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Ancona: what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening

Capital of the Marche, Ancona is famous for its coasts and its cultural beauties. Rich in architecture, churches and breathtaking views, Ancona promises to be one of the ideal destinations for a day different from the usual, or a weekend dedicated to discovering some of the most beautiful cities in Italy. To allow you to discover it at its best we have decided to provide you with a small guide with the 10 things to see in Ancona in a weekend. Find out what to see, where to eat and what to do in the evening in Ancona.



Index

  1. 10 things to see in Ancona in a weekend
  2. What to see in Ancona in one day: recommended itinerary
  3. Where to eat in Ancona: the best restaurants
  4. What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Ancona
  5. Plan your stay in Ancona: info and useful tips
  6. User questions and comments

10 things to see in Ancona in a weekend

1 - Piazza del Plebiscito

Also called Piazza del Papa, in honor of Clement VII who in 1700 allowed the city a considerable economic development, it is one of the most important areas of the city. Here are the Government Palace and the Civic Tower, which at 12 o'clock he plays a tune recognizable by all the inhabitants of the city. In the center of the square instead you can admire the statue of Clement VII.

  • is 1,9 km from the train station, 15 minutes by car or 11 minutes by bus 1/3 or 1/4 - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free
  • Ancona: 2,5 hour private guided tour with local guide

2 - Mole Vanvitelliana

The Mole Vanvitelliana is also known by the name of Lazzaretto. Characterized by pentagonal walls and built by Carlo Vanvitelli, commissioned by Pope Clement XII, it was initially intended to be a warehouse for goods arriving from the port of the city, as well as playing a defense role and a hospital for all those arriving in the city. by sea. Inside it seems to be in a miniature city, with a small temple in the center dedicated to S. Rocco. Today in this place various cultural events are held, And the Homer Tactile Museum is also located, with 150 reproductions of masterpieces from ancient Greece to contemporary painting.



  • it is 1,4 km from the train station, 17 minutes on foot - Get directions
  • can be visited in conjunction with exhibitions and events
  • free

3 - Podesti Municipal Art Gallery

In this small art gallery contains various pictorial testimonies of artists from the Marche and exponents of the Venetian sucola. Among these we mention Carlo Crivelli with his Madonna and child, Lorenzo Lotto with the portrait of Francesco Arsilli, and again Sebastiano del Piombo, Orazio Gentileschi, Guercino, Andrea Lili and Tiiano Vecellio, author of perhaps the most important work of the entire collection: the apparition of the Virgin Mary, his first signed work.

  • it is 2,0 km from the train station, 15 minutes by car or 12 minutes by bus 1/3 and 1/4 - Get directions
  • Tue-Sat 9: 00-19: 00. Sun and holidays 10: 00-13: 00/16: 00-19: 00. From 15 June to 22 September also Mon 9: 30-12: 00
  • full € 4,60, reduced € 3,50

4 - Arch of Trajan

In the port area is the Arch of Trajan. Built in 100 BC by order of the Roman senate in honor of the emperor Trajan, as a tribute to his works dedicated to the expansion of the port, it was undoubtedly one of the most characteristic architectural works of Ancona. Visible from all ships approaching the port, the Arco differs from all the others for its decidedly more slender shape. Today it is an unmissable place, also thanks to the renovations carried out in 2006, which brought it back to the whiteness of the past and also provided night lighting.



  • is 2,5 km from the train station, 17 minutes by car or 18 minutes by bus 1/3 or 1/4 - Get directions
  • always open
  • free

5 - Cathedral of San Ciriaco

The Cathedral of the city, dedicated to San Ciriaco, it is one of the oldest buildings in the city. Its original nucleus dates back to the 1300th century BC, when the Dorians decided to build a temple dedicated to Venus Euplea on this promontory overlooking the sea. The basilica dedicated first to San Lorenzo, then to San Ciriaco in was built right on its ruins. In addition to its position overlooking the sea, the Cathedral, which it contains a painting depicting the Madonna who seems to have miraculous powers, is noteworthy for its architecture, which turns out to be a splendid example of the union between Romanesque and Byzantine styles.

  • it is 2,5 km from the train station, 18 minutes by car or 21 minutes by bus 1/3 or 1/4 - Get directions
  • every day 8: 00-12: 00/15: 00-18: 00, summer time until 19:00.
  • free

6 - Church of Santa Maria della Piazza

Located where an ancient early Christian basilica once stood, of which beautiful mosaics located in the floor are still visible today, the Church of Santa Maria, identifiable perhaps with the ancient church of Santo Stefano, was built in 1100 and surprises for its structure: the original plan was in fact enlarged with a transept of the same width, which remains raised above the church . Of particular value is its facade, with the Byzantine bas-relief representing the Virgin Mary and arrived directly from Constantinople.



  • is 1,9 km from the train station, 15 minutes by car or 10 minutes by bus 1/3 or 1/4 - Get directions
  • every day 9: 00-19: 00
  • free

7 - Passetto

Loved by lovers of long walks and nature, the passetto it is a green park overlooking the sea, which also becomes a place for nightlife and events of all kinds. The area, which also includes the War Memorial, built in 1930 and dedicated to the soldiers of the First World War, is made up of two long stairways created by digging the rock. From the passetto it is possible to reach the sea also thanks to an elevator.

  • it is 3,8 km from the train station, accessible in 20 minutes by car or by bus 1/3 or 1/4 - Get directions
  • always open
  • free

8 - Parco del Conero

The Conero Park it is famous for combining sea, hills and medieval villages of fundamental importance for Italian history. From Recanati to Loreto, up to Castelfidardo and Sirolo, the Conero coast is also the place where the beach of the two sisters is located, awarded the blue flag and famous for offering beautiful views to those who decide to visit it.

