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    Ancona – a brief overview

    Ancona is the capital of the Marche region, an overlooked green corner of Italy on the eastern coast. Founded by the Greeks in 387BC, it sits in the shadow of Monte Conero, the lovely old town embracing a historic port, which Hadrian expanded to take advantage of the prosperous sea trade with Greece. The town is crowned by the hilltop cathedral and is

    layered with history. Roman ruins sit side by side with Renaissance palazzi while lovers walk in its hilltop parks overlooking the Adriatic. Nearby you can find some lovely wild countryside and razor-sharp limestone cliffs that plunge precipitously to crescent-shaped beaches.

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    Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche

    Via Ferretti 6
    60121 Ancona
    Italy
    Tel: +39 071 202 602
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0830-1930

    Explore some of Ancona’s rich history in this frescoed museum where Neolithic daggers give way to richly decorated Attic vases, Etruscan bronzes, a Celtic gold crown and a stunning copy of the Pergola bronzes.

    Chiesa di San Domenico

    Piazza del Plebiscito
    60121 Ancona
    Italy
    Tel: +39 071 202 011
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1200 and 1500-1800

    A piece of baroque theatre, this grand church sits on Ancona’s main piazza and houses two superb canvases: Crucifixion by Titian and Annunciation by Guercino.

    Parco del Cardeto

    Via Cardeto
    60121 Ancona
    Italy
    Tel: +39 071 200 852
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1730 (Oct-Mar)
    Daily 0830-2030 (Apr-Sep)

    Climb to this hilltop park for broad views across the tiled rooftops of the Old Town and the sweeping bay. It’s a romantic spot dotted with pines and littered with fortifications, an old lighthouse and a Napoleonic-era cemetery.

    Arco di Traiano

    Banchina Nazario Sauro
    Ancona
    Italy
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    This impressive Roman triumphal arch stands at the northern end of the port, erected in 115BC by Apollodorus of Damascus in honour of the Roman Emperor. The sculpted reliefs on the arch are in excellent condition and the raised location gives a good view of the harbour.

    Cattedrale di San Ciriaco

    Piazzale del Duomo
    60121 Ancona
    Italy
    Tel: +39 071 52688
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0800-1200 and 1500-1900

    Ancona’s grand, domed cathedral sits on top of an earlier pagan temple and is an architectural hotchpotch of Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic features.

    Parco del Conero

    Via Peschiera 30
    60020 Sirolo
    Italy
    Tel: +39 071 933 1161
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    Opening times:
    Sunrise to sunset

    Minutes from Ancona, this stunning conservation area is threaded with walking trails. Some take you to the peak of Monte Conero, others take you along the limestone cliffs overlooking a cobalt blue sea.

    Fontana del Calamo

    Corso Giuseppe Mazzini
    60121 Ancona
    Italy
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    An ingenious 16th-century fountain with 13 masked spouts said to represent 13 decapitated miscreants. You can peak behind the fountain at the ancient hydraulic system that once fed it from the Roman acqueduct.

    Monumenti ai Caduti

    Piazza IV Novembre 1
    60124 Ancona
    Italy
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    Situated at the end of the Viale della Vittoria is this monument to the fallen soldiers of WWI. The Fascist-style temple is raised on Doric columns while avenues extend either side embracing spectacular sea views.

    Spiaggia delle Mezzavalle

    Parco del Conero
    60020 Ancona
    Italy
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    An unspoilt stretch of wild beach backed by fragrant Mediterranean herbs and lapped by emerald green waters. The beach is a mix of sand and pebbles and there’s a small beach bar serving refreshments.

    Mole Vanvitelliana

    Banchina Giovanni da Chio 28
    60121 Ancona
    Italy
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    Once adrift on an island, this vast hexagonal building was constructed in the 18th century as a quarantine station designed to house merchants and foreigners infected with leprosy.

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    Country overview

    Despite incessant praise, travelling in Italy remains one of those rare experiences in life – like a perfect spring day or the power of first love – that cannot be overrated. In few places do history, art, fashion, food and la dolce vita (the good life) intermingle so effortlessly.

