Ancona

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

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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

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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
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    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.