International and Comparative Law Quarterly


The Bridge on the Strait of Messina: “Lowering” the Right of Innocent Passage?

Fabio Spadi*

The Strait of Messina is a body of water in the Mediterranean Sea separating the island of Sicily to the west from mainland Italy to the east, linking the Lower Tyrrhenian Sea with the Ionian Sea. The strait is around 30 miles long and its width ranges from 13/4 miles (between Faro Point and the Rock of Scylla) to 10 miles (between Cape Alì and Cape Pellaro). At its northern end it reaches, at one point, a minimum depth of 70 metres.1


* Doctor in Political Science—International Law, Scuola Superiore S. Anna, Pisa.