Cruises to Ancona Italy

An Italian town, Ancona is a provincial capital of the Marche region in Italy, located not quite midway down Italy’s Adriatic coast. Find the best cruises to Ancona Italy with MSC Cruises

Ancona: Glorious vistas and a beautiful coastline with flat sandy beaches

An Italian town, Ancona is a provincial capital of the Marche region in Italy, located not quite midway down Italy’s Adriatic coast.

The harbor which was originally protected only by the elbow-shaped promontory from which the city takes its name (Greek for ‘angkon’ or elbow), features modern installations built since World War II. Although Ancona's importance as a port has diminished, the city is a busy market centre.

After the fall of the Roman Empire, Ancona was successively attacked by the Goths, Lombards and Saracens, but recovered its strength and importance.

Today, Ancona does not perhaps represent an obvious holiday destination, but tourists to the town will soon discover some of the treasures that this city has to offer.

To help you make the most of your time away from your luxury MSC cruise ship, you can choose one of our excursions. We offer some of the best deals on days out around Ancona, carefully-chosen to suit all guests.

You can stroll the city and take in its historic sites or add to your vacation by venturing further afield to the beautiful city of Urbino.

The more adventurous will enjoy the trip to the Frassassi caves to behold impressive stalagmites and stalactites with walks through the grottos. Ancona makes an interesting day away from the ship and a chance to get to know more of Italy.
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Cruise to Ancona - Italy - Mediterranean - MSC Cruises

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Ships dock at the XXIX Settembre Pier. Regular busses run along the seafront from the port station to the train statiom passing the pentagonal Lazzaretto built within the harbor in the eighteen century as a quarantine station for the immigrants.

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 ANC01 - URBINO (4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Budding painters, photographers and dreamers … all will enjoy the art and aesthetics of Urbino and delight in the quaint streets and squares of this lovely walled city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will reach Urbino after a 1.5-hour coach drive to meet your guide and start a tour around the historic old town, one of the best preserved medieval centres in Italy. Located on a sloping hillside, Urbino offers picturesque views over the verdant valleys, straight out of an Italian masterpiece. Admire the “Palazzo Ducale” begun in the second half of the XV century and which houses the National Gallery of Marche with one of Italy’s most important collections of Renaissance paintings. Please note: taking photos or shooting videos during the visit to “Palazzo Ducale” is prohibited. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $72.00 Adults $50.00 Children

   


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 ANC03 - THE “FRASASSI” CAVES  (4 hours 15 minutes) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Tasting included  An approx. 45-min drive through the pretty Italian countryside will take you to Genga and the unforgettable Frassasi Caves. Your guide will escort you on an underground adventure among the otherworldly stalagmites and stalactites found within the famous cave system, which was discovered and then explored between 1948 and 1971. The safe routes through the spectacular caves coupled with dramatic lighting make this a truly awe-inspiring experience for the whole family. The caves also boast Europe’s largest single cavern, the Grotta Grande del Vento – so big that Milan Cathedral would easily fit inside. Next up is a visit to St. Vittore’s Abbey, a notable example of Romanesque architecture dating back to 1011, and the Museum. After the visit you will reach Fazi Battaglia Winery where we will stop for a tasting. Please note: we suggest to bring comfortable shoes and a jacket because temperature inside the caves is around 14 degrees. Taking photos or shooting videos during the visit to the Caves is prohibited. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $69.00 Adults $48.00 Children

   


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 ANC04 - “RIVIERA DEL CONERO” (3.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  Leave the port of Ancona for a journey into the verdant countryside of the Italian Marche region. This pleasant sightseeing tour by coach first takes you to Sirolo, a lovely seaside village with a fully restored medieval centre. The charming square in the middle of the village, the Piazza Belvedere, affords beautiful views of the sea and Mount Conero, a 572-metre promontory just south of Ancona that got its name from the Greek word for the strawberry trees that grow on its slopes. You will have time to explore the village and its church at your leisure before continuing on to Portonovo, another coastal village in the Marche region where the secluded Santa Maria di Portonovo abbey was founded in the 11th century. Your tour draws to a close with a scenic return drive to Ancona.Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $56.00 Adults $39.00 Children

