Book flights to Ancona, and enjoy the beautiful beaches and hill-towns of Italy’s luscious Marche region. The city itself is a bustling and fun place with plenty to see and do, but to really experience this central region of Italy, we highly recommend that you venture out into Le Marche to see the countryside and some of its enchanting little towns and villages – and don’t miss the spectacular Frasassi Caves. If you prefer sand and sunbathing, just choose your perfect spot along the miles and miles of gorgeous coastline! Book flights to Ancona with Ryanair.
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Ancona is a perfect base for visiting innumerable towns in the region, such as the historic centres of Loreto, Recanati, Senigallia, Jesi (the city of Federico II), plus the stunning natural grotto of Frasassi, as well as Fabriano and Urbino, the capital of the Montefeltro.
Mole Vanvitelliana

The Mole Vanvitelliana was built in 1732 as a shelter, today it’s the heart of the city as far as art and culture are concerned. During summer months, it hosts live performances in form of theatre, ballet and concerts.

​Address: Banchina Giovanni Da Chio, 28, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 2072394
Duomo Di San Ciriaco

This medieval cathedral dominates the city and the port from the top of Guasco hill. From here, you also have a breathtaking view over the sea and don't miss the beautiful sunset.

​Address: Piazza del Duomo, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 526 88​Website: www.museodiffusoancona.it
La Loggia Dei Mercanti

The construction of this medieval palace was initiated in 1442 to form a meeting place for merchants. The archaeological style has been influenced by several people through a range of various alterations and additions to the building.

​Address: Via della Loggia, Ancona​Website: www.an.camcom.it
Chiesa Santa Maria Della Piazza

This is a Romanesque church built above two Paleochristian churches, whose remains are still visible through a glass pavement. The façade has a statue of the Virgin Mary in the centre.

​Address: Piazza Santa Maria, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 200 391​Website: www.comune.ancona.it
Pinacoteca Comunale

This is the most important art gallery in Ancona, boasting masterpieces by Tiziano and Guercino. It is housed in Palazzo Bosdari since 1973.

​Address: Palazzo Bosdari, via Pizzecolli, 17, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 222 5041​Website: www.comune.ancona.it
Museo Archeologico

This palazzo hosts the National Archaeological Museum which contains many relics dating back to the Palaeolithic and Iron Ages, as well as Greek sculptures and Roman mosaics and sculptures.

​Address: Via G. Ferretti, 6, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 202 602​Website: www.archeomarche.beniculturali.it
Anfiteatro Romano

This amphitheatre was built during the Augustan Age (I century AD) and bears witness to the Roman influence on the city. Visits are only allowed for groups.

​Address: Via Birarelli, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 202 602
Arco Di Traiano

This elegant arch, some 18 m high, was erected at the entrance to the causeway atop the harbour in honour of the Emperor Traian. With its 2,000 years of history, this monument is well worth a visit.

​Address: Banchina Nazario Sauro, Ancona
Parco del Conero

This is a beautiful park in the South of Ancona where you’ll find rock caves and white limestone cliffs unlike any others on the Adriatic coast. Don’t miss Portonovo, Sirolo and Numana.

​Address: Via Peschiera 30A, Sirolo​Phone: +39 071 9331 161​Website: www.parcodelconero.eu
Grotte di Frasassi

These breathtaking caves was discovered in 1971 and since 1974 tourists are welcome here. There are three different trails with different levels of severity. They are located in Genga, 67 km from Ancona and can be reached by train or car.

​Address: Grotte di Frasassi, Genga​Phone: +39 0732 90090 / +39 0732 90080
Monumento ai Caduti

Even if it's a climb to get to this memorial, you will be rewarded with the enchanting view when finally reach your goal. Monumento ai Caduti was built between 1927-1930, in memory of the fallen of the First World War.

