MESSINA & TINDARI TOUR: 8 Hours
PRIVATE TOURS OF MESSINA & TINDARI, DAY TRIPS, SHORE EXCURSIONS FROM MESSINA
Includes: private transportation with English speaking driver/guide, taxes, parking, toll.
Departure Points of Private Tours: Taormina, Messina, Catania. Other Departure Points Available.
Let Well Arranged Travel take you on a private guided tour of Sicily to Messina and Tindari (Tyndaris). Messina has suffered both devastating earthquakes and World War II bombings. Yet it not only still survives, but boasts some of the most beautiful and important architecture and museums. The Museo Regionale houses treasures by such artistic greats as Antonello da Messina and Caravaggio. We’ll also see Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani in Piazza Catalani, a stellar example of the richly decorated and eclectic 12th century Norman architecture. Outside the beautiful Fontana d’Orione is the finest fountain of its kind from 16th-century Sicily, while the fountain of Nettuno (Neptune), dating from the same period, celebrates Messina’s foundation as a major world port.
The most important monument in Messina, however, is the Cathedral, erected during the 12th-century Norman reign. Most of the present cathedral was actually reconstructed after earthquake damage, though a few segments of the original walls remain. If possible, you will be in place at noon to enjoy a very special movement of its astrological clock.
Our next destination is Tindaris, a Bronze Age settlement from about 1500 BC. The most important Greek city in this vicinity, Tindaris suffered from a landslide at the end of the First Century AD and an earthquake in 365 AD. Most of what the visitor sees today was constructed during the Roman period.
You will tour the amphitheatre, built in the 4th century BC, with its ruins of simple temples and the so-called basilica, a fine example of Greco-Roman architecture. You will also see an important Christian sanctuary that sits high above the city, with a black Madonna statue that draws visitors from near and far.
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