A port town through and through, the main tourist draw of Ancona is leaving Ancona. Embarrassingly lacking in good accommodation, Italy's largest mid-Adriatic ferry port is trying to develop a tourist infrastructure. Although fairly grimy and tattered around the port and train station, the town does have a fascinating history, a handful of sights to warrant an extra day or two, and the downtown area is very pedestrian friendly.
There are two distinct parts to Ancona: the modern sprawl around the train station and the old centre further up the hill. All trains arrive at the main station on Piazza Nello e Carlo Rosselli, and a few continue into the ferry terminal Ancona Marittima. Most hotels cluster around the main train station, a grimy area but busy enough to be safe during the day.
When you exit the station, buses 1/2, 1/4 and 1/5 will take you to the centre of town, and bus 12 takes you to the port. Cross past the first bus lane to the covered bus stop with a sign that reads Porto/Centro. Tickets are available at all tabacchi for €1,10.
You’ll find plenty of maps of Ancona and the surrounding area at the excellent newsstand at the main train station or at the tourist information centres, bookshops, hotels and newsstands around town. Ancona can be somewhat confusing, so a good map is highly recommended.
Feltrinelli (Tel 071 207 39 43; Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi 35; h10am-2pm & 4-8pm Mon-Fri, 10am-1pm & 5-8pm Sat & Sun) Carries maps and books in English, French and Spanish.
Police station (Tel 071 2 28 81; Via Giovanni Gervasoni 19) South of the city centre.
Internet Point/Phone Centre (Tel 071 5 42 33; Piazza Roma 26-27; internet 15min/1hr €1/2, to call worldwide fixed line/mobile €0.08/0.25; h9.30am-9.30pm)
New International Service (Tel 071 4 40 84; Piazza Roselli 5a; internet per hr €3, to call fixed lines in the US €0.08, UK €0.07, Australia €0.25; h9am-10pm) Across from the train station.
Farmacia Centrale (Tel 071 20 27 46; Corso Mazzini 1)Ospedale Umberto I (Tel 071 59 61; Piazza Capelli 1)Hospital.
Main post office (Largo XXIV Maggio; h8am-6.30pm Mon-Fri, 8am-12.30pm Sat)
InfoPoint (Tel 320 0196321; Via Gramisci 2a; h10am- 1pm & 4-8pm May-Oct) Tourist office for the city of Ancona.
Marche Info (Tel 071 35 89 91; http://www.comune.ancona.it/ankonline/it/index.html; Via della Loggia 50; h9am-2pm & 3-7pm Mon-Sat) Tourist office for the province of Le Marche.