Taormina and Monte Etna Cruises via Messina

Taormina’s Greco-Roman Theatre
Mount Etna 

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Marvellous Messina, sitting pretty on Sicily’s Ionian Coast, is the ultimate Italian treat. This MSC Mediterranean Cruises destination is noted for its natural beauty and historical sites, including cathedrals, monuments, and museums. Travel south to see stunning sea towns and villages, such as Taormina or visit the famed Mount Etna, an active volcano and a focal point in Greek Mythology.

MSC Cruises excursions offer plenty of exciting things to see including:
• Taormina’s Greco-Roman Theatre
• Mount Etna 
• Messina
Overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea and set against the dramatic backdrop of Mount Etna, Taormina is Sicily's sparkling crown jewel. Visit this historical hilltop town on an MSC Cruises excursion and enjoy a day of extraordinary architecture and breathtaking views. Stop by the classical Greek-Roman theatre, the Medieval Corvaia Palace, and the ancient Odeon Roman theatre. Then, wander the beautiful streets of the town and indulge in a spot of shopping.
Explore the lunar landscapes of Mount Etna on a once-in-a-lifetime tour. Book an MSC Cruises excursion to Sicily’s active volcano, a legendary site in Greek Mythology. Ascend 1,900 metres to the cable-car terminal of Rifugio Sapienza before walking the volcanic landscapes around the inactive Silvestri Craters. Next, board an off-road 'super truck' for a drive up to the 2,920-metre high Torre del Filosofo (the amazing Philosopher’s Tower). 
One of the main cities of Sicily is most certainly Messina, a destination that can be visited with an MSC Cruises Excursion. Messina is a city located in the north-eastern part of Sicily, right next to the strait that separates Sicily from Calabria. Take a glimpse at its main touristic sites such as the Fountain of Neptune, the Court House and University. Messina is also home to a traditional Italian Duomo built in the 1800s where the Bell Tower and Cathedral can be admired directly from the main square.

Must see places in Messina

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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
      • MSC Parking is bookable online up to 48 hours before your cruise departure. Bookings after the 48 hour deadline can be made directly with MSC Parking, and the same reduced rates will be applied when presenting your cruise travel documents
      Book your parking with MSC


      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.