Welcome to Messina

First impressions aren't especially flattering. But look beyond the traffic, graffiti and vacant storefronts and you'll find a city of wide boulevards and elegant turn-of-the-century buildings. Messina is home to one of Sicily's finest cathedrals, an engaging art museum and local swordfish celebrated by gourmets across the island. Historical monuments are thin on the ground, however, the result of a devastating earthquake in 1908 and a mass bombing in WWII.

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$92.53 Day Trips & Excursions

Taormina to Aeolian Islands, Stromboli and Panarea Day Trip

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Capo di Milazzo, Milazzo, Province of Messina, SicilySwitch from coach to boatDuration: 15 minutesStop At: Eolie Mare Panarea, Panarea, Aeolian Islands, Islands of Sicily, SicilySpend some free time on the islandDuration: 2 hoursStop At: Stromboli Volcano, Stromboli, Aeolian Islands, Islands of Sicily, SicilySpend some free time on the islandDuration: 2 hours

$40.48 Cultural & Theme Tours

'The Godfather' Movie Tour from Taormina

The Sicilian town of Corleone was the birthplace of many members of the characters from The Godfather, but Corleone was too developed in the early 1970s to be used for filming. So director Francis Ford Coppola opted for the traditional towns of Savoca and Forzà d'Agrò, just outside of Taormina. Start with a pickup from select hotels in Taormina or in Messina province for your 4-hour Godfather tour, during which you’ll see first-hand where scenes from some of the greatest films of all time were shot.Settle into your comfortable coach and travel along the Sicilian coast to Savoca. Hop out to walk the streets of tiny, tucked-away town in the hills. Here you'll visit Church of Santa Maria Degli Angeli and enter the spooky underground crypt in the Convent of the Frati Minori Cappuccini. Get your picture taken at Bar Vitelli, the iconic bar where Michael Corleone asked Apollonia's father to meet his daughter. Make the most of 30 minutes of free time in the village to explore independently or perhaps relax with a coffee (own expense) before heading to your next stop: Forzà d'Agrò.The stone-paved pedestrian lanes and traditional buildings of this medieval hilltop town made for the perfect backdrop for the Godfather films. Here, visit the church that appears in several scenes in The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II, followed by some free time to explore on your own.Reboard the coach and head back to your Taormina or Messina province hotel in the early evening.

$63.62 Shore Excursions

Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Corso Umberto, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyCorso Umberto is the main street of Taormina Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Castelmola, METhis will be one of our two destinations of our tour.Duration: 1 hourPass By: Piazza Duomo, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyPiazza Duomo is situated in the historical centre of Taormina and is the meeting point from where the visit of Corso Umberto I, the main street, starts. Pass By: Quattro Fontane di Taormina, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyThe fountain is built in Baroque style and takes its name "4 fountains" from the four small columns that are located at the four corners of the central body and which are surmounted by four seahorses from whose mouth came the water that ended in the trays below.Pass By: Palazzo Ciampoli di Taormina, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyPalazzo Ciampoli was a stately residence in Catalan style.Stop At: Cattedrale di Taormina, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyThe Cathedral Fortress, as the Cathedral of Taormina was defined, was built around 1400 on the ruins of a small church from the Middle Ages and dedicated to San Nicola di Bari.Duration: 15 minutesPass By: Torre dell'Orologio, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyTogether with the third wall, whose remains are still visible on the right side up to the castle, it delimited the part of the city defined as 'fifteenth-century village'.Pass By: Piazza IX Aprile, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyPiazza IX Aprile is Taormina's most elegant "living room".Characteristic are the outdoor bars and artists who paint portraits and landscapes.Pass By: Chiesa di San Giuseppe, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyThis church is situated close to the Torre dell'orologio, overlooking the IX April square. Stop At: Chiesa di Santa Caterina, Taormina, Province of Messina, SicilyThe church rises on the ruins of Odeon, built also on the ruins of a Greek theatre dedicated to AphroditeDuration: 10 minutes

$79.81 Day Trips & Excursions

Messina Shore Excursion: Full-Day Taormina and Castelmola Tour

After pickup from Messina cruise port or the nearby tourist information point, travel by air-conditioned coach to Castelmola, a picturesque village situated just above Taormina.Hop out here to enjoy the beautiful setting and wonderful outlook over the magnificent bay of Giardini-Naxos and Mt Etna rising in the distance.Continue into Taormina and see the 19th-century Porta Messina gateway before a guided walk along the Corso Umberto, once part of the ancient Roman street of Via Valeria. Stroll along this pretty, traffic-free street and enjoy a guided look at the town’s oldest churches and monuments, as well the most exclusive shops and restaurants.Taste some typical Sicilian specialities and sweets at pastry and ice cream shops, and visit Taormina’s Greco-Roman theater, the second-largest of its kind in Sicily, built by the Greeks in the 3rd century BC.On return to Messina, stop to explore the highlights of this historical port. Delve into the heart of the old city, and visit Cathedral Square (Duomo) to see Messina Cathedral, home to the world’s biggest astronomical clock.View the Church of the Catalans, an extraordinary example of 12th- and 13th-century Arab-Norman art, and visit the panoramic terrace between the Shrine of Christ the King and the Sanctuary of Montalto for spectacular views over the Strait of Messina.Your tour finishes at the original starting point.

$21.98 Shore Excursions

2-Hour Messina Walking Tour

Embark on a 2-hour walking tour to visit one of the most ancient city of Sicily with stunning buildings and wonderful landscapes. Starting from the Cathedral Square, admire the bell tower with the biggest astronomic clock in the world, a complex mechanism realized by the Ungerer brothers from Strasburg. Continue inside the Cathedral, the second largest in Sicily, damaged during the earthquake in 1908 and rebuilt for the last time after the bombings of the Second World War. Don't miss the beautiful mosaics in Byzantine style dating back to the 14th century. The Catalani’s Church is an example of normann-arab style and also the oldest church of Messina compared to the Gallery Vittorio Emanuele, which was built after the earthquake of 1908, which has more of an ecletic style. The Mountain of mercy is a testimony of mannerism architecture, the Church of San Francis of Assisi-one is one of the oldest churches of Messina, built in 1254 and of course the Palace Zanca, the town hall where you can visit the Antiquarimum and the archaeological excavation. Visit more sites such as the Palace of Culture “Antonello da Messina”, where you will find a modern art gallery, the Church of Montalto dedicated to the “Madonna delle Vittorie” built after the war of the Sicilian Vespers and the Sanctuary of Christ the King where in the same place the first castle was built called Roccaguelfonia, in the honor of Richard Lion Heart. Lastly check out the Theatre Vittorio Emanuele and inside you can admire the spectacular fresco of one of the most well known legends in Messina.

$71.71 Day Trips & Excursions

Taormina to Aeolian Islands, Lipari and Vulcano Full-Day Trip

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Isole EolieA minicruise to discover the Aeolian Islands famous for their lush vegetation and the typical Mediterranean architecture. The islands are the patrimony of humanity as a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2000. An opportunity to visit two of the seven islands on the same day. Duration: 12 hours