Messina (Sicily)

Italy

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Messina (Sicily), Italy

The third largest city on the island of Sicily, Messina welcomes cruise ship visitors with its lovely harbour, extraordinary architecture (much of which miraculously survived a horrendous earthquake and tidal wave in 1908) and wonderful food. Stroll through Messina's Piazza Cairoli taking in magnificent fountains and cathedrals, or sip Marsala wine at a sidewalk cafe. Explore more of Messina on a European cruise!

What you NEED TO KNOW

  • Port Name & Location
    Messina
    Ship will DOCK at this port.
  • Time Zone
    CET (Central Europe Time)
    UTC/GMT +2 hours
  • Language
    The local language is Italian. Say "excuse me. do you speak English?" in Italian: "Scusi. parla inglese?"
  • Currency & Shopping
    European Currency (EUR)
    Leather goods, native crafts, souvenirs and designer clothing.
    • Best Way to Get Around
      Organised Shore Excursions for Taormina, Sicilian Vineyard, Godfather tour, Mount Etna and more! Pier to Downtown is about 300 metres walking distance. Taxis are available.
    • Famous For
      Messina, the third biggest city in Sicily, includes sights such as the Cathedral and the Piazza del Duomo, Fontana di Nettuno and the Fort of San Salvatore.
    • Fun Fact #1
      In 2004, strange and unexplained events including spontaneous fires in [unplugged] appliances sparked a panic that locals attribute to "poltergeists."
    • Fun Fact #2
      The city was recently ranked by Forbes among the top five cities in the world with great street food. It was also elected the European Capital of Street Food.

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