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  • Messina walking tour: the Cathedral Square
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Messina walking tour of the historical center

(9 Reviews)
  • 2,5 Hours
  • Min People: 2
  • Wifi Available
  • Jan 01’ - Dec 31'
  • Max People : 20
  • Pick-up / Drop-off: Cruise port or accommodation

Choose a Messina walking tour and discover the cultural heritage and the history of Messina Sicily city center: from the medieval churches to the modern style monuments, built after the 1908 earthquake and the bombings of the Second World War, the city has many tourist attractions to offer.

Among the other Messina tours from the port, this 2 hours long Messina walking tour gives you the opportunity to fully appreciate the highlights of the city, enjoying a relaxing and cultural stroll: our tour guide will show you some of the most precious gems of our city, such as the Catalani Church, one of the few elements that we didn’t lose after the earthquake of 1908.

During the tour your tour guide will take you to a pastry shop to taste delicious Sicilian cannoli or granita, to experience typical Sicilian flavors.

Another highlight of the tour will be Piazza Duomo, to visit the medieval Cathedral with its impressive mosaics and many works of art. After attending the Bell Tower show at noon, when all the statues located in the main front of the bell tower move.

To end the Messina walking tour you will visit the outstanding Museum of Puppets Theatre of the Gargano family. Here you will admire part of the priceless collection of Sicilian Puppets that the Gargano family preserves from generation to generation since the earliest years of the XIX century. Stories about the chivalric poems were staged by the puppeteers -the pupari– of the Sicilian Puppet Theater, that emerged in Sicily at the beginning of the XIX century. This art is also inscribed into the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List since 2008.

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Messina walking tour departure from Messina Cruise Port

The Messina walking tour 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

Messina walking tour: the Catalani Church

We are going to walk in the heart of the city, stopping at the best places to visit, in particular the Catalani Church, one of the most ancient monuments of the city center, that survived the earthquake of 1908. enjoy a tasting of the typical Sicilian granita or Sicilian cannolo at the best bakery in the city center. 

Messina walking tour: the City Hall and Antonello Square

A photo stop at the city hall will let you admire the biggest palace ever rebuilt after the earthquake, in neoclassical style, and the wide and scenic square facing the port. Then, a stop in front of the Gallery Vittorio Emanuele will let you take a picture of one of the most beautiful buildings in the historic center, located in Antonello Square.

The Cathedral Square and its bell tower

The Cathedral of Messina is a highlight in the Messina walking tour. You will admire the precious works of art recollected inside, as well as the beautiful marble fountain of Orion outside in the Square. The most famous attraction is the Astronomical Clock of the cathedral of Messina, the biggest and most complex in the world, with its mechanisms in movement every day at 12 p.m. You won’t miss the show!

Museum of Sicilian Puppets Theater - The Gargano Family

Visiting the extraordinary collection of the Gargano family you will learn more about the techniques and the tools to realize a puppet. Each puppet is a work of art that would take a long time to be finished. In the Museum, you will see also the exhibition of ancient pictures, and old handwritten scripts with the plays by the ancestors of Gargano family. A true jump back in time!

Return to Messina Cruise Port

The tour will end at the starting point. We share a goodbye, hoping to meet our guests back in Sicily soon.

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Languages Offered

English, Italian, Spanish, French, Romanian

Price Includes

Professional tour guide

Tasting of typical products

Entrance fee to the Museum of the Sicilian Puppet Theater

Taxes

Discover Messina Travel Assistance

Liability Insurance

Price Excludes

Gratuities (optional) 

Food and drinks 

Any Private Expenses

Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

What is not specified in “Included in the price”

Private Tour Option

This tour is also available as a private tour for you and your family. Contact us to have more information.

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Is this tour shared or private?

This tour is shared. There is the possibility of purchasing a private tour choosing the option “Adults (Private)” ad the check-out. If you don’t see the option listed, send us an e-mail at info@discovermessina.com

Is the Bell Tower show, at noon, included in the tour?

Yes, the Bell Tower show is included as the main attraction of the tour.

Is the tasting included in the price of the tour?

Yes. The tasting is included in the price of the tour.

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Bonnie_R

Couple Traveller

Walking history of Messina

The most difficulty we had was being in the correct place to meet our guide as there were bus guides wearing the same orange scarves. They and port security were very helpful! Our guide gave us the choice of walking along the lower part of the city or the upper portion. We chose the upper and were rewarded with a fabulous view of the harbor entrance, our ships, the opposite shore and a history of the church itself.There are a LOT of steps to navigate taking the same route both ways, so be prepared for that.
She timed it all so we could see the church clock tower display at noon as well as a tour of the interior of church itself.
She explained everything in both English and Spanish.
We didn’t stay for the sweets as we needed to return to our ship. Our tour lasted about 3 hours.

November 11, 2022

2fromChicagoIL

Couple Traveller

Great tour with an energetic and knowledgeable guide

This was a great, easy tour with an energetic and knowledgeable guide. As we walked off the cruise ship there stood our guide with our name on a sheet and from there we took off to walk and learn about this beautiful city. Easy to book online at a very reasonable price. We loved the tour. My only negative is why oh why do people with mobility issues book a two hour walking tour.

November 10, 2022

TexHawaii

Couple Traveller

Must See Messina Clock Tower and Walking Tour!

Claudio (hope I have his correct name) was our guide and did a wonderful job of explaining the history of Messina on this 2 hour small group walking tour. The highlight was the clock tower show at noon, a must see when in Messina. Gelato sample at the end of the tour was a refreshing and unexpected treat! Our group was about half English-speaking and half Spanish-speaking, and Claudio handled the situation well, explaining each sight fluently in both languages. A lot of walking involved, but not difficult at all.

September 19, 2022

David_M

Solo Traveller

Chiara was knowledgeable and friendly. Covered the main sights and provided a helpful overview of
Messina. The complimentary pastry at the end was also delicious

December 23, 2021

Jorge

Family Traveller

Very informative tour
Our guide, Chiara, was very knowledgeable and energetic. The sites were interesting and the bell tower
show at noon is not to be missed. There are steps to climb during the tour but otherwise it is easy
walking. The cannoli at the end of the tour was delicious.

December 14, 2019
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