Sirolo Things to Do

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    looking down at Roberto's beach
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    view of Mont Conero natural reserve
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    walk the town / go to the Beach

    by edwis Written Jul 23, 2009

    From here we did ½ day adventures to several hilltop towns, seaside resort towns, and even hiked for 2 hours in a natural reserve park atop Monte Conero. We were up so high that the clouds blocked the view of the sea below. But the trail, we discovered after the walk, is intermediate hiking with rocky paths, steep inclines/declines and the need for hiking boots. We were so tired out that we took a ½ mile path down the cliff to the beach area of Sirolo, which looked inviting. We finally made it, swam and slept under beach umbrellas, before trying the dreaded hike back up to the car. About one block in the climb, a city bus appears to take beach goers back to the city. We were so thankful.

    looking down at Roberto's beach view of Mont Conero natural reserve boardwalk around old town old hotel
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    Enjoy the Ancient Center

    by deecat Updated Nov 12, 2006

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    Sirolo is such a charming medieval town on the Adriatic Riviera. Really, it's actually high above the Riviera. It was such a panoramic location and so clean, near pristine.

    We found that the best views of the sea and cliffs was from the main square in the medieval center, which is actually a "veranda overlooking this fabulous location".

    Of special interest to us were the medieval fortified 11th-century center with its well-preserved ramparts, a castle, gardens, and lively cobbled streets and alleys. We especially liked the mediaeval walls with the Torrione (tower). The second photo shows the La Locanda Rocco that was built in 1300 over the Sirolo Walls and was used as a resting place for travelers and merchants.

    Teatro Cortesi is quite beautiful, especially at night, and the old streets are a delight to wander.

    Churches to see:

    1. The Chiesa della Madonna Rosario with its 16th Century frescoes.

    2. Chiesa di San Pietro with its simple beauty. (Abbey of San Pietro al Conero)

    3. Chiesa Parocchiale di San Nicolo from the 18th century with its beautiful bell tower.

    4. In Belvedere Square is the church of Santissimo Sacramento with 15th-century bas-relief carved in its portal

    Sirolo is in the middle of Conero. One place that people love in the summer months is a theatre that is staged in an old quarry that has been converted into an arena.

    Allan Walking the Tree-Lined Path in Sirolo La Locanda Rocco [1300] Once a Church; now a tavern Architectual Detail in Sirolo Statue in Piazza Marino in Sirolo
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    Mount Conero

    by deecat Updated Nov 9, 2006

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    Mount Conero boasts both the "Grotta Urbani" (beach and grotto) and "Due Sorelle" (twin rock formation that juts out into the sea).

    The Conero has harsh white cliffs, smooth seashores of the southern coast, and several small villages such as Sirolo.

    I have these photographs:

    TheUrbani grotta after which the Urbani beach was named.

    Natural rock formations , just a small portion of the rich bays, reefs, and coves of this area.

    From thePiazza Vittorio Veneto, a delightful deck where you can see the open views of the sea with its sweeping panorama.

    We just could not get enough of this beautiful small village and Mount Conero, and the Conero Riviera!

    We discovered that the ancient Greeks had often come to the coasts of the Conero because it was considered safe; it was also an advantage for trade with the Picene civilization. The Conero probably owes its name to the Greek word "komaros", an arbutus berry that grows here.

    Mount Conero helped to shelter the town of Sirolo in ancient times.

    Cave Entrance on Urbani Beach rock formations on Urbani Beach The tip of Mount Conero
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    Sunday Market in Sirolo

    by deecat Updated Nov 9, 2006

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    We were so fortunate as we traveled around the Le Marche Region. It seems that in each town we visited, we happened to be there when the market was scheduled.
    Here in Sirolo, the huge market was conducted on Sunday.

    At this great market, we purchased:

    Black leather boots for our daughter Jill.

    Black leather boots (more casual) boot for me.

    Black boot socks for Jill.

    Candy for Allan

    We were amazed at all that was sold here. We were especially fascinated by the birds and mammals.

    Interestingly, while we were there, about six police officers (both men and women) were checking each booth for proper credentials and licenses. Several people were arrested!

    We walked the entired length of the main street and all around, which was a grand way to experience Sirolo

    Some of the shops at the Sunday Market Selling Birds and small mammals at the Market
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    Visit the Information Center

    by deecat Updated Nov 9, 2006

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    Of all the Information Centers that we used while on this trip, the one here in Sirolo was, by far, the most helpful.

    The young girl who worked here, gave us maps, suggestions for where to stay, where to eat, and directions whenever we asked for them. She even made phone calls for us (about 5 all together).

    This is also the location for the Internet Spot so she assisted us with making sure we knew the ins and outs of using their machines. As most of you know, certain keys on Italian machines are different from the ones in the USA.

    One time, I was trying to use a machine, and she tried to assist, and neither of us could get it to work. She was so apologetic. It was not even her fault. I had to wait until another machine was available.

    You did not have to pay to use the computers; however, there was a jar for donations to go toward the upkeep of the Information Center.

    The center also had tourist books to sell, maps, and local products on display. There was a map of the Regional Park, the Conero Riviera, and other points of interest. While waiting to use the computers, there were comfortable seats where you could look out on the church and and main square.

    It was a lovely location and a helpful spot in Sirolo.

