Ancona is the administrative capital of the Marche and the largest city in the region. The oldest part of town straddles Colle Guasco, the hill above the port. On its peak, high above the agitation of the modern city, stands Ancona’s finest church, the Medieval Cathedral of San Ciriaco, an extraordinary pleasing mix of Romanesque and Gothic. Ancona hosts some beautiful medieval palaces and the interesting Museo Archeologico delle Marche.
Just south of Ancona rises the solitary limestone peak of Monte Conero whose steep slopes slide down to the sea and the prettiest beaches on the whole of the Northern Adriatic shore, such as Portonovo, Sirolo and Numana. Sirolo also boasts the Conero Golf Club, the Region’s fine course for golfers.