Silversea Luxury Cruises A Messina

Messina

Messina's ancient history lists a series of disasters, but the city nevertheless managed to develop a fine university and a thriving cultural environment. At 5:20 am on December 28, 1908, Messina changed from a flourishing metropolis of 120,000 to a heap of rubble, shaken to pieces by an earthquake that turned into a tidal wave: 80,000 people died as a result and the city was almost completely leveled. View more

As you approach by ferry, you won't notice any outward indication of the disaster, except for the modern countenance of a 3,000-year-old city. The somewhat flat look is a precaution of seismic planning: tall buildings aren’t permitted.

An Introduction to Silversea Cruises

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Excursiones en Messina

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Messina at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Van & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Messina at your leisure during a Half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private van. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned van and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 6 guests per van. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Full-Day)

Explore Messina at your leisure during your full-day (8-Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Silver Shore Privato: Private Car & Guide (Half-Day)

Explore Messina at your leisure during a Half-day (4 Hour) sightseeing tour via private car. Customise your own itinerary or choose to see an overview of the area's highlights.


Depart the pier with your English-speaking guide in an air-conditioned car and discover the city and surrounding areas at your own pace. Your exclusive tour concludes back at the pier.


Please note: This tour is non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours prior to arrival in the port. Actual vehicle type varies depending on availability. Participation is limited to 2 guests per car. The price, exclusive of meals, entrance fees and gratuities, is per vehicle. Therefore, when making your reservation, please indicate the number of vehicles, not the number of guests. Only one person in the party needs to reserve this program. Please see the Shore Concierge Office on board the ship to arrange your individual itinerary.

Mount Etna Adventure by 4x4

Spend a day exploring the largest active volcano in Europe during this off-road adventure to Mount Etna. Knowledgeable and enthusiastic guides will show the Etna landscapes, endemic flora and geological features explaining the surrounding fragile environment.

Mount Etna

Depart the pier for a brief sightseeing drive through Messina's city centre. Along the way, pass by the Cathedral, Via Cavour and Viale Boccetta en route to Mount Etna. This massive volcano is approximately 6,398 feet (about 1,950 metres) above sea level. Its slopes soar to over 10,813 feet (about 3,296 metres), and their flanks are covered with scores of cones and craters.

Crater Visit

Mount Etna offers spectacular vistas of the Catania Gulf, woods, orchards and vineyards, along with the crater and remnants of awe-inspiring lava flows. Upon arrival at Mt. Etna's Crateri Silvestri area, walk to the cable-car station, then ascend via cable-car and off-road vehicle to the base of the 9,678-foot (2,950-metre) main crater. Here, take a brief, guided walk to see the latest lava flow. Following your visit, proceed for lunch at a local restaurant.

Your excursion concludes with a 1.5-hour drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 875 yards (about 800 metres), at times over uneven ground, inclines, with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach and at the cable-car station. This tour is recommended for guests in good physical condition, and is not suitable for guests with back and/or neck problems, guests with heart or respiratory problems, guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to wear warm clothing and a windbreaker or jacket with sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes, and bring sun protection from the ship.

Experience the splendid beauty of Mount Etna and its environs from a unique perspective during this memorable outing at the scenic Picciolo Golf Club.


Depart the pier for the brief drive to the Picciolo Golf Club in Castiglione via the motorway and panoramic slopes of Mount Etna. The Picciolo Golf Club is located in a natural amphitheatre on the north-eastern region of the mountain, and near popular tourism destination such as Taormina, Siracusa and Catania.


Upon arrival, begin your relaxing round of golf on this unique course. Designed by renowned golf architect and designer Luigi Rota Caremoli, the course meanders through ancient lava flows, and its holes are surrounded by hazelnuts and oak woods, pine trees, eucalyptus and vineyards. Following your game, re-board the coach for the brief drive back to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking and standing for up to 3.65 miles (about 5.87 kilometres), with a few steps to negotiate to get on/off the coach. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Proper golfing attire, soft spikes and sun protection are recommended; jeans are not permitted. Space on this tour is extremely limited; we suggest you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Taormina & the Greek-Roman Theatre

Explore Taormina's splendid art, history and architecture during a scenic, half-day tour of the city, and some shopping on the Corso Umberto. Idyllically perched on a rocky promontory high above the sea, Taormina has been the most popular tourist destination in Sicily for a couple of hundred years. Beautifully restored medieval buildings, breathtaking views around every corner and a network of winding streets strewn with shops make this an unforgettable visit.


Depart the pier for a scenic sightseeing drive through Messina's city centre.


Messina City Tour

Along the way, pass by historic sites that include Via Cavour, Viale Boccetta and Piazza Duomo, which features the Cathedral, its bell tower and astronomical clock.


Taormina

Next, continue on for the approximately 31-mile (50-kilometre) drive via the highway along the Ioanian Coast en route to Taormina. Perched on a terrace overlooking the sea, the town emotes a delightful medieval character. Upon arrival at the bus parking area, a brief walk takes you to Taormina's main street, Corso Umberto, and proceeds past plenty of interesting shops.


Palazzo Corvaia and Greek-Roman Theatre

An outside stop is made at the Palazzo Corvaia, a 15th-century building adorned with a splendid façade and classic double windows. Next, walk uphill to visit the impressive Greek-Roman Theatre. Built in the 3rd-century B.C., this open-air theatre is renowned for its width and acoustic effects, and still hosts musical performances during the summer months.


