Sirolo and Numana

Villages nestled in the green and blue

Located on the slopes of the southern side of Mount Conero, the villages of Sirolo and Numana represent two of the major seaside centers of the Conero Riviera. When visiting them, you'll be able to enjoy their picturesque position overlooking the sea.

With a medieval layout and a timber-frame structure, Sirolo was a feud of the Cortesi counts, of which it was a fortified castle, and then passed under Ancona’s control in 1225. The church of SS. Sacramento, is located in the main square, whose small portal presents the 15th century relief depicting a "Madonna and Child". On the main square can also be found the Cortesi Theater, a splendid example of a 19th century "cozy" theater. During the summer period, one of the major points of interest is undoubtedly Teatro alle Cave, an open-air space created from a disused quarry located within a wooded area. The area between Sirolo and Numana, inhabited since prehistoric times, is rich in archaeological excavations, many of which are still ongoing. In the I Pini area can be found one of the largest Picene necropolises, where were found various noble circle tombs (6th-4th century B.C.), including that of a princess (6th century B.C.), characterized by extraordinary dimensions and by the presence of two Picene carts in the grave goods, now under restoration at the Antiquarium of Numana.

Built in a place already inhabited in prehistoric times, Numana was a port of the Piceni, very popular among the Greeks, who exchanged their products with those of the local populations. The town is divided in two parts: Numana Alta, nestled among the greenery on the extreme slopes of Mount Conero and overlooking a pebble beach, and Numana Bassa, extended along the sea, near the small port. In the central Piazza del Santuario, there is the Town Hall (1773), which was once the summer residence of the bishops of Ancona, and the Sanctuary of the Crucifix, rebuilt in modern forms in 1969. Near the church there’s a restored fountain that represents what remains of an ancient Roman aqueduct that came from the Conero. Behind the former Town Hall building there’s the State Antiquarium, which collects most of the archaeological material discovered in the territory of Sirolo and Numana, and that offers a whole documentation regarding the Picene civilization that developed in the area from the 7th century B.C. until the Roman age. From the main square you can reach Via Roma, which leads to Piazzetta della Torre overlooking the sea. Here, you can see the remains of a tower, which collapsed in 1928, that perhaps was a remnant of the medieval wall.

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