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Travel Tips to Ancona (AOI)
Ancona Attractions: Famous harbour town with plenty of Italian flair
Ancona is a small, easily-manageable town on Italy’s Adriatic coast. Along with Venice and Bari, it is one of the country’s most important ferry ports. Countless ferries travel to and from here every day, with regular connections to Greece, Croatia, Albania and Montenegro. Many people spend their time when passing through observing some of Ancona’s interesting sights. The pleasant little town is becoming more popular for longer stays as well. Italian flair, delicious local specialities and the hospitality of the locals can be very persuasive after a flight to Ancona.
Unique mixture of building styles of the Kyriakos Cathedral
The Ancona Cathedral is one of the oldest and most impressive architectural buildings in the whole of the country, and is the seat of the Archbishop of Ancona. It was completed in 1017, although the foundations are thought to contain parts of a temple from the third century BC. The architectural styles are a mixture of Byzantine, Gothic and Romanesque and the cathedral is the only one in Italy to have this design combination. The white limestone façade gleams from afar, and the visitor’s gaze is immediately caught in the interior by wonderful paintings such as the portrait of a Madonna.
Mole Vanvitelliana – first-class atmosphere for live events
The Lazzaretto of Ancona, also known as Mole Vanvitelliana, is an impressive five-sided building in the town’s harbour, located on an artificial island. It was built in the 18th century for the purpose of quarantining sufferers of leprosy. Pope Clement XII appointed the renowned architect Luigi Vanvitelli to produce the design for the estate, which was built over ten years between 1733 and 1743. Today the island can be accessed by three bridges from the mainland. During the summer, concerts, theatre, opera and ballet performances take place here. There are also often different art exhibitions.
National Archaeological Museum, worth seeing from inside and outside
Unique finds from 70 historical sites in and around Ancona are exhibited here. These come from the Stone Age up to the Middle Ages and tell us about the settlements of the various peoples in the region. The impressive displays are some of the most important in Italy and are displayed in an enchanting 16th century palace. This is in itself a fantastic sight. The influence of the Baroque and the Renaissance can clearly be seen in the magnificent frescoes and ceiling and wall reliefs. Book your flights to Ancona with FlyDoha and you will be enthused by the little Italian town!