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Mole Vanvitelliana

The pentagonal structure of the Mole Vanvitelliana stands apart and stands out in the port of Ancona. Built by legendary architect Luigi Vanvitelli, this edifice is a historic symbol of Italy's prowess during the Renaissance and after. There are several rooms that are spread out on two floors, and in the center, there is a temple of Saint Rocco. The Mole Vanvitelliana is also the venue for exhibitions on art that showcase the talents of budding as well as established artists from the region, and beyond. For more information see the website.


An ancient city, the existence of Ancona can be traced back to around 387 BCE, when Greeks from Syracuse, Italy settled here. The name ‘Ancona’ comes from a Greek word meaning ‘elbow’, because of the shape the promontory that protects the city’s natural harbor. After the Greeks, the city saw conquests by several kingdoms, including the Roman Empire, the Goths, the Byzantine Empire, and the French, till finally, it became a part of the Kingdom of Italy in 1860 CE. The rich history is evident in the numerous buildings and structures, like the Arch of Trajan, the Cathedral of Ancona, and the Lazaretto by Luigi Vanvitelli. So, plan a trip to this gorgeous sea-side city, and discover all that it has to offer.

Monumento nazionale delle Marche

Apart from accordions and architecture, Castelfidardo is also known for one of the greatest battles in Europe during the 19th century, now simple known as the battle of Castelfidardo. The war which unified Italy under the leadership of the church, is commemorated with this gigantic bronze statue, featuring brave soldiers who laid down their lives for the cause. Behind the monument, there is also a memorial and a crypt that are worthy of admiration.

Selva di Castelfidardo

Selva di Castelfidardo is an ancient forest on the edges of Castelfidardo that is considered a natural heritage because of its unique ecological nature. Essentially a sub-Mediterranean deciduous forest, there are several trees and parts of the woods that date back to the late Holocene period, creating a one-of-a-kind microcosm of flora and fauna. These fascinating woods can be visited as part of a guided tour.

Piazzale Don Giovanni Minzoni

Piazzale Don Giovanni Minzoni is a mix between a local park and a scenic lookout point, offering spellbinding views of the sea as well as the sun-dappled roofs of the rustic houses. There is a famous monument here that visitors often like to click pictures of for social media. Ultimately, if you enjoy some nice breeze and wonderful panoramic views, then Piazzale Don Giovanni Minzoni is the place for you.

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