The port of Ancona is the gateway to discover Marche region and Central Italy. The port is located in the natural harbour where the Doric sailors landed 24 centuries ago. 

The ruins of the Roman port, the Trajan arch, the medieval walls and the buildings designed by the Vanvitelli give evidence to the history of this port as “gate to the East” and strong part of the town identity.

Nowadays Ancona is the terminal of relevant ferry traffic flows, with terminals for Schengen and extra Schengen destinations. The port statistics register more than 1 million passengers per year. The port has good connections with the railways station of Ancona (served by high speed trains to the main Italian destinations) and the Marche airport served by several flights per day to the hubs of Rome and Munich, plus other European destinations. Road connections are also efficient and several parkings are available in the port surrounding area. Car valet service is available to/from the port for long staying customers.  The port offers a full range of efficient and cost-effective services for ships, passengers and travel operators. 

The port is part of the town of Ancona. In a short walk from the berth, the passengers are welcomed by the genuine atmosphere of a town that is valorising its tourist potential, still to be discovered by the mass tourism. Ancona is surrounded by the sea, and is one of the few places where, believe it or not, you will see the sunshine and the sunset at the sea! The town offers several attractions for culture, shopping, leisure, nature and landscape. 

Ancona has 100.000 inhabitants and is the capital of Marche region, a territory rich of history, and extremely various: mountains, hills, and beaches are concentrated in a relatively small territory characterized by a culture made of quality of life, respect for the environment, beauty and solid entrepreneurship tradition. The most famous attractions include the system of caves of Frasassi, the town centre of Urbino, UNESCO World heritage site, and the Conero natural park. Many other sites wait to be discovered.

The Marche region has also a strong tradition in food and a solid reputation in winery with worldwide well known products.

For 2019, there will be an increase of nearly 10,000 cruise passengers to the port of Ancona, totalling 77,000 guestsw hich is an increase of 15%.


Tourist attractions, venues and activities:

At a walking distance from the port, the town centre of Ancona offers several opportunities to enjoy your time: a relevant heritage made of churches, old streets, monuments and Roman ruins waits to be discovered. The National Archaeological Museum of Marche provides a full immersion in the history of this region, to discover its role of gate to the East since the beginning of history. The Gallery of Ancona has been recently restored and opened, with masterpieces of Italian and European painters. The town centre has also many shops, handicrafts laboratories and nice squares with different bars and restaurants to taste local products. Ancona is built between the hills. The Saint Ciriaco Cathedral, built on the ruins of pre-Christian temples, offers a wonderful view on the port and on the town. The hill behind is a wide peaceful park falling with beautiful promenades to be discovered.

Sample Shore Excursions

  • Ancona city centre and beach
  • Conero riviera and natural park
  • Jesi historical city centre and vineyards
  • Frasassi caves
  • Urbino ancient city centre (UNESCO World Heritage Site)
Tourist Information
Local Population 100.000
Time (GMT+/-): +1
First language:
Second language: English
Banking hours (morning): From 08:30 to 13:30
Banking hours (afternoon): From 14:45 to 15:45
Credit cards:  
Accepts Travellers Cheques:  
Shopping hours (morning): From 09:00
Shopping hours (afternoon): From 15:30
Public holidays: NATIONAL HOLIDAYS PLUS 4TH MAY (many shops open anyway)
Shops are open on Saturdays: Yes
Shops are open on Sundays: Often
Tourist office details
Name: IAT - Tourist office
Address: Banchina Nazario sauro
Tel. No.: +39335 1475454
Fax No.:  
Website: link

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