Messina, the gateway to Sicily, has more than 240.000 inhabitants. The city is very conveniently located on the northeastern tip of Sicily. It is the economic and commercial center and at the same time the administrative center of the Province of Messina. Messina is also a university city with 11 faculties. Moviegoers are reminded of the film adaptation of the godfather, in which Messina has secured a place.
What do you do with the new day in Messina when the ship docks around 10.00am within sight of the cathedral? Royal Caribbean offers tours to Etna, Taormina and the Alcantara Gorge. The Treasures of Messina can be booked for US $ 52,00. As individual travelers, we decided to take a city tour that led us to the Treasures.
The ship docks in the center. You disembark and you are in the middle of the city. The cathedral with its bell tower and the largest mechanical clock in the world, the Orion fountain in front of the cathedral, the pilgrimage church Santuario di Montalto and the Sacrario di Cristo Re are all worth seeing. We report on these sights in our article A day in Messina. The tour takes about 3 hours including some breaks.
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