Make your way to a meeting point in Messina’s Cathedral Square, or arrange pickup at your accommodation. Join a local guide and group for a tour of the city’s key sites. Starting with the square, you’ll see a bell tower with the largest astronomical clock in the world, a complex mechanism built by a pair of brothers from Strasburg.
Duck into the cathedral to see Byzantine mosaics, then continue to the nearby Annunziata dei Catalani Church, an exquisite example of Norman-Arab architecture. See the Mountain of Mercy and the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, one of the oldest churches in Messina, dating back to the year 1254. Walk to the Zanca Palace, the Town Hall, and the Palace of Culture, which houses a modern art gallery.
The final stop is the Teatro Vittorio Emanuele II, an elegant theater with a spectacular fresco painted by a great Messina artist. After your time at the theater, this two-hour Messina walking tour concludes in the heart of the historic city.