A harbour city, capital of the prosperous Marche region, Ancona has a rich history. Its name comes from the Syracuse word for elbow – Ankon – and the city has been a trading centre for at least 3,000 years, linking both coasts of the Adriatic Sea. This activity has left traces on the city’s monuments, its buildings and its urban fabric. The city is surrounded by a beautiful landscape, with hills rolling into the sea. Ancona’s mountain – Mount Conero – descends steeply into the water, and is now a regional park which protects its natural habitat.
Ancona is also a capital of theatre – and historic theatres can be found across the region and offers all kinds of shows. Finally, the region boasts a delicious cuisine and some of the best wine in Italy such as the Cornero red, Verdicchio and the Lacrima di Morro d’Alba.