MARRANOS BURNED AT THE STAKE
The port of Ancona was always a hub of economics activities for the local Jewish community. Over the centuries these activities attracted thousands of merchants, especially Levantines and Marranos. Local Jewish life from the 16th century was conditioned by the rule of the Papal States. Soon, the popes decreed the creation of ghetto and persecuted the Marranos. In fact, in 1556 twenty-five Marranos were burned at the stake after an autodafé. The news spread in the Mediterranean sea and the port of Ancona was boycotted for two years. All cargoes went to Pesaro.