Start planning your cruise by booking your excursions in Ancona and surrounding areas
Ancona, capital of Italy’s picturesque Marche region, is a bustling city overlooking the glittering Adriatic Sea.
This MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination is packed with historical landmarks such as the Roman ruins, Cathedral of Saint Ciriaco, and the Trajan Arch — a Turkish marble icon dating back to 114 A.D. Further inland, the walled city of Urbino stands as a jewel of the Italian Renaissance. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Italy’s best-preserved medieval centres, offering breathtaking views over the valleys.
MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• Osimo Palaces and Museums
• The Imperial Town of Jesi
• The Frasassi Caves
Step back in time on an MSC Cruises excursion to Osimo, a historic and hilly commune located a short distance from Ancona. The old town boasts charming streets, magnificent squares, and an array of notable architecture. Discover the Palazzo Campana, the Cathedral of San Leopardo, and the Piazza Nuova gardens with its panoramic views. Next, sample traditional Marche cuisine in the foyer of La Nuova Fenice — an elegant horseshoe-shaped theatre. Finally, venture underground in the Grotte di Osimo, a labyrinth of caves deep beneath the town. Dating back 2500 years, you’ll be entranced by its mystery and rustic charm.
Don't miss an unforgettable MSC Cruises excursion to the town of Jesi, the birthplace of Emperor Frederick II of Swabia. Take in the town’s architectural splendour while visiting Palazzo Pianetti, an 18th-century Rococo palace. Discover Palazzo Bisaccioni’s art collection, Piazza Colocci square, and the Pergolesi Theatre, a regal opera house. At the Istituto Marchigiano di Enogastronomia, you’re invited to take part in a wine tasting session where you’ll enjoy delicious samples of local food.
Delight in uncommon sights when you book an MSC Cruises excursion to the riverside town of Genga. Experience a guided underground adventure at the extraordinary Frasassi Caves to see stalactites and stalagmites. You’ll visit the Grotta Grande del Vento, a cavern so large it could contain a cathedral! The caves and their dramatic lighting will immerse the whole family in a subterranean otherworld. Back on the surface, visit Fazi Battaglia, an iconic winery founded in 1949. Enjoy a tasting of vintage wines in the gorgeous countryside, served with a delicious buffet.
Excursions & Activities
Reach the Port
Follow the signs marked “To car ferries”. Only passengers with cruise tickets are allowed entry to facility 2A for the Cruise Terminal.
MSC Parking is provided by Frittelli Marittime as a valet service and i'ts located within the port. Parking staff will collect your car dockside, safely store the keys and transfer it to dedicated area. Your car will then be returned dockside at the Cruise Terminal when you disembark. The rate includes insurance coverage.
MSC Parking is bookable online up to 48 hours before your cruise departure. Bookings after the 48 hour deadline can be made directly with the provider, and the same reduced rates will be applied when presenting your cruise travel documents.
- MSC Parking is bookable online up to 48 hours before your cruise departure. Bookings after the 48 hour deadline can be made directly with MSC Parking, and the same reduced rates will be applied when presenting your cruise travel documents
Ancona Centrale station is within walking distance (15 minutes) of the port. To reach the port station you can:
- Take the train
- Take the bus, departing from the airport.
The Ancona Falconara - Raffaelo Sanzio airport (www.aeroportodiancona.net) is about 15 kilometers from the port. You can request an offer of MSC Transfer service through MSC Call Center or your travel agent.
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