​Address: Piazza IV Novembre, 1, Ancona
La Baia di Portonovo

In Parco Del Conero, only 12 km from Ancona, you find this beautiful beach with tranquil and lush surroundings. But the area has not always been peaceful, the watchtower, located close to the beach, was built to spot pirates in the early 18th century.

​Address: La Baia di Portonovo
Campo degli Ebrei

This Jewish grave yard was turned into a museum in 2007. With its over 1, 000 tombs, the oldest dating back to the 1500's, this is one of the largest Jewish cemeteries in Europe.

​Address: Parco del Cardeto, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 222 5037​Website: www.parcodelcardeto.it
Urbino

This historical city is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1998. Urbino is known as the “Cradle of the Renaissance" and when you stroll along the narrow pebbled streets you are able to feel the rich history in the walls of the old buildings.

​Address: Urbino​More info: The city is located app. 100 km north west from Ancona
Santuario della Santa Casa

It is said that the Holy House of Santuario della Santa Casa is the same walled Chamber of Mary that once existed in Nazareth. This legend, together with the beautiful paintings and decorations attracts visitors from all around the world. Guided tours of the basilica or its museum and art gallery are held regularly.

​Address: Piazza della Madonna, Loreto​Phone: +39 071 9747155​Website: www.santuarioloreto.it​More info: Loreto is located 32 km sout of Ancona.
The Marche (or the Marches) region has a rich, varied cuisine that has developed out of poverty and the need to make the most from what little there was. Here you will find many rustic, tasty recipes, often with a fish base. Typical dishes include: brodetto all’Anconetana (a hearty Adriatic fish soup, similar to bouillabaisse) and stoccafisso all’Anconetana (salted cod – Ancona style). Don’t miss stuffed Olives Ascolana Style.
Osteria Teatro Strabacco

This is one of the most well-known restaurants of the city. It serves meat based dishes and it’s not unusual to spot the rich and famous dining here.

​Address: Via Oberdan, 2, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 567 48​Website: www.strabacco.it
Fortino Napoleonico

Fortino Napoleonico is a romantic restaurant, 10 kilometres from Ancona, with a splendid terrace by the sea. The view is enchanting and the fish-based cuisine is delicious. Come here to celebrate a very special night.

​Address: Baia di Portonovo​Phone: +39 071 801 450 / +39 071 801 451 ​Website: www.hotelfortino.it
La Cantineta

Locals say that this is the best place to eat fish, especially the stockfish all’Anconetana. Most of the fish served here have been purchased as fresh as they come, straight from the port which is located very close by.

​Address: Via Gramsci Antonio, 1, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 201 107 ​Website: www.cantineta.it
La Barca Sul Tetto

La Barca Sul Tetto is a rustic yet elegant trattoria at the harbour. It is famous for its fish-based dishes. Don’t miss the hors d’oeuvres.

​Address: Ferries terminal, Via Einaudi, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 551 98​Website: www.labarcasultetto.it
Ristorante Giuliani

This is a good place to eat pizza and it is almost always packed, being one of the meeting points for young people. Ristorante Giuliani is located close to the harbour in the heart of historic Ancona.

​Address: Corso Garibaldi, 3, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 204 885​Website: www.caffegiuliani.it
Agriturismo Rossoconero

Agriturismo Rossoconero offer high quality food in large portions to small prices. Almost everything they serve comes from their own farm and the pasta and wine is of course home-made. Enjoy your food at this tranquil venue surrounded by lush nature and the beautiful Adriatic sea.

​Address: Via Varano 147, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 2861 204​Website: www.agriturismorossoconero.it
La Vecchia Osteria

When you enter La Vecchia Osteria, the decorations and interior probably won't take your breath away, but try not to judge the book by its cover. The fresh seafood and fish dishes coming from the kitchen are delicious.

​Address: Via Cesare Battisti 10, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 200445​Website: www.lavecchiaosteria.com
Opera Nova Della Marca

Opera Nova Della Marca is run by young chefs and the cuisine is traditional yet influenced by their new thinking. Guests can enjoy their dinner on the terrace with the adjacent green garden, giving a peaceful atmosphere.

