Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche
Cattedrale di San Ciriaco
A stiff but scenic climb up from the old town, Ancona's perkily domed cathedral commands sweeping views of the city and port from its...
Parco del Cardeto
The din of central Ancona fades to a distant hum from this park straddling the hill behind the city, with broad views across the...
Arco di Traiano
North of Piazza Dante Alighieri, at the far end of the port, is the Arco di Traiano, erected in 115 BC by Apollodorus of Damascus in...
Osteria del Pozzo
Unless you've booked ahead, you'll be lucky to grab one of the cheek-by-jowl tables at this inviting osteria, which overflows with...
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Lonely Planet review
Housed in the beautiful 16th-century Palazzo Ferretti , where the ceilings are covered with original frescoes and bas-reliefs, this museum presents a fascinating romp through time, from the Palaeolithic period to the Middle Ages. Although not as well curated as it could be (English information is sorely lacking), persevere, as this museum holds real treasures.
Among them are Neolithic flint daggers, richly embellished Attic vases, Etruscan votive bronzes, Celtic gold (the torques are stunning) and a pristine copy of the famous bronzes of Pergola (50–30 BC). Keep an eye out, too, for the Venus of Frasassi, a statuette of a buxom dame, 8.7cm tall, carved from stalactite 28,000 years ago.