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This town within a natural bay was founded by the Syracusans in the 4th century BC.
Landmark is the Medieval Cathedral of San Ciriaco, a mix of Romanesque and Gothic style with a beautiful altar by Vanvitelli inside.
On Corso Mazzini have a look at the 16th century Fontana del Calamo, a regimented row of 13 masked spouts.
Palazzo Ferretti is home to the Museo Archeologico delle Marche, an outstanding collection of Attic vases, Etruscan bronzes and Iron Age jewellery.
Via Pizzecolli will get you to the heart of the oldest part of the city.
Palazzo Bosdari hosts Ancona's Pinacoteca Civica; paintings to look for here are Crivelli's Madonna and Child, Titian's Apparition of the Virgin, and Lorenzo Lotto's Holy Conversion.
Piazza del Plebiscito is the drawing room of the city; visit the church of San Domenico which houses two masterpieces by Titian and Guercino and have a look at Palazzo Mengoni-Ferretti and Palazzo del Governo.
Santa Maria della Piazza is built on the remains of an early-Christian basilica between the 11th and 12th centuries and hosts lovely frescoes.
Other interesting sights include the Loggia dei Mercanti with its Gothic facade, Via Cialdini, the Mole Vanvitelliana and the old port with the imposing Trajan's Arch.