   


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 ANC06 - WALKING TOUR (approx. 3 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Shopping  Leave the port and board a bus to reach the Cathedral of San Ciriaco which is perched on the top of Guasco hill, dominating the town of Ancona. Stop for a short visit around the Cathedral, one of the most interesting medieval monuments of the region. The excursion continues with a walking tour around Ancona’s historic town centre, which is spread over three hills and which overlooks the natural port. Stroll the town and admire the ancient palaces and churches that are rich in history and celebrate an array of architectural styles. End the tour with some free time before walking back to the port. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $45.00 Adults $32.00 Children

   


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 ANC07 - THE BEACH AT NUMANA (approx. 4 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: easy - May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing  Possibility of swimming  Limited seat  Snack included  Drink included  Wheelchair and disabled friendly tour - Wheelchair guests must be accompanied by their own helper to get on/off the coach. Wheelchairs must be foldable as the coach is not provided with ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.  No guide available  Recommended for families  Time to do nothing but hang loose, stretch out on golden sands and ponder the meaning of life are what holidays are all about. Give yourself a few hours off the ship, take a break from sightseeing and indulge in some special moments that will soothe your soul and let you reconnect with your inner self on this enjoyable outing to Numana. A short coach ride from Ancona will first take you through the pretty Marche countryside to reach Numana, a resort town situated close to the state park and protected ecological area of Mount Conero. The main areas of this attractive old town are the historical Numana alta quarter and the Numana bassa district, which includes the bustling port. But Numana also offers visitors a choice of lovely beaches, one of which will be your destination on this tour. Your seaside sojourn provides a perfect opportunity to do whatever you please – swim in the inviting blue of the sea, lie back and soak up the sun or perhaps simply sit and let the moment work its magic on you before the tour is brought to a close with your leisurely return to the ship. Please note: this tour operates from June until the end of September. Click HERE to watch the video
 

Price per person $42.00 Adults $29.00 Children

   


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 ANC09 - THE HISTORICAL TOWN OF JESI (approx. 4.5 hours) - 2014
Difficulty level: moderate - May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing  Panoramic tour  Limited seat  Tasting included  Cultural  Tucked away just a short distance from Ancona lies a jewel of Italian architecture, the town of Jesi and your destination on this enjoyable tour. Combining a chance to explore the town’s rich cultural heritage with a convivial wine-tasting session, the outing begins with a scenic 45-minute coach drive to Jesi to meet your guide. The Palazzo Pianetti – an imposing 18th-century Rococo palace with an exquisite interior – in the middle of town forms your first stop. Now serving as a municipal museum and exhibition site, the Palazzo is also home to the Pinacoteca Civica, Jesi’s much-respected art gallery. A group of works including the masterful altarpiece, St. Lucy before the Judge, by Lorenzo Lotto, a notable late 15th- to mid-16th-century Italian painter, is considered to be the gallery’s star exhibit. Moving on, an unhurried stroll will both allow you to enjoy the full breadth of the town’s civic splendour and take you past the late 18th-century Pergolesi Theatre on Piazza della Repubblica en route to the Enoteca della Regione Marche, a cosy wine tavern. After a chance to savour the flavour of various wines during the tasting session, you will also have some time to spend on your own in Jesi before you head back to Ancona and your ship. Please note: you are recommended to wear comfortable shoes. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair. Taking photos or shooting videos inside the Pinacoteca is prohibited.

Price per person $64.00 Adults $45.00 Children

   


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Shore Excursions programs and Itineraries may vary depending on local conditions and/or any unforeseen events in relation to the timing on the day of the tour. Some excursions are very popular and therefore availability cannot always be guaranteed, It is advisable to book in advance to avoid disappointment.