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About Messina Strait

Sailing through the Strait of Messina has to be one of cruising's most pleasant experiences. This narrow strip of water forms a passage that separates the eastern corner of Sicily from the western-most point of Calabria on the Italian mainland. Your 20-mile-long passage through the strait takes you from the Tyrrhenian Sea to the Ionian Sea. It's only 2 miles wide in the north and 10 miles wide in the far south. This affords, at times, really close-up views over the coastlines on either side. On the Sicilian coast, Mount Etna can be seen in the distance, and if you're lucky, you might even see some volcanic smoke rising. On the Calabrian side, you'll see swaying pine trees and be greeted by all manner of fishing vessels, bobbing not too far away, and pleasure craft of all shapes and sizes. There are strong tidal currents and an abundance of marine life. It's also an important migratory route for birdlife, so make sure you keep your camera handy.


In the northern part of the strait, there's a naturally occurring whirlpool, linked to the Greek legend of Scylla and Charybdis - two immortal monsters who occupied the strait during the journeys of Odysseus, as chronicled in Homer's Odyssey.


Shore excursions in Messina Strait

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A selection of cruises to Messina Strait

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