Ancona, Italy: The Port Hub To Explore The Adriatic And The Med

 The beautifully located Ancona is a historic port, with delicious cuisine, cobble stone streets and a port hub to explore the Adriatic and the Mediterranean. This regional capital is located on the Adriatic Sea in the famous Le Marche region of central Italy. It is nestled between the slopes of Monte Astagno and Monte Conero and this position has helped the Syracuse settlers to defend themselves throughout history.

The untouched natural beauty and delicious cuisine has made this town popular among visitors. The city is split into two parts; the historic town that is situated on Monte Guasco which is not far from the port, and the modern city that is situated on the coast.

This is also one of Adriatic’s largest ports and a convenient departure point to visit Greece, Turkey and Croatia.

A Little Bit Of History

The port town has a fascinating history linked to the sea. The Greeks founded the city in the 4th century BC and their influence on this area is remarkable.

Cathedral of St. Ciriaco, Ancona, Italy - It is a Roman Catholic cathedral standing on the Guasco hill and overlooking the port. It is one of the landmarks of the city and must-see attractions of Marche region.Cathedral of St. Ciriaco

They took advantage of the elbow-shaped topology which was well suited for a harbor. The city derives its name from the Greek word ‘ankon’ which means ‘elbow.’ During Roman times the city had its own coin system and Greek was the spoken language of the people.

The city began to develop with the extension of the little port by Emperor Hadrian, as this port has always been important for the traffic across the Adriatic.

Loreto, the beautiful hilltop town near Ancona, Italy - Loreto is a town in the Marche region best known for the Basilica della Santa Casa (or Basilica of the Holy House) and the house of the Virgin Mary. It is a popular destination for religious pilgrimage, surrounded by lovely nature and offering amazing views of the Adriatic.Loreto, the beautiful hilltop town near Ancona

When the Roman era came to an end, the city was continuously conquered by many others like the Goths, Lombards and Saracens. Eventually Italy gained control of the region, and during the 18th and 19th centuries industry and art thrived equally.

The Festa del Mare is a traditional event here. It is a procession of hundreds of boats from the harbor to honor the people who lost their lives at sea, is held on the first Sunday of September. Parades and shows are held on land.

Sandy Beach under Monte Conero, Italy - The mountain is also known as the Monte d'Ancona and it overlooks some of the most beautfiul beaches of the Adriatic coast. White sandy beaches, wonderful turquoise sea and surrounding nature make this beaches one of the main attractions of the Marche Region.Sandy beach under Monte Conero

The other famous celebrations are Regata del Conero and the Contesa del Pozzo della Polenta. Ancona is well known for its food products and you can buy quality olive oils, cheeses, breads, cakes and pastries. Red and white local wines are also good.

Where is Ancona?

  • 67.1 miles/ 108 km from Rimini, Italy
  • 134.8 miles/ 217 km from Bologna, Italy
  • 178.3 miles/ 287 km from Florence, Italy
  • 188.8 miles/ 304 km from Rome, Italy
  • 228.6 miles/ 368 km from Venice, Italy
  • 244.8 miles/ 394 km from Naples, Italy
  • 322.4 miles/ 519 km from Genoa, Italy
  • 11.8 miles/ 19 km from Ancona Falconara Airport, Italy
  • 63.3 miles/ 102 km from Federico Fellini International Airport, Italy
  • 139.1 miles/ 224 km from Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport, Italy

Things to See

  • Cattedrale di San Ciriaco
  • Museo Tattile Statale Omero
  • Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche
  • Chiesa di San Francesco delle Scale
  • Mole Vanvitelliana
  • Trajan’s Arch (Arco di Traiano)
  • Episcopal Palace


  • Portonovo Beach
  • Mezzavalle Beach
  • La Vella Beach


  • The Frasassi Caves
  • Urbino
  • Parco del Conero

Ancona is well connected with many international destinations, so there is a constant flow of tourists visiting this destination on their way to other places in Italy.

Whether you are visiting or just passing through interesting port city take time to experience its vitality, its ancient architecture and delicious cuisine.

We wish you a fantastic Mediterranean cruise!