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Enjoy a full-day private shore excursion from the Messina port to the picturesque Cyclops Riviera, encompassing the Sicilian fishing villages of Catania and Acireale. Your private driver will take you through the Sicilian coast's stunning settings as you explore the area’s most notable sites independently, including Corso Umberto and the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Acireale and the beautiful Roman theater and thermal baths in Catania.

When your cruise ship docks in the Messina port, your friendly driver will pick you up and take you along the stunning Sicilian coast to the ancient village of Acireale, where you'll explore independently. Visit the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, a beautiful baroque church built in 1550. See the Basilica Collegiata of St Sebastian and take a walk along the most elegant street in the city, Corso Umberto, where you'll find many high-fashion stores. Before leaving Acireale, taste the semi-frozen dessert granita together with a brioche pastry (own expense).Next, head to the charming fishing village of Catania. Situated at the base of Mt Etna, the village has been destroyed seven times by this volcano and many earthquakes. Nevertheless, you'll see the remains of the 2nd-century amphitheater and the 3rd-century Roman theater -- the Odeon -- and the village's thermal baths. Take a stroll at your leisure along the beautiful Via Dei Crociferi before continuing your trip along the Cyclops Riviera.The Cyclops Riviera, comprised of lava stone from Mt Etna’s numerous eruptions, stretches for 9 miles (5 km) along the eastern coast of Sicily. Be enchanted by the stunning coastline and hear the Homeric myths and legends behind the one-eyed giant son of Poseidon and Thoosa, where the riviera got its name. Catch the area’s beauty at its best as you wander along the seafront and spot hand-painted fishing boats in small inlets. At the end of this magnificent day, your driver will bring you comfortably back to your ship at the port of Messina.Worry-free Shore Excursion:We will ensure your timely return to the Messina port for this activity. In the rare event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.