    There are sunny isles and electric blue surf, glacial northern lakes and fiery southern volcanoes, rolling vineyards and an urban landscape that harbours more UNESCO World Heritage sites than any other country in the world. Few places offer such variety and few visitors leave without a fervent desire to return.

    Geography

    Italy is situated in Europe, with a long coastline of approximately 7,600km (4,720 miles) stretching into the Mediterranean Sea and a mountainous northern border adjoining France, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia. This northern Alpine region contains some of the highest peaks in Europe and is a good area for winter sports.

    In central Italy, Tuscany has a diverse landscape composed of fertile rolling hills, lush river valleys, minor mountain ranges and a long sandy coastline. To the east is Umbria, known as the ‘green heart of Italy’; hilly with broad plains, olive groves and pines, and Le Marche – a region of gentle mountains, rivers and small fertile plains.

    Further south lies Rome, Italy’s capital city. Within its precincts is the Vatican City. The south of the country is hotter, wilder and much, much drier than the north, characterised by dry sierras, rocky mountain ranges and volcanic outcrops, including three of Europe’s most active volcanoes: Vesuvius, Etna and Stromboli. Puglia, the ‘heel of the boot’, is a mixed landscape of fertile plateaus, expansive olive groves and flat, ochre-coloured plains. The islands of Sicily and Sardinia lie offshore to the southwest and west respectively.

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    Key facts

    Area: 301340 sq km (116348 sq miles).

    Population: 60.5 million (2015).

    Population density: 204.0 per sq km.

    Capital: Rome.

    Government: Independent kingdom of Italy declared in 1861. Republic since 1946.

    Language

    Italian is the official language. Dialects are spoken in different regions. German is spoken in the South Tyrol region (bordering Austria). French is spoken in all the border areas from the Riviera to the area north of Milan (border with France and Switzerland). English, French and German are also spoken in the biggest cities and in tourism and business circles.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Standard time zone

    UTC/GMT +1 hour

    Electricity

    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Plugs are of the two round-pin type.

    Public holidays

    In addition to public holidays, local feast days are held in honour of town patron saints, generally without closure of shops and offices. These include:

    Turin/Genoa/Florence: 24. Jun (St John the Baptist)
    Milan: 7. Dec (St Ambrose)
    Venice: 25. Apr (St Mark)
    Bologna: 4. Oct (St Petronius)
    Naples: 19. Sep (St Gennaro)
    Bari: 6. Dec (St Nichola)
    Palermo: 15. Jul (St Rosalia)
    Rome: 29. Jun (St Peter)
    Siena: 2. Jul + 16. Aug (Palio)
    Trieste: 3. Nov (St Giusto)

    2016

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2016
    Epiphany: 6. January 2016
    Easter Sunday: 27. March 2016
    Easter Monday: 28. March 2016
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2016
    Labour Day: 1. May 2016
    Republic Day: 2. June 2016
    Assumption: 15. August 2016
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2016
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2016
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2016
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2016

    2017

    New Year’s Day: 1. January 2017
    Epiphany: 6. January 2017
    Easter Sunday: 16. April 2017
    Easter Monday: 17. April 2017
    Liberation Day: 25. April 2017
    Labour Day: 1. May 2017
    Republic Day: 2. June 2017
    Assumption: 15. August 2017
    All Saints’ Day: 1. November 2017
    Immaculate Conception: 8. December 2017
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2017
    St Stephen’s Day: 26. December 2017

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    Nightlife in Ancona

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    Ancona’s nightlife is fairly tame although the aperitivo scene offers a lively burst of socialising around 6.30pm. Piazza del Plebiscito is a good

    place for alfresco drinks otherwise locals nurse glasses of wine in bars and restaurants before heading off to discos in Rimini and Riccione.

    Enopolis

    Via Cardeto
    60121 Ancona
    Italy
    Tel: +39 071 200 852
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    Sample regional wines in this atmospheric bar in the cellars of Palazzo Jona.

