Taormina and Monte Etna Cruises via Messina
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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
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.
Excursions & Activities
Reach the Port
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.
- 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
Messina train station is located in Piazza della Repubblica, which is within walking distance of the cruise terminal.
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).