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  • Ancona owes its name to the special elbow shape ("ankon" in Greek) of the promontory on which it was founded
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  • Ancona revolves around its port, with its significant commercial wealth and tourism: it is the departure point for most of the ships going to Greece
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  • Ancona reveals its beauty as you float away from the port by boat: indeed, the charm of its buildings perched on the headland can be seen from the sea.
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  • A panoramic view of the Ancona coast from the hinterland: the colour of the earth runs into the dark blue of the Adriatic
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  • As is the case with many coastal cities, Ancona's history is intimately linked to that of its port
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  • The Syracusans, who founded it in the 4th century BC, called it ?Ankon', which means elbow, due to the folded shape of its coast that is bathed by the Adriatic Sea. A seafaring Republic trading with Damatia in the time of the Communes, Ancona's existence has always been linked to the port, which in turn is interlaced with the sea. The sandy expanse of its beaches to the north and the rugged profile ...
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Amy Adejokun
Amy Adejokun Expert destination Italy

The Syracusans, who founded it in the 4th century BC, called it ?Ankon', which means elbow, due to the folded shape of its coast that is bathed by the Adriatic Sea. A seafaring Republic trading with Damatia in the time of the Communes, Ancona's existence has always been linked to the port, which in turn is interlaced with the sea. The sandy expanse of its beaches to the north and the rugged profile of the cliffs to the south are all crowned by hills. The historical market towns, with their parks and steep lanes, bear witness to a rich past. From the Arch of Trajan, (built in honour of the emperor who, using public money, financed the city's port), to the nearby Traders' Lodge, all of the city's monuments recall its former glory. You will also notice San Ciriaco Cathedral, which is a mixture of the sacred and the profane. A sort of Greek acropolis on a pre-existent temple, the church is one of the most successful examples of Roman art in Italy.

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Ancona: the key figures

Surface area : 9694.0 km2

Population : 1569578 inhabitants

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