Let’s continue our visit in the region which surrounds Ancona – provincia Marche. And not to forget one of the Italian most-loved hobbies – shopping !
The riches of the Ancona area are not limited to those created by human skill, but add to those that nature has prepared for the locals, for Ancona has been blessed with cliffs and hillocks, sea and green pastures, vine-covered hills and cold streams. Apart from all that, where else could you watch the sun rising from and setting into the sea? Due to the unique geometry of its relief, the spectacle of the sun getting born and then dying again every day, for ever accompanied by the sea, can be watched by locals and tourists, romantics and party-goers alike. Gourmet and sport lovers, the people of Ancona know how to use all the resources provided by nature in their various activities of daily life or big competitions. Cycling, swimming, jogging, windsurfing, rafting and – last but not least – paragliding from the sunny cliffs into the sea – here are but a few of the sports practiced in Ancona and the surrounding area.
One of the biggest competitions held by the local administration in partnership with the administration of the Marche region took place in Ancona this year, for five days. This extremely important port has always welcomed foreigners traveling on sea, various cultures and unique life styles. This experience has actually consolidated the humanity of Ancona. According to some statistics provided in 2001 by ‘Il Sole 24 Ore’ – one of the leading economic journals in Italy – and the environmental organization ‘Legambiente’, Ancona ranks high among the cities providing the best quality of life. It is not something that goes without saying – a city daily confronting naval traffic, loaded trucks and travelers coming or going by the sea should not necessarily be as hospitable, open and cheerful as Ancona. Perhaps these qualities were born in this area, or perhaps they were inherited from the ancestors. Anyway, one thing is certain: the vision of the Dorians who established this town, as well as that of the Romans who knew how to fully enjoy life, came true with regard to Ancona’s successful future. This port on the Adriatic Sea has become a place of trade, humanity, beauty and prosperous life.
Shopping & Leisure
The shopping area of the city includes Piazza Roma, Piazza Erbe, Piazza del Plebiscito, Corso Garibaldi, Corso Mazzini and Corso Stamira. Rows of shops provide a wide range of products for every taste and every price category. Boutiques with traditional delicacies and souvenirs stand next to shops selling shoes and bags, jewels and works of art, clothes and antique pieces. Shoppers should also note the places in Civitanova Marche, 40 kilometers away from Ancona, selling international brands with substantial discounts. Antiques lovers should also make some time to visit the antiques fair in Piazza Cavour, held on the last Sunday of every month.
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