Beneath the towering edifice of its namesake, Mount Conero, lies the stunning Conero Peninsula National Park. Formed in 1987 it covers 5,800 hectares, with places of superb beauty. From the 18 trekking routes and the bay of Portonovo, the Due Sorelle and many other ancient and modern places and things to see and do, the park is the place to spend a few hours or days indulging yourself in nature.
You can hire mountain bikes and walking poles from the Visitor Centres, or enlist on one of the snorkelling tours regularly organised from Portonovo. We can even hire you a speedboat so you can explore the coast on your own by sea.
There is so much to see, and you can’t take it all in, in one day so, why not give us an idea of what you would like to do and we will personalise your holiday?
Ancona might be your gateway. Ryanair flies direct from Stansted, and an improved rail link with Milan opens next month. Ferries from Greece, Croatia and further afield pack its port. It’s tempting to head straight out of town: it was bombed in two world wars, and earthquakes had anyway already levelled much of the medieval architecture. But that would be a mistake. Ancona was founded by ancient Greeks as an outpost of Syracuse, in Sicily, and its harbour thrived during the Roman era. The second-century Trajan’s Arch still guards the port. It also saw plenty of Crusader traffic in the middle ages. Pope Pius II died here in 1464 trying (and failing) to launch a Crusade.