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Welcome to Italy in Photos, where we invite you to embark on a journey through the enchanting city of Ancona: – Ancona is a seaport in the Marche region in central Italy, with a population of around 101,997 as of 2015. It is the capital of the province of Ancona and of the region. It has a rich history that dates to ancient times, when it was founded by Greek settlers from Syracuse in the 4th century BC. It became a Roman colony in 268 BC and later a Byzantine city. In the Middle Ages, it was an independent maritime republic that traded with the East and competed with Venice and Genoa. Ancona was also a papal state from the 16th to the 19th century, and a refuge for the Greek Orthodox community that fled from the Ottoman conquest of Constantinople. Ancona is a city of art, culture, and nature. It has many monuments and museums that showcase its heritage, such as the Ancona Cathedral, the Arch of Trajan, the Mole Vanvitelliana, and the National Archaeological Museum. It also has beautiful parks and beaches that offer scenic views of the Adriatic Sea and the Conero Riviera. Ancona is famous for its seafood cuisine, especially its brodetto (fish soup) and moscioli (wild mussels). Ancona is a vibrant and multifaceted city that welcomes visitors with its charm and hospitality. It is a perfect destination for those who want to discover the beauty and diversity of Italy.

Via Flaminia is a historic road that connects Rome to the Adriatic coast. In Ancona, Via Flaminia runs through the city center and reaches the port area. It is a busy street with many shops, restaurants, and services. It is also close to some of the main attractions of the city, such as the Arch of Trajan, a majestic marble structure that commemorates the emperor’s enlargement of the port in 115 AD, and the Mole Vanvitelliana, a pentagonal artificial island that was built in the 18th century as a quarantine station for plague victims and later used as a military arsenal. Via Flaminia is also near the Ancona Central Station, where you can find car rental services and public transportation options to explore other parts of the city or the region. (Photos 1-2-3) – Via Guglielmo Marconi is a street in Ancona which runs from Piazza Rosselli to Via XXIX Settembre. (Photos 4-5) –  Via XXIX Settembre is a street in Ancona, Italy, that runs from the city center to the port area. It is named after the date of September 29, which commemorates the liberation of Ancona from the Nazi occupation in 19431. Via XXIX Settembre is a historic and cultural street, with many attractions and landmarks, such as: – The See Port Museum, a museum that showcases the history and culture of Ancona and its port, with interactive exhibits and multimedia displays. – Porta Pia is an ancient monumental gate that leads to the city of Ancona. It was designed by the architect Filippo Marchionni in the late 18th century, under the commission of Pope Pius VI1. Porta Pia is a triumphal arch with a single archway, enclosed by two pilasters and supported by massive buttresses. (Photos 6-7-8-9-10-11-12)

Piazza della Repubblica can be found close to Via Antonio Gramsci. (Photo 13) – Via Enrico Cialdini is a street in Ancona which runs from Via Raffaello Sanzio to Largo Sacramento. (Photo 14) –  Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi is named after Giuseppe Garibaldi, a famous Italian patriot and soldier who fought for the unification of Italy in the 19th century123. He was born in Nice, France, in 1807 and died in Caprera, Italy, in 1882. He is considered one of the fathers of modern Italy and a national hero. Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi is one of the main streets in the old town of Ancona, a city founded by the Greeks in the 4th century BC4. It runs from Largo Sacramento to Piazza Cavour, and you will find many shops, restaurants and hotels, as well as some historical buildings. – (Photos 15-16-18) – Via Giacomo Leopardi is a street in Ancona which runs from Corso Giuseppe Garibald to Via Guglielmo Oberdan. (Photo 17)  – Piazza Roma is one of the four central squares of Ancona, the capital of the Marche region. It is located between Corso Mazzini and Corso Stamira, and it is crossed by Corso Garibaldi1. It is the meeting point of the four historic districts of the city: San Pietro, Capodimonte, Cardeto and Santo Stefano. Piazza Roma is a modern and elegant square, with a fountain in the center and a statue of Vittorio Emanuele II, the first king of unified Italy, on one side. (Photos 19-20) – Via Marsala is a street in Ancona which runs from Via S. Martino to Via Giacomo Matteott. (Photo 21)

