A modern trade centre and the charm of the ancient city
Docking with an MSC Cruise in Ancona, one of the oldest natural harbours in the Adriat-ic, will plunge you into the vastness of a 2400-year-old past: from the Greek foundations of the city, dating back to 387 BC, to the present day.
An MSC Mediterranean Cruise will allow you to discover the "Doric city" par excellence. Its singularity is to stand on a curled elbow-shaped promontory (ankón, in Greek), that en-joys both sunsets and sunrises over the sea. A rare natural phenomenon on one of the most evocative coasts of Italy.
One of the MSC Excursions will take you to the Guasco hill, where the medieval Cathe-dral of San Ciriaco, with its white and pink stones, overlooks the city and its gulf. The church in Romanesque style mixes Byzantine and Gothic parts recognisable throughout the Greek-cross layout and three naves decorated with several features such as capitals. The Cathedral is the first sacred monument visible from the port, deliberately standing on the ancient remains of the temple of Aphrodite, the goddess also worshipped as the pro-tector of navigation and seamen.
The beating heart of Ancona is the international port near the historic centre. On another MSC Excursion you will breath-in the atmosphere of an old harbour, where it is possible to walk by the Lanterna Rossa, among the fishing boats and bigger ships, the ferries and the ancient walls of the Mole Vanvitelliana.
For those who wish to reconnect with nature while cruising on the Riviera del Conero, an MSC Excursion will offer breathtaking views of white beaches, solitary coves, pristine caves and bays surrounded by high jagged rocky cliffs covered in Mediterranean scrub. Twenty kilometres between Ancona and Camerano: the ideal framework of these crystal-clear waters and safe sea.