassi Neri Beach and Basilica di Loreto. Caves of Osimo is 12.4 mi (19.9 km) away.