Ancona Travel Guide

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Ancona Highlights

  • Pro
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    Pinat says…

     Feels like home 

  • Con
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    Calcio says…

     The stadium out in nowhere 

  • In a nutshell
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    AngeloRecchi says…

     Worth to visit and to live in if you like the nature and the simple things. Don't expect to find a heavy crowded nightlife. 

Ancona Things to Do

  • Make a wish

    Just in the middle of Corso Mazzini you'll find a Calamo Fountain (Or 13 streams fountain). If you make a wish and drink some water from each of the streams it will come true. (At least some people believe it is so)

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  • Wine Tasting

    There is a place in Ancona where one may combine relaxing from the heat, enjoying the view of old cellars, wondering on designers ideas of combination of absolutely modern devices on the background of an absolutely historic interior and wine tasting :)A very hospital owner doesn't speak English but he manages to communicate with anybody who comes...

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  • Duomo: the Cathedral of San Ciriaco –...

    Our main target when exploring the old town of Ancona was to reach, and visit, the Duomo that sits proudly on its highest point, Colle Guasco. It is built in an attractive stone and looked especially good in the late afternoon sun. We spent quite some time here, soaking up the atmosphere, admiring the wonderful views of the port and town below us,...

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  • Duomo: the Cathedral of San Ciriaco –...

    As I said in my previous tip, the cathedral retains its sense of history, compounded by the fact that you can easily see elements from the various periods. This is especially true of the interior – we even spotted an amonite fossil in the floor! It is certainly well worth spending some time in here exploring.The interior is not ornate but there is...

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  • Fontana del Calamo

    We ate that evening in the Corso Guiseppe Mazzini (see my restaurant review), but even if you’re not there for that reason it’s worth detouring up this street from nearby Piazza Roma to see the Fontana del Calamo. This is a 16th century fountain (1560) designed by architect Pellegrino Tibaldi. Its most distinctive feature is the row of thirteen...

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  • Passetto

    Our first stop on our mini tour of Ancona was in the neighbourhood known as Passetto. Here, high above the blue Adriatic, is the gleaming white Monumento ai Caduti – the Monument to the Fallen of the First World War. This was designed in the 1920s by Guido Cirilli in the form of a circular temple with Doric columns surrounding a small altar. It is...

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  • San Domenico and Piazza del Papa

    As we approached the stone arch on Via Giacomo Matteotti that would lead us into the old town, we saw on our left the wide space of the Piazza del Papa, named for the statue of Pope Clement XII that presides over it from the steps at one end. At the top of these steps, behind the statue, is the Neoclassical Church of San Domenico. Do take the time...

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  • San Francesco delle Scale

    On our walk up through the old town we passed this striking church, although unfortunately we didn’t feel that we had the time to go inside as we were keen to reach the cathedral while the lovely afternoon light still held. Having read more about it on my return, however, I regret not having at least a brief peep inside, as has some notable...

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  • Palazzo Senato

    The Palazzo Senato, on the Piazza of the same name, was one of my favourite buildings in Ancona. Its proportions are very elegant and the arched Romanesque windows are framed with quite delicate carvings.It dates originally from the 13th century, when a palazzo was built here on a site previously occupied by the Roman forum. It was badly damaged,...

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Ancona Restaurants

  • Good local produce

    We had planned to eat in one of the places in the Piazza del Papa as Ingrid had read that it was a popular area of the city in the evenings. But most of the establishments seemed to be more orientated towards drinkers than eaters (maybe it was a bit early?) and the one exception had its outside space totally reserved and an interior that looked to...

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  • Stocafisso - Stockfish - Seafood yum yum

    Special Stocafisso recipe : Recipe2 pounds stockfish 2 tablespoons capers, if salt cured, rinse and soak in water for 30 minutes 2 anchovy filets 1 celery stalk 1 medium onion 1 carrot 2 cloves garlic 4 large sage leaves salt, to taste red pepper flakes, to taste 1/2 cup good extra-virgin olive oil 2 vine ripened tomatoes, each cut into 8 wedges 2...

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  • fish by the sea

    i can remember being asked for lunch one day whilst swiimimg on the mian pier there was a lift that took one to the beach or sea front you could see the strange tented restaurant clearly on the right side of the beach the food was marvelous fresh and scrumptous however i found the drinking of wine in the sun extremly potent even though i only had...

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Ancona Nightlife

  • Ooopppss! The Pope is watching!

    Piazza Del Papa is one of the busiest locations of Ancona after 8-9pm. Also known as Piazza del Plebiscito (due to the statue of the pope), there are various bars where you can enjoy your aparetivos.

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  • Bar Fly

    Bar Fly as the great movie of Miky RourkeIt is a cool place where you can listen or dance jazz, funky, soul, raggae.During week and week end it's easy to find some great concerts. nothing particular

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  • Drinking under the eyes of the Pope

    Penny Lane Irish Pub (didn't think of going to one of those in Italy?) is right on Piazza del Papa (also known as Piazza del Plebiscito). It has a great atmosphere and friendly service. During the warmer seasons, the pub provides outdoor seating so you can enjoy the square and stare back at the statue of Pope Pius (I don't remember which one!). One...

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Ancona Transportation

  • Flying to Ancona

    On my most recent visit to Marche I flew with Lufthansa from London Heathrow via Munich. Although, to say "with Lufthansa" is not entirely accurate, as the second leg, Munich to Ancona, is operated by their partner Air Dolomiti, in a small twin prop plane. You will think yourself in Italy already perhaps when you arrive near your departure gate in...

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  • Ancona Falconara Airport, very...

