Mount Conero- At heart of the Park
At the very heart of the Park is the Mount Conero. It is a spectacular rocky summit overlooking the Adriatic Sea to the South of Ancona. It is the only mountain (572m) that overlooks the sea from Trieste to the Gargano. On its lower slopes the plant life consists mostly of broom, laurel, juniper and strawberry trees ( in Italian "corbezzoli" from the greek Kòmaros which is where maybe the name Conero comes from). The higher slopes are covered with pine woods, oaks and larches.
The rocky mountain slopes fall towards the sea with imposing cliffs and rockfaces that break into sharp faragliones or long flat rock formations ( the most famous of which are the Two Sisters or Due Sorelle and the Trave). There are also lots of bays and coves. The most splendid of these is Portonovo with its fine Roman church of Saint Mary..