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When Tours Become One

Ancona is a major link up spot. You can use its port to link up with our Croatia Sailing, Cruise To The Beat and Greek Sailing trips. After visiting Venice, Ancona may seem a little drab and lacking in things to do. But in reality Italy's largest mid-Adriatic ferry port is pretty interesting. The town has 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.

Highlights

  • Explore the picturesque streets of the old town, then treat yourself to some refreshing gelato! 
  • Marvel at the 11th century Romanesque Cathedral (Duomo di Ancona)
  • Check out the Arch of Trajan in the port, an 18.5 metre high Roman triumphal arch, dating from 114 AD. Make sure you visit at sunset for amazing harbour views.

 

 

1. Duomo Di San Ciriaco

It is worth the trek! Take the steps up to the top of Monte Guasco to see the medieval cathedral that overlooks the city and the sea. This was a very popular spot for earlier buildings that were destroyed over the years. Inside the cathedral you can see the base of an earlier temple’s columns and in the crypt you can see the remains of a 6th century church. There are spectacular views over the city and the port area out to sea where you can see an incredible sunset each night.

2. Arco Di Traiano

The Arch of Traiano was erected as an entrance to the harbor in honor of the Emperor Traian 2000 years ago. This 18 metre high arch is a monument worth taking a closer look at.

3. Mole Vanvitelliana / Lazzaretto of Ancona

This 18th century building was constructed on an artificial island in the port as a quarantine station and Leprosarium for Ancona. Nowadays it plays host to live music performances, theatre, ballet and concerts.

4. Passetto

On the opposite side of Ancona to the port, you’ll find the white marble Passetto Monument, a World War I memorial, high above the sea that was built in the 1930’s. Next to the monument you’ll find a long set of stairs that head down to the sandy beach below (or you can take the elevator in the summer when it’s running). Near the beach you’ll find an old fishing port and caves carved into the rocky cliff.

 

 

Ancona is known for its fresh and fantastic seafood, and traditional Italian fare!

Eats

1. Osteria Teatro Strabacco

A great little rustic venue with fantastic service and is one of the most well-known restaurants in the city. Expect a lot of the menu to be meat based!

2. La Cantineta

There’s a rumour among locals that this is the best place to eat seafood in town as it comes fresh from the nearby port. The favourite dish to try here is the stockfish (all’Anconetana).

3.Osteria della Piazza

Featuring a big selection of Italian dishes from pasta to pizza, all made fresh. Popular with tourists and locals alike.

Drinks

1. Bar Torino

A quiet little bar perfect for a few glasses of vino and getting to know the locals. They have a small amount of snacks and tapas on the menu to go with your drinks.

2. Liberty Cocktail Bar

This is a small trendy café lounge bar in the middle of the historic city centre that has reasonably priced basics and cocktails on offers. In the afternoon they serve up aperitivo snacks and are open late for after dinner drinks.

3. Nu54

Down near the port area, Nu54 is a great place to hit up before your ferry. When you buy a cheap pint of beer you can help yourself to the array of aperitivo snacks they have on offer like pea salad with parma ham, potato wedges, pizza, bruschetta – all for free.

4. Il Brillo

If you need to catch a game on the big screen this is the place to come to. They also have very cheap drinks in a British style pub venue.

Map of Ancona

Recommendations

28

Great local vibe and perfect way to link to Busabout's Croatia Sailing Trips espically if you are short on time."

Kathy, Aus