Giardino Pubblico Piazza Stamira is a public garden and a square in Ancona, near Corso Mazzini and Piazza Roma. It is named after Stamira, a heroine of the city who sacrificed herself to defend Ancona from the siege of Pope Clement VII in 15321.The square features a monument to Stamira, a bronze statue by Giulio Monteverde, erected in 18841. The statue depicts Stamira holding a torch and a sword, symbolizing her courage and patriotism1. The pedestal has four bas-reliefs that illustrate the episodes of her life and death1. The garden is a green oasis in the city center, with benches, paths, flowers and trees. It is a popular spot for locals and tourists to relax and enjoy the view of the square and the monument. (Photos 22 -23) – Via Palestro is a street in Ancona which runs from Via Giacomo Leopardi to Via Piave. (Photos 24-25-26) –  Piazza Camillo Benso di Cavour is one of the four main squares in the old town of Ancona, the capital of the Marche region1. It is named after Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, a statesman and a leading figure in the Italian unification. The square was designed in the late 1800s, after the demolition of the old city walls and gates1. It is a large and elegant square, with a fountain in the center and a statue of Cavour on one side. The statue is a reduced-scale reproduction of the original one by Stefano Galletti, located in Turin. (Photos 27-28) – Via Indipendenz is a street in Ancona which runs from Via Giacomo Matteotti to Via Villarey. (Photo 29)

Caserma Villarey is a building in Ancona that was originally built for military purposes in the 1860s. It is named after General Onorato Rey di Villarey, who died in the Battle of Custoza in 1866. It now hosts the Faculty of Economics of the Polytechnic University of Marche. It is located at Piazzale Raffaele Martelli. (Photos 30-31) – Piazzale Martelli Raffaele can be found along Via Indipendenza. (Photos 32-33) – Via Goito is a street in Ancona which runs from Via Giacomo Matteotti to jus past the C.S.C. Di Contadini Francesco. (Photos 34-35) – Via delle Cavorchie is a street in Ancona which runs from Via Giacomo Matteotti to Via Goito. (Photo 36) – Piazza del Plebiscito is a historic square in the center of Ancona, Italy. It has been the main meeting place of the city since medieval times. It is dominated by the baroque Church of San Domenico, which dates back to the 13th century. The square also features the Palazzo del Governo, a former residence of the papal legates, and the Fontana dei Decapitati, a fountain that commemorates the beheading of four rebels in 15321. You can find many cafes and restaurants around the square, as well as shops. (Photos 37-39) – The Church of San Domenico is a baroque church that stands at the top of Piazza del Plebiscito in Ancona. It was built in the 18th century on the site of a previous 13th-century church that belonged to the Dominican order. The church has a two-tone brick and marble facade, with two ramps leading to the entrance. The interior has a single nave with six chapels, decorated with paintings, sculptures and frescoes by various artists. The church also houses the tomb of Pope Pius II, who died in Ancona in 1464. (Photo 38)

The Church of Santa Maria della Piazza is a Romanesque church that stands in the ancient Porto district of Ancona. It was built between the 11th and the 12th centuries, over a previous 4th-century church that was restored in the 6th century. The church has a marble facade with two portals, decorated with sculptures and reliefs. The interior has a nave and two aisles, with a crypt and an apse. The church contains frescoes, paintings and altars by various artists. (Photo 40) – Lungomare Luigi Vanvitelli is a waterfront street in Ancona, named after the 18th-century architect who designed the port. The street runs along the port and offers a view of the sea and the ships. Along the street, you can find various hotels, restaurants, bars and shops. You can also find the offices of some ferry companies that operate routes to Greece, Albania and Croatia. The street is about 2 km long and can be reached by car, bus or on foot from the city center. (Photos 41-42-43-44) – Via Gabriele Ferretti is a street in Ancona which runs from Piazza Benvenuto Stracca to Piazza del Senato. (Photo 45) – Scalone Nappi is a staircase that connects the lower part of Ancona with the upper part, where the Cathedral of San Ciriaco stands. The staircase was built in the 18th century and was named after the engineer who designed it, Giuseppe Nappi. The staircase was damaged by the bombings during World War II and was later restored. The staircase offers a scenic view of the city and the sea, and is surrounded by trees and flowers. The staircase is about 300 meters long and has 200 steps. (Photos 46-47)

