Ancona Cruises

Osimo Palaces and Museums
The Imperial Town of Jesi
The Frasassi Caves 

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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.

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    Reach the port

    Port of Ancona

    This section contains information on how to reach the port.

    Cruise Terminal:

    Molo XXIX Settembre

    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.

      Parking Information

      ANCONA - VALET Parking
      Address: Molo XXIX Settembre, Banchina Giovanni Da Chio (Banchina 15) 60121, Ancona 
      Tel. +39 071-50211621
      • 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
      Book your parking with MSC


      Car/Suv 8 € 99
      Van 8 € 110
    • 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.
    • Plane

      The Raffaelo Sanzio airport ( 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.


    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.