Ancona

A pink-and-white Duomo
An atmospheric port
The Riviera del Conero

Find Mediterranean Cruises

Ancona

A modern trade centre and the charm of the ancient city

Ancona hits you with a tangle of commercial buildings only two steps away from the Mediterranean Sea. Nonetheless, a city centre excursion reserves some historical appeal, and the authorities are making a concerted effort to improve the cruiser and tourist experience. A stiff climb from the port area, where your MSC cruise ship awaits your return, passing Ancona’s well-signposted Roman remains along the way, will take you to the pink-and-white Duomo. Mostly built in a restrained Romanesque style, this is contrasted by an outburst of Gothic exuberance in the doorway’s cluster of slender columns, some plain, others twisted and carved.

The most memorable feature is a screen along the edge of the raised right transept. However, it may be the views from here, the cruise ships and the ferries lined up in the port and the coast fading into the haze, that remain longest in the memory.

Ancona’s large, three-storey Museo Archeologico in the old quarter is a fair place to while away an hour or two, its wacky moulded ceilings vaulting over a collection of finds ranging from red- and black-figure Greek craters to a stunning Celtic gold crown.

Tucked away at the foot of the flight of steps leading up to Ancona’s austere Dominican church, this worthwhile museum displays models, paintings, sculptures and original documents showing key events in Ancona from 2000 BC to 2000 AD. To the south of Ancona, some 32 km up the Esino valley from Jesi, with its white cliffs, blanched pebble beaches, thick protected forests and easy-going resorts, the Conero Riviera is the northern Adriatic’s most spectacular and enjoyable stretch of Mediterranean Sea coastline.

Must see places in Ancona

  • Duomo di Ancona

    Duomo di Ancona

  • Conero beach

    Conero beach

  • The Frasassi Caves

    The Frasassi Caves

Discover our excursions

6 results found

  • THE HISTORICAL TOWN OF JESI

    CITY TOUR

    ANC09

    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. 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 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: comfortable shoes recommended. This tour is not suitable for guests with mobility problems or using a wheelchair.
    • Tasting included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$72.00Price per person

    • Children$52.00Price per person

  • LORETO TOWN & BASILICA

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    ANC10

    A 45-minute coach ride through the scenic countryside of Ancona province will first see you reach Loreto, a charming town that is also home to the Basilica della Santa Casa, an important Catholic pilgrimage site. The basilica’s façade was built by order of Pope Sixtus V during the 16th century and the campanile, designed by the Italian architect Vanvitelli, was added during the 18th century. Most notably, the inside of the basilica features the Santa Casa di Loreto, the Holy House where the Virgin Mary is said to have lived and whose move from Nazareth to Loreto is accredited to a miracle by the Catholic Church. The precious relic is the centrepiece of the sizeable complex and is considered to be an extremely important place of Christian worship. Your visit will be followed by a chance to explore the pleasant streets of Loreto town before the coach returns you to the port and your ship. Please note: conservative attire recommended for visiting places of religious importance. As this tour involves walking on uneven ground, it is not suitable for guests with walking difficulties or using a wheelchair.
    • Shooting videos and/or taking pictures is not allowed or subject to fee

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4:15 h

    • Adults$89.00Price per person

    • Children$65.00Price per person

  • URBINO

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    ANC01

    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.
    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$79.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

  • WALKING TOUR

    CULTURE AND HISTORY

    ANC06

    Leave the port and board a bus to reach the Cathedral of San Ciriaco that 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. You will have some free time before enjoying a relaxing break at the Grand Hotel Palace where, in the Fireplace Lounge, you will taste local snack and wine. A walk back to the port will end your tour. Please note: this tour is not suitable for guests who have mobility problems or are in a wheelchair.
    • Shopping

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      3 h

    • Adults$52.00Price per person

    • Children$39.00Price per person

  • RIVIERA DEL CONERO

    NATURAL WONDERS

    ANC04

    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 ends with a scenic return drive to Ancona. Please note: A helper to get on/off the coach must accompany wheelchair guests. Wheelchairs must be foldable, as the coach has no ramps or lifts. Once onboard, please contact Excursions Desk staff promptly so they can help make arrangements.
    • 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.

    • Limited seats

    • May involve a limited quantity of steps, uneven surfaces and/or periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Easy

    • Duration
      3:30 h

    • Adults$69.00Price per person

    • Children$49.00Price per person

  • THE “FRASASSI” CAVES

    NATURAL WONDERS

    ANC03

    An approx. 45-min drive through the 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, 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 bringing comfortable shoes and a jacket because temperature inside the caves is around 14 degrees. This tour is not suitable for guests who are claustrophobic, have mobility problems or are in a wheelchair. The visit to St. Vittore Abbey and to the Museum will be unguided.
    • Tasting included

    • Limited seats

    • May involve inclines, steps, uneven surfaces and/or extended periods of standing

      Difficulty Level
      Moderate

    • Duration
      4:30 h

    • Adults$79.00Price per person

    • Children$59.00Price per person

The excursions in the program above are intended to provide MSC Guests with an idea of the different tours that can be arranged in each port of call; this program is merely a guide and confirmation of each excursion and its description and prices will be made during your cruise.
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. The guides are guaranteed in English. Only for South America cruises, the guides are guaranteed in Brazilian Portuguese. Narration in other languages depends on the availability of guides. Please note that the final language of the tour will be confirmed on board during the cruise.

Reach the port

Port of Ancona

This section contains information on how to reach the port.

Cruise Terminal:

Molo Santa Maria

Reach the port by

  • Car

    From the north, take the Ancona Nord motorway exit. Follow the signs for Ancona Port to Via Flaminia. At the end of Via Flaminia follow the signs marked “To car ferries”. Only passengers with cruise tickets are allowed entry to facility 2A for the Cruise Terminal. From the south, take the "Ancona Sud" exit and follow the signs for the Port. Only passengers with cruise tickets are allowed entry to facility 2A for the Cruise Terminal.
    Car

    Parking Information

    FRITTELLI MARITIME GROUP SpA
     
    Tel. +39 071 50211621
     
     
    •  Valet service 
    •  Covered parking 
    • The parking is located inside the port, just a few minutes from the cruise terminal
    Book your parking with MSC

    park_and_cruise_logo

    VEHICLE DAYS RATES
    Car 8 € 90.00
    Suv 8 € 90,00
    Minivan 8 € 100,00
  • Train

    Ancona Centrale station is within walking distance (15 minutes) of the port. You can also travel to the port by bus or taxi (2 minutes, depending on trafffic). 
    A number of trains go to Ancona Marittima port station.
    Train
  • Plane

    The Raffaelo Sanzio airport (www.aeroportodiancona.net) is about 15 kilometres from the port. It is served by taxi and by bus .
    The bus takes you straight to Ancona Centrale railway station.
    Plane

Italy

History, gastronomy and fashion
History, gastronomy and fashion

A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.
 
Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.

 
1.877.665.4655 x
Plan Your MSC Cruise Vacation Today!