Piazzale del Duomo is the square in front of Ancona Cathedral, also known as the Cathedral of San Ciriaco. The square is located on the Guasco hill, which offers a panoramic view of the city, the port and the sea. The square is also the site of some archaeological remains, such as columns and statues, that suggest the presence of an ancient Greek temple dedicated to Aphrodite. (Photos 48-49-50-51-52-53-54-55-56) – The Cathedral of San Ciriaco is the main church of Ancona and the seat of the Archbishop. It is dedicated to Saint Cyriacus, the patron saint of the city, who was a deacon and martyr in the 4th century. The cathedral was built between the 11th and 13th centuries, and combines Romanesque and Gothic styles. The cathedral has a unique Greek cross plan with a dome and two towers. The facade has a rose window and a portal with sculptures of lions and griffins. The interior has a nave and two aisles, decorated with frescoes, mosaics and paintings. The crypt contains the relics of Saint Cyriacus and other saints.

Ancona Cusine:- Ancona is a city with a rich culinary tradition, influenced by its location on the Adriatic Sea and its history as a port and a trading center. The cuisine of Ancona is based on fresh seafood, meat, cheese, vegetables and herbs, cooked with simple but tasty methods. Some of the special dishes of Ancona are:- Crema fritta:- fried custard, served as an appetizer, side dish or dessert. It is made with eggs, milk, flour, sugar and lemon zest, cut into squares and coated with bread crumbs before frying. – Erbe straginate:- boiled wild greens, such as chicory, dandelion and borage, seasoned with garlic, oil and vinegar. – Pizza di formaggio:- cheese pie, made with eggs, pecorino cheese, parmesan cheese and nutmeg, baked in a thin crust of dough. – Vincisgrassi:- a local version of lasagna, made with layers of pasta, ragù sauce, béchamel sauce and mushrooms. It was invented in 1799 to celebrate the victory of an Austrian general over the French troops.

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Photo Gallery of Walk 1 – Via Flaminia to Piazza Camillo Benso di Cavour
Approximately 2.65 km – 1.65 miles

The walk starts in –  Via Flaminia – Via Guglielmo Marconi – Via XXIX Settembre – Via dell’Appannaggio – Piazza della Repubblica – Largo Sacramento – Parrocchia Del Sacramento, Piazza J. F. Kennedy – Via Enrico Cialdini – Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi – Via Giacomo Leopardi – Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi – Piazza Roma – Fontana del Calamo, Piazza Roma – Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi – Via Castelfidardo – Giardino Pubblico Piazza Stamira – Via Palestro – walk back to Corso Giuseppe Garibald – Piazza Camillo Benso di Cavour

Photo Gallery of Walk 2 – Via Indipendenza to Piazzale del Duomo
Approximately 1.65 km – 1.04 miles

The walk starts in – Via Indipendenza – Caserma Villarey, Piazzale Martelli Raffaele – Via Villarey -Via Goito – Via delle Cavorchie – Via Giacomo Matteotti – Piazza del Plebiscito – Chiesa di San Domenico, Piazza del Plebiscito – Piazza del Plebiscito – Via Catena – Chiesa di Santa Maria della Piazza, Piazza Santa Maria – Lungomare Luigi Vanvitelli – take lift up to Via Gabriele Ferretti – Scalone Nappi – Piazzale del Duomo