A port of call to Messina in Sicily fell on a Sunday which meant that there was not much open. This was a late arrival to the port as we arrived at midday, at this port of call we decided that the best option would be to do the tour bus which cost €10 to do the blue line. Stops on the tour bus included:
Galleria Vita Emanuele
Sacrario Cristo Re
When you are in port at Messina you are able to see the Sacrario Cristo Re as it overlooks the city. To get up close to this historic landmark there is a drive up to it which can be a bit nerve wrecking. When you do get to this landmark it is definitely worth it for some of the views that you will see.
From the cruise terminal you can take a short walk which will lead you to Messina Cathedral which is a Roman Catholic cathedral. In 1947 it was granted the status of a minor basilica. There have been some reconstructions done to the cathedral due to the earthquake in 1908 as well as some heavy damage that happened during the second world war. The clock tower that you are able to see at the cathedral is the largest astronomical clock in the world. As the cathedral was open we decided that we would take a walk around the cathedral after we’d done the tour bus, entrance to the cathedral was free.
When visiting Messina as a port of call you are able to book shore excursions that will take you to Mt Etna or Taormina.
I would recommend doing a shore excursion when visiting Messina, especially if you are visiting on a Sunday
Have you been to Messina before?