Messina Walking tours

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Taormina: Ancient Theater Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

1. Taormina: Ancient Theater Entry Ticket and Guided Tour

Visit the Ancient Theater of Taormina with this guided tour and enjoy the added perk of skip-the-line entry privileges. Take a journey through the archaeological ruins and learn the history. Step back into the past with a visit to the Ancient Theater of Taormina. After the one of Syracusa, the Ancient Theater of Taormina is the largest building for shows in the Italian Peninsula. Learn about the Greek building that dates back to the 3rd-2nd century BCE. See how the Romans under Emperor Trajan and Hadrian changed the monument/ Discover the amphitheatre and orchestra, converted under Emperor Caracalla and hear tales of gladiator fights during this period.

Messina: 2-Hour Walking Tour with a Private Guide

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

Catania: Private Walking Tour with Arancini Tasting

5. 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.

Messina: Private Home Cooking Demo with a Four-Course Meal

6. Messina: Private Home Cooking Demo with a Four-Course Meal

Visit a local host's home and watch an exclusive cooking demo of authentic regional recipes. See how to prepare a four-course Italian meal which includes a starter, pasta dish, main course, and dessert. Dine with your host and taste the finished dishes accompanied by a selection of local wines. Hear fascinating stories about the local culture and cuisine and experience the warmth of Italian hospitality.

Messina: The Art of the Italian Aperitivo with a Local

7. Messina: The Art of the Italian Aperitivo with a Local

Your day is just winding down, the sun's about to set, it is time for an aperitivo. This glamorous Italian tradition is loved all over the world, and this is your chance to learn how to prepare it for yourself, the perfect souvenir. Preparing the perfect aperitivo is an art. you will learn how to prepare a selection of five elegant nibbles to pair with a refreshing glass of fizz, ideal for sharing with friends in the early evening. Your aperitivo will be a bite-size representation of its local culture, using typical regional ingredients and local wines, such as a sparkling prosecco or a light red.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 39 reviews

The guide, Serena, was very knowledgeable and very kind. He made us very much appreciate the ancient theater of Taormina. However, I must make a point: at the ticket office they had to contact the guide by phone, who did not know about our booking and therefore went to take a break. They explained to us that reservations made online on the site are not communicated to the structure. The guide showed up a few minutes after being contacted, it was very fast, but I wanted to mention it in order to improve the service

We were on a cruise and were easily able to walk to our Cesarine's home. Our Cesarine was Maria, and she was the best host! So sweet, informative, and fun. The food and wine was absolutely delicious. And, Maria's home was beautiful. I highly recommend this tour and booking Maria as your host!

Although you can walk around the theatre without a guide, you miss out on all the history and interesting perspectives about the theatre. Our guide was amazing!!! This tour was the highlight of our stay in Taomrina.

Beautiful guided tour of the theater of Taormina. Very prepared guide in a dream location. Everything was perfect.

Superb visit with Lili, a history-loving guide who loves her city and shares her passion with you.