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Discovery Tour of the Corbezzoli Riviera

The name, Monte Conero, is derived from κόμαρος (kòmaros) or corbezzolo (strawberry tree). This mountain invigorates the sandy Adriatic coastline, offering breathtaking views down sheer cliffs to the sea below. However, the numerous beautiful beaches aren’t the only attractions in the area – you can also take advantage of a variety of walking paths along the bluffs, some of which lead to splendid views of the enchanting bays. You’ll also be able to visit small towns with histories spanning back over a thousand years, admire artwork from prehistoric times, and take in the ruins left by the Piceni, an ancient people from the Marche region. You’ll cross eras of time as you view Roman architectural ruins, medieval churches, and Renaissance palaces in the city of Ancona. Your tour will conclude with a visit to the places held dear by Giacomo Leopardi, the most important poet and philosopher of Italy’s Romanticismo.

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4 days

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Best season : The museums and nature paths around Monte Conero are accessible year-round, within their open hours. However, to best enjoy the beach and the various establishments on the beach, one should plan to visit during spring or summer

Included / Not Included

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3 nights in a hotel double room (at least 3 stars, breakfast is included)

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4 Days Car rental with insurance

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Admission fees for museums and nature preserves

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Travel accessories and telephone with Italian SIM

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Directions and suggestions for best bars and restaurants

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Telephone assistance in Italian, English, Spanish and French

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Flights to/from your home city

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Meals where not mentioned

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Travel Insurance (strongly recommended)

Itinerary

You’ll arrive at the Falconara Marittima (Ancona) airport or train station where you’ll pick up your vehicle and meet our representative who will provide you with the materials you’ll need for your trip. The first day will be dedicated to uncovering the wonders of the city of Ancona, whose functional and active port has been in service since prehistoric times. The city’s name comes from Ankón, which, in Greek, means elbow, and is so named due to the unusual shape of its coastline. The colony of Syracuse was founded in 387 BC and was one of the more important cities during Roman times. In fact, this is where Trajan left from on his campaign to conquer Dacia, an event that is commemorated by the Arco dell’Imperatore, which can still be seen in the port today. The most ancient signs of this settlement can be seen inside Palazzo Ferretti, which houses the Museo Archeologico Nazionale delle Marche. In this museum are stored the most significant archeological finds of the Marche territory. From further along in the city’s Roman history, you’ll find it interesting to visit the Anfiteatro Romano and the Arco di Traiano, in addition to the Lungomare Vanvitelli. The thousand year-long history of Ancona allows you to select your own personalized itinerary, based on your preferences. Those wishing to take in sights from the medieval period can see the Duomo di San Ciriaco, Santa Maria della Piazza, and the Loggia dei Mercanti, to name only a few. Another of the city’s interesting monuments is the Mole Vanvitelliana or Lazzaretto, which is a pentagonal structure on an artificial island inside the port. It houses the Museo Tattile Statale Omero, one of the few tactile museums in the world. There will be plenty of time between visits to historical sights to stop and try an aperitif in the Piazza del Plebiscito (also known as the Piazza del Papa by the citizens of Ancona because of the statue of Pope Clement XII). You could also try something more substantial, such a serving of stoccafisso all’anconetana at any of the several restaurants in Ancona’s city center. From the Passetto monument, you’ll set out again on another unforgettable segment of the tour. Here, you’ll follow a particularly fascinating stretch of coastline, full of natural caverns. You’ll then reach a sightseeing area that’s wedged into the rocky section of an otherwise green hillside, overlooking an enchanting bay. The beaches below hold the honor of being designated as Bandiera Blu. Dinner will be served in a restaurant or other recommended local eatery. Spend the night at a hotel.

That morning, after breakfast, you’ll take the local Conero train towards Portonovo, which will take you on a route parallel to the sea, offering splendid views both on the left and the right. Along this panoramic route, there are steep trails (don’t forget your hiking shoes) that lead down to a number of famous beaches, such as Mezzavalle, with its stones and pebbles, and Portonovo Beach. Further along is La Spiaggia La Vela (still in Ancona territory) and Due Sorelle, which is in Sirolo (truly a corner of paradise, but it can only be reached by boat). The Società Traghettatori del Conero uses small motorboats to provide a mini-cruise service to two different rock sea stacks. From the city center in Sirolo you can reach three beaches: Sassi Neri (named for the dark stones on the seafloor), San Michele, and Urbani. The city of Numana has its own treasures to see within its fascinating archeological museum. A key exhibit displays the striking funeral sets from the Piceni, a pre-Roman civilization that lived in the area. Going down towards the marina, you’ll visit a panoramic plaza which sits directly above the seaside. This plaza boasts a tower which was part of a medieval fortification. Nearby are various beaches, some sandy, some with pebbles or stones, all which lead to the mouth of the Musone river. Dinner will be served in a restaurant or other recommended local eatery. Spend the night at a hotel.

That morning, after breakfast, you’ll step out into the natural and historical beauty of this area. There are many services offered at the Conero beach facility, including hiking and SCUBA diving. There are walking paths with varying levels of difficulty around the promontory, some of which can be explored by mountain bike or horse. One attraction worthy of special note is La Traversata del Conero, which is considered the best trail in the area. It leads through dense woodlands and past spectacular viewpoints, such as Belvedere Nord or the area of Incisioni Rupestri (ancient artwork). We suggest you dedicate the afternoon to a visit at the Grotte di Camerano. These man-made caves were used by the area’s inhabitants as a refuge from the bombings of World War II. It’s believed that the structure originates back in the 9th century (in connection with the first settlements of the Piceni people of Monte Conero). Over the years, these caves have hosted Catholic mass, pagan rites, and Masonic rituals (some of which are still on display in the sculptures carved from the sandstone). These subterranean caves have lived in parallel with the world above, growing and developing together with the city of Camerano (the name – Camerano – means great room, or cavern). That evening, we’d suggest tasting some great Conero wines. Their red wine, named after the area, is certainly the most famous DOC-approved wine in the area; it’s produced in the four communities in the Riviera del Conero (Ancona, Camerano, Sirolo, and Numana). Spend the night at a hotel.

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