Falconara Marittima

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Falconara Marittima
Comune
Comune di Falconara Marittima
Coat of arms of Falconara Marittima
Coat of arms
Falconara Marittima is located in Italy
Falconara Marittima
Falconara Marittima
Location of Falconara Marittima in Italy
Coordinates: 43°38′N 13°24′E / 43.633°N 13.400°E / 43.633; 13.400
Country Italy
Region Marche
Province Ancona (AN)
Frazioni Castelferretti, Falconara Alta, Fiumesino, Palombina Vecchia, Rocca a Mare, Villanova
Government
 • Mayor Goffredo Brandoni (Il Popolo della Libertà)
Area
 • Total 25 km2 (10 sq mi)
Elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (28 February 2009)[1]
 • Total 27,879
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Falconaresi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 60015
Dialing code 071
Patron saint Madonna del SS. Rosario
Saint day May 8
Website Official website

Falconara Marittima is a seaside resort on the Adriatic coast, in Italy, located 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) north of Ancona, in the Marche region, province of Ancona.

History[edit]

Falconara developed[when?] around a castle. In the second half of the 16th century it was bought by the noble family of Bourbon del Monte. In the 19th century they were still present as owners.[citation needed] The Castle of Falconara, together with those of Rocca Priora and of Castelferretti, represented a defence system around Ancona, which controlled the territory and demanded bridge toll for crossing over the river Esino and had many other functions.[citation needed]

Demographics[edit]

As of 2010, 90.94% of the population was Italian. The largest immigrant group came from Albania and Romania 4.75%, followed by North Africa 1.17%.[2]

Attractions[edit]

Falconara Marittima's main attraction is a long sandy beach where during the summer people practice sports such as beach volleyball, beach tennis and beach soccer.[3]

Falconara has a 6-hectare (15-acre) zoo.[4]

Every year on 15 August, the Ferragosto holiday a fireworks display takes place.[citation needed]

The Frecce Tricolori show took place in the sky of Falconara Marittima in the summer of 2007[5] and 2009[6]

The Cormorano park on the north side of town has hosted numerous cultural events, including concerts of Francesco De Gregori, Goran Bregovic[7] and Piero Pelù.

Climate[edit]

Winters can be quite cold due to the bora, an icy wind that blows along the coast, however snow is rare. The last recorded heavy snowfall occurred in February 2012.[8]

From April to June the climate is warm and pleasant, with moderate humidity. July and August can be very hot, with high temperatures usually above 30 °C (86 °F).

In 2003 Falconara experienced twin tornados along the coast.[9]

Climate data for Falconara Marittima
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8
(46)
10
(50)
12
(54)
16
(61)
20
(68)
25
(77)
27
(81)
27
(81)
24
(75)
18
(64)
13
(55)
10
(50)
17
(63)
Daily mean °C (°F) 5
(41)
7
(45)
9
(48)
13
(55)
17
(63)
21
(70)
24
(75)
24
(75)
21
(70)
15
(59)
10
(50)
7
(45)
14
(57)
Average low °C (°F) 3
(37)
4
(39)
6
(43)
11
(52)
14
(57)
18
(64)
21
(70)
21
(70)
18
(64)
13
(55)
8
(46)
5
(41)
12
(54)
Average precipitation cm (inches) 6
(2.4)
4
(1.6)
5
(2)
5
(2)
4
(1.6)
4
(1.6)
3
(1.2)
4
(1.6)
7
(2.8)
9
(3.5)
7
(2.8)
6
(2.4)
69
(27.2)
Source: Weatherbase[10]

Transportation[edit]

Ancona Airport is located in Falconara Marittima. Falconara beach is about 3 kilometres (2 mi) from the airport. The Falconara-Orte main line is one of the few transversal lines on the Italian Railway Network; the Adriatic line also passes through Falconara railway station. Falconara Airport was used by the United States Army Air Forces between 1 April and 1 September 1945 as a military airfield.

Sport[edit]

The local volleyball team Pallavolo Falconara won the CEV Cup in 1986 and reached play-off semifinal of Italian Volleyball League two times in the eighties.[citation needed] Notable former volleyball players of the club include Ferdinando De Giorgi, Daniel Castellani, Tom Sorensen, Raimonds Vilde, Jan Kvalheim, Andrea Anastasi, Leondino Giombini, Pasquale Gravina, Valerio Vermiglio and Samuele Papi.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Statistiche demografiche ISTAT". Demo.istat.it. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  2. ^ "Statistiche demografiche ISTAT". Demo.istat.it. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  3. ^ [1] Archived September 16, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Natura lezione dal vivo". Parco Zoo Falconara. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  5. ^ "Frecce tricolori a Falconara Marittima [Air Show 2007]". YouTube. 2007-07-11. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  6. ^ "Frecce Tricolori - Falconara 02.08.2009". YouTube. 2009-08-03. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  7. ^ "Goran Bregovic in anteprima nazionale". Allaradio.org. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  8. ^ "Nevone Febbraio 2012 Falconara Marittima". YouTube. 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  9. ^ "Twin tornadoes on the horizon by Fab (Photo) | Weather Underground". Wunderground.com. 2003-02-06. Retrieved 2015-09-29. 
  10. ^ "Falconara Marittima". Weatherbase.com. Retrieved 2015-09-29.