Corso Umberto

Following your walking tour return to the Corso Umberto. Some time is made available here for you to browse the shops, many small lanes and 'Viuzze', where you can purchase local handcrafts.


After shopping, head back to the parking area and re-board the bus for the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves an extensive amount of walking for approximately 1500m (1 mile), including uphill climbs, steps and uneven terrain inside the theatre, and is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable clothing, walking shoes and sun protection are recommended. A minimum number of participants per guide are required to operate this tour.

Tindari & the Madonna

Sicily's archaeological treasures and ancient sites are yours to discover during this scenic and informative half-day visit to Tindari. A town of Greek origin on the northern coast of Sicily, west of Messina, is best known for the substantial church known as the Tindari Sanctuary.


Depart the pier for a sightseeing drive through Messina's city centre.


Messina City Tour

Along the way, pass by historic sites that include Via Cavour, Viale Boccetta and Piazza Duomo, which features the Cathedral, its bell tower and astronomical clock.


Tindari

Next, continue on for the approximately 43-mile (70-kilometre) drive on the autostrada along the Tyrrhenian Coast to Tindari, with scenic views of the Eolian Islands en route.


Tindari is a small town that was founded by the Greeks, and later rebuilt by the Romans. Upon arrival, proceed for a walking tour of this ancient locale. A visit is made to the archaeological area, Greek-Roman Theatre, Roman Villa, or 'gymnasium', and the renowned 'Santuario della Madonna Nera'.


Following your walking tour, some free time is made available for you to browse the souvenir shops before re-boarding the coach for the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves a moderate amount of walking, approximately 1600m (1 mile) including an uphill road to reach the village from the parking area, some steps to reach the archaeological area and enter the sanctuary, and uneven ground inside the archaeological site. This tour is not recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Comfortable walking shoes are recommended. A minimum number of participants are required to operate this tour.

Experience the spectacular beauty and magnitude of Europe's most active volcano during this memorable journey to Mount Etna. The volcano dominates the landscape of NE Sicily where the first eruptions occurred 500,000 years ago and Mt. Etna has the longest period of documented eruptions in the world.

Depart the pier for a scenic sightseeing drive through Messina's city centre.


Messina City Tour

Along the way, pass by historic sites that include Via Cavour, Viale Boccetta and Piazza Duomo, which features the Cathedral, its bell tower and astronomical clock.


Mount Etna

Leaving Messina, continue on for the approximately 62-mile (100-kilometre) drive to Mount Etna, Europe's most active volcano. Its slopes soar to a height of 10,813 feet (3,296 meters) above sea level, and are covered with cones and craters.


En route, proceed along the Autostrada and winds around picturesque mountain slopes. Pass by the town of Giarre and villages of Santa Venerina and Zafferana before reaching the 6,398-foot (1,950-metre) Crateri Silverstri. Upon arrival, you may opt to visit one of the bars or restaurants, or walk around the visitor area for magnificent panoramic vistas and photos over woods, orchards, vineyards and the Catania Gulf. The highlight of your visit is the sight of the awe-inspiring crater and lava streams, including those stemming from eruptions in 2001 and 2002.


Following your visit, some free time is made available to browse for souvenirs and local handicrafts before re-boarding your bus for the 1.5-2-hour return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves minimal walking and an optional walk of moderate exertion with some uneven ground at the Crateri Silvestri area. Tour is suitable for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. Guests are advised to bring a winter jacket with a windproof outer-layer, as the temperatures atop Mount Etna can be windy and cool, even during the summer months. Closed-toe shoes are recommended for guests who opt to walk around the Crateri Silvestri at their discretion. Caution is also advised when walking across lava and rocky ground, where crevices still exude fumes and heat. Guests who do not wish to walk may relax in the bars and restaurants in front of the coach parking area. A minimum number of participants are required to operate this tour.

Explore Messina

Messina sits across the Strait of Messina which divides the Region of Calabria from the Island of Sicily. Mother Nature has created a masterpiece here, painting the gorgeous sea into its background. As in the past, Messina is the main portal to Sicily. Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans and Swabians landed on its coasts and had a heavy influence on culture here and throughout the Island.


Depart the pier via coach for a brief sightseeing tour of Messina's city centre.


Messina City Tour

Along the way, pass by the Town Hall Square, Via Garibaldi, Piazza Cairoli, known as the 'hearth of the town', Via Tommaso, Cannizzaro, site of the University and Law Courts, and Via Cavour.


Cristo Re Church and Coastal drive

After a photo stop at the Cristo Re Church, proceed for a drive along Messina's northern coast. En route, take in scenic views of the Ganzirri Lakes, Messina Strait and Capo Peloro, the closest point to the mainland.


Cathedral Square

During the drive back to the city, a brief stop is made at Cathedral Square. After an interior visit inside the cathedral, visit the Treasure Rooms where among other historical and artistic works can be seen the golden "Manta" of the Madonna of the Letter.


Afterwards, observe the movements of the historic bell tower and astronomical clock before re-boarding your bus for the return drive to the pier.


Please note: This tour involves minimal walking over flat surfaces at the cathedral, and it is recommended for guests with limited mobility and guests who utilise a wheelchair. This is mostly a panoramic tour conducted on a coach. A minimum number of participants are required to operate this tour.

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