Sirolo and the surprising fascination of Conero

Conero

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About twenty kilometres from Ancona, the capital of Marche, there’s a splendid Medieval village, perfectly preserved and immersed in the uncontaminated nature of the Conero National Park. It’s magnificently located on the slopes of the promontory, and within reach of beaches and cliffs of surprising beauty and a crystalline sea. All this, and much more, is what the village of Sirolo has to offer.

The beaches of Sirolo. Cliffs rising up from intense clear-blue waters and a coastline which has received European recognition with its Blue Flag frame the magnificent beaches of Sirolo, home to a wild beauty far from the frenzy and crowds usually associated with italian Adriatic coast. Peace and quiet is easily within reach of the streets of Numana, as in the case of the beach of Grotta Urbani, or by way of the unmade paths which seem to take you away from the world to rocky bays such as that of Sassi Neri. And there’s more: places of total relaxation and transparent waters accessible only by boat, as in the case of the wonderful cliffs of the Two Sisters, rugged rock formations which have become the symbol of this locality.

Conero National Park. All around, the woods and the footpaths of the park offer itineraries of great beauty, and are as suitable for quiet walks as for more energetic ascents by foot or by bicycle. Over six thousand hectares of the Conero Natural Park protect a priceless natural heritage of flora and fauna and whose natural beauty remains intact. The area is also a precious geological observation area that allows you to appreciate the orographic evolution of the Appennies of Marche, guided by precise and detailed information boards.

Sirolo

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History, art, culture. The area, rich in history, offers a great many opportunities for those who are looking for artistic pleasures. Sirolo, with its Medieval remains and its perfectly preserved walls, is a fascinating village and a place where you can breathe in the rhythms of the past, brought all the more to life by the breath-taking views of the sea below and of the green hills that embrace it. Close by, and easily reachable by car or by bus, is Loreto with its Basilica and Santuario del miracolo della Santa Casa, and Recanati, birthplace of Giacomo Leopardi, one of the most important Italian poets.

The hinterland offers a wealth of gastronomic pleasures, from the trail of the Rosso Conero wine to the discovery of the rich culinary tradition of Marche. Sirolo, the pearl of the Conero, is a destination made all the more desirable because it remains little known, in spite of what its resources and attractions would deserve. It’s a quiet place, away from the crowds, and with a great deal to offer.

Where to stay: hotel in Sirolo