The first significant place of interest on the route to Rome from Ancona was Loreto, a famous site of Catholic pilgrimage. Turner made a number of sketches in and around the city, see folio 10 (D14671). The subject of this view is a section of the sixteenth-century walls at the western end of the city, dominated by the circular bastion of the comune. Visible to the left is the tower of the Palazzo Comunale. Turner drew the same view from a greater distance on folios 9 verso (D14670) and 10 (D14672), and also in the Rimini to Rome Sketchbook, 1828 (Tate, D14671; Turner Bequest CLXXVIII 33).
In the top right-hand corner is a landscape with a distant hilltop town, possibly Recanati seen from the walls of Loreto.