Messina Cruise Port Tours

The Messina port, set in the busy port city on the narrow Strait of Messina, is many cruisers’ first taste of Sicily. The closest Sicilian city to mainland Italy and a popular port of call for Mediterranean and European cruises, Messina offers striking architecture, flavorful street food, and easy access to Taormina, Mount Etna, and other Sicilian sights.

The Basics
Messina is rich in history and culture, and bus or Segway tours of the city cover highlights like the 12th-century Duomo with its bell tower and astronomical clock, the Regional Museum of Messina, and the Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani, as well as the nearby Cape of Peloro along the coast. If you want to delve deeper into the island, join a shore excursion to the clifftop town of Taormina, famous for its ancient Greek theater, pretty center, and picturesque coastline. Many Taormina tours also include a stop at the scenic village of Castelmola and Mount Etna, Italy’s largest active volcano. Another popular option is a Cyclops Riviera tour along Sicily’s lush eastern coast, with stops at the fishing hamlets of Acireale and Catania. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Local bus and train services can be unreliable; opt for a shore excursion that includes roundtrip transportation to avoid worrying about making it back to the ship in time.
  • City tours include visits to important chapels and churches, which require modest clothing that covers the shoulders and knees.  
  • Shore excursions, especially those stopping at Mount Etna, include significant stretches of time outdoors and some walking. Bring a hat and sunscreen, and choose comfortable footwear and weather-appropriate clothing.
  • Sicily is famous for its unique cuisine and excellent street food, so be sure to sample some local delicacies while exploring the island.

How to Get to Messina from the Messina Cruise Port
The Messina cruise port sits directly in downtown Messina, so it’s easy to walk straight off the ship and into the Piazza del Duomo, the heart of the historic center. There isn’t much need for taxis, as most of the city’s main sights are within walking distance of one another. If you do choose to go further afield, car rentals and taxis are readily available.
 
Port Information
The language in Messina is Italian, and despite the city’s port status, English is not commonly spoken. The main tourist hubs are a bit more English-friendly. The currency is the euro and ATMs can be found throughout the city. Stop by the Tourism Office at Piazza Stazione for additional information.
Location
Address: Via V Emanuele 11, n 3, Messina, Sicily 98100, Italy
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Messina Shore Excursion: Full-Day Taormina and Castelmola Tour

While your ship is in Messina, see more of Sicily with a 6-hour trip to Taormina. Take a guided tour of this historical city, including a stroll along Corso Umberto, once an ancient Roman street, and a visit to the Greco-Roman Theater. Plus, sample Sicilian delicacies, admire views of Mt. Etna and Giardini-Naxos bay from Castelmola, and on return to Messina, check out this ancient port’s highlights. Port and Taormina pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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Messina Shore Excursion: Acireale, Catania and Cyclops Riviera Day Trip

When your cruise ship docks at the Messina port, set out to discover the Cyclops Riviera on Sicily’s eastern coast. With a private driver, you’ll travel along the picture-perfect Sicilian shores and spend time at the fishing hamlets of Acireale and Catania. Enjoy ample free time to explore each village, and pay visits to their key landmarks: Acireale’s Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and the Corso Umberto, and Catania’s Roman baths and theater are just a few of the sites worth seeing.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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Messina Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Taormina and Mt Etna

Wondering what to do while your boat is docked in Messina? Why not head out on a day-long shore excursion to see what Taormina has to offer? And while you’re at it, see Mt Etna, too. Relax as a private driver chauffeurs you along the scenic Sicily coastline, and take some free time to explore the area around Mt Etna — the island’s famously fiery volcano. Later, savor an alfresco lunch in Taormina and see Palazzo Corvaja among other local sights.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Taormina Shore Excursion from Messina

Make the most of your shore excursion with this 4-hour tour of the historic seaside resort of Taormina from Messina. See the beautiful cathedral and spectacular Greek Theater. Enjoy views over the Ionian Sea and Giardini Naxos Bay. Admire Mt. Etna looming over everything. Get a brief tour of Messina before returning to port.
  • Duration: 4 hours
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$63.29 USD
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  • Duration: 4 hours
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Messina Shore Excursion: City Segway Tour

Explore Messina’s top attractions while in port in Sicily on this 3-hour Segway tour. Led by an expert guide, see the Messina Duomo, the Arab-Norman architecture of the Church of Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani and the Neo-Classical palaces that line the bustling squares. Learn about the earthquake that rocked the city in 1908 from your guide, as well as the story behind the area's reconstruction. After three hours of sightseeing, you will return to your cruise port.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$113.93 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Messina Shore Excursion: Messina City Tour with Regional Museum Visit

Make the most of your time in Messina, considered the coastal jewel of northern Sicily, on a 6-hour shore excursion ideal for first-time visitors. Tick off top Messina attractions including the Annunziarta dei Catalani Church, home to the famous Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico), and the Church of Christ the King. Plus, you’ll also visit the Museo Regionale Interdisciplinare (Regional Museum). Port pickup and drop-off are included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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$67.90 USD
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Messina Shore Excursion: City Tour with Museum of Ancient Weapons

Explore Sicily’s northeastern port of Messina on this 6-hour shore excursion and tour. With a guide, see top attractions including Messina Cathedral, the 12th-century Church of the Catalans, Sanctuary of Christ the King, and Church of Montalto. Sample Sicilian culinary specialities, drive along the coast for views of the UNESCO-listed Cape of Peloro, and choose to visit Messina’s Museum of Ancient and Rare Weapons. Entrance fees, plus port and central Messina pickup and drop-off included.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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  • Duration: 6 hours
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