Ancona drapes gracefully over the hills surrounding its harbour. It is the largest town and the administrative centre of Le Marche and like Venice, Trieste and Dubrovnik, is one of the ancient maritime powers of the Adriatic.
It is one of the few mainland sites where you can see both the sunrise and the sunset over the sea. The port has the elegant Arch of Trajan which is the symbol of the city and one of the finest Roman buildings of its kind.
There is so much to see in the city but not to be missed are the Lazzaretto, Porta Pia, the Church of San Ciriaco, the Piazza della Repubblica with its Opera House. South of Ancona starts the dramatic Conero Peninsula with its beautiful coastline and Nature reserve.