Ancona is the capital of the Italian region called the Marches. It is an important port city on the coast of the Adriatic Sea. A part of its medieval center was bombed during World War II, but it is still full of ancient monuments and squares. Its medieval cathedral is set on the mountain overlooking at the gulf of Ancona and it is well worth a look. The ancient roman Trajan Arch is on the docks of the port. There is also a loved Memorial of the First World War (built during Fascism) on the waterfront. The city offers glorious vistas, on a coastline that extends from Pesaro, with mainly flat sandy beaches, to Mount Conero, with its rocky coast. The popular resort of Portonovo is at the Mount's base.

Many ferries link Ancona, and therefore Italy, to Croatia, Greece and Turkey.

Get in

By boat

Ferries are cheap and go regularly between various places by the coast.

Be aware that check-in for the international ferries is not directly near the customs/port authority, but a fifteen minutes walk elsewhere in the port. You could also take free bus line 20. Not very practical for travellers on foot.

The following international lines are serviced by car ferries (See also Ferries in the Mediterranean#Adriatic Sea):

To/From Croatia:

To/From Greece:

Check out Blue Line International , SNAV , or Jadrolinija for more info on these lines.

By train

Ancona has a direct train connection to Rome, Bari and to Rimini. Central train station is two kilometers from the port.

Be aware that the central train station has two sets of lines, and "Platform 2 Ovest" is NOT THE SAME "as Platform 2".

By plane

Ancona Airport

Get around

Internet access

Internet cafe is on the port, a bit east of the train station. It is also an international calling service. Two computers. Via Guglielmo Marconi.

Luggage storage

There is a luggage storage at the east side of the railway station, opposite the toilets.



If you want to quickly go to the rocky beach, you can take, from the train station, bus 1/4 to go to the "Passetto" (€1,20, one way). If you have some more time, you could take the bus to the wooded place of Portonovo (south of Ancona), where the rocky beaches are very nice. This tour requires at least half a day.




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