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Cruises to Ancona

27 Reviews
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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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Sirena
Sirena

10 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

246 Reviews
Leaving:Istanbul
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Jul 17, 2023
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Seven Seas Voyager

12 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

308 Reviews
Leaving:Athens
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
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Nautica

14 Night
World CruiseDetails

364 Reviews
Leaving:Barcelona
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Aug 25, 2023
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Azamara Journey
Azamara Journey

7 Night
Italy Intensive VoyageDetails

797 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Azamara
Apr 22, 2023
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9 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

308 Reviews
Leaving:Trieste
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
Apr 29, 2023
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10 Night
Italy Intensive VoyageDetails

700 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Azamara
Oct 12, 2023
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

382 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

225 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
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11 Night
Italy Intensive VoyageDetails

34 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jun 17, 2023
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10 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Regent Seven Seas Cruises
May 20, 2024
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6 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

382 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
Apr 8, 2023
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10 Night
Italy Intensive VoyageDetails

117 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jun 19, 2024
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15 Night
World CruiseDetails

364 Reviews
Leaving:Malta
Cruise Line:Oceania Cruises
Sep 1, 2023
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7 Night
Mediterranean - Eastern CruiseDetails

382 Reviews
Leaving:Venice
Cruise Line:MSC Cruises
May 13, 2023
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10 Night
Mediterranean - Western CruiseDetails

51 Reviews
Leaving:Nice
Cruise Line:Ponant
May 29, 2023
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More about Ancona

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
I was expecting Ancona to be a waste of time but it was pleasantly surprising. We walked around easily by ourselves, covering most landmarks before doing a spot of shopping and having a drink at a cafe. The town haRead More
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Kyls74
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 surpriRead More
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KL sailor
Pleasant little place, but the fog came down. In the end we were surprised we managed to sail away.Read More
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Altaj Maroj
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 visitRead More
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