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2-Hour Messina Walking Tour

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Messina, Italy
2-Hour Messina Walking Tour

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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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.
  • Messina walking tour with a local guide
  • Meet your guide at a centrally-located point, or at your hotel
  • Learn about local history and culture
  • Departures available throughout the day
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Departure Point

Via Vittorio Emanuele II, 47, 98122 Messina ME, Italy

The guide will meet you OUT OF THE EXIT GATE of the ship terminal wearing an orange scarf and a signboard with our logo: A LION HEAD.

Departure Point

Via I Settembre, 110, 98122 Messina ME, Italy

FOR THE GUESTS THAT ARE NOT CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: The meeting point at our office DISCOVER MESSINA SICILY, located in Via I Settembre, 110.

Departure Point

Messina, Province of Messina, Italy

Return Details

Via G. Garibaldi, 111, 98122 Messina ME, Italy

The tour will end in Via Garibaldi only 2 minutes away from the original departure point.

Make your way to a meeting point or arrange pickup at your accommodation. Join a local guide and group for a tour of the city’s key sites. Starting with Cathedral Square, you see a bell tower with the largest astronomical clock in the world, a complex mechanism built by a pair of brothers from Strasbourg.

Duck into the cathedral to see Byzantine mosaics, then continue to the nearby Annunziata dei Catalani Church, an exquisite example of Norman-Arab architecture. See the Mountain of Mercy and the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, one of the oldest churches in Messina, dating back to the year 1254.

Enjoy other stops including the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele III, the Votive Temple of Christ the King, the Sanctuary of Madonna of Montalto, the Four Fountains.

Your Messina walking tour concludes in the heart of the historic city.
Stop At:  
Duomo di Messina
the most important monument of the city
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico)
the main attraction of the city of Messina
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Annunziata dei Catalani Church
is one of the few great monuments that have resisted earthquakes and the fury of incendiary bombs of war events,
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Galleria Vittorio Emanuele III
built by the architect Camilo Puglisi Allegra in between 1924 and 1929
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Tempio Votivo di Cristo Re
One of the most important and imponent monuments of the historical centre of Messina.
Pass By:  
Monte di Pieta
monumental fountains of the city of Messina
Stop At:  
Santuario della Madonna di Montalto
stately sanctuary built on the hill of Caperrina, the panoramic point of the city
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Le Quattro Fontane
monumental fountains of the city of Messina
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • A minimum of 1 people per booking is required
  • Refunds will not be issued if tour/activity is missed due to late or non-arrival of cruise ship
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Please provide contact details in Special Requirements field at time of booking (e.g. cellular number)
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 2-Hour Messina Walking Tour?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during 2-Hour Messina Walking Tour?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 2-Hour Messina Walking Tour.
What is the social distancing policy during 2-Hour Messina Walking Tour?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during 2-Hour Messina Walking Tour?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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Very good
, Jan 2020
very informative and vivid. We appreciate our guide. we got the history of Messina and enjoyed the marvellous view on the Street of Messina from above. Thank you!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear guest, thank you so much for your review. Hope to see you again in Sicily! Best wishes, Mariarita
what a wonderful guide
, Dec 2019
Chiara was our guide and she was full of personality and information! She showed us so much that we never would have discovered on our own! She was especially great in answering our questions and giving everyone time to get to the many places we visited.We will never forget that amazing bell tower and the wild lion roar! We heard that her company's van had been destroyed by fire and we hope that the culprits are caught and that Chiara and her colleagues are able to continue with their fine work!
Messina Walking Tour
, Oct 2018
Carlotta was our tour guide and she was fantastic. She really showed a personal interest in us and treated us like family. Couldn't be happier.
The tour guide was amazing taking us...
Charles H
, Jun 2018
The tour guide was amazing taking us to all of the highlights that Messina Sicily had to offer. She even treated us to some Gelato at the end of the tour!
Our guide was enthusiastic and...
Marie G
, Apr 2018
Our guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable and she made it interesting and fun! Thanks Carlota!
Our tour guide was wonderful...
, Dec 2017
Our tour guide was wonderful She spoke very good English and showed us many interesting sites
EXCELLENT! The tour guide was very...
, Oct 2017
EXCELLENT! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. We did the tour with lunch and truly enjoyed every moment of the day from start to finish.
Carlotta of Discover Messina was the...
Peter A
, Oct 2017
Carlotta of Discover Messina was the tour guide. She was very enthusiastic and in particular was keen to point out where churches had been affected by the 1902 earthquake. Tour finished with a free granola - very nice.
Carlotta was very friendly and...
Kirsten D
, Oct 2017
Carlotta was very friendly and informative, we enjoyed our walking tour in Messina
We were able to see the important...
Shirley F
, Sep 2017
We were able to see the important sites in central Messina at a comfortable pace and stop in to an authentic local food purveyor to sample some locally grown foods. Our tour guide also showed us a piazza not listed in most guide books but we found a treasure in walking through the Piazza Municipio. She lead us to the Cathedral Piazza in time to see the noon astronomical clock performance. Afterwards, she directed us to some shopping areas, although many of them were closed for siesta.

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