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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$92.30 Day Trips & Excursions

Taormina to Aeolian Islands, Stromboli and Panarea Day Trip

Leave central Taormina by air-conditioned coach and relax on the 1-hour journey north to the Port of Milazzo, just west of Messina. Hop aboard a motorboat and speed through the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea to Panarea in the Aeolian Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Small yet stunning, the island of Panarea is a picture-perfect delight boasting a tiny whitewashed village surrounded by pristine beaches. Enjoy some free time to explore, perhaps shopping in the village’s quaint stores or relaxing on the beaches. You can also use the time to enjoy lunch at a local cafe; ask your host for tips!Return to the port at the pre-arranged time and cruise across the water to Stromboli, an island named after its active volcano. Spend time at leisure in Stromboli village, admiring its black lava-sand beach and pretty houses decked with vibrant flowers. After watching the sun set over the steaming volcano, head back to port and enjoy a light dinner on board your boat (at your own expense).Then, it’s time for your evening’s highlight: a boat ride around the island to see Stromboli’s volcanic activity. Cruise until you reach a clear spot for viewing Sciara del Fuoco, where the most dramatic lava eruptions take place. Small eruptions and detonations occur frequently (usually around every half hour), so have your camera ready to capture bright explosions of liquid lava and rocks propelled into the air, against the backdrop of the night sky. After watching one of Sicily’s best natural fireworks displays, cruise back to the Port of Milazzo, and then return to central Taormina by coach.

$40.38 Day Trips & Excursions

'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.

$63.45 Tours & Sightseeing

Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Corso UmbertoCorso Umberto is the main street of Taormina Duration: 2 hoursPass By: Discover MessinaDiscover Messina Sicily is the name of our company Stop At: Castelmola, METhis will be one of our two destinations of our tour.Duration: 1 hour

$79.61 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.

$21.92 Tours & Sightseeing

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.

$71.53 Day Trips & Excursions

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

Leave central Taormina by air-conditioned coach and relax on the 1-hour journey north to the Port of Milazzo, just west of Messina. Swap your mode of transport for a motorboat and speed through the waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Your destination is Lipari, the largest island in the stunning Aeolian Archipelago, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.Before docking at Lipari port, hear about pumice production on the island from your host. Most of the Aeolian Islands are volcanic and covered in the pumice stone of ancient eruptions.Step onto dry land and enjoy some free time to sightsee at leisure. Stretch your legs on a stroll around Lipari’s sleepily idyllic Old Town, or perhaps visit Lipari Archeological Museum (own expense). The exhibition space documents life in the Aeolian Islands from prehistoric to classical, and contains interesting displays about the local volcanoes and marine wildlife, too.Enjoy lunch (own expense), and then meet your host to travel by motorboat to the nearby island of Vulcano. Diverting attention away from its smouldering volcanoes – there are three on the island – Vulcano’s star attractions are its mud baths. Perhaps use your time on the island to relax at one of the mud baths, or take a dip in the warm seas and simply bask on the beach.On the way back to Sicily by motorboat, cruise around the island’s coastline, seeing the interesting Grotta del Cavallo (horse cave) and faraglioni rocks jutting out of the turquoise sea. Hop back on board your coach at the Port of Milazzo, and then travel south to Taormina, finishing back at the start point.