    Ancona Falconara is an excellent airport with very convenient access to SS76, the two lane road leading west to Fabriano (Marche) and Umbria, Perugia, Foligno, etc. It is small, so don’t expect an infrastructure like of the huge airports of Milano, Roma, Bologna, Napoli. But it has all one needs: a restaurant which serves snacks, coffee and soft...

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  • Getting around by bus

    To get around Ancona we used what seemed to be an efficient bus service, although we only used the one route. The helpful guy on reception in the Hotel Dorico had told us that this bus, rather oddly numbered 1/4, would take us to the sea at the end of the Vialle delle Vittoria which indeed it did. We later used the same bus to return to the centre...

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  • Football-souvenirs

    Since I was visiting the club when it was in the Serie A I’m not sure it’s the same in Serie C2. But you should be able to find at least some scarves and maybe shirts to buy outside the stadium. Matchshirt 10 euroScarves 5-6 euro

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  • Shops in Ancona

    There aren't too many shops in Ancona which is a good thing because therefore there aren't too many tourists either. In Ancona you can find a stinky but worth-to-see market hall with lots of meet, fish and vegetables available. The clothes shops are medium-sized, like in every italian city, there's also one Benetton-store in Ancona. Terra Nova is a...

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Ancona Local Customs

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    Is this a typical swiss tradition??? Is normal to have a ball on your head??? Ask it to Augusta (call_me_rhia), she seems to be soo happy..lol :)

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Ancona Warnings and Dangers

  • No violent supporters

    Should be no problem at all at Ancona, as long as you’ll find the way back to the trainstation… Which could actually be more tough than avoiding hooligans… If Ancona ever go back to the Serie B, the games against Ascoli could be a bit highrisk.

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  • ..here in Italy, you may bring...

    ..here in Italy, you may bring all your family to the horse races, in Montegiorgio(30kms from where I live)...the air is fresh in the evening...and it's a good place for the kids to play, there's a very good playground...and everybody else can sit down and relax and have a icecream...but don't bring too much money, though, with you!! ahahha!

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Ancona What to Pack

  • Women--forget about looking fashionable

    Everyone is going to look better than you...I don't know how these women do it. Everyone I saw looked great, tryed but had Iknown I would have just taken some sneakers and jeans.September weather Even tho I walked all day I gained 5 lbs in 2 weeks. The food is incredible everywhere.

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  • Packing List

    Like to every place you you, take a good, easily portable bag with you that you could maybe pull. That's the easiest way, I guess! Ancona centre is easy to walk with baggage but if you further to mountains or just upper from the centre, the ways and 'streets' are difficult to walk. Also the public buses can be full of people so prepare yourself for...

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    ..the first time I came here, to Italy...I was very young, and I had a very sad face...I hope it won't be the same for you too!! :-))))

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Ancona Off The Beaten Path

  • Do What the Locals Do: Sunbathe in...

    Very close to Ancona, it is a modern tourist locality, full of splendid gardens and fine and golden sand. The lovely beaches are perfect spots for sunbathing and enjoying the Adriatic Sea.

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  • Absolute beauty and unforgettable...

    If you're tired of lying on the beach or visiting the typical monuments, head for Frasassi stalactite caves (Grotte di Frasassi) , outside Ancona. The route in the caves is about one or two kilometers long and definitely worth seeing and feeling.The climate in the cavescan be a bit cool so you might need a long-sleeved blouse or long trousers. No...

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  • Falconara Marittima

    If you fancy some sunbathing on a beach, then head up the coast about 5 miles to Falconara Marittima. Here there is a beautiful beach that stretches for miles. There's not a great deal to be found in the town itself but I did spend the night here after I spent a day visiting Ancona. When I was there, it was mid-May and the holiday season hadn't got...

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  • The harbour

    Once the ferry sails out of the harbor, you can discover large warehouses, north-east to the city (first photo). The second and the third photo show the landscape that shows when the ferry tacks south-east. The promontory of Monte Conero is rocky and protects well the bay from southerly winds. The citadel that protected the city spreads on several...

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  • Historical centre

    Probably the best way to explore Ancona, and certainly its old town, is on foot. This is unfortunately not that easy for anyone with walking difficulties, as the hills can be quite steep in places and there are steps in others, those same steps mean that it is only on foot that you can access some of the most interesting hidden corners. Our late...

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  • Exploring the old town

    Probably the best way to explore Ancona, and certainly its old town, is on foot. This is unfortunately not that easy for anyone with walking difficulties, as the hills can be quite steep in places and there are steps in others, those same steps mean that it is only on foot that you can access some of the most interesting hidden corners.Our late...

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Leaving on the train to Milano
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From Ancona airport to the town
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San Ciriaco Cathedral
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Hilltop Views
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Ancona city and surrounds
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Inside St. Cyriacus Church
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View St. Cyriacus' Body Inside A Massive Church
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The Mole Vanvitelliana
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Monumento ai Caduti (War Memorial)
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Enjoy the View from Passetto
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Piazza del Plebiscito
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Fontana del Calamo
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Teatro delle Muse
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Loggia dei Mercanti
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Piazza Della Repubblica
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Corso Stamira
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Start with the Basics: The Port
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Fly in Peace
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In the Conero area, gorgeous restaurant
Restaurants
In the Conero area, gorgeous restaurant
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Buildings in the old town
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Excavations, ruins and archeological museum
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Arco di Traiano and harbour walls
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Buildings on the slopes
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Portella di Santa Maria
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Santa Maria della Piazza
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Statue of Emperor Trajan
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By train to Ancona
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Port
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Porta Pia
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Ancona, ferries for everywhere (nearly !)
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Sailing at last !
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Harbor offices
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No public parking, queue for ferries only !
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Not a car friendly city!
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Seafront
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Cathedral San Ciriaco
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Ancona, the surroundings
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Mole Vanvitelliana
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Porta Pia
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