Messina to Welcome 383,157 Cruise Passengers 2017

By ,   December 22, 2016 ,   Cruise Industry

AIDAaura (1 call), Seven Seas Explorer (1 call), Majestic Princess (2 calls), Norwegian Spirit (16 calls) and MSC Meraviglia (23 calls) are all first time callers to Port of Messina in 2017.

Messina port

The port of Milazzo is expecting 15 calls and 5,254 passengers. Of the ships calling, La Belle de l’Adriatique, Artania and Amadea are maiden callers.

Driving along the highway and the coastal road, passengers will reach Santa Teresa, the largest town between Messina and Taormina. From there a picturesque road runs inland to Savoca, a village in a saddle between two hills. Its scenic beauty and historical-artistic heritage makes Savoca, one of the most attractive places in the environs of Taormina.

At the entrance of the village there is the ‘Bar Vitelli’, which has a collection of local artisans’ tools and photographs taken when Francis Ford Coppola shot some scenes of ‘The Godfather’.

After a short stop at ‘Bar Vitelli’, passengers start walking along the village’s main street which climbs the hill, with several Churches of 15th and 16th centuries (Chiesa Madre, Santa Lucia, San Michele), ruins of a Norman castle and a magnificent view of the Sicilian coast-line, Strait of Messina, Italian mainland and villages perched on the surroundings hills.

Port of Messina has recently completed the design of its new terminal.