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Messina: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

1. Messina: Guided City Highlights Walking Tour

Explore Messina on a guided walking tour. Stroll through magnificent buildings and landscapes. Hear about the history and aesthetics of this facinating city. Learn about how the citizens rebuilt after a devastating earthquake in 1908. Meet your guide and pass by the neoclassical city council building of Palazzo Zanca. Find out the legend behind the Sanctuary of Madonna di Montalto and take in views of Messina from its elevated vantage point. Continuing to the second largest cathedral in Sicily to see the marble façade, mosaics, and painted ceilings. Admire the Bell Tower, which contains the largest and most complex mechanical and astronomical clock in the world. View a stunning mix of Sicilian and Norman architecture at the 12th century Church of S.S. Annunziata dei Catalani. Finish your tour with taste of something sweet at a local pastry shop.

From Taormina: The Godfather Movie Tour of Sicily Villages

2. From Taormina: The Godfather Movie Tour of Sicily Villages

Depart from Taormina to visit the Sicilian hill towns of Savoca and Forza D’Agrò. Explore the sets of the popular movie The Godfather. See the famous Bar Vitelli and wedding venue, among other places you’ll recognize from the films. Hear stories about the movies and Sicily from a local guide. Enjoy a scenic drive through the countryside. Take a pleasant stroll in the villages. Easily find filming locations of the movie. Visit the Trimarchi building, the venue for the famous Bar Vitelli. Then, see the location of the wedding shoot, the Church of Santa Lucia. Learn about tales behind the great film, and the equally captivating history of the island that inspired this masterpiece by Francis Ford Coppola. Many scenes of village life were filmed on the cobblestone streets and traditional houses of Forzà d'Agrò. Explore SS. Annunziata Square, Church of SS. Annunziata, and the birthplace of Vito Corleone. Admire the charm of the Sicilian countryside in this amazing place, nestled between the provinces of Messina and Catania.

3-Hour Messina Segway PT Authorized Tour

3. 3-Hour Messina Segway PT Authorized Tour

On this fun, informative Segway tour, discover the city of Messina, which was entirely rebuilt after the terrible earthquake destroyed it in 1908. Starting from Via Castellammare, near Via Garibaldi, next to the Catalani Church, you will go to the city's commercial center - Piazza Cairoli - and on to Piazza Pugliatti where there the Court of Justice and university are located. Next, move on to Piazza Duomo to admire the fountain of Orion and the Cathedral with its bell tower, famous for its astronomical clock unveiled in 1933 when the reconstruction of the Christian temple was finished. You will see the church S.S. Annunziata dei Catalani, with its beautiful baroque fountains in front. Nearby in Via Lepanto, see the monument dedicated to Don Juan of Austria before proceeding to Piazza Antonello, enclosed by neoclassical palaces. On the way to the medieval church San Francesco d’Assisi, admire the baroque palace Monte di Pietà. Continue through the public gardens to reach Piazza Unità d'Italia, where you will see the Palace of the Government and the fountain of Neptune by Montorsoli. From here, you will ride back to Piazza Municipio, observing the statue of Ferdinand de Bourbon and the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele along the way. Tour itinerary can be modified on-site with your guide to include, for example, shopping at Viale San Martino; a panoramic view from Montalto Church, or the North Coast Museum.

Messina: 2-Hour Walking Tour with a Private Guide

4. Messina: 2-Hour Walking Tour with a Private Guide

Your tour starts from Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire the Fountain of Orion which was built in 1500 by a disciple and collaborator of Michelangelo Buonarroti. Represented within it are the four rivers, and the upper basin is decorated with verses in Latin. Afterwards, you will visit the magnificent cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. Built in the Byzantine era and expanded at the time of Swabians, it was destroyed in 1254 during the funeral of King Corrado IV (son of Frederick II Hohenstaufen), before being later rebuilt in 1908. You will encounter Renaissance decorations, Baroque decorations, and finally those of the 1900s. You will also view various statues, marbles and mosaics, copies of the original versions which are now lost. The façade is decorated with multi-colored bands and embellished with marble and 14th century reliefs. The outside of the 90-meter-high and 10-meter-wide bell tower has the largest and most complex mechanical and astronomical clock in the world. Everyday at noon, the various statues move to the sound of the Hail Mary of Schubert. The figures of the bell tower recall the War of the Vespers of 1282, in which the Sicilians stood victorious over Charles of Anjou. Your tour will continue with a view of the port, the largest in Sicily and one of the largest in Italy, before ending with views of the Belvedere skyline.

