Messina Tours

Messina Tours

Just three miles across the Strait of Messina from Mainland Italy, Messina has a notable background in being one of the birthplaces for the Camorra or the Mafia, but most importantly, it's also known for the world-famous attractions like Norman Messina Cathedral and the Fontana di Orione. 

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Where is Messina?

The city of Messina is the capital of the Province of Messina, at the northeastern tip of the Island of Sicily. Messina is the third-largest city on the island and the closest to Mainland Italy.

How Do I Get to Messina?

From Mainland Italy, the easiest way to get to Messina by boat. Although a long-planned suspension bridge across the Strait of Messina may one day allow car travel, for now, you can either take the ferry, which departs several times daily or book a Messina tour from the mainland that includes transportation. There are also airports on the island of Sicily, including Catania (CTA), which is about 91 km away.

What is Messina Known For?

Messina is famous for its vibrant seaport and its architecturally significant buildings. Messina has a more modern look than many Italian cities because large portions of the city were destroyed during the 1908 earthquake, and by bombing during World War II. But a handful of beautiful historic structures remain, such as the Duomo di Messina, a lovely cathedral which dates to the 12th century.

What Should I See in Messina?

Some of the top attractions in the city include the Messina Cathedral, with its famous Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock, as well as spectacular fountains such as Fontana di Nettuno (Neptune Fountain) and Fontana di Orione (Orion Fountain). There are also excellent museums, including the Museo Interdisciplinary Regionale (MUME).

How Long are Messina Tours?

Depending on how much time you have to spend, Messina tours range from short half-day to longer full-day tours of all the city's major attractions, including Messina Cathedral and the lighthouse at Faro Point. You can also take extended day trips and multi-day tours from Messina to destinations in the surrounding region.