    Teatro delle Muse

    Piazza della Repubblica
    60121 Ancona
    Italy
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    A 200-year-old concert hall with perfect acoustics and world-renowned performers.

    Liberty Cocktail Lounge

    Via Traffico 7-10
    60122 Ancona
    Italy
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    This art deco cocktail lounge oozes chic décor with its Tiffany lamps and arty crowd.

    Cremeria Rosa

    Via Cardeto
    60121 Ancona
    Italy
    Tel: +39 071 200 852
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    A café, ice-cream parlour and deli, this is a great place for aperitivo.

    Morsi & Sorsi

    Via Trieste 39
    60124 Ancona
    Italy
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    Nibble bites of cheese and platters of charcuterie while sampling first-class Pieri wines.

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    Restaurants in Ancona

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    Le Marche has a fine rustic cuisine combined with some very fresh seafood. Typical dishes include salted cod, rabbit and a

    kind of bouillabaisse fish soup. In town, Corso Mazzini and Corso Garibaldi are lined with popular restaurants.

    Opera Nova della Marca

    Via Varano 127, Parco del Conero
    60131 Ancona
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    Traditional dishes with a contemporary twist served up in a romantic garden setting.

    Saviotti

    Frazione Massignano 3
    60129 Ancona
    Italy
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    Price: Expensive

    Refined, artistic cuisine with a rustic heart and terrace seating with sea views.

    Osteria del Pozzo

    Via Bonda 2C
    60121 Ancona
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    A popular inn serving generous portions of shellfish pasta and fish.

    Clandestino

    Portonovo Bay
    60020 Ancona
    Italy
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    Price: Moderate

    A gourmet beach bar serving sushi right at the water’s edge.

    Pizzeria Bontà delle Marche

    Via Benincasa 7
    60121 Ancona
    Italy
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    Price: Cheap

    Thin, crispy, sizzlingly hot pizza covered in simple, traditional toppings.

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    Fish Festival

    May 2016

    Venue: Numana, 22km south of Ancona

    Panfuls of sizzling fish are fried up over three nights to sate the appetites of thousands of foodies. Live music, shows and dancing accompany dinner, and visitors can browse numerous stalls to pick up regional food specialities or local crafts.

    Summer Jamboree

    30 July – 7 August 2016
    Website

    Venue: Foro Annonario, Senigallia, 30km northwest of Ancona

    Dubbed ‘The Hottest Rockin’ Holiday on Earth’, Senigallia transports music lovers back to the days when rock ‘n’ roll was king. Swinging skirts and vintage cars are de rigueur, and the line-up of international artists is phenomenal, regularly featuring huge stars from the 1950s and 1960s.

    Ancona Sea Festival (Festa del Mare)

    4 September 2016

    Venue: At the port of Ancona

    Held on the first Sunday in September, Ancona’s sea celebration kicks off with a boat procession, where a wreath is launched to remember those lost at sea. The festivities continue with live music, art exhibitions, food and drink, and a fireworks display over the harbour.

    International Accordion Prize (Premio Internazionale della Fisarmonica)

    22 – 25 September 2016
    Website

    Venue: Castelfidardo, 22km south of Ancona

    The town of Castelfidardo, just south of Ancona, is renowned worldwide for its accordion manufacturers. Accomplished soloists and ensembles compete to win the coveted International Accordion Prize, with junior categories for up-and-coming musicians. For audiences, it’s a chance to hear a wonderful repertoire of accordion music.

    Christmas Market

    December 2016

    Venue: Piazza Pertini

    Sweets, crafts, plants, decorations and jewellery are just a few of the gifts shoppers can bag at Ancona’s Christmas market, which usually runs for two to three weeks until Christmas Eve. At weekends, there are also kids’ activities, live entertainment and delicious street food.

