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Things to do in Messina

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Welcome to Messina

Messina’s port churns with ferries and cruise ships linking northeastern Sicily with the Italian mainland and ports across the Mediterranean, but this city offers more than just a strategic transport hub. Travelers linger to admire its Norman cathedral and Caravaggio masterpieces plus experience some of Sicily’s best cuisine (think fresh seafood and sweet granita) before striking out to explore highlights strung like pearls along the eastern coastline: Taormina and Castelmola; Mount Etna and its famed volcanic wineries; and Syracuse’s ancient heart are all within striking distance.

Top 4 attractions in Messina

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Fountain of Neptune (Fontana di Nettuno)

Fountain of Neptune (Fontana di Nettuno)

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Lording over busy Via Giuseppe Garibaldi where it runs into Piazza dell’Unità, the monumental Fountain of Neptune (Fontana del Nettuno is one of Messina’s most eye-catching public fountains. Built in 1557 by Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli—a collaborator of Michelangelo—the fountain symbolises the city’s power over the hostile sea.   More
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Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani (Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani)

Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani (Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani)

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One of Messina’s most important examples of Norman architecture, the 12th-century Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani was one of the few buildings left standing after a devastating earthquake leveled much of the city in 1908. Architecture enthusiasts will especially appreciate its magnificent Arabic-Byzantine facade.More
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Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico)

Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico)

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Each day at noon, a crowd gathers beneath the bell tower of Messina’s Cathedral to watch as the gilded statues on the astronomical clock seem to come to life. As the bells chime, the lion roars, the rooster crows, statues strike the hour, and mechanical figures replay biblical and allegorical scenes. It's a spectacle no tourist should miss.More
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Messina Cruise Port (Terminal Crociere di Messina)

Messina Cruise Port (Terminal Crociere di Messina)

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The Messina Cruise Port (Terminal Crociere di Messina), set in the busy port city on the narrow Strait of Messina, is many cruisers’ first taste of Sicily. The closest Sicilian city to mainland Italy and a popular port of call for Mediterranean and European cruises, Messina offers striking architecture, flavorful street food, and easy access to Taormina, Mount Etna, and other Sicilian sights.More

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2-Hour Messina Walking Tour

2-Hour Messina Walking Tour

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