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Every place in Ancona is able to offer a sense of suggestion that goes beyond the simple visual experience, something deeper that can create an enchanted wonder in the viewer. It is a real open air museum where streets, squares and places, narrate its long story. By virtue of its shape, geographically similar to an elbow (from the Greek word Ankon), it offers a unique feature in Italy: in Ancona in fact you can see the sun rise and set over the sea.
The Muse’s theatre is the largest not only in the “Riviera del Conero” , but also of the entire Marche’s region. It is located at the centre of the city, near one of the main entrances of the port. It is one of the theatres in which currently are held even opera’s seasons. It hosts opera’s and ballet’s seasons, as well as a jazz festivals. The prestigious Doric theatre is embellished by a fire break curtain, built by one of the most famous Marche’s artists, Valeriano Trubbiani.
The Arch of Trajan in Ancona represents one of the most valuable monuments of the Roman architecture, and can be rightly defined as the city’s symbol, the witness par excellence of the important history of the city.
It was erected by the Roman Senate in honour of the emperor who had expanded at its own expense, the city’s port, giving the sailors a more secure access to the country. This is indeed what we read in the same inscription of the arch. The proportions of the arch, particularly slender than other Roman arches, are its most prominent feature, together with the close relationship with the sea.
The Santa Maria della Piazza’s Church, in the ancient Port’s quarter, is a fine example of Romanesque architecture in the city, erected between the XI and the XII centuries.
It is possible to see some rests of them through the glass pavement, and it is possible to visit the underground part that preserves the mosaics dated to the VI or the VII century AD. The church Santa Maria della Piazza was originally called “Santa Maria del Canneto” as it raises near the port; successively it took the name of “Santa Maria del Mercato” as the open–air market was held there.
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