80. Messina, Italy
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I had not been to Sicily before, so I was excited to visit Messina. It’s a walking town with red roof tops and sweeping views of the port once you climbed up high enough. Not to mention is architecture.
Messina is located on an island in the south of Italy.
How To Get Here
Flixbus provides bus service within Italy.
By Cruise Ship
Messina has a cruise ship port. Many Mediterranean Cruise stop here. I took MSC on my visit to the area. This cruise has stopped in Marseilles, France and Genoa, Italy (two other unfamiliar destinations) before making its way to Messina.
The closest airport is Reggio Calabria Airport (REG) not too far from the city center. Book a flight to Messina.
The airlines serving Messina are: Alitalia (AZ) and blue Panorama (BV).
BlablaCar provides ridesharing service.
There is ferry service from the Italian mainland. Here are some services: Direct Ferries, gotaormina,
There is a main railway station in the center of town and also another station called Marittima. Train service throughout Italy is covered by ItaliaRail. I recommend taking the high speed train; Frecciarossa, you’ll be amazed.
If you are already in the country, renting a car is a great option as you can explore on your own. Just use a service like Google Maps for directions.
Where To Stay
When I visited, I did so by cruise ship, so I did not stay at a local place. However, there are plenty of choices in differing price range and styles to choose from.
Where To Eat
It’s Italy, so there’s no shortage of great food. There’s street food as well as sit down restaurants and of course fast foods. Of course you should have some Italian-style pizza as well as Gelato.
What To Do
I walked everywhere in this city and it was amazingly good. Check out the Messina Cathedral and the Santuario della Madonna di Montalto. The latter will be a bit of a walk up the hill from the center of the city, but the views are worth it. Also, try to see the Fontana di Orione as well.
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