Looking for the best things to do in Messina Sicily? We have a surprise for you!
If you are planning a trip to Sicily in 2024 and you are wondering if is Messina in Sicily worth visiting, or how do you spend a day in Messina, look no further and read on.
Most travel blogs would just suggest you skip Messina and go to more popular (and crowded!) touristy destinations. That’s why we, Discover Messina Sicily, a team of passionate and expert local guides, are here to list what in our opinion are the 7 best things to do in Messina Sicily, as well as all the must see in Messina Sicily as well as the best tourist attractions in Messina Sicily: you will find out that it is not that difficult to encounter the beauty and very interesting things to see around, even without going too far.
Keep in mind that if Messina is not yet a famous tourist destination it’s because people still don’t know well its value. That’s why, if you would like to spend your time in quiet and not crowded places, but still surrounded by outstanding natural environments, cultural attractions of historical significance, and discover at the same time ancient traditions (and good food!), you should read on and find out more!
Best things to do in Messina Sicily: tours from port
Most visitors in Messina come by cruise ships and they just have a limited amount of time to visit this delightful portion of Sicily. Either if you are planning to come to Messina by a cruise ship docking at the port, or if you have already booked your accommodation in the city center, this blog post will help you to find out what in our opinion are the 7 best things to do in Messina Sicily.
1. Messina walking tour
Is Messina walkable? And what is the city of Messina in Sicily known for? Like many others, you may wonder if the city is easy to walk or if you need a car to visit the best tourist attractions in Messina Sicily. The answer is that if you like to walk, or if you simply have a short time to see the most important monuments in the historic center, our 2-hrs Messina walking tour may be listed as the best things to do in Messina Sicily.
Among the best attractions in the city center, you will visit with your local tour guide the city hall, the Catalani Church, Antonello Square, and the Belvedere
to admire the view of the Strait of Messina and the city from the Sanctuary of Montalto. The city is mainly known for the movement of the statues in the bell tower of the Cathedral Square, a real must see in Messina Sicily that nobody misses while in the city at noon.
2. Messina & Regional Museum
As you probably may have heard, the city of Messina was hit and destroyed by different events, one of the most known being the earthquake on 28th December 1908. On this occasion, 80.000 people were killed and the city was destroyed. We lost a deep part of our identity, as well as many works of art, and monuments of historical and cultural importance, and the city was later rebuilt with a different face.
However, if you love paintings, sculptures, and arts in general, one of the best things to do in Messina Sicily is for sure our Messina and Regional Museum tour, pairing the visit to the historic center with a visit inside the Regional Museum. This place, located out of the historic center is a treasure for our city since it stores many of the original centuries-old works of art saved after the earthquake. Among the most famous artists exhibited in its rooms are works of art by Antonello da Messina and Caravaggio.
3. Messina city and coast tour
also the closest point between the island of Sicily and the mainland. This 5-hrs tour combines the visit to the historic center of Messina with an exploration of the northern area of the city. You will have the opportunity to visit both the historic center and also the coast of the city. You will take a relaxing drive along the sea to reach the area of Cape Peloro.
This part of the city of Messina is a Nature Oriented Reserve because of the specific characteristics of the water of the famous Strait of Messina, and also because of the presence of the two lagoons of Faro and Ganzirri, selected by migratory birds as a spot to rest during their long journeys. Here you will have the possibility to take beautiful pictures of the mainland in front of you, one of the best things to do in Messina Sicily.
4. Messina city tour 360°
If you want to appreciate and deepen your understanding of the city and want to enjoy a full experience with great photo opportunities, our Messina city tour 360° is one of the best things to do in Messina Sicily. It combines the former tour with the visit to one of the most beautiful panoramic spots that Messina has to offer: Mt Dinnammare Messina. With your guide you will leave the chaos of the city behind us to immerse in a different atmosphere, driving uphill through pine woods while enjoying beautiful views here and there on both sides of Sicily. We will reach the top of Mt Dinnammare at 1128 mt asl (3700 ft).
Because of its strategic position, this mountain offers panoramas on two different sides, that you can enjoy in one single glance: the spectacular view on the entire city of Messina below you and the Strait of Messina on one side and the Tyrrhenian coast of Sicily, with Cape Milazzo and the distinctive archipelago of the Aeolian Islands on the other side.
5. Messina Street food tour
What food is Messina famous for? You cannot leave Sicily without trying its food specialties and especially if you are a food lover and you can’t wait to try the typical food, you can’t miss our Messina Street food tour among all the best things to do in Messina Sicily. We will take you to discover the city, but we will pair the cultural visit of some of the most iconic monuments of the historic center with a deep and tasty exploration of some of the most-known Sicilian foods, with a focus on the best places to eat in Messina that only a local guide can point out.
Among the food you will try cannoli, granita and arancino, just to name a few. From the beginning to the end, you are going to eat quite a bit, and for this reason, we strongly recommend you not have breakfast in the morning before the tour!
6. Messina wine tasting tour
For wine lovers, one of the best things to do in Messina Sicily would be for sure a wine tasting. Messina is also famous for the wine production of Faro, a DPO wine since 1976. This tour starts with a cultural visit of the city center not to miss the best historic monuments, such us the bell tower of Cathedral Square.
After the movement of the statues at noon, from the city center, we will take the motorway and will cross the Peloritani Mountains to reach the Tyrrhenian coast of Sicily. With a short drive along the sea, we will reach the winery located on a hill where with a privileged view overlooking the sea and the Aeolian Islands we will taste a fine red wine.
7. Messina swordfish experience
Another of the best things to do in Messina Sicily if you come in the summertime and you like to fish is the Messina swordfish experience. You can’t miss the opportunity to embark on a traditional spadara, a special kind of boat that only exists in the Strait of Messina. Spend a couple of hours sailing against the currents in the Strait along with fishermen at work, hunting swordfish and learning the secrets of a deeply rooted tradition while enjoying an original and unique view of Messina from its sea.
This tour will let you understand better the deep connection between man and sea, an ancestral relationship traditionally carried out by some families in Messina, living in the mariner villages of Torre Faro and Ganzirri. You cannot leave without a swim from the beach and a typical fish lunch by the lake of Ganzirri.
Sicily deals: use our discount code on our tours from Messina Port or Taormina
The tours from Messina port listed above are in our opinion the best things to do in Messina Sicily. All our tours are designed for cruise ship passengers but are available also for independent visitors staying nearby Messina or in Taormina, as well as private tours.
For those traveling on a cruise ship, we provide pick-up and drop-off service from the port and always guarantee the return on time back to the ship before the departure.
If you have read this far we think you deserve a reward: a discount code that you can use on our website to book tours for 2024! This is the code: 10%2024.
How to use the code:
Visit our Sicily deals page and choose your favorite tours from our wide variety. Then select the date you are interested in in the calendar and choose the option you prefer (group / medium group / private tour). At the checkout, click on “Add a promo code” and type the code 10%2024 in the related field. A 10% discount will be shown on the final amount to be paid. Hurry up! The code expires on May 31.
Now we can’t wait to meet you in Sicily to guide you in our beautiful city! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any kind of questions or special requests! We will do our best to accommodate your specific needs!