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.