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Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Messina and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Messina activities? We have 33 tour ideas.


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City Tours

Messina City Tour

Messina, Italy
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 46.58


Explore the coastal jewel in northeast Sicily on this 6-hour Messina city tour. Spin along the Ionian coast by air-conditioned bus as a guide sheds light on the region's colorful local myths and folklore. Take in top attractions including the Church of Montalto and the Sanctuary of Christ the King, and marvel at 12th-century Arab-Norman architecture at the Church of the Annunziata dei Catalani. Along the way, enjoy fine views... Read More

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Cooking Lessons in Taormina

Sicilian Cooking Lesson in Taormina from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (starts at 09:00)
Priced From: USD 195.19


Spend some time inside a well-known gourmet restaurant and learn all the Sicilian secrets that even local people dont know yet in preparing such great dishes. This all takes place in a town unsurpassed in beauty Taormina with its truly majestic Greek Theatre.

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Day Trips

Taormina and Isola Bella Day Tour Including Boat Tour

Messina, Italy
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 87.34


An opportunity to discover and visit Taormina (52 km away from Messina) with its Greek Theater, Corso Umberto and its exclusive shops and famous bars. You will admire the wonderful landscape and Isola Bella, a nature riserve-Unesco Heritage where you will have the possibility to do a 2-hours boat... Read More

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Day Trips

Messina Shore Excursion: Full Day Taormina and Castelmola Tour

Messina, Italy
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 75.69


Travel by air-conditioned bus with a maximum group of 30 passengers for this opportunity to discover and visit Taormina (32 miles (52 km) away from Messina) with its Greek Theater, Corso Umberto, and its exclusive shops and famous bars. You will admire the wonderful landscape and Isola Bella, a... Read More

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Half-day Tours

Alcantara Gorges Tour from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 75.69


Join this tour to see the Alcantara Gorge which boasts a very special heritage.

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Half-day Tours

Etna and Taormina Tour from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 75.69


Join this extraordinary opportunity to discover and visit Mt.Etna (90 km away from Messina), the biggest active volcano in Europe. Make a stop to Taormina to see the Greek Theatre, Corso Umberto and its exclusive shops and famous bars. You will admire the wonderful landscape and Isola Bella, a nature reserve and UNESCO Heritage site.

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Half-day Tours

Taormina and Castelmola Tour from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 58.22


An opportunity to discover and visit Taormina (52 km away from Messina) with its Greek Theater, Corso Umberto and its exclusive shops and famous bars. You will admire the wonderful landscape and Isola Bella, a nature riserve-Unesco Heritage. The tour also includes a short visit to the picturesque village of Castelmola.

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Half-day Tours

The Godfather and Taormina Tour from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 64.05


Visit the ancient village of Savoca and seaside beauty of Taormina on a 6-hour tour from Messina. See many of the film locations used in Francis Ford Coppola's classic film, 'The Godfather.' Admire the Greek-Roman Theater and Isola Bella, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Hop On Hop Off Tours in Messina

Messina Hop On Hop Off Tour

Messina, Italy
Duration: 24 hours
Priced From: USD 20.62


Hop on and off to your hearts desire and at your own pace and discover Messina from the top deck of an open top bus!

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Messina Shore Excursion: Private Day Trip to Taormina and Mt Etna

Messina, Italy
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 116.45


While you're in port in Messina, take a full-day private shore excursion to Taormina and Mt Etna. Take in scenic views as your private driver takes you along the fabulous Sicilian coast. Explore one of the world's most active volcanoes at your leisure -- the majestic and fascinating Mt Etna. As you... Read More

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The Godfather Movie Tour from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 87.34


Private tour of The Godfather movie. Discover the movie places, walk through the tiny road that Francis Ford Coppola and Mike Corleone walked in 1971.

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Messina and Taormina City Tour from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 75.69


Enjoy this Taormina and Messina tour. Discover these two beautiful Sicilian towns full of history, culture, and amazing panoramas. Don't miss this opportunity.

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Tour to Etna Volcano and Taormina from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 116.45


Join this tour to see Mount Etna which boasts a very special heritage. Included in the tour is the visit of Taormina, a place to visit if you are in Sicily.

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Taormina Shore Excursion from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 64.05


Explore the quaint, Sicilian town of Taormina, overlooking the Ionian Sea, on this 4-hour tour. Visit famous sites like the Greek theater, the Cathedral, Mount Etna, and Giardini Naxos bay, then return to Messina for a tour of the city.

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Messina Guided City Tour

Messina, Italy
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 34.93


Enjoy this Messina tour that begins at your cruise ship terminal. Discover this beautiful Sicilian town full of history, culture and amazing panoramic views on this 2-hour guided tour.

