An ancient natural promontory

A pink and white Cathedral
The atmosphere of the port
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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.

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    Reach the port

    Port of Ancona

    This section contains information on how to reach the port.

    Cruise Terminal:

    Molo XXIX Settembre

    Reach the port by

    • Car

      From the north, take the Ancona Nord motorway exit. Follow the signs for Ancona Port to Via Flaminia. At the end of Via Flaminia follow the signs marked “To car ferries”. Only passengers with cruise tickets are allowed entry to facility 2A for the Cruise Terminal. From the south, take the "Ancona Sud" exit and follow the signs for the Port. Only passengers with cruise tickets are allowed entry to facility 2A for the Cruise Terminal.

      Parking Information

      ANCONA - VALET Parking
      Address: Molo XXIX Settembre, Banchina Giovanni Da Chio (Banchina 15) 60121, Ancona 
      Tel. +39 071-50211621
      • MSC Parking is bookable online up to 48 hours before your cruise departure. Bookings after the 48 hour deadline can be made directly with MSC Parking, and the same reduced rates will be applied when presenting your cruise travel documents
      Book your parking with MSC


      Car/Suv 8 € 109
      Van 8 € 120
    • Train

      Ancona Centrale station is within walking distance (15 minutes) of the port. You can also travel to the port by bus or taxi (2 minutes, depending on trafffic). 
      A number of trains go to Ancona Marittima port station.
    • Plane

      The Raffaelo Sanzio airport ( is about 15 kilometres from the port. It is served by taxi and by bus .
      The bus takes you straight to Ancona Centrale railway station.