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2-Hour Messina Walking Tour

Messina, Italy

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  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the historic city of Messina on a walking tour with a local guide that’s a great overview and orientation for first-time visitors. Learn about Sicily’s Arab-Norman heritage as you make your way from Cathedral Square to a series of churches, landmarks, and artwork, and hear stories from Messina’s fascinating past. Multiple departures are available throughout the day.
  • Messina walking tour with a local guide
  • Meet your guide at a centrally-located point, or at your hotel
  • Learn about local history and culture
  • Departures available throughout the day

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Tasting of typical Sicilian products
  • Food and Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Departure & Return

This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.

Departure Point

  • Messina Cruise Terminal - Terminal Crociere
    Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 47, 98122 Messina ME, Italy

    The guide will meet you OUT OF THE EXIT GATE of the ship terminal wearing an orange scarf and a signboard with our logo: A LION HEAD.

  • Via I Settembre, 110
    Via I Settembre, 110, 98122 Messina ME, Italy

    FOR THE GUESTS THAT ARE NOT CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: The meeting point at our office DISCOVER MESSINA SICILY, located in Via I Settembre, 110.

  • Messina
    Messina, Metropolitan City of Messina, Italy

Pickup Details



Return Details

  • Via G. Garibaldi, 111
    Via G. Garibaldi, 111, 98122 Messina ME, Italy

    The tour will end in Via Garibaldi only 2 minutes away from the original departure point.

Please Note

For the participants which are not cruise ship passengers the meeting point is on our DISCOVER MESSINA OFFICE located in VIA I SETTEMBRE, 110, MESSINA.

What To Expect

Make your way to a meeting point or arrange pickup at your accommodation. Join a local guide and group for a tour of the city’s key sites. Starting with Cathedral Square, you see a bell tower with the largest astronomical clock in the world, a complex mechanism built by a pair of brothers from Strasbourg.

Duck into the cathedral to see Byzantine mosaics, then continue to the nearby Annunziata dei Catalani Church, an exquisite example of Norman-Arab architecture. See the Mountain of Mercy and the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, one of the oldest churches in Messina, dating back to the year 1254.

Enjoy other stops including the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele III, the Votive Temple of Christ the King, the Sanctuary of Madonna of Montalto, the Four Fountains.

Your Messina walking tour concludes in the heart of the historic city.

Duomo di Messina

the most important monument of the city

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico)

the main attraction of the city of Messina

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • A minimum of 1 people per booking is required
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please provide contact details in Special Requirements field at time of booking (e.g. cellular number)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 2-Hour Messina Walking Tour?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during 2-Hour Messina Walking Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during 2-Hour Messina Walking Tour?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 2-Hour Messina Walking Tour?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff

