Ancona is the capital of the Le Marche region, therefore it’s clearly a must visit during a trip to this region. Those traveling between Greece or Croatia will likely pass through Ancona as a travel hub. This area features great weather while crowded with things to do like visiting the coast, lovely restaurants, museums, bars, monuments, etc. When discussing the must-sees of Ancona, a few specific places come to mind that we have outlined here.

THE SEA

Bay of Portonovo

This is a great escape from constantly buzzing city life. The coastline is spectacular, from the forest areas to rich sandy beaches and mild sea temperatures, it’s a paradise for many. Moving a bit away from the seaside, we run into the bay. Most noteworthy, the Portonovo Bay is a beautiful sight to all who pass through. You can’t miss this site in Ancona!

Portonovo, Ancona, Marches, Italy
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Passetto Beach

This is the best place to be in this area for the beach and seaside walks. It’s a refreshing area of salty sea air and soothing sounds of the waves crashing along the shoreline. There is a place of soft sand in order to relax and also rough cliffside which lead to the magnificent beaches. Whether in Ancona or visiting all of Le Marche, it’s a good pit stop for some sun and sea during the summer months.

SITES AND ARCHITECTURE

Mole VanVitelliana

Being one of the most well-known attractions of Ancona, this iconic complex truly stands out among the rest of this city’s land. It is located in the center of the harbor area, close to Parco Publico Cittadella. This area is where boats and cruise ships seat themselves for a few days or extended vacations. The Mole Vanvitelliana is extremely beautiful, with fabulous courtyards. Interestingly, this structure was originally intended for victims of Leprosy.

Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Marches, Italy
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The Amphitheatre

The ancient amphitheater is a structure that is very important to the city of Ancona. While it is not as magnificent as other examples of this type, it’s still a fantastic piece of architecture. The theater was built by Augustus and was used as a place of study and practice for young gladiators and also for artistic practice.

Piazza del Plebiscito

This is the main square of the city of Ancona. The San Domenico church, National City Museum, the public library, and the government building are all in the Piazza del Plebiscito. Consequently, its historical and present day importance is very overwhelming. This piazza features a variety of building structures that intrigue the visitor and keep the local people entertained.

Piazza del Plebiscito, Ancona, Marches, Italy
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Cathedral of San Ciriaco

Also featuring a lovely view of Ancona, is the view from the cathedral atop Monte Guasco. This is the most iconic of all the religious-based structures. It has an incredible view of much of the city and countrysides. The Roman-style architecture is most recognizable through the highly decorated door of the cathedral. Above all, it’s a real gem of the 11th century.

Duomo di San Ciriaco, Ancona, Marches, Italy
Duomo di San Ciriaco, Ancona, Marches, Italy

Traiano Arch

This Roman arch is in the center of the city, in the harbor area. The emperor Trajan assisted in the early developments of Ancona. Due to this, the arch was as a tribute to him. On both sides adjacent to the arch itself are fantastic stone paths. Also, views of the port and the rest of the city spread slowly to the seaside.

Arco di Traiano Ancona, Marches, Italy
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