Summer at the Cristoforo Colombo Hotel
Riviera del Conero
This is one of the most beautiful stretches of the Adriatic coast. Under the mountain that rises above the sea, there are white pebble beaches, splendid coves that can only be reached by sea or through winding paths, bays, caves, pine forests that overlook the clear and deep waters. All this is the Riviera del Conero, with Numana and Sirolo that dominate the sea and draw life from it; tourist locations that offer the visitor nature, fun and history. The protected area of the Monte Conero Park, populated by rare species of birds and with 18 paths suitable for adults and children, is an essential destination for those who love hiking and contact with nature.
Stretching towards the sea, Ancona stands on an elbow-shaped promontory that protects the largest natural harbor in the central Adriatic. Here you can see the sun rise from the sea, as in the whole Adriatic coast, but it is the only city where you can also see the sunset on the sea, since, thanks to the elbow shape of its coast, it is bathed by the sea both east and west. It is a city that fascinates with its museum itineraries that contain traces of the past, the glimpses of its ancient squares, the alleys of the historic center and again the crystal clear sea, the wild coast made of coves and bays, the nature trails of the Parco del Parco Conero, the food and wine tradition and excellent wines. Historical and naturalistic itineraries offer the visitor the opportunity to combine culture, entertainment and protected nature.
The city is located on a hill between the valleys of the Potenza and Musone rivers and is one of the major pilgrimage destinations in the world. It is famous for the Basilica that houses the Holy House, that is the "room" of the Virgin Mary, whose walls would have been moved to this place from Nazareth in 1294, flown by angels (according to tradition) or transported by sea by men as a precious relic (according to reliable hypotheses of scholars). The large Basilica was built around the small sacred building, of fine architecture, rich in pictorial and sculptural ornaments of extraordinary beauty. Also worth visiting is the Apostolic Palace, seat of the historical archive and of the Museum-Art Gallery.
Recanati rises on the ridge of a long and winding hill 296 meters above sea level, between the valleys of the Potenza and Musone rivers. The city overlooks the Adriatic as on a balcony, with extraordinary panoramic views also towards the Apennines. Home to numerous illustrious men including the poet Giacomo Leopardi and the tenor Beniamino Gigli, it preserves important monuments, palaces, churches, art galleries and museums.
Grotte di Frasassi
The Frasassi Caves are one of the most spectacular karst complexes in the world. An underground kingdom made of stalactites, inlaid stalagmites, splendid lakes in which to get lost in a surreal time and space. They are located within the Gola della Rossa Regional Natural Park, a protected area rich in botanical and faunistic attractions but also in archaeological, artistic and architectural remains. A visit to these places is a must for those who love nature and for those who do not want to give up a unique and unmissable experience.