The tour start with a visit of Messina, "the gate of Sicily". The ancient Zancle experienced different dominations over the millennia and was destroyed by two earthquakes, the last of which, in 1908, razed it to the ground. But these tragedies did not erase its glorious past: for centuries Messina had been a major Mediterranean city, a flourishing port and the richest city in Sicily, vying with Palermo for the title of Capital of the Realm.
Passing some points of interest such us the church of San Francesco, the fountain of Neptune, we will proceed to the National Museum that houses works by Antonello da Messina and two masterpieces by Caravaggio: the Nativity and the Raising of Lazarus.
From here the tour will take you to the City Hall, the Church of the Annunziata dei Catalani and Piazza Duomo. To the left of the Cathedral you can't miss the 60m campanile and its incongruous astronomical clock, said to be the world's largest. Built in Strasbourg in 1733, it strikes at noon, setting in motion a procession of bronze automata that sets off a comical roaring lion and crowing cockerel.
We continue the excursion to Tindari, delightful locality on the Gulf of Patti. Founded by Syracusan merchants during the war against Carthage in 396 B.C., the ancient town of Tindari owes its name to Tyndareus, King of Sparta. Its history is a succession of tales, myths and legends that left indelible marks in the popular imagination. Nowadays the town is famous for the presence of a Black Madonna, still worshipped in a Santuary occupying an acropolis.. From the terrace in front of the church and the Greek theatre enjoy magnificent views of the Aeolian Islands..
- Messina's main sights
- The sanctuary of the Black Madonna
- Beautiful art and architecture
- Delightful local cuisine
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- This tour includes a professional informative English-speaking driver. Due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our drivers cannot walk with you into any site but can answer any question you have from the vehicle. A Professional licensed guide, where needed, can be hired on request at an extra cost.
- Please dress respectfully when visiting religious monuments; local custom requires covering knees and shoulder.
- Comfortable walking shoes recommended.
- The tour sequence may be altered to avoid congestions but always covering mentioned sights.
- Keep an eye on your wallet and purses at all time. Do not wear jewelry or carry large amount of cash.
- Professional informative English-speaking driver
- Private vehicle for the day
- Pick up and drop off at the port
- Guaranteed return to the pier on time
- Flexible itinerary
- Admission fees if not mentioned
- Tips to driver and guide ( please read below for more information)
Tips are never included in our quotes.
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Tip only if you really liked the service.
Tips are a personal gesture and are given whenever the client feels it is necessary.
Tips are generally: 10% not bad - 15 % great - 20 % best tour in my life. Please report any abuse.
The tour is private, just for your party, however if you prefer to share your tour with other passengers to alleviate costs, please register and sign in on a popular cruise community website called Cruise critic. This is the link:http://boards.cruisecritic.com/forumdisplay.php?s=f7b43972007a874777b4a56a1f57d491&f=34
Once you have joined, look for your cruise ship and the thread talking about your cruise. Place a post requesting if anyone wants to join you for the shore excursion you have chosen. We would be happy to provide a detailed itinerary and assist you with all the questions your fellow cruisers may have.
Our English speaking drivers are NOT licensed guides. In order to provide you with the best-in-class service, our English speaking driving guides have been trained to offer our clients a nice overview with information regarding the major highlights avoiding the expensive charges of hiring a private guide. Due to strict Italian laws & regulations that protect officially licensed guides, our driving guides can comment and explain the sights only from inside the vehicle, but are not allowed to do so once they are outside the vehicle. They are regularly licensed instead to chauffeur the public. We highly recommend that you never book with any touring company that does not make this clear.
No, only a licensed guide is authorized to accompany you during the visit of sights. Our driver will drop you off close to the sights but will stay with the vehicle for the duration of your visit.
No tickets or lunch are not included in the rate. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
A guide is not included either. Please contact our office for pricing and reservations.
The duration of the tour is 7/9 hours, including pickup and drop off at the ship.
Our itineraries are completely flexible, and we will be happy to operate any changes to the original itinerary (within reason). Please contact our office with all the requests you may have so that we can better organize your day.
In almost 30 years of business, we have never missed the ship that is why we have organized all itineraries to guarantee your return on time.
Tips are never included in our quotes .We think that a tip shouldn’t be included in the rate otherwise it would be a tax!!! Once in Italy do not feel as though you have to tip everyone because someone told you to. Tip only if you really liked the service. Tips are generally: 10% not bad 15 % great 20 % best tour in my life. Please report any abuse.
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