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The Croatian town of Stari Grad is located on the northern side of the island of Hvar in the Dalmatia region of Croatia. It lies at the end of a long protected bay and is thought to be one of the oldest towns in Europe. The ancient parts of the town were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Because of Stari Grad's position in the middle of the Hvar island, it has been a safe haven to sailors for centuries. Stari Grad bay is still regularly visited by most people travelling by boat through middle Dalmatia. A stroll through Stari Grad's centre, characterised by narrow streets and small squares, evokes a sense of the past. The most outstanding building in Stari Grad is Tvrdalj, a large and well preserved fortified castle once belonging to the noted Croatian poet, Petar Hektorovic. Notice the Latin and Croatian inscriptions in the walls and the statue of Petar Hektorovic in front of the castle.
From the town's port, ferry services operate to Pescara, Ancona, Rijeka, Korcula, Dubrovnik and Mljet.
The Italian port city of Ancona is located in the Le Marche region of central Italy and has been gaining in popularity as a tourist destination over recent years thanks to its natural beauty and lovely gastronomy. The city lies on the Adriatic Sea coast, some 200 km from the city of Bologna and 280 km from the city of Rome, the Italian capital. The city's natural defences, located between the slopes of Monte Conero and Monte Astagno, made it a good location for the original settlers from Syracuse to defend. Greek merchants established a Tyrian purple factory in the city and their influence on the area is widespread. During Roman times the city had its own coin system and Greek was spoken throughout the area.
Ancona is a very important sea port and is well connected by its port to many other locations. The best and easiest way to reach Ancona is by ferry, which operate to destinations including Split, Rijeka, Zadar, Hvar, Korcula, Dubrovnik, Patras, Igoumenitsa, and Dugi Otok.