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Explore Messina, 'The Door Of Sicily' Over A 2-Hour Private Tour



  • Tour Category

    Private Tour

  • Tour Types

    Culture, Sightseeing, Walking

  • Duration

    2 Hours

  • Activity Level


  • Language



Sign up for this 2-hour private walking tour of Messina, a beautiful city located on the Straits separating Sicily and Italy, which is known as the "Gate to Italy." Discover the unique beauty and history of Messina, starting at the Port and exploring the historic centre with the Cathedral of Messina and the pedestrian area with cafes and old buildings.

  • Look at the Marble Statue at the Port of Messina
  • Pay your respects at the Cathedral of Messina
  • Admire the early XXth century astronomical clock set in the bell tower next to the Cathedral
  • Explore Messina, 'The Door Of Sicily' expand_more
    • Join us on this tour of the beautiful city of Messina, known as the "Gate to Italy" due to its unique location on the Straits separating Sicily and Italy.
    • Our tour starts from the square opposite the town hall. From there, walk to the 18th-century theatre that resisted the fury of the earthquake (The facade is still the original one, only the inside is modern).
    • Then, visit the historical centre, home to the Cathedral of Messina. Adjacent to the Cathedral is the Zodiac building, featuring beautiful paintings of the different Zodiac signs. Marvel at the unique bell tower, added after the earthquake, decorated with golden statutes and housing the largest astronomical clock in Europe. The Cathedral's interiors are simple yet stunning, with a beautiful golden altar. Outside, you'll find a Renaissance fountain with four statues symbolizing four rivers. Besides, climbing the 200 steps inside the bell tower is possible to reach the top level and dominate the city from the terrace above. (Steps are not difficult, and travellers can take their time to do so)
    • Next, stroll through the pedestrian area, lined with cafes and beautiful old buildings, to reach the Bronze statue of the city's hero in the battle against the Turkish Army. 
    • Our final stop is at a local bakery to enjoy the typical local pastry, the cannolo, or a granita if it's hot (the traditional Messinese sorbet).

    Note- If the tour starts around 10 AM, then the tourists can attend the amazing carousel in the bell tower. It starts at noon and goes on for over 10 minutes. Tourists will hear sounds and music and will see the golden statues moving.

What's Included
  • English-speaking tour guide
What's Excluded
  • Gratuities
  • Bell Tower Entrance Fee
Meeting Point

Square opposite the town hall

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations upto 2 days before the tour -

Refund of 80% of the tour price.
Tour Reviews
  • M


    Must try this tour

    From the impressive Cathedral to the charming cafes and old buildings, the tour of Messina offers something for everyone.

  • S


    Glad we did it

    The walking tour of Messina was a journey through time, revealing the city's rich past and vibrant present.

  • A


    Wonderful experience

    Caterina's tour of Messina was an unforgettable experience, taking us to hidden gems and local haunts that we would have never discovered on our own.

  • Z

    Zane gray

    I was immediately struck by its grandeur and beauty

    The Cathedral's bell tower houses one of the largest astronomical clocks in the world, featuring intricate mechanisms and moving statues that perform a daily ritual at noon.

  • K


    The Cathedral of Messina was breathtaking, thank you Caterina for showing us around

  • S

    Sacha Jeffery

    Discovering the Port of Messina

    I marvelled at the bustling activity and the picturesque views of ships coming and going across the straits. The port has been a vital trade and transportation hub for centuries, connecting Sicily to mainland Italy and beyond.

  • J


    The pedestrian area of Messina is home to numerous cultural events and festivals throughout the year

    Exploring the pedestrian area of Messina, I found myself immersed in the lively ambience of the city, with locals and tourists alike enjoying the vibrant street life. The cobblestone streets were lined with cosy cafes, bustling markets, and charming boutiques, creating a delightful atmosphere for strolls

  • L


    Discover the Charms of Messina, A Tour for Every Taste

    The Messina tour encompasses a variety of attractions, from the magnificent Cathedral to the quaint cafes and historic buildings, catering to diverse interests

Starting From


USD 202 / group

Total number of people (Min: 1 , Max: 10)