Citadella Park ("Citadel Park") is one of the green lungs of Ancona, along with Cardeto Park and the Passetto area.
The park is located on one of the five Ancona hills, the Astagno hill, and is included within the walls of the fortified camp of the sixteenth-century Citadel, a Renaissance-era military structure that ovelooks the city and the harbor.
Commissioned by Pope Clement VII, the Fort inside the Citadel consists of five bastions and is currently being restored. In the basement of the Fort, unravels a maze of tunnels that are said to reach all of the city areas. Unfortunately, these underground passages are not open to the public.
You can however access the area of the park, with benches, swings, slides and games for children. During spring and summer this is a popular place, where people gather to study outdoors or for jogging. There is also a bar, where you can have a cool drink or a snack.
The Citadel Park, because of its location, is one of the most striking viewpoint from which to admire the city of Ancona and its harbor area, with the underlying Mole Vanvitelliana (Lazaretto).
If you arrive by car, you can park for free in the great square located near the main entrance gate.