Messina, Italy
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clock-o2 hours (Approx.)
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Overview

Visit the historic city of Messina on a 2-hour 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
Make your way to a meeting point in Messina’s Cathedral Square, or arrange pickup at your accommodation. Join a local guide and group for a tour of the city’s key sites. Starting with the square, you’ll see a bell tower with the largest astronomical clock in the world, a complex mechanism built by a pair of brothers from Strasburg.
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. Walk to the Zanca Palace, the Town Hall, and the Palace of Culture, which houses a modern art gallery.
The final stop is the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele II, an elegant theater with a spectacular fresco painted by a great Messina artist. After your time at the theater, this two-hour Messina walking tour concludes in the heart of the historic city.

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f
, 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.

C
, 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!

M
, Apr 2018

Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and she made it interesting and fun!
Thanks Carlota!

d
, Dec 2017

Our tour guide was wonderful
She spoke very good English and showed us many interesting sites

D
, Nov 2017

The 2 hour Messina Walking Tour exceeded our expectations. Communication before doing the tour was excellent and everything went very smoothly finding the location of the tour. The entire staff of Discover Messina were extremely friendly and took time to talk with us personally. Carlotta, our guide, was magnificent. She was extremely informative, knowledgeable, and understood our walking needs. Her personality was very enjoyable and made the tour exciting and interesting.

J
, Oct 2017
C
, 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.

P
, 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.

K
, Oct 2017

Carlotta was very friendly and informative, we enjoyed our walking tour in Messina

S
, 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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