Arco di Traiano


At the northern end of the port, the Arco di Traiano is one of Ancona's treasured ancient relics. Built between AD 110 and 116 by a Syrian architect known as Apollodorus of Damascus, it was crafted out of Turkish marble to honour the Roman Emperor Trajan who had personally financed a major expansion of the port.

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1. Arco Clementino

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Built by Luigi Vanvitelli in 1738, this portside arch takes its name from Pope Clement XII who boosted Ancona's fortunes by declaring the city a free port…

2. Cattedrale di San Ciriaco

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A stiff but scenic climb up from the old town, Ancona's domed cathedral dominates the city skyline. Guarded by two marble lions, it commands sweeping…

4. Pinacoteca Comunale di Ancona

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5. Parco del Cardeto

0.37 MILES

The din of central Ancona fades to a distant hum at this 35-hectare park north of the centre. Straddling two hills – the Colle dei Cappuccini and Monte…

6. Chiesa di Santa Maria della Piazza

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Contrasting sharply with the industrial scenery of the nearby port, the Chiesa di Santa Maria della Piazza is one of Ancona's showpiece churches. Its…

7. Teatro delle Muse

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Overlooking Piazza dell Repubblica, Ancona's ornate theatre has been a city landmark since 1826. Its columned neoclassical facade is capped by Greek-style…

8. Piazza del Plebiscito

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Crowned by the baroque Chiesa di San Domenico, this sloping cafe-lined square has been Ancona's favourite meeting spot since medieval times. At its head,…