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Sirolo is the most attractive, with a spruce medieval centre and a tree-lined, balcony piazza that teeters high above the sea. The small town is in the middle of Conero.
The Greeks were the first "tourists". Those visitors from a far found everything that they were searching for in the mountain that seemed to emerge from the sea: a safe piace to dock and repair their ships in silent solitary bays, and a natural reserve of abundant fauna. Today it is headquarters to the Regional Park, the visitor must pass through a small forest to reach its small but enchanting beaches.
A grand appointment that is spectacular summer holds in store for this area: a theatrical review, staged in an old quarry converted into an arena. This small town is very elegant. Many famous people come to spend their Summer here. The most renowned places are its Belvedere Square, the church of Santissimo Sacramento (with a bas-relief of the 15th-century carved in its small portal), the Grotta Urbani and the Due Sorelle which can be reached only by boat. As far as concerns the Due Sorelle, they can be considered as sort of distant relatives to the famous Faraglioni of Capri and are one of the most traditional destination for tourists.
The town's origins date back to remote times, which recent archaeological finds sate back to over one hundred thousand years ago. According to tradition the name comes from Sirio, a mediaeval condottiere who received as a gift the site on which the castle was built by Belisarius, after the victory over the Goths in 560. The area was already inhabited in Roman times, as a dependence of the municipium of Umana. Around the eleventh century it was fortified by the Cortesi family.
Monuments: Abbey of San Pietro al Conero, Church of the Madonna del Rosario, Parish church of San Nicol˛, mediaeval walls with the Torrione, Teatro Cortesi, Villa Vetta Marina, streets of the old town centre.
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