Cruise Port Atlas | Ancona, Italy Day Trips | Attractions

Ancona, Italy Day Trips | Attractions

With limited time in port, planning is the best way to make the most of your time. Should you strike out on your own? Should you hire a local guide? Or should you book a shore excursion offered by the cruise line or an international tour company? Below we have listed the attractions and activities that many other cruisers have enjoyed. This information should help you plan.

The advantage to cruise line tours is that they are timed for your visit and give you flexibility to change your mind after your trip begins. The advantage of using a large international firm is that tours are often less expensive than cruise sponsored tours. The advantage to using a local tour company or guide is that prices can be significantly lower or you may be able to get a customized trip just to see the attractions that interest you most.

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Cruise lines that visit Ancona: Seabourn, Costa, MSC Cruises

Key Attractions: Cathedral of San Ciriaco, Arch of Trajan, Lazzaretto, San Francesco Church, Urbino Ducal Palace, National Gallery of Marche, Urbino Duomo, Albornoz Fortress, Majolica Pottery, San Marino, Three Towers, Basilica San Marinus, Monte Conero Regional Park, Portonovo, Mezzavalle Beach, San Michele Beach, Sirolo, Numana, Rimini Beach, Augustus Arch, Tiberius Bridge, Malatesta Temple, Sigismondo Castle, Federico Fellini Perugia, Cathedral of San Lorenzo, Maggiore Fountain, Palazzo del Priori, Basilica of San Domenico, Perugia Etruscan Archaeological Museum

Ancona Attractions

Port to Cathedral - 1.7 KM, 5 minutes, 18 minute walk (uphill)
Port to Trajan's Arch - 1.3 KM, 3 minutes, 13 minute walk
Port to Cathedral - 0.8 KM, 2 minutes, 8 minute walk
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Ancona is the ancient port for the region known as La Marche and has some lovely attractions that do not require you to travel outside the city. Built to honor the creation of the port by the Emperor, the Arch of Trajan is north of where cruise ships dock just under the Cathedral. The city's Cathedral of San Ciriaco offers a great view of the harbor. Primarily Romanesque and completed in the late 12th century, it also blends Gothic and Byzantine elements which were added in later centuries. The early 14th century St. Francis Church of the Stairs has a beautiful doorway in a Gothic style. Southwest of the cruise berth is the pentagonal Lazzaretto (also known as Mole Vanvitelliana), the military headquarters during the early 18th century which now features cultural exhibits. The city has a very nice collection of art, including Titian and a floor for modern masters at the Pinacoteca Civica, within walking distance of the port.



Photo of Ancona Port Panorama by Giacomus


Port to Urbino - 100 KM, 1 hour 25 minutes
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From a small river town in Roman times Urbino grew into a regional power during the Renaissance under the leadership of Federico da Montefeltro. He and his family built the massive hilltop Ducal Palace where you can experience the opulence of the lifestyle of the dukes. Within the Palace is an art museum that contains one of Italy's finest collections of Renaissance art. Adjacent to the Palace is the Duomo, built and rebuilt until it took its current Neo-classical form. Overlooking the city is the Albornoz Fortress, which is connected to the historic city walls that surround a park. There are several other important churches of different eras and other smaller palaces as well. The city is well-known for its colorful majolica pottery and tiles. The renowned Renaissance painter Raphael was born in Urbino and his family home is now a museum.



Photo of Urbino Palazzo by Il conte di Luna

San Marino

Port to Attraction - 120 kilometers, 1 hour 30 minutes
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San Marino is one of the world's smallest countries and, like Vatican City, is completely surrounded by Italy. Built on the peak and slopes of Mount Titano, this wealthy little nation offers some beautiful and historic sites which include the three historic defensive towers along the ridge of the mountain, the walled old city and capital (also known as San Marino) and the Neo-classical Basilica San Marinus. Most guests take home a little something from the world's oldest continuous republic, especially a coin or stamp.



Photo of San Marino Tower by Tetraktys

Monte Conero Park and Beaches

Port to Mezzavalle Beach - 11 KM, 19 minutes
Port to Portonovo - 14 KM, 25 minutes
Port to Sirolo and Numana - 22 KM, 35 minutes
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Monte Conero Regional Park is immediately to the south of Ancona and is a protected nature reserve with dramatic cliff backed beach areas. The park offers nature lovers the opportunity to hike 18 trails of various length and difficulty and view the appealing flora and fauna of the mountain including the strawberry tree from which it got its name (in Greek). The large beach at Mezzavalle is long and unspoiled. At the southern end of Mezzavalle is the resort area of Portonovo which has several beach areas, including San Michele Beach. The small historic towns of Sirolo and Numana offer some historic sites but also support dramatic beaches, many awarded blue flags for water quality and tourist facilities.



Photo of Numana and Beach by Roby Ferrery from Numana, Photo of Monte Conero View by gaspa


Port to Rimini - 106 KM, 1 hour 10 minutes
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Rimini is one of Italy's top beach resort destinations with a 15 kilometer long sandy beach and offers all the amenities and activities the beach lover could want, including amusement parks for children and clubs for party-loving adults. Besides the beach, Rimini is also an historic city with sites going back to the Roman era, such as the amphitheater, the Arch of Augustus, and Tiberius Bridge. The most famous church in Rimini is the Malatesta Temple, named for the leading family and for the leader who commissioned it - Sigismondo, known as the Wolf of Rimini. The Sigismondo Castle is now used as a museum. The famous Italian movie director, Fellini, was born in Rimini and tours are available that feature sites from his life and films.



Photo of Rimini Waterfront by Rimini City, Photo of Tiberius Bridge by Heiko Trurnit


Port to Perugia - 130 KM, 2 hours
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Perugia is the capital of the landlocked region of Umbria, popular with tourists seeking rural splendor without the crowds that have flocked to Tuscany. Perugia is located adjacent to Rome's Tiber River and situated on a high hill and the surrounding valleys. It is an important university town with close to 25% of the population attending local institutions, especially the University of Perugia. As with many collegiate cities, it is known also for its artistic heritage. Historic sites in the city go back to the Etruscan Gate (3rd century BC) and include Paleo-Christian churches. Three of the city's most famous sites - the Cathedral of San Lorenzo, the Palazzo del Priori (considered a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture), and the Maggiore Fountainare are located on the city's main square, Piazza IV Novembre - dating from the late Medieval and Renaissance eras. The Basilica of San Domenico is a late Gothic structure with baroque alterations that is adjacent to the Etruscan Archaeological Museum. Corso Vannucci offers great shops and restaurants on a pedestrian-only street.



Photo of Medieval Aquaduct by scudsone

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