Welcome to the Cruise Port Guide – Messina, Italy. Messina is a town at the north east tip of the island of Sicily, just 2 miles from the toe of the Italian mainland. Strategically placed in the middle of the strait of Messina between Italy’s mainland and island. The strait of Messina has been an extremely valuable body of water for millennia because whoever could control it would could control the trading passage. Messina’s port has therefore been shaped and destroyed by kingdoms and empires that would come and go for centuries. Messina is definitely not the most historical part of Sicily. On December 28, 1908 an earthquake destroyed the town. 2/3rd of the cities inhabitants were killed and the city was nothing more than a pile of dust. Though Messina might be one of the “newer” places on the island, there are places close by that stand witness to the great history the island has to offer. Greek, Roman, Norman, French, Spanish and Italian. Sicily has been a melting pot of different civilisations making it much different from the mainland. Find the most unique places of Italy here.
At the entrance of the port of Messina you will see a golden statue of the Virgin Mary. The words “ Vos et ipsa civitatem benedicimus” means “You will bless this city”. You can reach the statue by walking all around the port or take the boat.
Stele della Madonna della Lettera, Messina
You can already spot this beautiful dome from the ship. It sits on a hill overlooking the town of Messina. This structure from 1937 is a burial site for thousands of Italians killed during World War I. Every day at sunset the large bell rings to commemorate the soldier’s sacrifice.
Sacrario di Cristo Re, Messina
Taormina might just be the most well know town of Sicily. This renowned village is famous for being a tourist town, historic landmark and for its amazing dramatic scenery. It offers the perfect combination for a day out! Reach Taormina by train, taxi or public bus.
The Messina cruise dock is located in front of the city center of Messina. You will find a cruise terminal with plenty facilities at the dock. Read our full Messina cruise port guide here with information about your docking location, transportation options and what to see and do.
Messina cruise dock
Every day at noon the the bell tower of Messina will come alive. This is one of the largest and most complex mechanical clocks in the world. As soon as the clock strikes 12 its lion will start to roar and this will start the 15 minute display depicting the religious history of the city. If you decide to spend your day in town this something you shouldn’t miss.
Piazza Duomo, Messina ME, Italy
The view from the ship might be the best view there is in town. Make sure to snap some pictures on the outside deck!
The Messina cathedral is a one of a kind beautiful structure from 1908. It’s beautiful ornate stonework and frescos are a one of a kind. There are often services at the cathedral. Find the cathedral right in the city centre.
This is the largest active volcano of Europe that has gotten quite a reputation. This world miracle and eye catcher of Sicily offert a rare opportunity to visit an active volcano. Drive or walk one of the many road on the volcano. Because of the distance we recommend to go with a taxi or shore excursion.
At the 2nd most important church in town you will often find a tourist information centre that provides walking maps. Pick one up to get acquainted with the town of Messina! Find the church of the Catalans at a 2 minute walk from the terminal. See map above for its exact location.
Via Garibaldi Giuseppe, 111, 98122 Messina ME, Italy