Sicily (Messina), Italy

Messina has played a major role in European history since its founding as a Greek colony in the 8th century B.C. During the Roman Empire, the city was a major port and commercial center, during the Middle Ages, Messina was the major port of departure for Crusaders. History has also left its scars: a massive earthquake leveled much of the city in 1908 and the World War II campaign for Sicily devastated Messina. Yet Messina emerged from that devastation with some of its historic treasures intact, including the 12th-century Annunziata dei Catalani Church. Messina is also your gateway to the rugged beauty of southeast Sicily, from the seaside resort of Taormina to Mt. Etna.

Between the fall of Rome and the 1861 unification of Italy, the Arabs, the Normans, the Germans, the Spanish and the French ruled Sicily.

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Points of Interest

  • Mt. Etna
  • Taormina
  • Greek Theater
  • Corso Umberto
  • Messina/Duomo
  • San Michele Winery
  • Tour sites at guest's discretion
  • Gival Jewelry Factory
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  • Mt. Etna

    Europe's tallest and most active volcano has erupted over 130 times in recorded history. Enjoy views of the summit as well as the town of Catania, buried by an eruption over 300 years ago.

  • Taormina

    This has been a coastal resort town since Roman times. You'll find remnants of its Greek and Roman history, a fine medieval quarter and castle ruins, and many modern shops and restaurants.

  • Greek Theater

    Built in the 3rd-century B.C, with some alterations made during the Roman era, this ancient theater in Taormina is still perfectly conserved. It's still used today for concerts and classical productions.

  • Corso Umberto

    Eager to please, surprise and delight, this main thoroughfare in Taormina is the perfect place for shopping, people watching and much more. Picturesque lanes above and below the Corso are interesting to explore.

  • Messina/Duomo

    Marvel at this 12th century cathedral, originally built in Norman times. Then see the world's largest astronomical clock that springs to life every quarter hour and a grand display at noon.

  • San Michele Winery

    Perched on the slopes of Mt. Etna, San Michele Winery is a notable producer of Sicilian varietals including the famous Murgo wines. Tour the winery, then, enjoy a sample of its delicious fruit of the vine.

  • Tour sites at guest's discretion

  • Gival Jewelry Factory

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Mt Etna & Gival Jewelry Factory

6.5 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-410
  • Mt. Etna
  • Gival Jewelry Factory

Experience the work of Mother Nature and skilled craftsmen during an excursion that begins with a walk along the Silvestri Craters lava fields and ends with a tour of the famed Gival jewelry workshop in the charming town of Giarre

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Taormina on Your Own

4.5 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-285
  • Taormina

Perfect for independent travelers, explore Taormina at your own pace and discover the joys of the Pearl of the Mediterranean. Stroll through this charming medieval town that seamlessly blends old-world charm with a modern flair. Snap photos of the ancient Greek theatre and admire the views of Mount Etna.

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Mt Etna & Time on Your Own in Taormina

7 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-180
  • Mt. Etna
  • Taormina

Explore some of the most exciting sites on the Sicilian coast. First it's off to famous Mt. Etna to see Europe's most active volcano. End your day by spending an afternoon on your own in Taormina, a resort town dating back to ancient Roman times.

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Mt. Etna

5.5 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-210
  • Mt. Etna

Explore one of the most exciting sites on the Sicilian coast. Travel to Europe's largest and most active volcano on this scenic drive. Visit Crateri Silvestri and enjoy free time to explore the volcanic crater.

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Easy Drive Around Mt Etna

3.45 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-290
  • Tour sites at guest's discretion

Behold the majestic beauty of Mount Etna from afar during a delightful visit to the village of Zafferana Etnea. Sitting 1,800 feet above sea level, it boasts enchanting, wild scenery and panoramic views of Italy's iconic natural wonder.

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Messina

4 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-200
  • Messina/Duomo

Step through the "door of Sicily" and explore the city's magnificent historic highlights. Your four-hour narrated city drive will take you to some spectacular views of the coast in Ganzirri and Torre Faro and of the city from Cristo Re, you will also visit the 12th century Duomo and the world's largest astronomical clock, the priceless art in the Cathedral Treasury, including a superb golden mantle for the Madonna.

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In the Steps of "The Godfather"

5 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-220

Cinema buffs and fans of Coppola's epic The Godfather trilogy will thrill to the chance to follow in the footsteps of the Corleone family. Travel to Savoca and Forzà d'Agrò, two villages where the movies were filmed, learn fun facts, see all the sights and make your own movie magic.

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Late Riser Taormina

6 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-430
  • Greek Theater
  • Corso Umberto

Feel the centuries unfold during a guided walking tour of Taormina. Witness the stunning architecture left behind by the Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, and French such as the landmark Greco-Roman theater, the Piazza Vittorio Emanuele and the bustling main street of Corso Umberto.

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Mount Etna & Alcantara Gorge

7 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-120
  • Mt. Etna

Discover the iconic beauty of Mount Etna, Europe's tallest and most active volcano. Get up-close views when you wind along the mountainous slope to Silvestri Spent Craters, at an elevation of 6,000 feet. Then, head to the beautiful Alcantara Gorge, where incredible rock formations plunge into sparkling waters.

