I have always wanted to visit Ancona—perhaps an odd desire, given the city is not a particularly popular one with visitors to Italy. But for me, the connection to Ancona is a very personal one: I was actually born and spent the first few months of my life there, before being brought to America with my mother. I grew up hearing many stories of what life was like in the city and how much my mother had loved the nearby beaches, particularly Portonovo. But I'd never had the chance to see it for myself...not until 2016, when I spent several days there at the end of a longer trip to Venice and Bologna.
If you are looking to visit an off-the-beaten-path destination in Italy, love the water and delicious seafood, consider spending several days as I did in Ancona and the surrounding area. You can tour through beautiful beach resort areas, stunning ancient hill towns, and even visit important religious pilgrim sites such as the Basilica della Santa Casa in Loreto.
What follows is my brief guide to the city, including recommendations on what to see, where to stay, and of course, what to eat!