Ancona, Italy

Introduction to Ancona

Enjoy a pleasant day exploring Ancona's modern centre with broad avenues and palm shaded piazzas.

Settled by the Greeks around 375BC, Ancona later became an important Roman port: the Emperor Trajan ordered the building of the harbour walls, as well as the arch which stands at the end of the docks. The old town sits above the bustling modern city, surrounding the city’s most obvious landmark, the 11th century Cathedral of San Ciriaco. The church was founded on the site of a pagan temple – the remains can be seen in the crypt, and there’s a wonderful view of the harbour and bay from its steps.

Elsewhere in the old quarter is a small Art Gallery, housed in the Palazzo Bosdari – one of the oldest buildings in the town – and the regional Archaeological Museum, which has a fine collection of Etruscan vases, Iron Age jewellery and, most notably, gilded bronze Roman statues. Also worth a look is the curious 16th century Calamo Fountain, with a row of 13 masked spouts, all gushing with water.

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TOUR C

ADMIRABLE SAN MARINO (TOUR C)

  •  Discover San Marino, the smallest independent state in the world
  •  Learn more about this territory of no more than 25 square miles which stands in an admirable site on the slopes of Mount Titano
  •  Admire the stone walls, medieval houses and churches, which adorn this colourful town and create a harmonious picture of its heritage
Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - £40.00
DurationApproximately 8 Hours
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
  • Discover San Marino, the smallest independent state in the world
  •  Learn more about this territory of no more than 25 square miles which stands in an admirable  site on the slopes of Mount Titano
  • Admire the stone walls, medieval houses and churches, which adorn this colourful town and create a harmonious picture of its heritage


Discover San Marino, situated on the Italian Peninsula on the northeastern side of the Apennine Mountains.

Travelling northwards along the Adriatic Highway, before leaving the coastal road and covering the short distance inland on the San Marino Highway. Once you enter the St. Francis Gate, you are amidst the historical centre of the city, which is a monument, in itself. During your time here you should, particularly note the stone walls, medieval houses and churches, which adorn this colourful town and create a harmonious picture of its heritage. You will also be able to observe the government building (external view only). Following your guided walking tour you will have time at leisure to browse around the streets and stores of this fascinating retreat and to admire the local ceramics for sale.
 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR THE 2013 CANARIES & MED SEASON.
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: This tour involves extensive walking with some steps to be negotiated. Therefore, this tour is not considered suitable for guests with limited mobility and wheelchair users. Your guide will give an explanation of the main monuments from the outside only. For your reference the transfer time from Ancona to San Marino is approximately two hours.
 


Tour A

ANCONA & RIVIERA DEL CONERO (TOUR A)

  •  Enjoy and Explore Ancona, a natural Amphitheatre
  •  Discover the Heart of the Riviera del conero a place of emotions, desires and passions
Activity Tour
Price£30.00 - 40
DurationApproximately 4 hours
Walking level 1 - minimal or no walkingMinimal or no walking
Free time includedFree time included
  •  Enjoy and Explore Ancona, a natural Amphitheatre
  • Discover the Heart of the Riviera del conero a place of emotions, desires and passions


Ancona is a beautiful Italian city that offers some idyllic sights and settings, just what you would expect from a typical Italian City.

Arriving in the historical city centre, you will first enjoy a visit of the cathedral of Saint Ciriaco, a Romanesque building with a mixture of several arts including a Byzantine, Gothic style majestic porch built in pink stone. You may also catch sight within the old parts of the town, of monuments that are within a few hundred metres. These include the Merchants Lodge, a beautiful 15th century hall for the merchants’ meetings and the Trajan Arch which was erected in AD 115 in honour of the Roman Emperor Trajan who built the port of Ancona. Following your visit of the historical centre you proceed to the Passetto, a panoramic viewpoint, before proceeding to the Riviera del Conero. En-route you enjoy a scenic drive before reaching Portonovo, the perfect place for some great photo opportunities.

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISE HOLIDAYS.
 

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that this tour involves some walking and several steps at the entrance of the Cathedral and at Passetto. Therefore this tour is not recommended to guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users.
 


Tour B

CULTURAL URBINO (TOUR B)

  •  Discover the Historic Centre of Urbino UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  •  independently explore some of the roads, which meander through this historic town
Price£20.00 - £30.00
DurationApproximately 8 Hours
LimitationLimited Capacity
Walking level 3 - extensive walkingExtensive walking
Free time includedFree time included
Shopping time includedShopping time included
  • Discover the Historic Centre of Urbino UNESCO World Heritage Centre
  • independently explore some of the roads, which meander through this historic town


Explore the small town of Urbino, in the Marche, which attracts artists and scholars from all over Italy and beyond.

Arriving in Urbino, you will notice that the town maintains the Medieval and Renaissance aspects of its history and is the seat of a prominent university. You will enjoy a brief walking tour, which will showcase many important monuments, amongst which, the famous Palazzo Ducale of which you shall visit. It also houses the renowned Pinacoteca, the National Gallery of the marches with masterpieces by artists such as Paolo Uccello, Piero della Francesca, Verrocchio, Raphael and Titan, before you are invited to enjoy some time at leisure to perhaps explore independently or simply relax and soak up the atmosphere.
 

DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2013 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES.

Is this tour right for you?

TOUR NOTES: Please note that this tour will involve extensive walking, as Urbino is within an uphill pedestrian area. It is therefore not recommended to guests with limited mobility or wheelchair users. You will be split into groups and will visit Palazzo Ducale at different times, rather than all together, therefore the order of the tour could be reversed for some guests, but the programme will be fully accomplished. The drive from Ancona to Urbino is approximately one hour and 15 minutes.

 


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