Introduction to Messina, Italy
It’s hard to imagine that an earthquake levelled Messina in 1908.
Throughout its history Messina has been associated with disasters. Indeed it’s hard to imagine that an earthquake levelled Messina in 1908. In Messina see the magnificently restored Duomo (cathedral), Corso Cavour and Viale Boccetta. There’s also the chance to explore Mt Etna.
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Explore Messina, Italy with Fred. Olsen
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- Discover one of the most popular Mediterranean sun-spots, which has managed to retain its medieval character
- Visit the Greek Theatre, one of the most notable ruins in Sicily due to its astonishing preservation
- Marvel at impressive views of Mount Etna and the sea beyond
Explore the beautiful and picturesque town of Taormina, which enjoys a magnificent position on a terrace overlooking the Ionian Sea on the eastern coast of Sicily.
Departing the quayside, you will travel along the highway to Taormina. Upon arrival, enjoy a walk from the coach to the 15th century Corvaja Palace. Its name was derived from the Corvaja family, one of the most ancient and noble families of Taormina, who owned the palace from 1538 to 1945. It has an Arabic style, yet at the same time Norman and Gothic influences, and is an important medieval palace in the town.
Next, you continue to the Greek Theatre, which was built in the 5th century and later expanded by the Romans, who enlarged the stage and added a partial roof (which has since been destroyed). The ancient theatre is one of the most notable ruins in Sicily, due to its astonishing preservation. It is the second largest of its kind in Sicily and is still used today for open-air performances in summer, owing to its spaciousness and acoustics. The view of Mount Etna and the sea beyond is breathtaking.
DESCRIPTION CORRECT FOR 2016 CANARIES & MEDITERRANEAN CRUISES
Is this tour right for you?
IS THIS TOUR RIGHT FOR YOU? Please note that Taormina is not accessible to traffic; therefore your tour will be conducted on foot. Some slight inclines may be encountered. There is an approximate 15 to 20 minute walk from the coach park to Corvaja Palace. There are approximately 30 steps and cobbled terrain to negotiate inside the Greek Theatre, which is not wheelchair accessible. For reference, there will be approximately 30 minutes of free time, where walking is at the discretion of the individual. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.
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