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Messina, waiting for the ferry - Sicilia

Messina, waiting for the ferry

By Car and Ferry

We did a 1.500km long way from Slovenia to Sicily by car. After crossing the Italian border, the road led us through Venezia, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Naples to Salerno. We spent the night in the camping, right on the beach. Next morning we continued the journey to Villa San Giovanni, 12km north of Reggio di Calabria. On the return we took a different route; from Pescara we were driving along the Italian eastern coast. We spent the last night below Ancona and next day there was only about 500km left to home.

The shortest crossing from the Italian mainland over the Straits of Messina is from Villa San Giovanni by ferry (or by hydrofoil or fast ferry from Reggio di Calabria). Two ferry services (traghetti) operate from Villa San Giovanni to Messina: the state-railway-run FS and a private company, Caronte. The latter has more frequent connections and we found it a better choice. The crossing takes 20 minutes.

Follow signs from Vila San Giovanni autostrada exit, a straightforward run through town, stopping at the first ticket kiosk (well-marked) where you sort out the ticket (24€ one way for a car and one person, June 2008). If you miss the kiosk, there's a second; the boarding begins soon after. In high season, all routes are busy and you need to book several weeks in advance.

Mode: TO

Type: Car/Motor Home


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  • Updated Jul 30, 2011
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