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This Messina city tour is the best opportunity to live and explore the city at 360°, from 3 different points of view and off-the-beaten-path locations.
At the beginning of the tour, we will drive you to the northernmost point of Sicily, Cape Peloro. Here you are going to have a detailed and “deep” meeting with the Strait of Messina and will understand more about the distinctive characteristics of an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Looking at the Strait you will know more about the legends invented by the Greeks, a long time ago, to explain the unexplainable natural phenomena of the strong currents that “mysteriously” move the waters as a river.
After having explored the Cape, this Messina city tour will get you to know the city center and its historical monuments; the city is mainly known for the astronomical clock in the Cathedral Square, which every day at noon charms visitor, and even the busy citizens stop for 10 minutes to enjoy the movement of the statues, listening to the Ave Maria.
During the Messina city tour your tour guide will unveil to you the secrets of the unfortunate city of Messina, hit by several earthquakes over time.
With the beauty of the view of the Strait of Messina in your eyes and the delightful Ave Maria echoing in your ears, you are now ready to add the last piece to the puzzle.
After the movement of the statues in the bell tower, this Messina city tour will take you to the top of the Peloritani mountains of Messina, to see one of the most spectacular panoramas that the city has to offer. On our way to Mt. Dinnammare we are going to stop for lunch in a small local business, to taste a delicious typical bread.
After lunch, we will continue shortly to arrive at Mt Dinnammare, at 3300 ft asl. Here, the Sanctuary of Madonna di Dinnammare will welcome you.
Because of its geographical position and height, you will be able to contemplate in one single glance, as in a painting, the extraordinary view of the Strait of Messina and the city on one side, and the Cape Milazzo and the Aeolian Islands on the other side and, with the best weather conditions, even Mt Etna in the distance.
This last stop will make you finish a great Messina city tour: you are now ready to share your best memories with family and friends!
Hey there! We are Chiara, Katia, Mariarita and Sara! Come with us to enjoy our Messina city tour 360° for a full experience with incredible views!
Cape Peloro: the closest point between the island of Sicily and the mainland. Here you can admire the crystal blue water of the Strait of Messina and see the point where the Ionian an Tyrrhenian seas meet and exchange waters. Stop at the lake of Ganzirri, famous for clams farming and observe local fishermen picking and selecting clams in the lake.
Messina city center: you will visit the historic attraction in the city center of Messina, such as the Catalani Church and the Cathedral. At noon you can’t miss the movement of the statues in the clock tower.
Peloritani Mountains: let us guide you to highest point of the Mountains overlooking the city from above, and take the picture of the impressive panorama on the Strait of Messina and the mainland in front.
Messina city tour: with your expert local guide you will explore the town and its historical monuments, as well as the coastal side of the city, far from historic center. Find more about the culture, the food and the traditions of Messina.
Photo stops: enojoy some panoramic stops to take the most beautiful pictures of Messina: Cape Peloro and Mt Dinnammare.
Culture: visiting the center of Messina you will learn with your guide the ancient history of Messina. At noon you will assist at the movement of the statues in the bell tower of the Cathedral Square.
Traditions: your expert tour guide will share knowledge about the traditional fishing techniques, such as the hunt of the swordfish, and the farming of mussels and clams practiced in the two Lagoons of Faro and Ganzirri.
Nature and landscape: if you love landscape this is the experience you are looking for. You will be astonished by the view from the Mountains and the crystal waters of Cape Peloro. The lake of Ganzirri is part of the nature reserve and in autumn and spring it is possible to see migratory birds resting on its low waters: herons, cormorants, egret and much more…
Messina city tour 360° starts from Messina Cruise Port or from Travel Agency Discover Messina Sicily, located in the city center. On request, a departure from your accommodation located in Messina area.
We will start the Messina city tour with a very relaxing drive by the beach to reach and visit the area of Cape Peloro and the so-called Lake of Ganzirri. Here we will make a quick stop to let you admire and take pictures of one of the spots of the Oriented Nature Reserve - Lagoons of Cape Peloro. We will continue to reach the closest point between the island of Sicily and the mainland. Another stop will allow you to enjoy a breathtaking view of the Strait of Messina.
We will drive back to the town to visit the highlights of the historical center: the Catalani Church and the Cathedral Square with the monumental fountain of Orion. At noon you will assist the movement of the statues in the belltower, symbolizing the religious and civic history of Messina.
We will have a stop for lunch at "Don Minico", a local family business run by the same family for generations, and located in the hills: an authentic institution in the city of Messina. Here you will try the typical “pane alla disgraziata”, bread stuffed with local ingredients.
Once at the top of Mount Dinnammare you will find the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Dinnammare, and you will be welcomed by the most surprising view on the Ionian coast of Messina with its Strait, the mountain of the mainland in front, and Cape Peloro in the distance.
Walking around the Sanctuary you can change your perspective by looking at the Tyrrhenian Sea and spotting some of the Aeolian Islands, such as Stromboli and Panarea.
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