Messina (Sicily)

Italy

Cruises To Sicily

The third largest city on the island of Sicily, Messina welcomes cruise ship visitors with its lovely harbor, 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
      Organized Shore Excursions for Taormina, Sicilian Vineyard, Godfather tour, Mount Etna and more! Pier to Downtown is about 300 meters 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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      SHIPS THAT SAIL HERE

Sicily TOP EXCURSIONS

A Variety of Choices

We know the destinations you'll be visiting and what there is to see, do and experience. We offer you a variety of excursions to choose from, in every port you'll visit.

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Taormina & Mount Etna

Start with a brief introductory drive through Messina on your way to enchanting Taormina, a town with a medieval charact...

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Savoca & Forza D'agro: 'The Godfather' Tour

After a short sightseeing tour of Messina, drive to Savoca, a village whose scenic beauty and artistic heritage makes it...

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Lava Flow Visit & Jewelry Workshop

See the now-hardened wall of lava from a volcanic eruption that almost engulfed the town of Zafferana in 1992, and then ...

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Highlights of Taormina

Delight in the medieval character of Taormina while strolling its atmospheric streets and admiring landmarks such the Gr...

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