"A happy accident" Top 5 Page for this destination Ancona by toonsarah
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An unprepossessing area round the station was left behind as we boarded a bus that took us to a very different part of town – wide avenues, grand squares with shady trees and statues of imposing figures, a promenade by the sea and (best of all by far) a higgledy piggledy maze of streets in the old town that led us up and up to the wonderfully located Duomo overlooking the ferry port. Glowing golden in the magical light of a late afternoon sun, it was a fitting place to end a lovely week in Italy’s beautiful Umbria and Marche regions
Ancona was built on two hills in the 4th century BC by Greek colonists from Syracuse. Later, the Romans made use of its sheltered anchorage and in 115 AD, under the Emperor Trajan, created the present harbour walls. A ceremonial marble arch named for Trajan still stands at the end of the docks to mark his achievement, though we didn’t have time to visit this, only seeing it from the distance.
In the Middle Ages it was something of a battleground between German Emperors and the Venetian Republic, and was never able to assert itself as the powerful maritime republic it might otherwise have become. More recently it has suffered significant bombing in the Second World War, and a major earthquake in 1972.
Despite all this, enough of the historical city remains, and its hilly setting around the busy harbour give it a special character and charm. This is a busy, working port and a lived-in city, and all the more appealing for that.
I might not make a special journey to visit Ancona, but I would certainly enjoy spending more time here in the future should I be in the area, and I’d recommend adding a day here to any itinerary in the Marche region if possible.
I have arranged my tips on this page in an order that will enable you to follow us on our walk through the city. So please start with my first tip flying to Ancona.
- In a nutshell:Much more character than you might expect from first appearances
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