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Cruises to Ancona

Ancona (Photo: Buffy1982/Shutterstock.com)
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About Ancona

You've likely heard of the Italian Riviera, which stretches into Italy past Monaco; and the Amalfi Coast, which includes famous hotspots such as Capri, Sorrento and Positano. And you definitely know about the gorgeous hilltop towns and vineyards of Tuscany and Umbria.

But chances are, you've never heard of Riveria del Conero on the Adriatic Sea, anchored by Ancona. Or Italy's Marche region, which also has medieval towns, Roman ruins, local cuisine and wine, and fabulous scenery. Both have remained off the main tourist path, yet have plenty to offer, particularly if you've already been to Italy several times.

The largest city in Marche, Ancona has a long history as a port. Founded by the Greeks in 387 BC, it was an important holding by the Romans and Byzantine Empire and had enough strength to become its own maritime republic before becoming a Papal State. It was also an important Italian base in World War I and World War II.

Today, Ancona is still a busy seaport, with ferries leaving regularly for Greece and Croatia (which are within sight distance). It's a port stop for smaller cruise ships from lines such as Regent Seven Seas and Oceania Cruises; other lines such as Princess might do one-off stops, too. Mediterranean cruise line MSC uses Ancona as an embarkation port, while many cruise ships get their start here -- literally -- as Italian shipbuilding powerhouse Fincantieri has a shipyard in the region.

While Ancona itself doesn't look too pretty at first glance, it's the perfect jumping-off point to explore the medieval town of Urbino, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's the birthplace of the artist Raphael; the natural beaches of Riviera del Conero; or nearby cities such as Assisi, Jesi or Loreto, a pilgrimage city. Or, you can just stay in town and do a walking tour of the local cathedral (which has mummified relics) and piazza, where the traditional pleasures of gelato, espresso or an Aperol spritz are close at hand.

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7 Night
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Why go to Ancona?

Pros:

Jumping-off point for excursions through Italy's Marche, Ancona also has in-town historical sights

Cons:

With a port town vibe, Ancona isn't very pretty at first glance

Bottom Line:

A great base to explore a less-touristy region of Italy

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

Italy uses the euro. There are ATMs in the town square, and most stores and cafes take international credit cards.

Language?

Italian, but most shop and restaurant workers in the hospitality industry speak English.


Ancona Cruise Reviews

MSC Sinfonia
KL sailor
Sail Date: Sep 2019
We knew noting of Ancona but enjoyed walking through the old town and up to the cathedral. Plus there are ruins of a Roman amphitheater. A delightful lunch meant that we thoroughly enjoyed Ancona - a hidden... Read More
MSC Sinfonia
bradley.rink
Sail Date: Jun 2018
Ancona felt like the most 'normal' place on our itinerary: a port city with history, charm and some sense of everyday life beyond tourism.... Read More
Spirit Of Discovery
Altaj Maroj
Sail Date: Jan 2020
Pleasant little place, but the fog came down. In the end we were surprised we managed to sail away.... Read More
MSC Sinfonia
agibbs
Sail Date: Nov 2019
Easy to get off the boat, we just did the easy walk and a spot of shopping. A lovely lunch at Trattoria da Irma by the terminal, well worth a visit... Read More
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