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Ancona and Monte Conero

the solitary limestone peak of Monte Conero and beautiful beaches

Ancona is the administrative capital of Marche and the largest city in the region. The oldest part of town is called Colle Guasco, the hill above the port. On its peak, high above the agitation of the modern city, stands Ancona's finest church, the Medieval Cathedral of San Ciriaco, an extraordinary pleasing mix of Romanesque and Gothic. Ancona hosts some beautiful medieval palaces and the interesting Museo Archeologico delle Marche.
Once in Ancona you can’t miss the two most typical and famous dishes: the Ancona stockfish (stoccafisso all’anconetana) and the “brodetto” (fish stew). A glass of Rosso Conero (local red wine) is recommended.

Just south of Ancona rises the solitary limestone peak of Monte Conero where its steep slopes slide down to the sea and the prettiest beaches on the whole of the Northern Adriatic shore, such as Portonovo, Sirolo and Numana.
On the bay, often crowded, there are few restaurants with a breathtaking view balcony serving fish dishes. “Della Vela” beach is a spectacular beach with a rock, shaped like a sail. It's a free public beach, at the very end of the south versant of the bay. The beach of Mezzavalle adds a touch of wilderness and scenery to the beauties of the bay.
Sirolo also boasts the Conero Golf Club, the Region's finest course for golfers.
To the north of Ancona the sandy beach of Palombina is more suitable for both children and families.