Port of Ancona is situated on the Adriatic coast of central Italy. A short walk takes travelers to the central streets of the town, where they will find plenty of typical Italian street markets and shops. The historic features of Ancona are well-signposted and easy to locate, although it's worth considering that the cathedral is a 10 minute walk up a hill with lots of steps.
The appearance of Ancona has changed a lot since World War II due to bomb damage and subsequent earthquakes. However, it still houses monuments of interest like the Cathedral remodelled in Romanesque style in the 12th and 13th centuries with evident Byzantine influence. Notable landmarks of the town, restored since World War II, include the marble Arch of Trajan (115) and 11th century Church of Santa Maria della Piazza, as well as the Cathedral of San Ciriaco, which is supposed to occupy a site of a Roman temple of Venus and also incorporates remains of a 5th century basilica. Ancona has a lot of fine Gothic buildings: it is the site of National Museum of Marche and Piazza del Plebiscito - the favourite meeting point of the city.
Founded by Syracusan colonists in around 390 BC, it was conquered by Rome in the second century BC and became a thriving port. Attacked by Lombards, Saracens and Goths, Ancona declined but recovered importance in the Middle Ages. In 1532 the town came under direct papal rule which lasted until 1860 when Ancona became part of Italy.
Ancona cruise port news
Ancona port welcomed its largest ever (home-ported) cruise ship - MSC Sinfonia - in June 2016. MSC Cruises announced the Sinfonia's 2016 Ancona deploynment in the summer of 2015. Since then, the Port Authority developed all technical solutions for docking the vessel (length 276 m / 906 ft) at the port's wharf (length 200 m / 656 ft). Ancona was chosen by MSC due to its strategic position for regular calls on Adriatic Sea cruise ports. In 2016, the port had scheduled a total of 34 ship visits (16 of which from MSC Sinfonia) with a total of around 40,000 passengers. Disembarking passengers can enjoy as tourism attractions the city's medieval architecture and museums.
- For other Ancona port related news see at the "News" section above (located to the right of the "Schedule" button).
Highlights: Cathedral, Aspiu Spa, Arch of Traian
Ancona cruise terminal
Cruise ships to Ancona dock at "29 Settembre Pier". From the pier, the city centre is just across the street. The "old port" is convenient for transit ship calls as cruise passengers disembark the vessel directly in a central-located area.
- There are plans for building a new port infrastructure for accommodating larger cruise ships. These plans also include building a new (longer) wharf and a cruise terminal (building).
The Ancona cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Ancona, Italy.
If you lose the Ancona location on the map, simply reload the page (also with F5 button). This feature is integrated with the CruiseMapper's cruise ship tracker tracking the vessels' current positions at sea and in ports.
Port Ancona cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Ancona, Italy. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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20 April, 2017
The 4th in a series of 6 newbuilds for Viking Ocean Cruises was floated out yesterday at Fincantieri's Ancona yard. Interior outfitting of...December 16, 2016
The second of three units for Viking Ocean Cruises, Viking Sea, currently being built by Fincantieri, was launched today in Ancona. The ship is...June 25, 2015