0513 Another Splendid Italian City (Ita 038—new)

Ancona Travel Blog

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I reach Ancona late at night and quickly head to a cybercafé to try to figure out where the hostel is.  The helpful African guy working there told me that the hostel was just up the street and around the corner!

 

The hostel is practically empty--  I guess it’s because we’re past the tourism season… so I get a whole room to myself… I decide I’ve done enough wandering for the day and head straight to bed…

 

Next day I wake up refreshed and ready to explore the city.  It’s nice to have some place to leave my luggage for a change, so I head out with my guitar to explore Ancona.

 


Ancona is a peninsula jutting into the Adriatic… I’ll get to the coast soon enough--  first I figure I’ll explore the hilly inland neighborhoods a bit…

I wander around until I reach a tunnel through a hill which I suspect leads to downtown on the peninsula.  But it says “no pedestrians”, so I have to climb up over the hill instead, through apartment complexes built on the steep slopes…

At the top I get a great view of the city… It has to shores, one on the north and one on the south and a rugged forest area right on the tip.  It’s been a while since I’ve had the chance to explore a “big city” so I’m eager to discover everything I can about this town.

 

I first follow a long narrow park to the south coast  where there’s a beautiful columned War Memorial overlooking the sea… Beyond there’s a sudden drop and the sea far below.  There is a giant elevator that goes to the bottom, but I decide against it…

 

I head back into the heart of the city, through a bustling street market, vast open plaza, a crowded pedestrian street and odd sculptures of sorts, including a couple of huge rhinocerouses…

 

I take my clip in one of the plazas, and figure I’ve pretty much discovered downtown--  I’ll just check out one more little alley… Only to find that my discoveries have just begun!  The alley leads me into a the labyrinth of the old town with stairways and passageways up and down the rugged tip of the peninsula.

  A sign points towards the ruins of an old Roman arena, so of course I have to go check it out… As usual there were inscriptions nearby explaining a bit the millenniums of history of this strategic city…

 

Finally I reach the very tip of the peninsula, with a beautiful church perched at the top and a great view of the city and the port far below… It seems that Ancona is a popular departure point for ferries across the Adriatic

 

It’s a beautiful view--  a great domed cathedral… the red tiled roofs of the old time, house built at every angle… downtown and the hills behind…

 

Finally I decide it’s time to go grab my bags and continue on my way…

 

Definitely pleased with Ancona--  especially after all the history-less beach towns of the last few days…

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