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Strait of Messina

The Strait of Messina is a narrow, shallow stretch of water that separates the Italian mainland from Sicily. It is located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, part of the Mediterranean Sea, and is about 3 kilometres (2 miles) wide at its narrowest point. The strait is about 33 kilometres (21 miles) long and is located between the cities of Reggio Calabria, in mainland Italy, and Messina, in Sicily.

The strait has been an important geographical and historical landmark since ancient times. It was an important strategic gateway for the Greeks and Romans and was used by Hannibal to cross the strait with his elephants during the Second Punic War. During the Middle Ages, it was a key trading route between the two sides of the Mediterranean and was also used by pirates.

In modern times, the strait is still an important shipping route and is crossed by numerous ferries and cargo ships. It is also a popular tourist destination, with its beautiful scenery, clear waters and unique wildlife. The strait is home to a variety of marine life, including dolphins, whales, jellyfish, and many species of fish.

The strait is also an important natural habitat for many species of birds, especially seabirds. The strait is also an important area for bird watching, with many species of migratory birds passing through the area each year.

The Strait of Messina is also an important source of energy, with numerous hydroelectric plants located along the strait. The strait is also home to a number of important archaeological sites, including the ruins of the ancient Greek city of Rhegium and the remains of the Roman bridge that crossed the strait.

Excursion tips for a day in Strait of Messina

Visiting the Strait of Messina in Italy is an unforgettable experience. Here are some activities you can do while you're there:

1. Take a boat tour and admire the spectacular views of the Strait of Messina.

2. Visit the ancient Greek colony of Messina, where you can explore the ruins of the Greek temple of Zeus.

3. Take a cable car ride to the top of the mountain and enjoy the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

4. Visit the picturesque fishing village of Scilla and take a stroll along the waterfront.

5. Go on a wildlife safari and spot the abundant wildlife in the area, including dolphins, seabirds, and seals.

6. Visit the historic city of Reggio di Calabria and explore its ancient ruins, churches, and palaces.

7. Take a ferry ride to the Aeolian Islands and explore their stunning natural beauty.

8. Enjoy the local cuisine in one of the many restaurants in the area.

9. Relax on one of the many beaches in the area and soak up the sun.

10. Go on a shopping spree in the local markets and pick up some souvenirs to take home.

Experience Strait of Messina with unforgettable activities by our partner GetYourGuide. The offer is also ideal as a special gift idea for family and friends who are planning to visit Strait of Messina. Cancellations are possible up to 24h before the start of the activity (unless otherwise stated in the activity description), with a full refund of the booking price.

The climate in Strait of Messina

The Strait of Messina in Italy has a Mediterranean climate, with mild, rainy winters and hot, dry summers. In winter, temperatures range between 5-15°C and rainfall is frequent, while in summer, temperatures can reach up to 30°C and there is little rainfall. Spring and autumn are mild, with temperatures ranging between 10-20°C. Overall, the Strait of Messina has a mild climate with mild winters and hot summers, and relatively low rainfall throughout the year.

Cruise weather for Strait of Messina

Our weather forecast for Strait of Messina helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 14th 2024 Jul. 14th 2024 max: 31.6 °C
min: 25.6 °C
20.9 m/s
33.8 m/s
2.0 %
24.1 m
58.6 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 15th 2024 Jul. 15th 2024 max: 32.5 °C
min: 25.5 °C
10.4 m/s
16.9 m/s
2.1 %
24.1 m
52.5 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 16th 2024 Jul. 16th 2024 max: 30.9 °C
min: 23.6 °C
20.5 m/s
32.0 m/s
1.5 %
22.2 m
61.6 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 17th 2024 Jul. 17th 2024 max: 26.7 °C
min: 22.6 °C
14.0 m/s
13.3 m/s
3.4 %
19.8 m
63.7 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 18th 2024 Jul. 18th 2024 max: 26.1 °C
min: 22.8 °C
11.9 m/s
11.5 m/s
1.8 %
24.1 m
66.1 %
1,016 hPa
Jul. 19th 2024 Jul. 19th 2024 max: 26.1 °C
min: 23 °C
11.9 m/s
11.9 m/s
1.2 %
24.1 m
66.3 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 20th 2024 Jul. 20th 2024 max: 28.2 °C
min: 24.3 °C
6.5 m/s
8.3 m/s
0.6 %
24.1 m
62.8 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 21st 2024 Jul. 21st 2024 max: 28.1 °C
min: 25.3 °C
7.9 m/s
10.4 m/s
0.0 %
24.1 m
52.8 %
1,012 hPa
Jul. 22nd 2024 Jul. 22nd 2024 max: 24.6 °C
min: 21.2 °C
21.2 m/s
24.5 m/s
29.9 %
23.0 m
74.0 %
1,014 hPa
Jul. 23rd 2024 Jul. 23rd 2024 max: 23.4 °C
min: 20.8 °C
19.1 m/s
22.7 m/s
18.7 %
24.1 m
65.8 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 24th 2024 Jul. 24th 2024 max: 22.9 °C
min: 19.7 °C
14.4 m/s
14.0 m/s
10.5 %
24.1 m
70.8 %
1,015 hPa
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 24.6 °C
min: 20.5 °C
11.2 m/s
10.6 m/s
9.2 %
24.1 m
71.9 %
1,013 hPa
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 28.0 °C
min: 21.2 °C
27.7 m/s
25.9 m/s
5.6 %
24.1 m
63.4 %
1,013 hPa

