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Top Choice Museum in Ancona

Pinacoteca Comunale di Ancona

Reopened after an extensive 4½-year renovation, Ancona's fascinating civic art gallery houses Le Marche's most important art collection. Among 7th-to-9th century city fortification walls and spread over two former p…
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…
Cocktail Bar in Ancona

Bar Torino

Boasting a righteously retro font and slinging cocktails since 1860, this is one of Ancona's liveliest spots for a tipple, especially during the nightly aperitivo (from 6.30pm), which feeds a mid-sized army. The Ame…
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.
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, though the church is closed indefinitely due to earthquake damage. Its …
Osteria in Ancona

La DegOsteria

Snag a window seat at this excellent, cleverly named osteria and leave little doubt to your whereabouts: You'll practically dine on top of the Romanesque Chiesa di Santa Maria della Piazza. Between rustic clapboard …
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…
Osteria in Ancona

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 teeming with regulars. Spot-on seafood – generous helpings of pasta (seabass ravioli is a good bet), a bea…
Craft Beer in Ancona

Amarillo Tap Room

Enjoying privileged Piazza del Plebiscito position, Ancona's hophead central is this welcomed newcomer with eight taps built from imported New York water piping. Grab a birra (beer) and monopolize an outdoor table f…
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 …