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Mt Etna & Time on Your Own in Taormina (Guided in Mandarin)

7 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-990
  • Mt. Etna
  • Taormina

Explore some of the most exciting sites on the Sicilian coast. First it's off to famous Mt. Etna to see Europe's most active volcano. End your day by spending an afternoon on your own in Taormina, a resort town dating back to ancient Roman times.

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Taormina

4.5 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-205
  • Taormina
  • Greek Theater
  • Corso Umberto

Explore historic Taormina, a resort village that dates back to ancient Roman times. Stoll its narrow lanes and view its medieval buildings on a walking tour that travels from the city's gates to the 15th century Palazzo Corvaj, stopping at the 3rd century Greek theater and the bustling Corso Umberto.

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Mt Etna & Time on Your Own in Taormina (Guided in Japanese)

7 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-993
  • Mt. Etna
  • Taormina

Explore some of the most exciting sites on the Sicilian coast. First it's off to famous Mt. Etna to see Europe's most active volcano. End your day by spending an afternoon on your own in Taormina, a resort town dating back to ancient Roman times.

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San Michele Estate Vineyards & Wine Tasting

4.5 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-310
  • San Michele Winery

Sample some of succulent wines of the rich and fertile Mt. Etna region. You'll travel through Mt. Etna National Park en route to Villa San Michele, one of the premium wine producers in southeastern Sicily. Visit the vineyard, tour the winery and enjoy a tasting of fine Sicilian varietals. Before driving back enjoy a stop at the 1992 lava flow to have a closer look at Mt Etna powerful nature.

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Coastal Sights & Seaside Delights

4.5 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-225

Bask in the warmth of the Sicilian sun at the seaside resort of Giardini Naxos. Spend 2.5 hours exploring this unspoiled beach town at your leisure. Take a dip in the inviting waters, grab a slice at a charming pizzeria, and point your camera at an array of historic sites.

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Discovery Family Mt. Etna & Taormina

8 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-600
  • Mt. Etna
  • Taormina
  • Greek Theater
  • Corso Umberto

Explore some of the most exciting sites on the Sicilian coast. You'll start in Taormina, a resort town dating back to ancient Roman times. You'll visit the 3rd century B.C. Greek theater and experience the bustling Corso Umberto. Then, it's off to famous Mt. Etna to see Europe's most active volcano.

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Best of Mt. Etna & Taormina

8 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-100
  • Mt. Etna
  • Taormina
  • Greek Theater
  • Corso Umberto

Explore some of the most exciting sites on the Sicilian coast. You'll start in Taormina, a resort town dating back to ancient Roman times. You'll visit the 3rd century B.C. Greek theater and experience the bustling Corso Umberto. Then, it's off to famous Mt. Etna to see Europe's most active volcano.

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Mountain Biking Mt. Etna

5 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-450

From the seat of your rugged mountain bike, take in the drama of Mt. Etna, Sicily's iconic landmark. Enjoy spectacular views as you pedal a two-hour route, traversing one of the world's most active volcanoes. Midway through the ride, break for a cannoli, a well-deserved treat. Appropriate for confident mountain bike riders only.

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Best of Mt Etna

8 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-110
  • Mt. Etna

Soak up the drama of Sicily's iconic landmark from the seat of a 4WD vehicle. Enjoy the panoramic views as you ascend thousands of feet up one of the world's most active volcanoes. Then, discuss your adventure with fellow travelers over lunch at a nearby restaurant.

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Ultimate Taormina - A Discovery Exclusive

7 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-150
  • Greek Theater
  • Corso Umberto

Walk through the pages of history with a guided tour of ancient Taormina. View many of the town's most historic landmarks including the 15th century Palazzo Corvaja and the well-preserved 2,300-year-old Greco Roman Theater. Then, enjoy some free time to shop along medieval Corso Umberto, the city's most popular street.

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Best of Mt. Etna & Taormina (Small Groups)

8 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-999
  • Mt. Etna
  • Taormina

A small-group tour allows for an authentic and immersive experience. Travel to Taormina, a resort town dating back to ancient Roman times, visit the 3rd-century B.C. Greek theater and experience the bustling Corso Umberto. Then, it's off to famous Mt. Etna to take in Europe's most active volcano.

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Etna Adventure: 4x4 Experience

8 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-400
  • Mt. Etna

Witness centuries of Mount Etna's destructive powers on a jaw-dropping 4x4 adventure. Drive through a lunar landscape of lava formations, summit craters, and cinder cones. Your camera will be working overtime when you visit the impenetrable cliffs of Valle del Bove, lava-carved caves and hike along Mount Sartorius.

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Messina by Private Vehicle - Car Class Half Day (With Guide)

4 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-915
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Vehicles with an English-speaking guide are available on a half-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

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Messina by Private Vehicle - Van Class Half Day (With Guide)

4 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-910
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Vehicles with an English-speaking guide are available on a half-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

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Messina by Private Vehicle - Car Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-905
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Vehicles with an English-speaking guide are available on a full-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

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Messina by Private Vehicle - Van Class Full Day (With Guide)

8 hours | Sicily (Messina) | QME-900
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Vehicles with an English-speaking guide are available on a full-day basis. A perfect solution for passengers who wish to tour privately or who want the flexibility of designing their own itinerary.

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