In Greek, “Ancona” means “elbow. This explains the name as it sticks out like an elbow into the Adriatic Sea. Ancona city is located on the south of Venice. In the ancient times, the city was a naval station for the Greeks and Romans. From 16th century onwards, Ancona was governed by the Catholic Church. The ruins of Ancona Cathedral built in the 11th century strikes as peculiar for its dedication to the Greek God Aphrodite and the upside-down boat-shaped roof.
Its National Archeological Museum conserves artifacts from the Copper and Bronze Age. Another monument is the Lazzaretto built in 1732 to protect the military from a plague was then ironically used as a hospital. Ancona has plentiful art, history and ancient architecture waiting to be absorbed.