Messina Harbour

Construction of Mainland Italy-Sicily Messina Bridge Approved

The Messina Bridge is a suspension bridge that will cross the Strait of Messina and link Sicily to the mainland of Italy.

Due to numerous obstacles and delays, the project has so far remained unfinished - however, as of this month, the Messina Bridge decree has finally been approved.

The decree, which was approved by Premier Giogria Meloni's cabinet, heralds the construction of the long-anticipated Messina Bridge.

If the project goes ahead, the bridge will connect mainland Italy and Sicily across the Strait of Messina and will provide a convenient Sicily connection for drivers and transporters.

The history of the Strait of Messina Bridge

It’s been a long time coming.

The Romans first came up with the idea to build a bridge across the Strait of Messina as far back as the first century, AD.

In the (almost) two thousand years that have passed since, many other politicians, adventurers and engineers have expressed similar desires. In Roman times, the idea was to build the bridge from an endless row of boats and barrels that would be tied together.

However, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and nor will the Strait of Messina Bridge be.

As Deputy Premier and Infrastructure and Transport Minister, Matteo Salvini, said - if the project does go ahead, it will take years to finish, but could create “tens of thousands of jobs” in the process.

In the meantime, for cost-effective transport across the Strait of Messina, there is only one solution.

Transporting between Sicily and Italy?

You can do it in just 50 minutes with Bluferries.

With around 24 sailings every day and return tickets valid for 60 days, you won’t want to miss out. In fact, hazardous goods and livestock are both also accepted on this route.

Enjoy a hassle-free transport experience by booking your Italy ⇄ Sicily freight ferry tickets with us.

28 March 2023

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