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An Italian town, Ancona is a provincial capital of the Marche region in Italy, located not quite midway down Italy’s Adriatic coast.
The harbour, originally protected only by the elbow-shaped promontory from which the city takes its name (Greek for ‘angkon’ or elbow), features modern installations built since World War II. Although Ancona's importance as a port has diminished, the city is a busy market centre.
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Ancona was successively attacked by the Goths, Lombards and Saracens, but recovered its strength and importance.
Today, Ancona does not perhaps represent an obvious holiday destination, but tourists to the town will soon discover some of the treasures that this city has to offer.