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About Ancona

Ancona, situated on the central Italian coast, is capital of the Marche region and is the largest port in the Adriatic. It was founded by Greek merchants in about 390 B.C. and during its long history has been ruled by the Romans, the Goths, the French, the Austrians and the Italians.

Today it has a population in the region of 100,000 people and benefits from a pleasant climate with refreshing sea breezes. The modern centre is comprised of broad avenues, palm-shaded piazzas and is dotted with the historical monuments that managed to survive unscathed from bombardment during World War II and an earthquake in 1972.

The wider Marche region is comprised of four provinces; Pesaro-Urbino, Ancona, Macerata, and Ascoli Piceno and covers some 10,000 square kilometres. It is an incredibly beautiful and geographically varied area blessed with sandy beaches, cliffs, open plains, mountains and the Pilato lake. The history and culture of the area can be appreciated in its many castles, abbeys, churhces and museums and monuments.

Ancona provides access to many cities down the east coast of Italy, including Bari, Pescara, Vasto, Foggia, Brindisi and Lecce, via the excellent train connections from Ancona station.

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