Sirolo e Numana

Before the Roman age, Sirolo and Numana were one of the most important

places for the Piceni people. The archaeological area “I Pini” (right at the

town entrance coming from the motorway)is very interesting and it is one of

the biggest necropolis in the Piceni area. Probably, the name of the country

comes from Sirio, a commander of King Belisario’s troops to whom this

territory was donated to after the victory over the Goths (560); he built the

first castle here. The urban, grating-shaped structure, with a great number of

crossing streets, dates back to the medieval period when Sirolo was a fortified

fortress in order to defend itself against the barbarian raids and, successively,

the Saracen pirates. Thanks to its position, Sirolo underwent several attacks

and sieges, but it never capitulated. From the eleventh century, it had been a

feud of the Cortesi earls; in 1225, it was ceded to Ancona and, finally, to the

Papacy.

You can walk along the route we advise you. Coming up the International

camp site, after 250 m., turn left towards the Square and, on the right, you can

find S. Nicolò’s Church, with its fifteenth-century door and the characteristic,

oriental-topped bell tower. From Piazza Vittorio Veneto you can admire the

sea; furthermore, it has a wonderful view. It is the most characteristic meeting

place of the whole Riviera del Conero at night time. As you go down south

the street gets narrower and, on the right,you can find the Chiesa della

Madonna del Rosario. In this church, there is a valuable fifteenth-century

painting and some interesting bas-reliefs dating back to the medieval age.

The characteristic lanes continue to the medieval walls with the

well-preserved tower. From the main street, you can continue going down;

you will find the eleventh-century Arco (the medieval entrance) and, on the

right side, you will admire the façade of the Town theater (called Teatro

Cortesi) and a piece of the ancient walls. Coming down, on the left, on a

bend, you can admire the entrance of the Villa Vetta Marina: it was a

Franciscan Friary; nowadays, only the bell tower can be seen. On the right

side of the little chapel that overlooks the street, you can see two elms which,

according to the tradition,should have been planted by S. Francesco in 1215,

when the Saint went to Sirolo and foretold the arrival of the Sacred House of

Nazareth in this region. Numana, which can be reached going downhill, was

a port used by the Piceni from the eighth century B.C.; moreover, it was also

used by Greeks for trading reasons. Successively, it became a Roman port to

the south of Ancona. In Numana, you can go to the Piazza (town square)

where the Palazzo del Municipio (town hall) is located (1773); going around

it you get to Via La Fenice where the Antiquarium is situated; this is an

extraordinary collection of unique findings which offer a complete evidence

of the Piceni civilization from the seventh century B.C. to the Roman age. All

the objects, found in the Piceni Princess’s tomb in Sirolo, are preserved in this

collection. After having visited the Antiquarium, one may come back to the

main square and go along on Via Roma till the Tower’s little square where you can see the ruins of a tower that was probably part of the medieval walls. From that point, you can get an exciting view of the port and the coastline down south to. Siro