The gateway of Sicily

The symbol of the city: The Cathedral 
The energy of Mount Etna
The Greek-Roman Theater of Taormina

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Gateway to Sicily

Messina is the "Gate of Sicily”. Entering the homonymous Strait on an MSC cruise and leaving the "Continent" behind, is like travelling into a new land, abundant in history, art and culture, the result of the fruitful passage of different peoples.

An MSC Mediterranean Cruise will take you to visit a great, energetic city that, following numerous historical events and major natural disasters has, over time, managed to re-store entire neighbourhoods and elements of its historical heritage that appeared forever lost.

An MSC Excursion will take you to the Messina Cathedral, the undisputed symbol of the city cherished by all its residents. The restoration of the Norman-style cathedral that hon-ours Santa Maria Assunta has brought to light some of the oldest features, giving visitors a spectacle of the interior frescoes, paintings, but most importantly the second largest or-gan in Italy. The bell tower holds the most complex mechanical-astronomical clock in the world.

Around Messina, there are several more attractions to discover. The first and most spec-tacular is undoubtedly Mount Etna. Another MSC Excursion will take you to the slopes of Europe's largest active volcano with its 40 km of external diameter and over 3300 m of alti-tude. Etna is inserted in a vast natural park with a scenery that will display an almost lu-nar landscape, transformed over the centuries by the continuous eruptions of its four cra-ters.

You will be able to relive the glories of the ancient Greek-Roman Theatre of Taormina, another attraction to be discovered thanks to an MSC Excursion. Built during the 3rd cen-tury BC on the summit of Monte Tauro, in addition to the spectacular view of the Ionian, the Calabrian and Sicilian coasts, and the omnipresent Mount Etna, it has perfect acous-tics and a capacity of 4,500 seats on a flight of steps carved into the rock. A unique building that still holds significant international events.

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    Port of Messina

    This section contains information on how to reach the port.

    Cruise Terminal:

    Via Vittorio Emanuele, 2

    Reach the port by

    • Car

      Travelling on the motorway from Palermo (A20) or Catania (A18), take the Messina Boccetta exit and follow the signs for Messina Port, driving along Viale Boccetta and Via Vittorio Emanuele II.

      Parking Information

      MESSINA - VALET Parking
      Address: Terminal Crociere Porto di Messina, Via Vittorio Emanuele 2
      Tel: +39 091 334450
      Car 8 € 75
      Suv 8 € 75
      VAN 8 € 75
    • Train

      Messina train station is located in Piazza della Repubblica, which is within walking distance of the cruise terminal.
    • Plane

      Catania Airport (approximately 1 hour 50 minutes from Messina) is served by Società Autolinee SAIS buses from Piazza della Repubblica. Reggio Calabria Airport is served by Ustica Lines hydrofoils and ATAM shuttle buses (approximately 1 hour by hydrofoil from Messina).


    History, gastronomy and fashion
    History, gastronomy and fashion

    A cruise to Italy is an emotional roller coaster. Rome is a tremendous city quite unlike any other, and in terms of historical sights outstrips everywhere else in the country by some way.
    Liguria, the small coastal province along the north-west coast, has long been known as the “Italian Riviera” and is accordingly crowded with sun-seekers for much of the summer.
    In Veneto the main focus of interest is, of course, Venice: a unique city, and every bit as beautiful as its reputation would suggest. Tuscany in central Italy represents perhaps the most commonly perceived image of the country, with its classic rolling countryside and the art-packed towns of Florence and Pisa.

    The south proper begins with the region of Campania. Its capital, Naples, is a unique, unforgettable city, the spiritual heart of the Italian south. Puglia, the “heel” of Italy, has underrated pleasures, too, notably the landscape of its Gargano peninsula and the souk-like qualities of its capital, Bari.

    As for Sicily, the island is really a place apart, with a wide mixture of attractions ranging from some of the finest preserved Hellenistic treasures in Europe, to a couple of Italy’s most appealing Mediterranean beach resorts in Taormina and Cefalù, not to mention some gorgeous upland scenery.