Discover the city's heritage and cultural riches on a half-day tour. Visit two traditional fishing villages nearby, then explore the heart of old Messina at the medieval cathedral, with its famed astronomical clock, the church's museum of donated artworks, and the Orion fountain.
NOTES: Guests must be able to walk approx. 0.25 mile over various surfaces, cobblestone streets with 5 to 15 steps.
Explore the highlights of Messina including Cape Peloro, the fishing villages of Ganzirri and Faro and the cathedral, treasury museum and Orion fountain.
-Travel to Cape Peloro, the nearest point to the Italian mainland, for a photo stop.
-See the fishing villages of Ganzirri and Faro where mussels are grown.
-Visit Messina’s cathedral, treasury museum and Orion fountain
Board your coach and drive across Messina for an orientation of the city’s major sights. You’ll ride along the northern coast of the island and reach Cape Peloro, the nearest point to the mainland for a photo stop. Continue through the fishing villages of Ganzirri and Faro. There you’ll see the small saltwater lakes used for growing mussels.
After a short stop, return to Messina and visit the cathedral treasury museum where you’ll see the Madonna's golden mantle and a collection of historic artwork donated as tokens of faith and goodwill by kings, bishops, noblemen, and local citizens. You’ll stop at the cathedral, almost entirely rebuilt after the earthquake of 1908, which features a 15th to 16th century finely-carved central doorway. You can also view the largest astronomical clock in the world which operates at noon and is housed in a 100 feet tall bell tower. And don’t miss the Orion fountain in the Cathedral Square next to the Duomo. It was built in 1547 and its polygonal basin portrays Orion, one of the legendary founders of the city.
What to Bring:
-You should always take your SeaPass card (provided onboard ship) and photo identification when in port
-You will need Euros for any purchases as foreign currencies are not accepted.
What to Wear:
-Comfortable walking shoes are strongly recommended.
-Hats, sunscreen and other forms of sun protection are highly recommended.
-Conservative attire with no exposed shoulders or knees is recommended. Short pants, tank tops and revealing clothing are not acceptable.
-Guests must be able to walk approximately 0.25 mile over various surfaces, cobblestone streets with 5 to 15 steps.
-Visiting inside of the astronomical clock is optional (fees not included).
- This tour will be offered for the Navigator of the Seas - only for guests debarking in the port of Civitavecchia, Italy.