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Ancona [6] is the capital of the Italian region called Marche. It is an important port city on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. Most of its medieval center was bombed during World War II. Its cathedral, however, is set on the mountain overlooking Ancona and still worth a look. There is also a monument built by Mussolini on the waterfront. It offers glorious vistas on the coastline with mainly flat sandy beaches. The popular resorts of Portonovo, Sirolo, and Santa Maria di Badia are at the Mount's base.

Many ferries link Ancona, and therefore Italy, to Croatia, Greece and Turkey.

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By plane[edit]

Ancona Airport (AOI) [7] "Raffaello Sanzio" (also known as Ancona-Falconara Airport) is located 18 km from the city. Several national and international flights are present. Directly in front of the airport terminal there is a train station, the stop is called Castelferretti Station. There are trains from Castelferretti station to Ancona Centrale train station, but it's not regular! Train journey take approx 15 - 20 mins. There are also bus from Airport to main train station, bus number J or bus number S, cost €2 when ticket purchase from bus driver. Bus tickets are also for sale at the newspapers stand in the Departures terminal. However, there is no bus or train from main train station to airport in Sunday evening (as at Oct 2013). The local will tell you that Bus C will go near the Ancona Airport (stop at Piazza Della Liberta on Via Giordano Bruno), which take another 15 - 20 min walk passing through shops, residential area and Castelferretti train station before you get to the airport terminal.

By boat[edit]

Ferries are cheap and go regularly between various places by the coast. The following international lines are serviced by car ferries (note to take advantage of internet rates for some lines - you MUST purchase 24 hours in advance - like for

To/From Greece

Check out Blue Line International [8], SNAV [9], or Jadrolinija [10] for more info on some of these lines.

  • To/from Bar (Montenegro) - 18 hours, twice a week, only in the summer, cheapest way approx 70 € - [11]

An up-to-date site with all ferry schedules from Ancona to Greece, Croatia and Turkey [12].

By train[edit]

Trenitalia primary train operator in Italy - has many daily trins to Roma (30/15 EUR) ... Milano (45 EUR) book
Be aware that the train station has two sets of lines, and Platform 2 Ovest is NOT THE SAME as Platform 2. The other stations of the city are Ancona Marittima, Ancona Torrette, Ancona Stadio, Palombina and Varano.

By bus[edit]

Ancona Bus line [Italian website]
maybe buses here

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

  • Ancona Cathedral. Attractive Ancona Cathedral stands on the Guasco hill overlooking the city's port and offers amazing views of Ancona and the Adriatic coast. The wooden roof of the 11th century Cathedral is actually in the shape of an upside-down boat and its most obvious feature is the 12-sided cupola. The Cathedral is actually built on the site of an ancient temple dedicated to Venus and you can still see some of the ruins underneath the church.  edit
  • Serenellini's Accordion Factory. Since 1978 "Serenellini" manufactures a wide range of excellent handicrafted accordions, able to satisfy the needs of the student as well as the most demanding professional accordionist. The artisan style of Serenellini's accordion suits to the quality of the product; using only the best Italian raw materials,employing highly experienced craftsmen and adhering to a severe policy of accurate on-line testing up to the final product give rise to the top reliability guarantee of the instrument.  edit
  • Parco del Cardeto, [1]. Beautiful park on the hills close to the city. You gain an amazing view over the city, the harbour and along the coastline of the adriatic sea. No access to the beach from here. free. (43.621157,13.521574) edit
  • Passetto, [2]. Beautiful place on the sea side in the city. You gain an amazing view over the coastline of the adriatic sea. Access to the beach from here. free.  edit
  • Arch of Traiano. The marble Arch of Trajan, 18 m high, erected in 114/115 as an entrance to the causeway atop the harbour wall in honour of the emperor who had made the harbour, is one of the finest Roman monuments in the Marche. Most of its original bronze enrichments have disappeared. It stands on a high podium approached by a wide flight of steps. The archway, only 3 m wide, is flanked by pairs of fluted Corinthian columns on pedestals. An attic bears inscriptions. The format is that of the Arch of Titus in Rome, but made taller, so that the bronze figures surmounting it, of Trajan, his wife Plotina and sister Marciana, would figure as a landmark for ships approaching Rome's greatest Adriatic port.  edit
  • Lazzaretto. The Lazzaretto (Laemocomium or "Mole Vanvitelliana"), planned by architect Luigi Vanvitelli in 1732 is a pentagonal building covering more than 20,000 m², built to protect the military defensive authorities from the risk of contagious diseases eventually reaching the town with the ships. Later it was used also as a military hospital or as barracks; it is currently used for cultural exhibits.  edit
  • Church of Santa Maria della Piazza. Previously known as Santa Maria del Canneto or Santa Maria del Mercato, this church has an elaborate arcaded façade and is one of the oldest church in the city (1210)  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Pinacoteca Comunale, [3]. Ancona's Pinacoteca Comunale (art gallery) is located in Palazzo Bosdari and houses over 100 works by 14th-19th century artists from the Marche and Veneto regions, including Titian and Andrea del Sarto. The top floor of the museum is occupied by the Gallery of Modern Art which contains a large number of works by the late Francesco Podesti and various other contemporary Italian artists. (44.137778,12.247778) edit
  • Mount Conero & Beaches, [4]. Beautiful coastline and beaches lying at the foot of Mount Conero  edit
  • The Marche National Archaeological Museum. The National Archaeological Museum (Museo Archeologico Nazionale) is housed in the Palazzo Ferretti, built in the late Renaissance by Pellegrino Tibaldi; it preserves frescoes by Federico Zuccari. The Museum is divided into several sections: prehistoric section, with palaeolithic and neolithic artefacts, objects of the Copper Age and of the Bronze Age protohistoric section, with the richest existing collection of the Picenian civilization; the section includes a remarkable collection of Greek ceramics. Greek-Hellenistic section, with coins, inscriptions, glassware and other objects from the necropolis of Ancona. Roman section, with a statue of Augustus, Pontifex Maximus, carved sarcophagi and two Roman beds with fine decorations in ivory rich collection of ancient coins (not yet exposed)  edit

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Corso Garibaldi is the main street in the city centre with several luxury shops. Outside the city there are numerous commercial centres, including an IKEA store.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Ulderico on the waterfront, close to the Mole Vanvitelliana is an excellent as well as budget place to eat fish.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Several pubs are located around Piazza del Plebiscito, or Piazza del Papa.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Twilightblue hotels in Ancona [13]
  • NH Jolly Ancona, Rupi di Via XXIX Settembre, 14, +39 071 201171 [14]. The NH Jolly Ancona can be found in the heart of the shopping area, just 200 meters from the Corso Garibaldi and the Cathedral, in front of the Calamo Fountian and the Mole Vanvitelliana, where many prestigious events are held.
  • Ostello della Gioventu, Via Lamaticci, [5]. checkin: 16:30; checkout: 11:30. Private hostel very close to the central station. Pro: Free Wifi Con: Closed between 11:30 and 16:30. Also closed between midnight and 6:30. So you have to return early or very late if you like to go a party. 18.00 EUR/person/night.  edit


Internet access[edit]

Internet cafe is on the port, Via Guglielmo Marconi, a bit east of the train station. It is also an international calling service. Two computers.

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