​Address: Frazione Varano 127, Varano, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 2861 093​Website: www.operanovadellamarca.it​Opening hours: Closed on Mondays
La Taverna del Monaco

This restaurant is a good option both for lunch or dinner. Great fish and seafood together with pizzas that makes your mouth watering leave the kitchen. In the evenings the place is often very crowded and the ambience is merry and lively. They even have karaoke nights.

​Address: Via I Maggio, 164, Ancona​Phone: +39 333 8183 475
Ristorante-Pizzeria Mas Que Nada

Only two minutes from the city centre, this popular pizzeria and restaurant is located. Many of the guests come here for the ¨tasty pizzas but they also serve other traditional Italian dishes.

​Address: Via Oberdan, 29/E, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 52353​Website: www.masquenada.info​Opening hours: Closed on Sundays
La Tavola del Carmine

In the countryside, just outside Ancona, La Tavola del Carmine is located. Together with Azienda del Carmine, a local olive oil producer, they have composed an olive oil-based menu with regional dishes.

​Address: Via del Carmine 51, Loc. Torrette, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 889403​Website: www.aziendadelcarmine.it​Opening hours: Tuesday to Saturday - for dinner, Monday to Friday - for lunch
Restaurant Emilia Da Marisa

Restaurant Emilia Da Marisa is located at the beach of Portonovo so after a lovely day in the sun, end it here while enjoying a delicious meal with a memorable sunset in the background. On the menu you will find grilled dishes with fresh fish together with the best local Verdicchio wines.

​Address: Via Portonovo, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 801 109​Website: www.ristoranteemilia.it
La Locanda del Papa

This restaurant, located in Genga, is a perfect spot for dinner after visiting Grotte di Frassasi nearby. The dining room with vaults and stone walls sets the right atmosphere in the medieval city and here you can order rustic and traditional food and local specialities.

​Address: Viale Corridoni, Genga​Phone: +39 0732 973324​Website: www.locandadelpapa.it
Osteria della Piazza

All kinds of Italian dishes including pastas and pizzas, all made from fresh products, are offered here at Osteria della Piazza. This restaurant is well-visited by both tourists and locals.

​Address: Piazza Ugo Bassi, 14/B, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 28 14235​Website: www.osteriadellapiazza.com
Ristorante Cinese e Orientale

When you are tired of pizzas, pastas and other Italian dishes, Ristorante Cinese e Orientale is a good option. It is located close to the harbour and here you are served big portions of good Chinese food to reasonable prices.

​Address: Via Terenzio Mamiani 18, Ancona​Phone: +39 0719 941 167​Website: www.ristoranteorientale.it
Being in Italy, you need to realize that coffee is more than just that. An espresso is called a caffè, which is often topped with a caramel coloured foam. To accompany your delicious caffè, you should choose some scoops of home-made and cooling gelato (Italian ice cream).
Caffé Del Teatro

This café is a good choice for an Italian-style breakfast (caffé or cappuccino and brioche or pastries) with an inviting veranda outside. It is situated close to the Teatro delle Muse.

​Address: Piazza della Repubblica, 19, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 994 0488
Pasticceria Saracinelli

At Pasticceria Saracinelli you should try the special caffè Saracinelli made of café, milk foam, nut cream and cocoa. While you’re at it, give the Sacher torte a chance too.

​Address: Corso Giuseppe Mazzini, 82, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 202 096
Caffé Pasticceria Moldavia

Caffé Pasticceria Moldavia is popular both for its breakfasts and apertivos. This is one of the most chic and historic bars in the city.

​Address: Viale della Vittoria, 42, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 317 87
Liberty Cocktail Lounge

This is a trendy café-lounge bar in the heart of the historical centre. Liberty Cocktail Lounge is as nice for 5 o’clock tea, as for the aperitivo or after-dinner drinks.

