The cruise port of Messina

Cruise ship pier location in Messina

Messina has a large port with a busy ferry connection across the Strait of Messina to the mainland. At peak times, it is a coming and going of cars, trucks, and passengers. At the docking pier for cruise ships, it is a lot quieter. You will dock in the west of the port, near Via Vittoria Emmanuele II. That is almost in the center of Messina, close to most landmarks. You can  visit the city of Messina or make an excursion to Taormina.

Messina Cruise terminal

The cruise port of Messina is one of the most important in the Mediterranean.

Messina Cruise facts

Language in Messina
The language in Messina is Italian, but on touristic spots you can also use English.

Currency in Messina
The currency in Messina is Euro (€). You can find ATM’s along the city.

Opening times in Messina
Opening times differ a lot around Italy, but generally are as follows:

  • Monday to Saturday
  • from 9.00h - 13.00h
  • and 15.30h - 19.30h

On Sundays and holidays shops are closed. Of course there are exceptions

Landmarks and highlights in Messina

  • Annunziata dei Catalani

    Annunziata dei Catalani is the second important church of Messina. It's dating from the 12th century

  • Duomo of Messina

    Duomo of Messina is a cathedral dating from the 12th century. It's bell tower holds one of the largest astronomical clock in the world

  • Fountain of Orion

    It's a beautiful fountain located in Piazza Duomo. Fontain is dating from 1547 and created by Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli

  • Lighthouse of Messina

    Lighthouse of Messina is dating from 1555 and was built by G. Angelo da Montorsoli

  • Santa Maria degli Alemanni

    It's a church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Santa Maria degli Alemanni is dating from the 13th century.

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Getting around in Messina

It’s easy and cheap to get around Messina. 

Weather in Messina

Messina has a Mediterranean climate with dry hot summers and wet mild winters. The average annual temperature in summer is between 26°C and 31°C and in winter is between 8°C and 14°C


Local shore excursions in and around Messina

You can discover Messina on your own, book a shore excursion through the cruise line company or book a shore excursion from one of our partners. We offer shore excursions at local prices straight from the local companies.

Messina Tourist information

Cruises to Messina

The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to and from Messina:

AIDA, Carnival, Celebrity, Costa, Disney, HAL, Hapag Lloyd, Marella, MSC, NCL, Oceania, Phoenix Reisen, Princess, Royal Caribbean, RSSC, Saga, Star Clippers, Windstar