Messina Cruise

Messina Cruise

Gateway to Sicily

Messina may well be your first sight of Sicily, and – from your MSC holiday cruise ship – it’s a fine one, the glittering town spread up the hillside beyond its sickle-shaped Mediterranean harbour.
On a shore excursion you can discover Messina’s most important monument, the Duomo, which epitomizes the city’s phoenix-like ability to re-create itself from the ashes of its last disaster. It’s the reconstruction of a twelfth-century cathedral erected by Roger II, one of a series of great Norman churches of Sicily that include the sumptuous cathedrals of Palermo and Cefalù. The Duomo’s detached campanile, or bell tower, claims to be the largest astronomical clock in the world, and puts on its best show at noon every day, when a bronze lion (Messina’s ancient emblem) unleashes a mighty roar over the city that can be quite alarming if you’re not expecting it!
Just back from the Duomo, the truncated section of the twelfth-century Chiesa Annunziata dei Catalani squats below pavement level, and is Messina’s only surviving example of Arab/Norman church-building. 

Cruises from / to Messina (Taormina) in 2023

Excursions & Activities Messina (Taormina)

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Mount Etna & Taormina
  • Category: CITY TOUR
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Code: MES11
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Taormina & Beach Tour
  • Category: SEA & SUN
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Code: MES14
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Etna Adventure by "Super Track"
  • Category: SOMETHING SPECIAL
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Code: MES57
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GIARDINI NAXOS BY BOAT: THE WONDERS OF SICILY
  • Category: SEA & SUN
  • Duration: 6.15 hours
  • Code: MES99
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Explore Messina by bike
  • Category: MSC BIKE ADVENTOURS
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Code: MESBK1
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Explore Messina by E-bike
  • Category: MSC BIKE ADVENTOURS
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Code: MESBK2
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TRAVEL TO THE Messina (Taormina) CRUISE TERMINAL

Travelling on the motorway from Palermo (A20) or Catania (A18), take the Messina Boccetta exit and follow the signs for Messina Port, driving along Viale Boccetta and Via Vittorio Emanuele II.

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MESSINA - VALET Parking
 
Address: Terminal Crociere Porto di Messina, Via Vittorio Emanuele 2
Tel: +39 091 334450
  • 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
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Parking rates

VEHICLE DAYS RATES
Car 8 € 75
Suv 8 € 75
VAN 8 € 75

Messina train station is located in Piazza della Repubblica, which is within walking distance of the cruise terminal.

Catania Airport (approximately 1 hour 50 minutes from Messina) is served by Società Autolinee SAIS buses from Piazza della Repubblica. Reggio Calabria Airport is served by Ustica Lines hydrofoils and ATAM shuttle buses (approximately 1 hour by hydrofoil from Messina).