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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
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.
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!
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.
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.