GO BEYOND WHAT MEETS THE EYE TO DISCOVER ANCONA’S VIBRANT STORY
Rising above the waters of the Adriatic Sea is Ancona, a city steeped in over 2,400 years of history. From the Cathedral standing high above the old town on Gusaco Hill to its beautiful ancient arches, Ancona is a city waiting for its secrets to be discovered. Uncover the past with Azamara’s immersive Italy cruises.
Fascinated by human history? Visit the Marche National Archaeological Museum and journey through the Copper Age, the Bronze Age, and beyond. Marvel at ancient Greek ceramics, Roman ruins, relics of the Picenian civilization, preserved Federico Zuccari frescoes, and a wealth of artifacts—all within the beautiful Palazzo Feretti Palace on the slopes of Gusaco Hill. Elsewhere, the marble Arco di Traiano towers high above the harbor in tribute to Emperor Trajan, who funded the expansion of Ancona. Unveiled in 115 AD, the arch stands 18.5 meters high and served as a beacon for ships approaching Rome’s impressive Adriatic port.
While walking the stone streets of Old Town, make a stop at Piazza del Plebiscito. Known as Piazza del Papa by locals, this charming square is the perfect spot to relax with an al fresco drink. Worked up an appetite from all that walking? Visit Corso Garibaldi for your pick of classic Italian delights, including stoccafisso all'anconetana—a seafood dish that put Ancona on the culinary map.
Built on an ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Venus, the Ancona Cathedral overlooks the city from its place atop Guasco Hill. Shining like a gem atop Colle Guasco and eternally guarded by two marble lions, the cathedral is the home of the Madonna del Duomo—a painting kept inside a marble shrine built by Vanvitelli.
Grotte di Frasassi
Grotte di Frasassi
Less than one hour southwest of Ancona is Grotte di Frasassi—one of the most extensive cave systems in all of Europe and the geographical gem of Le Marche province. Marvel at the Ancona Abyss, a massive underground cavern vast enough to contain the Milan Cathedral, then explore Grotta delle Nottole, a cave that is home to a large colony of bats.
An art lover’s dream, Pinacoteca Comunale houses more than 100 works by artists from the regions of Marche and Veneto—all painted between the 14th through 19th century. After viewing the classics, visit the Gallery of Modern Art on the top floor for a taste of contemporary Italian art.
Ancona, Italy At a glance