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What to see and do in Ancona?

Looking at a map we can see that Ancona is right in the center of the Adriatic coast. This characteristic makes the port a very important point for navigation on the Adriatic. Remember that from Ancona many ships leave and arrive. From Ancona we can get to Croatia, Albania or Greece, but also to other destinations.

From the port you can see the Arco de Traiano (115 AD), di Apolodoro de Damasco, and the Mole Antoneliana built by Vanvitelli in 1733.

On the Guasco Hills, in a predominant position on the city, is the cathedral, of Romanesque style and with Byzantine and Gothic influences. At the beginning it was dedicated to San Lorenzo, later in the XIV century, it was dedicated to San CIriaco, patron of the Maritime Republic. In the Museum of the Cathedral is guarded the Roman sarcophagus of Gorgonio, the fourth century.

In the Archaeological Museum we can contemplate objects from the Iron Age, the Romans, Greeks and Etruscans.

The church of Santa Maria della Piazza is Romanesque in style and was built in the 11th century following the precedents of two churches of the 5th and 7th century.

The church of San Francisco delle Scale dates from 1323, restored later, after 1972; It has a beautiful Gothic-Venetian marble portico.

The church of San Domenico is from the eighteenth century and holds a precious work of Tiziana, the “Crocifissione”.

The Palazzo del Governo, from the 14th century, has been extended successively under the design of Francesco di Giorgio Martini; adjoining the Palazzo is the Civic Tower.

The coast of Ancona is a coastal area of ​​splendid sandy beaches. If we go to the south, a few kilometers from the city, we find the promontory of Conero, with its spur of rocks, interrupting the long uninterrupted coastline of beaches. Mount Cero dominates the Adriatic Sea from the top of its 572 meters. The promontory offers very suggestive landscapes. In 1987 and to preserve the patrimony of flora and fauna the Parco Regionale del Monte Conero was established. The symbols of the Conero are the stacks of the Due Sorelle; At the foot of the stacks we find the small village of Portonovo around the fort of 1810 built by Eugenio di Beauharnais. Near the Napoleonic fortress, is the Romanesque church of Santa Maria de Portonovo, s. XI, of which Dante speaks in the XXI song of Paradise.

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Without getting too far from the Ancona, about 25 kilometers away, we find the sanctuary of the Santa Casa di Loreto, dedicated to the Virgin. According to popular tradition, the house of Nazareth of Mary was moved by the angels: first on the Tersatto Hills, then on the Hills of Loreto. Here was built the sanctuary visited by a large number of devotees every day, but not only, since we found many works of great artists worthy of admiration. The construction began in 1468 and continued in the following centuries, with the intervention of great personages like, for example, Giuliano de Sangallo, Bramante and Andrea Sansovino.

The part originally was of a Gothic style, while the parts that followed were Renaissance and Baroque. Next to the monumental basilica we can visit the Treasure Room. Opposite is the Palazzo Apostolico, home of the Historical Archive and the Museum-Pinacoteca.

If we stay in the center of Ancona or if we decide to explore its surroundings, stopping at the charming towns of the coast or the hillside villages, we will have to try, almost in a compulsory way, the local specialties and especially the good wines like the Tinto de Conero or Blanco de Metauro, accompanied by some tasty cheese and some local salami, or some tasty dish accompanied by the formidable tartufo!