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Urbino (Ancona), Italy-port

Discover the Renaissance spirit in Urbino, with its towering city walls built according to designs by Leonardo daVinci. Visit the Ducal Palace, the architectural masterpiece, which has stood for over 500 years in the Piazza Duca Frederico. Browse through the bookstore then stroll to Raphael’s House, birthplace of the great painter. Galleries and shops invite exploration: look for simple glazed white ware ceramics unique to Urbino, fine leather goods, wines, locally made cheese and smoked meats. View the incredible frescoes of Saint John the Baptist in the Oratorio di San Giovanni. Take lunch in an outdoor café, enjoying dishes made with locally harvested truffles, fresh cheese, prosciutto and homemade pasta. Enjoy an after lunch espresso and gelato in this vibrant cultural center set high amid the Appenines.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Ancona & Riviera Del Conero
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Cultural Urbino
    Light Activity /Walking

Ancona & Riviera Del Conero

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 hours

Tour Code: AOI-001

Situated along the lovely shores of the Adriatic Sea, Ancona is the principle city in the Marche Region of Italy. Founded in the 4th century B.C., the city still retains several ancient monuments and buildings from its colorful past. Today, the city not only serves as a busy seaport, offering regular ferry service to Croatia and Greece, but is also widely known for its production of accordions, electric organs and guitars.

Your tour begins with a short drive to the center of town, passing some of Ancona's most notable monuments such as the Merchants Lodge, a beautiful 15th century hall used for merchants' meetings and the Trajan Arch. Erected in 115 A.D., the Arch was built in honor of the Roman Emperor Trajan, the emperor who was responsible for the building of the port of Ancona. Situated on a rise overlooking the city is your first stop, the Cathedral of Saint Ciriaco, an impressive and elegant Romanesque building constructed in a mixture of design styles, including Byzantine and Gothic. Once inside the cathedral, you'll find a palaeo-Christian crypt, columns attributed to the Temple of Venus and artwork from the 12th century.

Leaving the cathedral, you'll travel back downhill on foot, continuing your city tour by passing other monuments such as the Palace of the Government, built in the 15th century; the elegant Pope Square and the main street, Corso Mazzini, which originally was a river.

After seeing the city's historical center, you'll next travel to the Passetto, the memorial to the victims of World War I that offers lovely views over the city. From here, it's onward to the Riviera del Conero, a gorgeous resort area that is home to attractive beaches, reefs, coves and coastal cliffs. Before returning to the pier, a final stop is made in Portonovo, a wonderful seaside area that is a perfect location for a photo stop.

Please note: This tour consists of approximately 2 1/2 hours of moderate walking which includes some uneven surfaces and steps to negotiate. This tour is not recommended for wheelchair guests and those guests with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability and stamina. Lightweight clothing, caps and flat, comfortable walking shoes are suggested. The order of sights visited may vary.