• Ankitha Prakash

🚶🏻‍♀️The Guasco Hill : Ancona, Italy, 2017

Being the capital city of the Marche region of central Italy, Ancona covers the foothills of the Monte Conero or Mount Conero, also known as Monte d'Ancona. It is famous for its vast seaport along the Adriatic shoreline which has its regular lines to Croatia, Albania and Greece. The shoreline south of Ancona is characterized by deep, clear and quite cold water bordered by rocky beaches below the Conero bluffs to the west.

This was a one-day trip around the city, on foot and a hike of a stiff but a scenic climb of the Monte Guasco (Guasco hill) to the cathedral that dominates the city’s skyline, Cattedrale di San Ciriaco.

📍 Porta Pia

As soon as you get out of the train station, you get to see this beautiful city gate made of bricks and Istrian stone. Porta Pia is the ancient monumental gateway to the city of Ancona. Designed by Filippo Marchionni, this gate gives a scenic entrance to the Ancona’s port area and you already start seeing huge ferries parked as this city is the key ferry port in central Italy with daily connections to a variety of destinations across the Adriatic Sea.

📍 Lazzaretto di Ancona

A seven minute walk from Porta Pia will lead you to a bridge to get to an artificial island called the Mole Vanvitelliana or Lazzaretto di Ancona, which is a pentagonal 18th-century building built on as a quarantine station and leprosarium for the port town of Ancona. This building is a host to many exhibitions and museums, one of which is Museo Tattile Statale Omero. This museum is one of a kind as it was built for a tactical experience for the non-sighted people. It is also open to the general public, wherein they blindfold you and let you guess the faces, bodies, gestures, expressions etc. of the sculptures present there, making it a unique museum that lets you touch everything by hand and feel them. I highly recommend this, as it was a beautiful experience to test our sensory perceptive abilities. Out of the several sculptures present there, I remember recognizing a mother breast feeding a baby present on her lap (of course while I was blindfolded). And trust me, it was such a memorable moment when I open my eyes to see that I guessed it right 🥰

📍 Cattedrale di San Ciriaco

A 30-40 minutes’ walk 🚶🏻‍♀️along the shoreline plus a climb of the Monte Guasco (Guasco hill), will lead you to the Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic featured cathedral, Cattedrale di San Ciriaco.

On your way up, you can also halt for the visit to Chiesa dei Santi Pellegrino e Teresa. The church is dedicated to the cult of Saints Pellegrino and Teresa , but commonly called by the Ancona -based Scalzi church .

It was erected in the 18th century by the architect Giovanni Battista Bartoli; it is dominated by a singular large dome covered in copper, which is why the interior has a circular plan.

Climbing a bit further will lead us to the Ancona’s cathedral, Cattedrale di San Ciriaco.

Sitting atop the hill, it has a beautiful coastal setting with great panoramic views of the port. So, YES for lots of photographs. The cathedral is quite old and still retains its classic look making it very simple and is surrounded by its beautiful calmness whilst providing a scenic eye treat.

I would recommend you watch the sunset from this spot, as you get yourself indulged with the beauty of the city, Ancona.