​Address: Via del Traffico, 7/11, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 203 484
Caffé Giuliani

Caffé Giuliani lies close to the harbour and offers a wide range of high quality pastries and all sorts of chocolate. You can also enjoy a lighter lunch or a proper dinner at this café and restaurant.

​Address: Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 3, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 204 885​Website: www.caffegiuliani.it
As in most Italian cities, even in Ancona the aperitivo has taken over, especially during weekends. But, unlike other cities, it starts quite early – around 18.30 – and it doesn’t last long. After an aperitivo people go to restaurants or pizzerias for dinner. Ancona’s locals say that the city offers a tame nightlife. Usually, they chill-out and chat in bars and restaurants of the city centre until 22.00. Then, they go to the famous discos in Riccione or Rimini (about an hour’s drive away or accessible by train) or to the coastal towns nearby such as Falconara and Senigallia.
Al Chiosco da Morena

Al Chiosco da Morena is one of the favourite aperitivo venues of the city (even though it’s just a kiosk). Here you can drink a glass of white wine together with shellfish or molluscs.

​Address: Corso Mazzini, Ancona
Bar Torino

Bar Torino is a nice bar with a wide range of canapés and snacks. In addition to the traditional aperitivos, this bar also serves delicious cocktails and coffee.

​Address: Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi, 49, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 202 559
ClassiCafé

ClassiCafé is located in the heart of the city. This is one of the best place for an apertivio and since it' is open late during weekends it is highly recommended for the younger crowd.

​Address: 19, Corso Mazzini, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 203 000
Plaza Café

This is another place designed for young people in the heart of the city. It is furnished with cosy bamboo furniture and candles and it is often crowded by the students of the city on Wednesdays.

​Address: Piazza del Plebiscito, 3, Ancona​Phone: +39 071 202 415
Naomi Disco

"Naomi Optimistic Club" is a great venue offering several different places to hang out, have cocktails and socialize. There is a lounge bar right by the beach and a disco with a very inviting dance floor.

​Address: via Lungomare Sud 1, Montemarciano​Phone: +39 071 9194 074 ​Website: www.naomilife.it
The shopping areas in Ancona include: Corso Mazzini, Corso Garibaldi, Corso Stamira, Piazza Roma, Piazza Erbe and Piazza del Plebiscito. Here you can acquire “Made in Italy” goods of all kinds, from clothes to bags, shoes and jewels. In the same streets and squares there are antiques shops and art galleries. If you look around, you’ll also find traditional pottery and lace shops. Gourmet lovers will find food boutiques where they can buy typical products such as the ciauscolo (a sort of salami spread), Fossa cheese, olive ascolane and pasta Latini (dry homemade pasta). Don’t forget that every day there is a market in Corso Mazzini where you can find good products at cheaper prices. The Marche also boasts excellent wines such as the white Verdicchio and the red Rosso Conero. On the last Sunday of every month there is an antiques’ market in Piazza Cavour. Fashion victims should head for Civitanova Marche (around 48 kilometres from Ancona, 40 minutes by car). There are some very interesting high-level outlet stores such as Tod’s, Hogan, Fay (three brands of the same company), and Paciotti (see www.spaccimarche.com), where you can find discounted clothes, shoes and accessories.
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Raffaello Sanzio Airport

Ancona’s Raffaello Sanzio Airport is near Falconara, around 19 km from the city centre. A bus (Conero Bus Company) leave the airport for the city centre (Railway station) every 30 minutes for app. EUR1,90 (from 6.30 to 19.30). The ticket can be bought at the newspapers stand in the Departures terminal. Don't forget to validate the ticket before you board the bus. You can also reach the city centre by train in around 15 minutes from Castelferretti Station (EUR1,50). Taxis cost about 30-35 Euro and there are several cars waiting outside the aiport.

​Address: Ancona Falconara Airport​Phone: +39 071 28271​Website: www.ancona-airport.com​More info: Prices updated July 2013
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