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Monte Conero (Mount Conero or Monte d'Ancona; Italian pronunciation: [ˈkɔːnero]) is a promontory in Italy, situated directly south of the port of Ancona on the Adriatic Sea.

The name Conero comes from the Greek name Komaròs, that indicates the Strawberry Tree commonly present on the slopes of the mountain. The Conero is 572 metres high and it is the only coastal high point on the Adriatic sea from Venice to the Gargano massif in the region of Puglia.

Since 1987 it is a state park and protected ecological area (Regional Park) with 18 trails and several archeological/historical sites. Wildlife include Eurasian Badger, Beech Marten, Least Weasel, Yellow-bellied Toad, Peregrine Falcon, Kingfisher and Pallid Swift. Apart the strawberry tree, vegetation include Oak, Holm Oak, Aleppo Pine, Cupressus sempervirens and many others.

Other comuni in the nearby include Sirolo and Numana.

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