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.
The cruise port of Messina is one of the most important in the Mediterranean.
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
Duomo of Messina
Doumo of Messina is a cathedral dating from the 12th century. It's bell tower holds one of the largest astronomical cock 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
Annunziata dei Catalani
Annunziata dei Catalani is the second important church of Messina. It's dating from the 12th century
Santa Maria degli Alemanni
It's a church dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Santa Maria degli Alemanni is dating from the 13th century.
Lighthouse of Messina
Lighthouse of Messina is dating from 1555 and was built by G. Angelo da Montorsoli
It’s easy and cheap to get around 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
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.
Excursions in Taormina
Excursions in Messina
The official website of Messina
The following cruise lines offer itineraries and schedules to Messina: