The capital of the Marche region, Ancona is picturesquely situated between the bay on the Italian Adriatic coast. Once you've arrived, you'll soon discover some of the treasures that this fine city has to offer, such as the ‘Ancona Cathedral'. A stunning building, this 11th century cathedral stands on the Guasco hill overlooking Ancona's port – it offers the most panoramic views of Ancona and the Adriatic coast. There's also the 'Arch of Trajan', which is known to be one of the most important Roman monuments in the region. Situated directly south of Ancona is 'Monte Conero'. An area of particular interest, this protected ecological area has 18 trails and several archaeological/historical sites. The popular resorts of Portonovo, Sirolo, and Santa Maria di Badia are all at the Mount's base. The perfect way to relax, Ancona offers excellent access to the finest beaches of the Marche region too. As you can see, Ancona offers an interesting and fulfilling day away from the ship. And, it's the perfect opportunity to get to know more of Italy too.
There are great places in Ancona where you can shop for local products - particularly in the city's busy market centre. When it comes to good quality olive oils and cakes, you'll find them in food stores throughout the city. You can also purchase the region's red and white wines in a number of shops in Ancona.
The local currency is the Euro. Ancona is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).
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