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Ancona, Le Marche

Ancona, Marches, Italy
Ancona, Marches, Italy

ANCONA

Ancona is the capital of the Le Marche region, and therefore it’s clearly a must visit during a trip to this region. Those travelling from Greece or Croatia will likely pass through Ancona as a travel hub.

This area has great weather and many fun 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 below:

THE SEA

Bay of Portonovo

This is a great escape from the busy city life. The coastline is spectacular, from the forest areas to the the rich sandy beaches and warm sea. 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 those who pass through. You can’t miss this site in Ancona.

Portonovo, Ancona, Marches, Italy
Photo by Claudio.stanco at Wikimedia Commons*, CCA-SA 4.0

Passetto Beach

The area has the best beach and seaside walks. It’s a refreshing area with salty sea air and the soothing sounds of the waves crashing along the shoreline.

There is soft sand in order to relax but there are also rough cliffsides which lead to the magnificent beaches.

Whether in Ancona or visiting all of Le Marche, it’s a good 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 stay for a few days or even extended periods.

The Mole Vanvitelliana is extremely beautiful, with fabulous courtyards. Interestingly, this structure was originally intended for victims of Leprosy.

Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, Marches, Italy
Photo by Ludushka at Wikimedia Commons*, CCA-SA 3.0

THE AMPHITHEATRE

The ancient amphitheater is a very important structure for the city of Ancona and it’s 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 as well as present day importance are huge. This piazza features a variety of structures and architectures that intrigue the visitor and keep the local people entertained.

Piazza del Plebiscito, Ancona, Marches, Italy
Photo by Stelamali at Wikimedia Commons*, CCA-SA 4.0

CATHEDRAL OF SAN CIRIACO

This cathedral atop Monte Guasco has a lovely view of Ancona. This is the most iconic of all of Ancona’s religious structures. It has an incredible view of much of the city and the countryside.

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 built 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
Photo by Diego Baglieri at Wikimedia Commons*, CCA-SA 4.0

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