Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Ancona

Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche

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…
Cathedral in Ancona

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 hilltop perch. Guarded by two marble lions, the cathedral sits grandly atop the s…
Church in Ancona

Chiesa di San Domenico

Flanked by cafes, the elegant Piazza del Plebiscito has been Ancona's meeting spot since medieval times. It's dominated by this baroque church, containing the superb Crucifixion by Titian and Annunciation by Guercin…
Park in Ancona

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 rooftops of the old town to the port and the Adriatic. The pine shade and sea breezes …
Monument in Ancona

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 honour of the Roman Emperor Trajan.
Theatre in Ancona

Teatro delle Muse

On Piazza della Repubblica, this ornate theatre was built in 1826 and has a neoclassical facade that melds with Greek friezes portraying Apollo and the Muses.
Fountain in Ancona

Fontana del Calamo

Head along Corso Mazzini to see the 16th-century Fontana del Calamo, its 13 masked spouts supposedly representing effigies of those who have been beheaded.
Landmark in Ancona

Porta Pia

The baroque Porta Pia was built as a monumental entrance to the town in the late 18th century at the request of Pope Pius VI.
Landmark in Ancona

Mole Vanvitelliana

The large building at the waterfront is the Mole Vanvitelliana, designed by Luigi Vanvitelli in 1732 for Pope Clementine.
Monument in Ancona

Arco Clementino

Luigi Vanvitelli's Arco Clementino was inspired by Apollodorus' arch and dedicated to Pope Clement XII.