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Explore Messina, 'The Door Of Sicily'

Messina is an amazing city. Its unique setting on the Straits separating Sicily from Italy inspired a saying: "Messina is the gate to Italy!" Like a Phoenix, it's risen several times after terrible catastrophes and destructions in over 2000 years of history. This is exactly the real "Messinese" spirit: never give up, always fight!

From Messina
Online Experience
1 Hour
Upto 10 people
English, Italian
  • Real-time online experience live-streamed from Messina, the door of Sicily
  • Admire the Cathedral of Messina and the astronomical clock hosted in the tall bell tower
  • Extol the medieval church miraculously saved from an earthquake

Messina is an amazing city, and Its unique setting on the Straits separating Sicily from Italy inspired a saying: "Messina is the gate to Italy!".
We will start our virtual tour at Port of Messina, showing the entrance to the city. Just across the port is a Marble statue which is a symbol of the city. There are many churches in the town, and while walking, we will come across the Church of the Christ of the King. And, I will talk about interesting legends related to the Strait of Messina, where monsters resided and made it impossible to cross it.
Then, we will reach the historical centre which houses the Cathedral of Messina. Next to the Cathedral is the building of the Zodiac, where a band of beautiful paintings showcase the different Zodiac signs. See the unique bell tower, which was added after the earthquake as the original was destroyed. It is decorated with golden statutes and has the largest Astronomical clock in Europe. The Cathedral was also rebuilt after the earthquake, and the interiors are fairly simple with a beautiful golden altar. Outside the Cathedral is a Renaissance fountain which has 4 statues representing 4 rivers.
Next, we will stroll through the pedestrian area with cafes and beautiful old buildings to reach the Bronze statue of the city's saviour in the battle against the Turkish Army. Our next leg of the tour is a small church that survived the earthquake in the 13th century. Then, we will continue our walk from the main road, which until the 17th century marked the entrance to the street. While walking on this road, get to know about the local cuisine. And, we will exchange our final goodbyes at the main/modern square of the city.

  • Please have a good internet connection and Zoom app installed on your phone or laptop
  • The instructions to join the meeting will be sent via email shortly after the booking
Know before you go
  • Please sign in to the Zoom app five minutes prior to the beginning of the experience
  • This tour involves travelling to various places, at times the internet connection may be weak. However, we will attempt to minimize such disruptions (only for outdoor tours)
  • You can book this tour either for 40 EUR per screen OR as a private session for 100 EUR for up to 10 screens joining this activity with you from all over the world. You will see the option to book this experience as a private tour on the checkout page if it is available for that time slot
  • Since these are live tours, they may be subject to last minute cancellation due to inclement weather, Internet disruptions or other unforeseen circumstances.
Meet your Host
Caterina De Simone

I have a degree in Arts applied to theatre, music, and cinema, and I have been active as a professional licensed tour guide in English and Italian since 2000. Born and raised in Sicily, I feel this is the perfect place to express my outgoing personality and fulfil my main interests, history, art, nature, and folk traditions.
Being a tour guide isn’t just a matter of education, knowledge and language skills. In this job, I think empathy is strongly needed and adds that special something that makes the difference when working with people from different countries and having individual expectations and needs. Delivering tours to me means sharing my usual positive mood and make people have a great time. Do join me and have fun!

From USD 48 / Screen
Important Information
  • Fully refundable in case of any cancellation upto 2 days before the tour.