Located on the east coast of Italy, the port city of Ancona is one of the main ports on the Adriatic Sea and the capital of the Marche region. Despite many passengers coming into to the port, Ancona remains largely unspoilt by tourism. The city is divided into two parts; with the port and harbour dominating one half while the other half contains the charming buildings of the intriguing Old Town. You’ll be able to discover a range of art galleries, museums and historical buildings in the city and Old Town. The city is surrounded by plush rolling landscapes where there are plenty of trails and hiking opportunities for more outdoorsy types. Elsewhere, you’ll find some gorgeous Italian beaches where you can relax and soak up the sun. Ancona also has its fair share of amazing restaurants.
Ideal for navigating narrow and windy Italian streets, particularly in Ancona’s Old Town. They are also excellent for parking in small spaces.
Driving in Ancona
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Important things to note
Navigating the narrow Italian roads isn’t always easy, so it’s generally recommended to plan your journey beforehand.
Be aware that street parking is on the right hand side of the road. If parking in a blue zone, you will need a parking disc which can be purchased from tourist information offices and petrol stations.
Italy’s autostrade is a toll road. Toll cards can be purchased from banks or ACI offices for use at toll booths along the autostrade.
Highlights & Hotspots
Located on the top of the hill above the port is the Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche. This interesting museum exhibits a range of artefacts dating back to the Greek, Bronze and Neolithic ages.
Another great museum to visit is the Museo Tattile Statile Omero which has a range of sculptures and exhibits designed specifically for blind people. Here, visitors can touch the sculptures, enabling blind people to feel the representations of famous sculptures such as the Roman statues and Michelangelo’s David.
The Parco del Cardeto is a great place to enjoy a quiet stroll. This beautiful park offers stunning views over the city, harbour and coast. It’s also an ideal spot to get away from the sometimes-busy Old Town if you’re feeling overwhelmed in any way.
Take a trip to Ancona Cathedral and admire the architecture and 11th century wooden roof which mimics the shape of an upside-down boat. The Cathedral is built on the site of an ancient temple, dedicated to Venus. Ruins of the temple are still visible beneath the church.
Ancona Falconara Airport is located approximately five miles from the centre of Ancona and is accessible via the A14 motorway.
It serves destinations across Europe, particularly those near the Mediterranean Sea. The airport has one main terminal for domestic and international passengers.