Messina Shore Excursion: City Tour with Museum of Ancient Weapons

Shore Excursions in Italy

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Explore the coastal jewel in northeast Sicily on this 6-hour Messina city tour. Spin along the Ionian coast by air-conditioned bus as a guide sheds light on the region’s colorful local myths and folklore. Take in top attractions including the Church of Montalto and the Sanctuary of Christ the King, and marvel at 12th-century Arab-Norman architecture at the Church of the Annunziata dei Catalani. Along the way, enjoy fine views over the UNESCO–listed Cape of Peloro — where traditional fishing boats sit in the pretty harbor. At the end of the tour you will also have the possibility to visit the Museum of Ancient and Rare Weapons.
Hop aboard your air-conditioned coach at the port terminal or Messina’s Cathedral Square. Then, travel in comfort through the historical streets as your guide brings this coastal port's past to life.Admire Messina Cathedral’s bell tower, home to the world's largest astronomical clock; and visit the Church of the Annunziata dei Catalani (Church of the Catalans), an extraordinary example of 12th-century Arab-Norman architecture. Continue to the Church of Montalto and the Sanctuary of Christ the King, and listen as your guide sheds light on the region’s colorful myth and folklore.Sample some typical Sicilian delicacies and, with your guide, take the opportunity to explore the Museum of Ancient and Rare Weapons, a private collection of military weapons and artefacts from Europe, North America, and Islamic countries from between 1400 and 1940. Stroll around the interesting antique weapon displays, considered some of the world’s richest, and view cannon, rifles, and swords as you learn about their history and state of conservation.During your tour, follow the winding roads along the Ionian coast and gaze out over the UNESCO–listed Cape of Peloro, where traditional fishing boats bob on the calm waters.Afterward, return to your original departure point where your tour comes to an end.

What’s included

  • Driver
  • Live commentary on board
  • Local professional guide
  • Port pickup and drop-off
  • Walking tour
  • Tasting of typical Sicilian products.
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fees

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Lunch
  • Food and drinks

Highlights

  • All entrance fees included
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Led by a local guide
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