80. Messina, Italy

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Why

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, Italy

Messina, Italy

 

Messina, Italy

Messina, Italy

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Where

Messina is located on an island in the south of Italy.

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How To Get Here

Bus

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.

Messina, Italy - MSC Fantasia in port

Messina, Italy – MSC Fantasia in port

Plane

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).

Ride Sharing

BlablaCar provides ridesharing service.

Ferry

There is ferry service from the Italian mainland. Here are some services: Direct Ferries, gotaormina,

Train

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.

Car

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.

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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.

Messina, Italy

Messina, Italy

==>> You can find a list of hotels here.

==>> Check out Airbnb deals here.

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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.

Messina, Italy - Gelato

Messina, Italy – Gelato

==>> You can find a list of restaurants from TripAdvisor here.

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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.

Messina, Italy - Santuario della Madonna di Montalto

Messina, Italy – Santuario della Madonna di Montalto

 

Messina, Italy - Messina Cathedral

Messina, Italy – Messina Cathedral

Messina, Italy - Fontana di Orione

Messina, Italy – Fontana di Orione

==>> Here’s some additional information on Messina from Lonely Planet.

==>> Here’s a list of things to do from Trip Advisor

==>> You may also check Viator for additional things to do.

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Additional Information

Language: Italy

Currency: EUR

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Messina, Italy - Galleria Vittorio Emanuele III

Messina, Italy – Galleria Vittorio Emanuele III

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  1. May 28, 2017

    […] took MSC on my visit to the area. This cruise has stopped in Marseilles, France, Genoa, Italy and Messina, Italy (three other unfamiliar destinations) before making its way to […]

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