Messina: Off-the-Beaten Track Private Tour w/ a Guide

5. Messina: Off-the-Beaten Track Private Tour w/ a Guide

Join this private walking tour led by a local guide to discover the beautiful city of Messina off-the-beaten-track. Just a few kilometers from the Italian mainland, Messina sits on a curved harbor at the northernmost point of Sicily's Ionian Coast. During this 2.5-hour guided tour, you will have the chance to see some of the most beautiful and important - although still partially hidden - spots in the city, such as Teatro Vittorio Emanuele (theater) and the pretty Villa Mazzini (home to an amazing and huge aquarium). You will spot the Regional Museum and walk up to discover the Sacrario di Cristo Re, that was built on a small hill on the ruins of the Castle Matagrifone. From the beautiful lookout in front you, enjoy an incomparable view of the strait and the city, that is always becoming more and more a desired as a beautiful holiday destination by tourists. Just one tip: don't forget to bring your camera along.

Messina: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

6. Messina: 2.5-Hour Private Walking Tour w/ a Local Guide

Join this private walking tour led by a local guide to discover the beautiful city of Messina. Just a few kilometers from the Italian mainland, Messina sits on a curved harbor at the northernmost point of Sicily's Ionian Coast. Despite the dramatic destructions that Messina has seen in the past, like the the devastating earthquake of 1908 and the mass bombings of WW II, the city managed to save many monuments and museums that are well worth a visit.  During this 2.5-hour guided tour, you will have the chance to see the most important and beautiful spots in the city such as the following: Piazza Duomo - the heart of the city - with its majestic Duomo di Messina, the statue of Don Giovanni d'Austria, the Church of SS. Annunziata dei Catalani, via Cardines, the picturesque Larga delle Due Fontane, the tribunal and the University of Messina, the Church of San Camillo, the Casa di Cristo Re and the Sanctuary of Santa Maria di Montalto. Just one tip: don't forget to bring your camera along.

Sicily: Best of Taormina and Castelmola Private Tour

7. Sicily: Best of Taormina and Castelmola Private Tour

Following a convenient pickup at a time of your choosing, enjoy a quick observation of Messina’s main streets as your head for the highway. Taormina is where you’ll focus first, with a stop at a glorious balcony from which to admire the view of the cliffs and Isola Bella island. Embrace the views and take some beautiful photos to remember the moment.   Next, arrive in the heart of Taormina, passing through the famous Corso Umberto street before reaching the main attractions including the Greek theater, shops, delicious restaurants, and monuments. After 1 or 2 hours spent here, head for Castelmola at 450 meters above sea level offering splendid views over the bay of Giardini Naxos and a unique view of Mount Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe. For those who want to have lunch while admiring the beautiful view of the volcano, there are typical restaurants where you can taste local specialties of fish or meat, or simply sip the region's excellent almond wine. After this, take in views of Messina and see the Sanctuary of Christ the King church and Messina Cathedral containing the biggest and most complex mechanical and astronomical clock in the world. End the day by tasting an excellent Sicilian cannoli at one of the most famous pastry shops in Messina before returning to the starting point of the tour.

Catania: Private Walking Tour with Arancini Tasting

8. Catania: Private Walking Tour with Arancini Tasting

Discover the beautiful architecture and ancient history of Catania on this guided tour. Visit the Ursino Castle and the Cathedral of Sant'Agata, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage.  Start your day with a pickup, meet your local guide, and set off to explore the sites of Catania. First, you will visit the fish market - the biggest and the most colorful fish market in Sicily. Next, walk to Ursino Castle and be sure to take photos. Continue to Via Etnea and visit one of the oldest and most famous rosticceria bars. Taste Sicilian arancini's - delicious rice balls stuffed with meat ragout and peas. Stroll along until your reach Duomo Square. See the Elephant Fountain and visit the famous Cathedral - the most important church in Catania with a statue of the city's patron saint, Sant'Agatha.  Finally, you will walk around Piazza Stesicoro and see the remains of an ancient Roman amphitheater.

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Gianfranco was the most gracious host. He knew all the details of The Godfather & hidden gems of Sicily. He was personable & a great driver. We really enjoyed our day with him & would recommend this tour to anyone visiting Sicily. Thank you!

Was a pleasure meeting such a wonderful tour guide, very knowledgeable about everything to do with Italy, the areas, local history and the view’s were amazing!! Great vehicle would highly recommend! 10/10

Great tour! liked how the tour guide tied the historic buildings with the story of young love. Thanks for a great day.

Rosario is an excellent tourist guide. Relaxed, knowledgeable and considerate of his clients weaknesses.

Mariateresa prepared but also nice The two hours have flown by