Cruise Port Atlas | Messina (Sicily), Italy Map | Location

Messina (Sicily), Italy Port | Map | Locations

Cruise lines that visit Messina: Windstar, Regent Seven Seas, Seabourn, Silversea, Celebrity, Cunard, Holland America, Princess, Costa, MSC Cruises, Royal Caribbean

Recommended Attractions: Duomo, Messina Regional Museum, Annunziata dei Catalani, Taormina, Greek Theater, Ganzirri Beach, Tindari Beach, Naxos beaches, Mt. Etna, Catania, Acireale, Cefalu, Peloritani Mountains, Aeolian Islands, Milazzo, Tindari, Castiglione, Castroreale

Because of its strategic location at the straits of Messina, the city has an important history that begins with the arrival of Greeks in the 8th century BCE. Richard the Lionhearted spent the winter of 1190-91 in Messina on his way to Palestine to lead the Third Crusade. When the local, mostly Greek Orthodox, population protested his army's presence, Richard nearly destroyed the city and allowed his army to loot what remained. Despite this event, plus World War II's destruction and several massive earthquakes, the city has retained and sometimes restored its most important churches and other monuments. Messina is also a great entry point for day trips and activities for people of all interests. To see stunning cliff-top sea views and one of the most beautiful of all Greek-Roman theaters, travel to Taormina. The small hilltop town of Cefalu features a Norman Church with massive frescoes from around the time that Richard visited the island. The unique Sicilian baroque buildings have their most renowned examples in Catania and Acireale. For those interested in volcanoes, there is the famous Mount Etna, which continues to erupt and smoke. And there are some of Italy's finest beaches within easy driving distance.

Local Currency: Euro

Primary Language: Italian

Secondary Languages: Sicilian dialect

Visa requirements: American and Canadian tourists do not need a visa.

Photo of Straits of Messina by Dedda71

Geography and Population

Messina is strategically located on the island of Sicily just 3 miles across the Straits of Messina from mainland Italy.  It is the 3rd largest city in Italy with a population of just under 250,000.

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How Far?

Italian taxis can be expensive if you are traveling any distance, so companies that offer private or bus transfers and tours are often a better value.

From To Distance Average Time Local Currency Fare
Messina Cruise Terminal Airport (includes ferry to Reggio Calabria) 28 KM 1 hour  
Messina Cruise Terminal Cathedral 1 KM 6 minutes or 6 minute walk  
Messina Cruise Terminal Regional Museum 3 KM 6 minutes  
Messina Cruise Terminal Taormina 53 KM 50 minutes  
Messina Cruise Terminal Acireale 85 KM 70 minutes  
Messina Cruise Terminal Catania 97 KM 1 hour 20 minutes  
Messina Cruise Terminal Mt. Etna 105 KM 1 hour 40 minutes  
Messina Cruise Terminal Cefalu 167 KM 1 hour 50 minutes  
Messina Cruise Terminal Peloritani Mountains 12 KM 25 minutes  
Messina Cruise Terminal Tindari 60 KM 50 minutes  
Messina Cruise Terminal Aeolian Islands (via ferry from Milazzo) 78 KM 1 hour 50 minutes  
Messina Cruise Terminal Castiglioni 80 KM 1 hour 15 minutes  
Messina Cruise Terminal Castroreale 53 KM 55 minutes  
Messina Cruise Terminal Milazzo 40 KM 45 minutes  

Local Services - Addresses

Hospital

Messina Hospital, Viale Europa, 161-163, 98124 Messina, 3 KM, 10 minutes

Nearby Banks and ATMs

Banca D'Italia, Piazza Felice Cavallotti, 1, 98122 Messina, 1/2 KM, 5 minute walk
Banca Nuova S.P.A., Via Cristoforo Colombo, 2, 98122 Messina, 1/2 KM, 6 minute walk, next to Duomo

Post Office

Poste Impresa Poste Italiane Spa, Via San Giacomo, 11, 98122 Messina, 3 minute walk

Port and Berths

Cruise Ship Berths

Vespri-Colapesce Berth
Marconi Berth
Settebre Berth

Port Address

Banchina Marconi, 98122 Messina

Photo of Messina Cathedral by Pinodario