Ancona, administrative centre in Marches, Overlooks the Adriatic, the Gulf that bears his name. This beautiful town was founded by the Greeks in 387, on the Conero promontory, which today is the Conero Regional Park.
The name Doric Town is given by its greek origin, later it was conquered by the Romans and had a great expansion, and still has beautiful architectural relics from different periods, such as the Roman amphitheater dating back to the first century AD, and the hot springs with mosaics that are still under investigation.
One of the symbols of the town is the Arch of Traiano, built in 116 in honor of the Emperor who left to take part to the war against the Dacians. The front staircase was built in 1859, and the arch was recently restored and illuminated. The Arch of Traiano is one of the best preserved monuments of its time and its slender shape is unique compared to other existing Roman arches.
The whole area of Ancona has a unique natural heritage. Inserted in the Conero Regional Park, the area is distinguished by evergreen forests and a coastline composed by high cliffs overlooking the sea. Among the most beautiful destinations there’s the Portonovo beach, on the foot of Mount Conero, the Mezzavalle beach, and the Palombina beach. The beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters are all easy to reach and this has kept them almost untouched, so you can reach some wonderful parts of the coast just walking, or swimming.