Cruises to Strait of Messina

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Scheduled ship calls in Strait of Messina, Italy
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Jul. 20th 2024 Saturday, 20th of Jul. 2024 Queen Victoria 07:00 pm 11:00 pm
Jul. 26th 2024 Friday, 26th of Jul. 2024 MS Oosterdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 1st 2024 Thursday, 1st of Aug. 2024 MS Oosterdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 17th 2024 Saturday, 17th of Aug. 2024 Queen Victoria 07:00 pm 11:00 pm
Aug. 30th 2024 Friday, 30th of Aug. 2024 MS Oosterdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 2nd 2024 Monday, 2nd of Sep. 2024 MS Oosterdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 13th 2024 Friday, 13th of Sep. 2024 MS Oosterdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 14th 2024 Saturday, 14th of Sep. 2024 Queen Victoria 07:00 pm 11:00 pm
Sep. 23rd 2024 Monday, 23rd of Sep. 2024 MS Oosterdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Oct. 4th 2024 Friday, 4th of Oct. 2024 Queen Anne 08:00 am 10:30 am
Oct. 25th 2024 Friday, 25th of Oct. 2024 MS Oosterdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 13th 2024 Wednesday, 13th of Nov. 2024 MS Nieuw Statendam 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 19th 2025 Monday, 19th of May 2025 MS Oosterdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jun. 21st 2025 Saturday, 21st of Jun. 2025 Queen Victoria 07:00 pm 11:00 pm
Jun. 26th 2025 Thursday, 26th of Jun. 2025 MS Oosterdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jun. 30th 2025 Monday, 30th of Jun. 2025 MS Oosterdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jul. 19th 2025 Saturday, 19th of Jul. 2025 Queen Victoria 07:00 pm 11:00 pm
Jul. 25th 2025 Friday, 25th of Jul. 2025 MS Oosterdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Aug. 9th 2025 Saturday, 9th of Aug. 2025 Queen Victoria 07:00 pm 11:00 pm
Sep. 4th 2025 Thursday, 4th of Sep. 2025 MS Oosterdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 13th 2025 Saturday, 13th of Sep. 2025 Queen Victoria 07:00 pm 11:00 pm
Sep. 15th 2025 Monday, 15th of Sep. 2025 MS Oosterdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Sep. 19th 2025 Friday, 19th of Sep. 2025 Queen Anne 07:00 pm 08:30 pm
Oct. 27th 2025 Monday, 27th of Oct. 2025 MS Oosterdam 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 12th 2025 Wednesday, 12th of Nov. 2025 MS Nieuw Statendam 12:00 am 12:00 am
May 16th 2026 Saturday, 16th of May 2026 Queen Victoria 12:00 am 01:30 pm
May 17th 2026 Sunday, 17th of May 2026 Queen Anne 01:30 pm 02:30 pm
May 22nd 2026 Friday, 22nd of May 2026 Queen Anne 06:00 am 07:00 am
May 30th 2026 Saturday, 30th of May 2026 Queen Victoria 05:00 am 06:30 am
Jun. 2nd 2026 Tuesday, 2nd of Jun. 2026 Queen Victoria 01:00 pm 02:30 pm
Jun. 27th 2026 Saturday, 27th of Jun. 2026 Queen Victoria 05:00 am 06:30 am
Jun. 30th 2026 Tuesday, 30th of Jun. 2026 Queen Victoria 01:00 pm 02:30 pm
Jul. 30th 2026 Thursday, 30th of Jul. 2026 Queen Victoria 05:00 am 06:30 am
Aug. 22nd 2026 Saturday, 22nd of Aug. 2026 Queen Victoria 05:00 am 06:30 am
Aug. 25th 2026 Tuesday, 25th of Aug. 2026 Queen Victoria 01:00 pm 02:30 pm
Sep. 12th 2026 Saturday, 12th of Sep. 2026 Queen Victoria 05:00 am 06:30 am
Sep. 22nd 2026 Tuesday, 22nd of Sep. 2026 Queen Victoria 02:00 pm 03:30 pm
Oct. 3rd 2026 Saturday, 3rd of Oct. 2026 Queen Victoria 12:00 am 01:30 pm

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