    Allan using computer at Information Center, Sirolo Counter at Information Center Official Opening times of Information Center Announcing Internet Point at Information Center
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    Walk the Urbani Grotto Beach

    by deecat Updated Nov 9, 2006

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    Allan and I took the most treacherous path from the observation point in Sirolo to theUrbani Beach. Until we reached the bottom, we did not realize that we could have taken the less dangerous route via the road.

    This coastline is formed by walls of rock that drop sheer to the sea, and there are tall cliffs that have be battered over the years by the force of marine and wind erosion. The landslides throughout the years has been smoothed and pounded reducing it to the form of pebble, shingle, and sand, creating all these beaches.

    Urbani Grotto Beach lies directly below Sirolo. Most normal people take the medieval south gate and follow the road that snakes down to the sea through the wood. Then you come to a clearing where steep steps dug into the rock lead to the 300-metre beach. This beach is bordered by tall white cliffs and green vegetation.

    Beyond the cliffs, there begins San Michele Beach with small white pebbles that turn to pink shingle near the water's edge. To get here, you have to take a path from atop Mount Conero.

    Then, just behond is another beach that's easy to reach...Sassi Neri Beach (Black Stones) that has dark, sedimentary rocks found that contain numerous fossils. Finally, further on is a white sandy beach that is called Due Sorelle (Two Sisters) because of the reefs that emerge from the sea here. It is reach from the sea or by going on another tortuous path called Passo del Lupo (Wolf's Pass).

    Beyond that is Grotta degli Schiavi (Slaves' Grotto) which is a cave with an abandoned entrance and jetty. The last beach in Sirolo is Spiaggi dei Gabbiani (Seagulls' Beach).

    Dee posing on Urbani Grotto Beach Hotel/Restaurant on Urbani Grotto Beach Part of Rugged Landscape of Urbani Grotto Beach Man fishing along rocks at Urbani Grotto Beach Small Cliff juts out into the sea
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    Enjoy the Natural Beauty of the Regional Park

    by deecat Updated Nov 9, 2006

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    Conero Regional Park covers about 6,000 hectares and includes the towns of Ancona, Sirolo, Camerano, and Numana.

    The park includes rocky coast along the Adriatic with vertical walls of rock that drop to the sea; there are also tall, limestone cliffs. The coast is not all stiff cliffs; it alternates between coves, small sand beaches, bays, some shingle beaches. Some beaches can only be reached by going along difficult and tortuous paths or from the sea.

    The promontory of Mount Conero is high and covered in woodland. Many different kinds of birds make their nests here. Because of the undergrowth, a multitude of small mammals take shelter here. The majority of the trees that grow here are marine oak, but there are also pine, mann ash, black hornbeams, maples, and chestnut trees.

    Because the park has lots of "corbezzolo" shrub with its edible berry and leaves to feed a butterfly called "Charexes Jasuis" (which is usually only found in tropical climates, it's quite a site here in Italy.

    At times there are black cormorants which dive into the sea from the cliffs. And, best of all, the peregrine falcon hangs out here.b

    Within the area of the park, Sirolo retains several traces of pre-historic man! Some examples are the graffiti on the rocks of Mount Conero from ancient times. Palaeolithic remains were found that date from 100,000 years ago atop the mountain near the television relay station. Also, several tombs have come to light in a nearby hamlet of I Pini that date from the Picene civilization.

    But, of great interest is a huge monumental tomb of what people call the "Queen of Sirolo". It dates from the end of the 5th century BC. The diameter of this tomb is 5 metres, and it contained the body of a woman who was wearing lavish clothing and accessories. There was also a dismantled gig and a two-horse chariot. Therefore, the area has become a museum site.

    The Steep Walk Down to the Beach Top to view the Natural Growth The Cliffs and Forest
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    Don't Miss the Sirolo Belvedere Park

    by deecat Updated Nov 8, 2006

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    The first place we saw in Sirolo, after we parked in the car park about 1 kilometre from the ancient center, was the municipal park with its observation point. Thus, this is the first time we were able to see the Conero Riviera.

    It's a rather large park with lots of trees, benches, other plantings, the observation walk, and wide open spaces. It's in such a beautiful location up high overlooking the sea.

    We saw a young man of about 30 who was sitting on a bench reading a book as content as could be. It's such a tranquil spot. We also saw a teen-age boy and girl sitting on a bench, and he was playing a guitar and singing. It was delightful. Why don't I have photographs? I thought it would be ill-advised to interrupt their pleasant activities. It's called being polite.

    Photographs:
    1. I took this through the branches of a tree. Allan was having a fit...but I told him it would be artistic, and I think it is!

    2. A sign with a map of the Conero Riviera marking all the beaches and places of interest.

    3. A view of the park with its bath, a large rock, and lights as well as landscaping.

    4. A view of the water below.

    Peeking through trees at the sea & Mount Conero Sign and Map for the Park Views Large rock and trees in park A Foggy View of the Sea from the Park
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    Sirolo and Numana

    by mary2u99 Updated Jul 13, 2006

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    Sirolo is the more beautiful village, with a medieval centre, balcony piazza that teeters high above the sea.

    The beaches are accessible by bus but the best ones are reachable by foot or boat down to each of the coves. The mass of campsites and hotels below the old town it is the same with Numana with its long beach.

    Sirolo Sirolo
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