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Ancona is the capital of the Marche region in Italy. It is a beautiful seaside city that has a population of 101,210 (8/2007) and stretches along the coastline for 123.71 square miles. Ancona boasts a warm, Mediterranean climate all year round which is perfect for tourists looking to enjoy some rest and relaxation along the white sandy beaches.
Ancona is one of the primary ports leading into the Adriatic Sea, especially when it comes to passenger traffic. The port is also the primary demographic and economic center for the entire Marche region.
Popular attractions in Ancona include the Ancona Cathedral, which is one of the last medieval buildings still standing after the bombings in World War II. The cathedral is located in Guasco hill and offers magnificent views of the Adriatic coastline. Other attractions include the Arch of Trajan, the Church of Santa Maria della Piazza, and the Church of San Francesco alle Scale.
Ancona is serviced by the Ancona-Falconara Airport (AOI), located in Falconara Marittima and 12 kilometers west of Ancona. This airport is also known as the Raffaello Sanzio Airport. Airlines that arrive and depart from here include Alitalia, Ryanair, Lufthansa Regional, Belle Air, and Carpatair.