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Overview

Ancona is a city and a seaport in the Marche, a region of northeastern Italy. With an estimated population of 110,000 inhabitants. Ancona was founded from Syracuse about 390 BC, who gave it its name: Ancona is a slightly modified transliteration of the Greek, meaning "elbow"; the harbor to the east of the town was originally protected only by the promontory on the north, bent like an elbow. After the fall of the Roman empire, Ancona was successively attacked by the Goths, Lombards and Saracens, but recovered its strength and importance. It was one of the cities of the Pent polis under the exarchate of Ravenna and eventually became an important "Marine Republic".

Things to Do

Visit the The Cathedral. The church of S. Ciriaco Cathedral, entitled to St. Ciriaco, was consecrated in 1128 and completed in 1189. Some writers suppose that the original church was in the form of a Latin cross and belonged to the 8th century. An early restoration was completed in 1234.

Or you can see The marble Arch of Trajan. It was erected in 114 AD as an entrance to the boardwalk atop the harbor wall in honor of the emperor who had made the harbor, is one of the most superb Roman monuments in the Marche. Nearly all of its original bronze enrichments have vanished. It stands on a high podium by a wide flight of steps.

Driving Directions

60100 Ancona, Molo Santa Maria

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