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Messina in a nutshell
Christine_B, Aug 2022
Chiara was great. We learned about the history of the area and had a cannoli and granita to cap off our day.
Great Pace and Treats
TerriL_O, Jul 2022
I really the walking tour of Messina. Our guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. Finding my guide at the port was very easy. The directions were clear and precise. The walking level was moderate and paced so that anyone could do. He found places in the shade when he needed to talk more. Water was provided at the beginning and a granita at the end. We even got to enter an ancient church with his special key that other groups were unable to access. I learned a lot about Messina ina two hour time frame.
Not worth it
Arthur_D, Jul 2022
Only interesting part was the clock tower show at the church. Expected an English language tour but most of it was in Spanish. Headphone sound system was so bad that you literally couldn’t tell when he switched between languages. Waste of time and money.
Highly recommend - great tour, good value
Krista_R, Jun 2022
This was a great tour. There was an option to pick us up from our cruise ship at the Messina port. Sabine did a great job educating us on the area and taking us to the church for the noon clock show. Our family of 5 enjoyed it and we had time after the tour to get some lunch on our own and walk around before we had to get back to our ship.
Great tour!!!
sanja_r, May 2022
Great tour, everything is beautiful and professionally done, Kiara is very kind and full of knowledge about the history of Messina. All recommendations for this guiding tour.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you for your appreciation! I'm glad that you enjoyed your experience... hope to see you again Regards
Noise ruins excursion
Marian_H, May 2022
First of all, let me say that our guide was very knowledgeable and even though she had a bit of the her accent, she was understandable and dedicated to telling us about her city. However we were not provided the voice box for hearing the guide and as a result, the overwhelming noise of traffic and the wind blowing in from the waterfront, which was part of the tour we were taking part in, was nearly impossible to hear. I While i'm sure there was a good reason that the company could not provide them ( even though this was supposed to be provided according to the advertisement for the tour) and I'm sure our guide believed that she could deliver a quality tour without the use of the hearing devices, many of my fellow attendants also complained during the tour about the inability to hear the guide. For these reasons I would not encourage anyone to take this tour unless there was a guarantee of the provision of the hearing devices.
Response from Host, May 2022
Dear Marian Thank you very much for your feedback. Your observations and suggestion are greatly appreciated and we will do our best to improve our services. Kindest regards
Great Sicilian experience
Gabriel_P, May 2022
We had an excellent experience with Ciara Todaro, she was extremely knowledgeable, professional good sense of humor and we received a lot of information from her. Overall it was a perfect day.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you so much for your interest and appreciation! Kind regards
Learned a Lot - Glad WeTook It!
BNiner, May 2022
Chiara was an excellent guide. Very good explanation of everything all along the walk. we were in the right place at the right time to watch the 12-noon clock tower technology in action. We now have a good understanding of the history of Messina. Our stop at the local Gelateria (included) at th end of the tour was a bonus.. thank you Chiara.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you very much! I'm so grateful about your good experience in Messina.
History of Messina
Martin_D, May 2022
Chiara, our Discovery Messina guide met us at the gates to the cruise terminal. Very personable, knowledgeable and obviously loves her city. She certainly brings the history of Messina to life. Highly recommend this tour. Finished with a stop at one of the oldest cafes, a nice touch. Thank you.
Response from Host, May 2022
Thank you Martin for your appreciation. So glad that you enjoyed and more importantly I'm so happy to have transmitted the sense of my work.
Chiara was knowledgeable...
David_M, Dec 2021
Chiara was knowledgeable and friendly. Covered the main sights and provided a helpful overview of Messina. The complimentary pastry at the end was also delicious
Very good
Barbara_H, Jan 2020
very informative and vivid. We appreciate our guide. we got the history of Messina and enjoyed the marvellous view on the Street of Messina from above. Thank you!
Response from Host, Jan 2020
Dear guest, thank you so much for your review. Hope to see you again in Sicily! Best wishes, Mariarita
what a wonderful guide
Harriet_D, Dec 2019
Chiara was our guide and she was full of personality and information! She showed us so much that we never would have discovered on our own! She was especially great in answering our questions and giving everyone time to get to the many places we visited.We will never forget that amazing bell tower and the wild lion roar! We heard that her company's van had been destroyed by fire and we hope that the culprits are caught and that Chiara and her colleagues are able to continue with their fine work!
Messina Walking Tour
Brian_H, Oct 2018
Carlotta was our tour guide and she was fantastic. She really showed a personal interest in us and treated us like family. Couldn't be happier.
The tour guide was amazing taking us...
Chas_H, Jun 2018
The tour guide was amazing taking us to all of the highlights that Messina Sicily had to offer. She even treated us to some Gelato at the end of the tour!
Our guide was enthusiastic and...
Marie G, Apr 2018
Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and she made it interesting and fun! Thanks Carlota!
Our tour guide was wonderful...
dalewilson, Dec 2017
Our tour guide was wonderful She spoke very good English and showed us many interesting sites
EXCELLENT! The tour guide was very...
Ronald_W, Oct 2017
EXCELLENT! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We did the tour with lunch and truly enjoyed every moment of the day from start to finish.
Carlotta of Discover Messina was the...
Peter A, Oct 2017
Carlotta of Discover Messina was the tour guide. She was very enthusiastic and in particular was keen to point out where churches had been affected by the 1902 earthquake. Tour finished with a free granola - very nice.
Carlotta was very friendly and...
Kirsten D, Oct 2017
Carlotta was very friendly and informative, we enjoyed our walking tour in Messina
We were able to see the important...
Shirley F, Sep 2017
We were able to see the important sites in central Messina at a comfortable pace and stop in to an authentic local food purveyor to sample some locally grown foods. Our tour guide also showed us a piazza not listed in most guide books but we found a treasure in walking through the Piazza Municipio. She lead us to the Cathedral Piazza in time to see the noon astronomical clock performance. Afterwards, she directed us to some shopping areas, although many of them were closed for siesta.


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