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Messina Shore Excursion: Full Day City Tour including Museum of Ancient Weapons

Messina, Italy
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 52.40


Explore the coastal jewel in northeast Sicily on this 6-hour Messina city tour. Spin along the Ionian coast by air-conditioned bus as a guide sheds light on the region's colorful local myths and folklore. Take in top attractions including the Church of Montalto and the Sanctuary of Christ the King,... Read More

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Messina Shore Excursion: Messina City Tour with Regional Museum Visit

Messina, Italy
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 64.05


Explore the coastal jewel in northeast Sicily on this 6-hour Messina city tour. Spin along the Ionian coast by air-conditioned coach, along with a maximum group size of 30 passengers, as a guide sheds light on the region's colorful local myths and folklore. Take in top attractions including the... Read More

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Alcantara Gorges Full-Day Tour from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 69.87


The Gorges of Alcantara are a spectacular place unique in the world. With a height of 50 meters they create a real canyon originated by a cooling phenomena of antiques lava flows, generated by the cold water of the Alcantara river. The Botanic Park of the gorges allows visit to this show of nature in every moment of the year with the maximum comfort and safety. From May to September when the level of the water is lower it is... Read More

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Messina Shore Excursion: Acireale, Catania and Cyclops Riviera Day Trip

Messina, Italy
Duration: 9 hours
Priced From: USD 116.45


Enjoy a full-day private shore excursion from the Messina port to the picturesque Cyclops Riviera, encompassing the Sicilian fishing villages of Catania and Acireale. Your private driver will take you through the Sicilian coast's stunning settings as you explore the area's most notable sites... Read More

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Messina Shore Excursion: City Segway Tour

Messina, Italy
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 115.28


See the sights of Messina on a self-balancing electric Segway on this exciting 3-hour shore excursion! After leaving the Port of Messina, glide around the wide boulevards with a guide, learning all about the city on a 3-hour tour. While Messina`s modern streets don`t hint at any history, don`t be fooled, for Messina has a rich past that begs to be discovered. Hear tales of the city in its heyday... Read More

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Private Day Trips

Private Tour to Taormina and Castelmola from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 192.14


Tour to Taormina where you can visit its famous sites like the Greek theater, the Cathedral and Mount Etna and Giardini Naxos bay. Continue with a transfer to the town of Castelmola and head back to Messina.

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Private Day Trips

Shore Excursion from Messina to Mount Etna and Taormina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 582.24


Visit Mount Etna and the picturesque town of Taormina in one day on this 7-hour tour. See the amazing views of the volcano and its surrounding natural park before continuing on to Taormina. Stop at a famous local winery along the way and even enjoy some free time for shopping.

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Mount Etna, Lunch in a Winery and Taormina Private Day-Trip from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 128.09


This is a private shore excursion from Messina to have a lovely scenic drive on the slopes of the North side of Mount Etna with its lava flow of 2002. We will have a lunch experience in a local winery and will end with an independent visit of Taormina, the would famous resort town of Sicily.

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Segway Tours

Messina Segway Tour

Messina, Italy
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 115.28


Get to know Messina on a self-balancing electric Segway! With little effort and lots of fun, glide around the wide boulevards with a guide, learning all about the city on a 3-hour tour. While Messina`s modern streets don`t hint at any history, don`t be fooled, for Messina has a rich past that begs to be discovered. Hear tales of the city in its heyday before the famous 1908 earthquake struck, and... Read More

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Tours around Sicily

Godfather Movie Sites and Taormina Walking Tour from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 123.71


Visit the unspoiled and typical Sicilian hill towns seen in Francis Ford Coppolas famous Godfather Trilogy! Then spend a wonderful day exploring the very best of Eastern Sicily at a leisurely pace. Discover Taormina and take a walk to explore the pedestrian center of the town.

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Private Etna Tour and Wine Tasting from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 112.72


The variety of natural wonders makes the Mount Etna region a truly astounding place. This guided private tour combines the best of the largest active volcano in Europe with a pleasant wine tasting in a beautiful setting.

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Tours around Sicily from Messina

Taormina Walking Tour and Private Boat Ride from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 120.96


Spend a wonderful day exploring the very best of Eastern Sicily at a leisurely pace. Experience Sicilys world-famous sights and enjoy a boat ride to the town of Taormina.

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Sicilian Cooking Lesson on Mount Etna from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 5 hours (starts at 11:00)
Priced From: USD 199.32


Learn how to cook some classic Sicilian recipes in a warm and friendly atmosphere and experience firsthand the great flavors of Sicily.

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Godfather Movie Sites Walking Tour from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 114.09


Visit the unspoiled and typical Sicilian hill towns seen in Francis Ford Coppolas famous Godfather Trilogy!

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Tours in Taormina

Taormina Walking Tour from Messina

Messina, Italy
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 61.86


Spend a wonderful day exploring the very best of Eastern Sicily at a leisurely pace. Discover Taormina and take a walk to explore the pedestrian center of the town.

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Walking Tours

Messina Walking Tour

Messina, Italy
Duration: 78 minutes
Priced From: USD 34.93


This 1.5-hour walking tour offers an overview of the city of Messina. Messina is also known as 'the door of the Mediterranean,' and wonderful landscapes and historical buildings await you.

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Walking Tours

2-Hour Messina Walking Tour

Messina, Italy
Duration: 2 hours
Priced From: USD 17.47


Your 2-hour walking tour starts from Cathedral Square, under the beautiful bell tower which was built in 1933. Other interesting monuments worth of admiration are the Catalan Church, testimony of Arab-Norman style, the Vittorio Emanuele Gallery, which is the second one in Southern Italy and the Mount of Mercy in Barroque style. With so many places to visit don't overlook the Sanctuary of Montalto and the Shrine of Christ the... Read More

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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Messina Winery and Beach Tour

Messina, Italy
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 93.16


This 5 hour tour starts an air conditioned coach (seats no more than 30 passengers) towards the Tyrrhenian coast to reach Capo Rasocolmo,  a historical place and one of the most captured landscapes of Messina.Here you can enjoy the beach and swim in the sea after which, you will continuing with the visit in the “Tenuta Rasocolmo.” There you will meet the winegrower and with him you... Read More

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