The third largest city on the island of Sicily, Messina welcomes cruise ship visitors with its lovely harbor, extraordinary architecture (much of which miraculously survived a horrendous earthquake and tidal wave in 1908) and wonderful food. Stroll through Messina's Piazza Cairoli taking in magnificent fountains and cathedrals, or sip Marsala wine at a sidewalk caf.
Bell Tower of Messina Wait for the stroke of noon to see the Astronomical Clock at its best. Enter the Cathedral’s “treasure rooms” where you can view masterworks like the golden “Manta” of the Madonna of the letter.
Mount Etna Your volcano adventure will include taking a cable car, van and your own two feet up the slope of Mt. Etna. Enjoy incredible views from Cratere Silvestri and see the mountain’s last lava flow.
Savoca There’s much to see in this historic and scenic village, a short drive from Messina. Stop at “Bar Vitelli,” home to a collection of local artisan’s tools and photographs taken during the filming here of “The Godfather.”