  • it is 26,4 km from Ancona, accessible in 28 minutes by car - Get directions
  • always open
  • free

9 - Fountain of Calamo

Also known as the Fountain of the Thirteen Cannelle, it was built in 1559 by the architect Pellegrino Tibaldi in pure Renaissance style. Consisting of a structure with thirteen spouts, from which it takes its name, and thirteen masks from which the water flows, it is one of the things that you absolutely cannot miss in the city.

  • It is 2,1 km from the Central Station, 16 minutes by car or 11 minutes by bus - Get directions
  • always open
  • free

10 - Loggia of the merchants

Characterized by the façade in Venetian floral Gothic style, the merchants' loggia was built by the architect Giorgio Orsini from Šibenik. Made in the mid-fifteenth century, it had to be a place dedicated to the exchange of goods and trade. The four statues on the facade can still be seen today, representing Hope, Fortress, Justice and Charity.

  • it is 1,8 km from the train station, 15 minutes by car or 9 minutes by bus - Get directions
  • always accessible
  • free

What to see in Ancona in one day: recommended itinerary

Morning - Whether you arrive by car or use public transport, the best starting point to start the tour is Ancona station. After having a hearty breakfast at the Four Roses Bar, the first attraction you will encounter while heading towards the coast is the Mole Vanvitelliana, ancient seat of the town hospital. From here continuing on via della loggia, you will find the Loggia dei Mercanti, dedicated to the activity that allowed the city to develop: trade by sea. A stone's throw from here stands the church of Santa Maria della Piazza, right in front of the port.

Afternoon - After regaining your strength with a tasty lunch at the Osteria del Pozzo head north, where you will first find theArch of Trajan, and then the Cathedral of San Ciriaco, a few parallels away. From the Cathedral you can easily return to the historic center and go west towards Piazza del Plebiscito e Fountain of the Calamo.

Sera - After an afternoon spent wandering, give yourself a moment of respite enjoying a delicious dinner at Pizzeria Passetto which thanks to its position will allow you to continue the evening with a relaxing walk along the seafront near the Passetto, the most famous beach in Ancona.

One day itinerary at a glance

  • Breakfast at Four Roses Bar - Get directions
  • Mole Vanvitelliana - opening hours: can be visited in conjunction with events - ticket price: free
  • Loggia dei Mercanti - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  • Church of Santa Maria della Piazza - opening hours: from Mon to Sun 9: 00-19: 00 - ticket price: free
  • Lunch at Osteria del Pozzo - Get directions
  • Arco di Traiano - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  • Cathedral of San Ciriaco - opening hours: Mon-Sun 8: 00-12: 00/15: 00-18: 00, summer time until 19:00 - ticket price: free
  • Piazza del Plebiscito - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  • Fontana del Calamo - opening hours: always accessible - ticket price: free
  • Dinner at Pizzeria Passetto - Get directions

Where to eat in Ancona: the best restaurants

  • Trattoria da Nordio: with a selection of cold cuts and cheeses. Suitable for red meat lovers.
    Average price per person: € 23,00
    Address and contacts: via San Martino, 25 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0712072391
  • The Lady : suitable for fish lovers. There is also the possibility of ordering pizza and meat-based aperitifs
    Average price per person: € 20,00
    Address and contacts: Piazza del Plebiscito, 3 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 0712361723
  • Goliva Corner Gourmet: specialized in traditional Marche cuisine, with strictly homemade dishes, such as fresh pasta.
    Average price per person: € 13,00
    Address and contacts: via Sandro Totti, 2 (Get directions) / tel: (+39) 3455017553

What to do in the evening: the nightlife areas and the best clubs in Ancona

The nightlife of Ancona develops in its historic center, particularly rich in pubs and clubs open until late evening. Here you will find live music, food and a wide choice of drinks to accompany the evening.

The best pubs, clubs and discos

  • Saint George Brewery: bar with a wide selection of beers, whiskeys and sandwiches made with first choice ingredients
    Address: Corso Giovanni Amendola, 62, (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • Liberty cocktail lounge: style venue that recalls the Parisian Belle Epoque, with jazz music and food
    Address: via Traffic, 7 (Get directions) / Facebook page
  • Santa Monica Alternative Dinner: American diner style venue, with live music, karaoke and dancing
    Address: via Cameranense (Get directions) / Facebook page

Plan your stay in Ancona: info and useful tips

  • Ancona can be reached from the main Italian cities by train, bus or car. The city is 243 km from Rome, 3 hours and 18 minutes by car, 291 km from Florence, 3 hours and 23 minutes by car, 200 km from Bologna, 2 hours and 22 minutes, 559 km from Lecce , passable in 5 hours and 56 minutes, 444 km from Naples, passable in 4 hours and 48 minutes by car. The reference airport for Ancona is the Marche Airport of Falconara Marittimo which is located about 18 km (22 minutes) from the center of Ancona. It is also possible to arrive in the city by ship arriving at the port of the city which is located about 6 minutes from the center of Ancona.
  • Getting around: on foot inside its historic center, but to reach the most distant points you can use the urban bus network of Conerobus, Autolinee Reni, Cotram, Autolinee Crognaletti and Bucci.
  • Where to park: the city has several car parks where you can leave your car. In the center there are the Scambiatore Degli Archi car park (Get directions), the Stamira (Get directions), while in the port area there are the Cialdini car park (Get directions) and the Della Mole car park.
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 50,00 per room -
  • What to see in the surroundings: medieval villages of medieval villages of Staffolo (Get directions), Genga (Get directions), Offagna (Get directions), Corinaldo (Get directions) and Ostra (Get directions).
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