Messina, Sicily Cruise Port

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About Messina, Sicily

The setting for Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, Messina has much to offer in the way of history. Its dramatic, boulder-filled harbor has challenged navigators since the days of Ulysses. Try to visit the city's Bell Tower at the stroke of noon--the hour when one of the world's largest and most fanciful mechanical clocks springs into action. Messina's museum is also noteworthy for its Renaissance masterworks.

What people said about this port:

"Taromina was cute, but the greek theatre they went on and on about was definitely a tourist trap." in 9 reviews.

"the drive to mt etna gives you the most scenic panoramas and our guide knew a..." in 24 reviews.

"We hired a taxi which was cheaper and he was a great tour guide." in 5 reviews.


205 reviews and tips of Messina, Sicily




paulneworleans
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
7+ cruises

Messina isn't very exciting, take the train to Taormina, which is a really beautifully situated old town with plenty of shopping, restaurants, great views and more.

Visited: May 27, 2016

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4kstarr
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Family (older children)

Experience:
2-3 cruises

probably one of our favorite places so beautiful and the food there is incredible!

Visited: Apr 16, 2017

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Tstaadt
Contributor Level: Purser

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
7+ cruises

Take the ships excursion bus to Taormina as there isn't much to do in Messina. Taormina is a lovely place.

Visited: Oct 21, 2016

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K.P1
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Couple

Experience:
4-6 cruises

Don't spend any time in Messina. Head directly to Taormina, Castelmola, and Naxos. We took a tour through Sicily Life. Avoid the ship's tours b/c you will feel like a herd of cattle and will be overcharged for the experience. We booked all of our tours independently and it was worth the time spent researching them.

Visited: Sep 09, 2011

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DinaS1
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Family (older children)

Experience:
2-3 cruises

We took the bus to Taormina and returned with the train. Taormina was fabulous! The bus takes you up to old city of Taormina were you have some great views of the beach down and the city is full of narrow streets with shops and plenty of gelato. You can swim down at the beach if you like (there is a Funicular) which can take you down (or up). I recommend you use the train because the bus took us there in 2 hours (too much traffic and many stops) whereas the train took us there in an hour. From the train station, you have to take a bus up to the old city.

Visited: Aug 02, 2008

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SharonM9
Contributor Level: Deck Hand

Traveled As:
Family (young children)

Experience:
4-6 cruises

We did not take a tour with the ship. We hired a taxi which was cheaper and he was a great tour guide. He took us to Taromina, let us shop for a couple of hours and was there to pick us back up. This is a place I would definitely want to go back to.

Visited: Jun 30, 2007

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