For those who love to move freely and dive into the the crystal clear water and the unspoilt nature reserves, the sea and the mountains of this region are a perfect combination.
Natural parks cover a large part of Marche’s territory. The Monti Sibillini National Park, the Gran Sasso and the Monti della Laga National Parks, and all the other regional parks and natural reserves, offers enthralling landscapes and rare flora and fauna. The birding enthusiasts can observe golden eagles, peregrine falcons and eagle owls, while the woods and the forests are perfect for trekking or horseback riding, canoeing and mountain biking. One can also discover the Marche’s natural, historical and cultural wonders, as well the typical food, cycling or strolling along pleasant routes.
For the winter sport lover the area boasts more than nine ski resorts, snow parks and cross-country trails of different length and difficulty. Ice skaters will enjoy the Ussita Ice Palace.
Don’t miss the Conero, the high promontory that is part of the Regional Park of the same name, located to the south of the town, that, with Portonovo, Sirolo and Numana forms the Conero Riviera; the coastline is high and rugged, while the sea is limpid, creating one of the most charming sea destinations of the Italian coast. The seabed in this area, rocky with some sandy areas, is rich in animal and vegetable species, making it perfect for scuba-diving.
The main event in Ancona is certainly the Fair of St. Ciriaco, patron saint of the town, the first ten days of May. During this period the town is invaded by stalls, craft fairs, local food stands, street entertainers and pavement artists. Ancona jazz is an important appointment for music lovers; it is the main regional event dedicated to this successful music genre, attracting in town international artists.