Messina, Italy - What to do?

Jul 28th, 2001, 06:23 AM
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Sandra
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Messina, Italy - What to do?

One of the stops on our cruise in in Messina, Italy, which is in Sicily. Any recommendations on what to do there?
 
Jul 28th, 2001, 06:44 AM
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Hello Sandra,

Will you have a whole day? I'd say catch a train to Taormina (45-70 mins.). It's one of the gems of Sicily.
Are you going soon? You might even have the added bonus of ... watching Etna errupt!

Steve
 
Jul 28th, 2001, 08:04 PM
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Seriously - is the volcano affecting the Messina area? If so, I would expect the ship will skip it.
 
Jul 30th, 2001, 01:02 AM
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Messina is a considerable distance from Etna and is unaffected. The main threat is to the nearby village of Nicolosi. Catania airport has been closed for short periods several times in the last couple of weeks to allow clearing of volcanic ash from the runway.

Steve
 
Jul 30th, 2001, 07:04 PM
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Messina is beautiful by itself, but definitely go to Taormina, it is a gem, Steve is right.
 
Mar 20th, 2002, 08:42 AM
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The train to take to Taormina is easy to find from cruise port?
 
Mar 20th, 2002, 09:25 AM
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The bus service to Taormina is actually better than the train, since the bus goes into Taormina town, while the train leaves you at the station at the bottom of the hill. From the station, you then need to take a taxi or another local bus into town. The bus terminal in Messina is adjacent to the train station, a short walk from the harbor.
 
Mar 20th, 2002, 12:03 PM
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Gac:
Boy that bus tip was a plus!!! I assume they run regularly? H
 
Mar 20th, 2002, 12:50 PM
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affirmative. Every two hours at a minimum
 
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