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Built on two hills around a harbour, and located along the east coast of Italy over looking the Adriatic Sea, Ancona has been a busy and lively city since Roman times and forms a great base for exploring the beaches and sights of the Marche. The most convenient way of exploring the region is by car. Book cheap car hire in Ancona in advance of travel with us today and get the best out of your holiday. Let us find you the best deals online by comparing quotes from top car rental suppliers.
The old town is situated on and around the hill of Colle Guasco, rising steeply from the port. Located on its summit is the medieval cathedral of San Ciriaco. Its interior is decorated with Byzantine art and contains a pagan temple in its crypt. Other notable sights located below the summit include the newly restored 19th century Teatro delle Muse and the art gallery in the Palazzo Bosdari.
An energetic walking tour takes in all of Ancona’s main sights and culminates outside the cathedral at the top of Colle Guasco - providing sweeping views over the city. The walk begins at the bottom of Corso Stamira near the docks and passes the Teatro, art gallery, the 13 spouts of the 16th century Calamo Fountain, the Archeological Museum and the ruined Roman Amphitheatre, before finishing at the summit. Tourist gifts and antiques can be bought in the old town, while the designer shops are centred in the newer areas.
People in this region are big meat eaters and many of Ancona’s restaurants, including Boccon Divino, Ristorante Il Cardeto, La Vecchia Osteria, and La Moretta, specialize in grilled dishes; however, there are many kiosks which offer fresh shellfish and sparkling wine.
The airport is serviced regularly from Milan and Rome and also by daily flights from London Stansted. Car hire at Ancona Falconara Airport is available from leading suppliers AutoEuropa, Autonoleggio Magellano, Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Maggiore, and Sixt, each with desks in the arrivals hall. For more options book car hire in Ancona with us today.
If arriving by car from the north or south of Italy, take the A14 motorway. Ancona Railway Station is serviced by many long distance trains to and form major cities in Italy. Trains run frequently from Rome, Milan and Bologna. There is also a Trolley Bus system operating throughout Ancona, and is a great way to get around the city cheaply, especially if car hire is not an option for you.
Ferries operate from Ancona's port to Zadar, Split, Patras, Durres and Igoumenitsa. Book tickets online in advance to secure a space.