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This city brings together the region’s best features, with superb culture, stunning coastal scenery and fantastic cuisine. Explore Ancona’s historic centre 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 Amphitheatre. 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 harbour. The Arco di Traiano was erected in 115 B.C. to honour Emperor Trajan while the Arco Clementino just beyond was built for Pope Clement XII. Two other arches stand approximately 0.5 mile (800 metres) 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 centre 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 centre rich in culture.
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