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  • Location: Messina, Italy
  • Duration:  1 day (approx.)
While in port in Messina, spend your time experiencing the beauty of this ancient Mediterranean port city on this shore excursion. Explore Messina's top attractions aboard a hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour, complete with informative audio commentary. With the choice of two different routes, you'll get to experience the cultural and artistic heritage of this great city. Stop at major sites including Piazza Duomo, Via Garibaldi and the Messina cathedral, and enjoy the magnificent views of Messina from the top deck of the bus.


  • Hop-on hop-off bus tour of Messina
  • Enjoy a sightseeing shore excursion and learn about the rich history of Messina from the onboard audio commentary
  • See top Messina attractions at your leisure, including Piazza Duomo, the Four Fountains and the Messina cathedral
  • Hop on and off as many times as you like aboard the open-top, double-decker buses
  • Ticket is valid for 24 hours after first use

What You Can Expect

Messina Shore Excursion: Messina City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Messina Shore Excursion: Messina City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Messina is known as the entrance to Sicily. When your cruise ship docks in Messina, enjoy a sightseeing shore excursion and admire the beautiful city. Messina has always been a trading city with the Italian mainland, and is home to magical places such as the Piazza Duomo, the Annunziata dei Catalani Church and the Four Fountains (Quattro Fontane). Marvel at the Messina cathedral, with its original Norman structure and elaborately decorated Gothic-style facade.

You can hop on and off as many times as you like aboard these open-top, double-decker buses. Create your own sightseeing schedule and hop off at any of the four stops on Line A and two stops on Line B, giving you the chance to see all of Messina's top attractions. The buses depart every 60 minutes from each stop, and your ticket is valid for 24 hours after the first use.

On line A, start your tour at Piazza Duomo and hop off at Via Garibaldi, the city's high street, which runs through the city center. Admire the striking Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, the theater that opened in 1852. Then, visit Vialle delle Liberata before marveling at the beautiful architecture of the city’s many incredible cathedrals and fountains.

If you choose line B, start at Piazza Duomo and stop at Cristo Re. You can take a break at the twin Lakes of Ganzirri (Laghi di Ganzirri), a peaceful area away from the lively city life, or you can relax in the botanical gardens at Via Pietro Castelli. Make the most of your stay in Messina on this sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour around the city before making your way back to the cruise ship port.

This excursion is located within a 10-minute walk to the cruise port, so you determine the time you return to your ship in Messina. Please allow yourself ample time to enjoy the excursion and ensure your timely return to the port. This excursion is not covered by our worry-free policy.


Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

the guide was excellent

4 star rating: Recommended September 2012

It was an OK tour, Messsina is so small and this tour would cover it in a glance.

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