    Conero Running

    April 2017
    Website

    Venue: Starts and finishes from Numana seafront, 22km south of Ancona

    Following the coast road from Numana, just to the south of Ancona, this race encompasses a half marathon, 10km course and 4km route for children. It’s a scenic run, with a competitive element to the longest distance, but a more laid-back feel if you participate in the shorter races.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Hotels in Ancona

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    Largely a transport hub, Ancona has a dearth of hotels. The options are some very cheap, budget digs in

    the area around the railway station or a few mid- to high-end hotels on the periphery of the historic centre.

    Fortino Napoleonico

    Via Poggio 166, Portonovo
    60129 Ancona
    Italy
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    Category: Expensive

    A grand, 19th-century princely fort with ornate rooms and a seafront location.

    Grand Hotel Passetto

    Via Thaon de Revel 1
    60124 Ancona
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    Near Ancona’s white-shingle beach with light, white rooms and sea views.

    Hotel Emilia

    Frazione Massignano 3
    60129 Ancona
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    An ivy-clad villa in the Parco del Conero with contemporary rooms and beautiful gardens.

    NH Ancona

    Rupi di Via XXIX Settembre 14
    60122 Ancona
    Italy
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    Category: Moderate

    An efficient, friendly chain hotel with a great location overlooking the port.

    Fortuna

    Piazza Rosselli 15
    60126 Ancona
    Italy
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    Category: Cheap

    A budget option with dated but comfortable rooms.

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    Climate & best time to visit Italy

    Italy is a great destination to visit year round, particularly if taking a city break, though for the warmest and most reliable weather April to June is the prime tourist season. Most Italians take their holiday in July and August so prices, and crowds, can soar during these months, which are also the hottest of the year. If you’re keen to avoid the main scrum of peak season but still bank on mild weather, late September to October is a good choice.

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    Telephone & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile phones

    International dialling code: +39

    Telephone

    Telephone kiosks only accept phonecards, which can be purchased at post offices, tobacconists and some newsagents.

    Mobile phone

    Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good.

    Internet

    Rome, Venice, Milan and Bologna have now instituted city-wide Wi-Fi hotspots, and the majority of hotels, B&Bs and even farm stays now offer free internet access. In most towns, internet cafés also offer access at €2 to €6 per hour.

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    Shopping in Ancona

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    Key Areas

    Ancona’s key shopping streets run parallel to each other from the port and include Corso Mazzini, Corso Garibaldi and Corso Stamira. Here you can find Italian fashion, shoes and bags alongside some art galleries.

    Markets

    The best thing to buy in Ancona is food, and the best place to do it is at the daily market in Corso Mazzini. Here you can find Ciauscolo (salami), honey, Ascolane olives and local cheeses. On the last Sunday of the month there is also an antiques market in Piazza Cavour.

    Shopping Centres

    Many Italian designers have factories in Le Marche, a centre of leatherwork, and there’s a good selection of outlet malls. You can find most of them 50km south of Ancona in Civitanova Marche, Macerata and Tolentino. They include Tod’s, Prada, Byblos, Armani, Romeo Gigli, Hugo Boss and Cesare Paciotti.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social conventions

    The social structure is heavily influenced by the Roman Catholic Church and, generally speaking, family ties are stronger than in most other countries in Western Europe. Normal social courtesies should be observed. Dress is casual but smart in most places, and beachwear should be confined to the beach. Conservative clothes are expected when visiting religious buildings and smaller, traditional communities.

    Formal wear is usually indicated on invitations. Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, transport and cinemas. When visiting an Italian home for dinner, bring a small gift of sweets or chocolate, and dress well. Let your host lead when sitting and starting the meal. Take a small portion of what’s on offer as you will surely be cajoled into having another helping. If you do not want more wine, leave your glass full so it cannot be refilled.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Tap water is generally safe to drink. Bottled water is available. The inscription ‘Acqua Non Potabile’ means water is not drinkable. Milk is generally pasteurised and dairy products are safe for consumption. Past outbreaks of brucellosis in southern regions means unpasteurised buffalo mozzarella is best avoided. Local meat, poultry, seafood, fruit and vegetables are considered safe to eat.

    Other Risks

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) also recommends vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, polio and hepatitis B.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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