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How to Spend 3 Days in Messina

How to Spend 3 Days in Messina

Messina has long been the gateway to Sicily, and with three days you can both pause at the threshold to discover the city’s treasures and pass through to explore the island’s most important sights. You’ll even have time to experience Sicily as it’s depicted on the silver screen. Here are your options for three days in Messina.

Day 1: Messina’s Culture and Cuisine

Dedicate your first day to the culture and cuisine of the island’s largest port city. Though a disastrous 1908 earthquake and intensive World War II bombing destroyed much of Messina, a clutch of historic headliners remain. Take a walking or Segway tour through the old town to admire highlights such as the cathedral and the Norman Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani. Afterwards, pop in to see the Renaissance and baroque masterpieces in the Regional Museum, pausing before works by Antonello da Messina and Caravaggio. Finish your day by diving into the city’s culinary heart with a street-food tour or an in-home cooking lesson followed by a lively family-style meal.

Day 2: The Heights of Taormina and Mt. Etna

Set off south along the Ionian coast to one of the most beautiful towns in Sicily: Taormina. Perched on a hilltop above the coastline, the old town is home to the magnificent 2nd-century Greek Theater and 13th-century cathedral, as well as the bustling Corso Umberto I thoroughfare and Piazza IX Aprile, with its scenic terrace overlooking the countryside to the sea. From Taormina, make a quick stop either above or below town in the charming hilltop village of Castelmola or coastal outcrop of Isola Bella. Finally, take a guided walk on Mt. Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, then stop at one of the mountainside wineries on the way back down for a tasting.

Day 3: Sicily on the Silver Screen

Sicily is the setting for much ofThe Godfather, and fans of Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic franchise can join themed tours that trace the series’ most important locations.Godfather completists will enjoy visiting the village of Savoca, backdrop to the wedding between Michael Corleone and Apollonia Vitelli in the church of Santa Lucia. Most tours also stop in Forza D’agrò, where Santa Annunziata Cathedral stood in for the main square of Corleone, as well as at the villa where Michael was ultimately betrayed and Apollonia killed. Also learn about the history of Sicily’s mafia, its clan wars, and its spread to the New World from your guide before returning to Messina.

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2-Hour Messina Walking Tour

2-Hour Messina Walking Tour

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Explore the historic city of Messina on a 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.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$31.65
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$31.65
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Messina City and Coast Tour

Messina City and Coast Tour

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Discover northeast Sicily on a 6-hour tour of Messina and the Ionian coast. Hear informative commentary about the region from your guide and take in attractions such as Santuario della Madonna di Montalto, the Church of the Annunziata dei Catalani, and the Cape of Peloro.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$69.62
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$69.62
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Private Tour to Taormina and Castelmola from Messina

Private Tour to Taormina and Castelmola from Messina

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Explore the beautiful seaside resort towns of Taormina and Castelmola with a private tour from Messina. See Taormina's ancient Greek Theater overlooking the beach. Gaze at the gorgeous Giardini Naxos Bay to understand why this area has been a popular resort for a very long time. Continue to nearby Castelmola to browse its small boutiques before returning back to Messina.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$208.85
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$208.85

Messina Segway Tour

Messina Segway Tour

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Explore Messina’s top attractions on a 3-hour Segway tour. Led by a local guide, glide along the city's boulevards, passing the Messina Duomo, the Church of Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani and more. As you travel through each vibrant city square, learn how the area changed in the aftermath of the 1908 earthquake. After three hours of history, culture and sightseeing, your tour will conclude at its original departure point.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$122.17
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$122.17
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Taormina Pizza Making Class- From Messina

Taormina Pizza Making Class- From Messina

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Discover one of Sicily’s most beautiful cities—and enjoy a hands-on introduction to traditional Italian cuisine—on this full-day Taormina tour. Depart in the morning from your Messina hotel or port, and travel in a comfortable, air-conditioned minivan. Upon arrival in Taormina, head to a traditional restaurant for a cooking class. Learn how to make pizza under the watchful eyes of a chef, and then enjoy your meal alongside some local wine. Finally, stroll the Corso Umberto, and discover Taormina’s history, before returning to Messina.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.30
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Private cooking class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Messina

Private cooking class at a Cesarina's home with tasting in Messina

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Learn the secrets of Sicilian cuisine—and cook with a Messina local in their own home—when you sign up for this immersive, private cooking class. Pick between morning and afternoon class times to best suit your schedule. You’ll be cooking alongside a Cesarina; a local ambassador of Italian cuisine that has been carefully vetted and is part of a national network. Enjoy an authentic experience, prepare several gourmet dishes, and sit down to enjoy your meal (with local wine on the side).
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  • 3 hours
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$178.94
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Messina: private walking tour with a local guide

Messina: private walking tour with a local guide

Explore Sicily's finest cathedrals, fountains, monuments, and more with a private walking tour of Messina. With this tour, you’ll discover the fascinating history of the city of Messina, which was almost completely rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1908 and mass bombings during World War II. You’ll visit top sights such as the Fountain of Orion and Messina Cathedral, and get insider tips on the best way to spend the rest of your trip.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$333.19
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The Godfather - Movie Tour

The Godfather - Movie Tour

Bring The Godfather to life—and learn more about the history of the Sicilian mafia—on this private, half-day tour. Meet your guide directly at your area accommodation, and set off at a time that works best for you. You’ll visit numerous filming locations where Francis Ford Coppola’s iconic series was shot. See Bar Vitelli in Savoca, discover the church where Michael Corleone and Apollonia were married, explore the hilltop village of Castelmola, and learn stories about the local mafia clans as you go.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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$355.98
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Etna Wine And Taormina From Messina

Etna Wine And Taormina From Messina

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Combine a Mt. Etna sightseeing trip with a visit to an esteemed local winery on this seamless, full-day tour. Meet in the morning at your Messina hotel, and set off via air-conditioned minivan; with a maximum of 15 attendees, this tour provides a personalized experience. Travel to Mt. Etna—Europe’s most active volcano—where you’ll have time to explore the Silvestri Craters. Then, transfer to a winery, where you can sample the volcanic wines as well as local nibbles. Finally, return to Messina.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$125.30
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Messina Food Experience

Messina Food Experience

Food holds a high place in traditional Sicilian society, but knowing where to find the freshest flavors takes local knowledge. On this foodie’s walking tour, leave the map behind and follow your guide through coastal Messina. Explore bustling markets and hidden back streets, and sample some of the speciality treats Sicilians love. Along the way, learn of the role food plays in Sicily’s cultural heritage.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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$111.06
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$111.06
Price varies by group size