Ancona - more than just another ferry port
Trip Start Sep 13, 2006
85Trip End May 25, 2007
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We arrived in the evening and stayed at a youth hostel where the owners spoke no English. It is interesting when you realize the difference between speaking a little English and not speaking a word. Most people say they speak none but at least understand a few words, but they understood nothing. We couldn't complain, as we didn't speak any Italian, but it did make us assume that few English speaking tourists venture this way. Luckily they had rooms and checking into a hostel isn't too complicated. They only have single sex rooms, as some hostels do. Julius lucked out with a single and I got a dorm room all to myself. We had the terrible luck of sharing the hostel with completely unsupervised high school students from where, UK maybe? There are certain rules people learn with hostel living and these snotty brats didn't know them. We woke up to screams and commotion so loud we thought someone was being murdered, It was seriously out of control. There was no point in complaining to the management as they didn't speak English to understand us or scold them. Oh well. At least the place was dirt cheap and we got our own doors to lock. Thank God for earplugs.
Ancona is not a city on the Italian tourist trail but a visit to the tourist information office the next morning showed us that sometimes these cities try harder. We received a map with color coded walking tours and numbered sites along the way that matched up with numbered signs in front of the buildings. Descriptions of each site were written on the back of the map. This made the city very easy to navigate and very educational, with plenty of Roman ruins and churches to see. That, along with the fabulous sunny weather, made it a enjoyable day. With the hikes up hills around the old city, we were comfortable wearing t-shirts.
Before we got on the boat we got our first taste of "pizza by the gram", the various shops that sell pieces of sheet pizza by weight. Not only is this the cheapest meal you can get in Italy, it is very delicious! We would visit these places a lot when we returned to Rome for Christmas. For now it was off to Croatia by overnight ferry. Not the luxurious line that took us from Stockholm to Finland, but due to the lack of riders we each got a room to ourselves as rooms are separated by male and female. Goodbye EU! See you in a month!
To see a few photos we took in Ancona, visit our Smugmug Ancona Page!