It was founded in 390 BC by Greek colonists who had been exiled from Syracuse.
The name “Ancona” is derived from the Greek word “Ankon,” which means “elbow,” due to the shape of its bay.
This is why it’s often referred to as the “Doric City,” a nod to the “Dori,” Greek immigrants from the mainland.
The city has a population of around 100,000 inhabitants, making it a destination large enough to offer a variety of attractions and services yet intimate enough to explore thoroughly.
Ancona is located at a low elevation just a few meters (a few feets) above sea level, providing spectacular views of the Adriatic Sea and the surrounding hills.
An Ideal City for History, Culture, and Nature.
Besides visiting cultural attractions, such as:
The Old Port, the heart of the city, a picturesque place with restaurants, cafes, and panoramic views of the sea; the Cathedral of San Ciriaco, an architectural masterpiece that offers a spiritual experience; Piazza del Plebiscito, a gathering point for locals and tourists, surrounded by cafes and shops; the National Archaeological Museum of the Marche, a treasure trove of historical artifacts, including Etruscan and Roman works; The Arch of Trajan, a Roman arch from the 1st century AD marking the beginning of the Via Flaminia; the Mole Vanvitelliana, a complex of military and civilian buildings from the 18th century; Il Passetto, a long artificial mole at the base of the monument to the fallen; and much more.
Alternative activities include visiting the Riviera del Conero, a beautiful rocky coastline with white beaches and crystal-clear waters, ideal for beach relaxation; hiking on the nearby Monte Conero; or participating in one of the numerous cultural events held in the city throughout the year.
The cuisine of the Marche region is a delight for the palate.
Traditional dishes like “Vincisgrassi” (a type of Marche lasagna), “Olive all’Ascolana” (stuffed olives), and “Brodetto di Pesce,” a local fish and tomato-based stew, should always be accompanied by a glass of Marche wine.
Ancona enjoys a Mediterranean climate with mild winters and warm summers.
Average winter temperatures hover around 50-55 degrees F° (10-15 degrees C°), while summer temperatures can exceed 80 degrees F° (25-30 degrees C°).
Ancona is an ideal destination for travelers seeking an authentic Italian experience.
From delicious cuisine to rich culture and breathtaking landscapes, this city offers everything you could desire for an unforgettable vacation.
So, relax, immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of Ancona, and let yourself be captivated by the sweet life of Italy.
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