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The Mediterranean gateway towards the East

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Ferries to Messina (Sicily)

Caronte & Tourist ferries to Messina are the most convenient way to reach Sicily, with departures from Salerno and from Villa San Giovanni.

For over 50 years, Messina has been the Sicilian port of reference for ferrying on the Strait. Thanks to its particular geographic location, the city is the departure point for the rest of Italy and a point of arrival for reaching all the main Sicilian tourist destinations. The ships in our fleet are equipped with numerous onboard services, designed to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable travel experience.

Our ferry from Salerno allows our passengers to reach Messina, a convenient and safe alternative to the Salerno - Reggio Calabria motorway, to enjoy a truly relaxing holiday.

The Mediterranean gateway towards the East

A junction of numerous populations and the embarkation port for crusades, Messina still retains traces of its glorious past to this day. This is proven by the Church of Santa Maria Alemanna, constructed in 1220 by Emperor Frederick II, King of Sicily. With the form of a basilica having three naves, it is a rare example of Gothic art in the Mediterranean basin.

Working in Messina were artists of the calibre of Caravaggio, Montorsoli (student of Michelangelo and creator of Orion's Fountain, still present in Piazza Duomo) and Antonello da Messina born right in the city of the Strait.

Numerous popular traditions characterise the city, including the Procession of the "Vara": a 13.5-metre-high votive chariot with a weight of 8 tonnes, carried by hundreds of faithful hauling long ropes each 15th August.

How to reach the Caronte & Tourist boarding area:

Boarding for vehicles (going to Villa San Giovanni): Rada San Francesco
Exit the "Messina Boccetta" motorway, follow the road to the seafront, then follow the "Caronte & Tourist - imbarchi per Villa San Giovanni” ("Caronte & Tourist - boarding for Villa San Giovanni") signs.

Boarding for commercial vehicles (for Villa San Giovanni): Tremestieri
Exit the "Messina - Tremestieri" motorway, then follow the signs "Imbarchi per Villa San Giovanni solo per mezzi commerciali” ("Boarding for Villa San Giovanni only for commercial vehicles").

Cartour (boarding for Salerno)
Molo Nuremberg - Zona Falcata - "Messina Centro" motorway exit.
Follow the "Imbarchi per Salerno" ("Boarding for Salerno") signs.

Pubblic transportation:

Tram line and bus service to and from the central station.

Places of interest close to the boarding area:

Chiesa di Gesù e Maria del Buon Viaggio detta del Ringo
The church takes its name from the fishing village that relied upon it for positive divine auspices before going to the sea. It was constructed between the end of the 16th and beginning of the 17th century.

Trip duration:

  • From Salerno: c.a. 9 hours
  • From Villa San Giovanni: c.a. 20 minutes

Travelling time may be subject to variations due to meteorological conditions.

Ticket offices

Viale della Libertà
Ph. +39.090.371.85.10

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Molo Norimberga
Zona Falcata
Daily from 8:00 pm to 1:00 am
Ph. +39.090.641.63.52
Fax. +39.090.678.33.28