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Messina (Sicily), Italy-port

Messina, the third largest city in Sicily, was the most important port of departure for European knights on their way to the Crusades in the Middle Ages. Today, this extensively rebuilt port city still boasts many historically and architecturally significant landmarks, particularly the renowned cathedral with its unusual astronomical clock, the 12th century Catania Church and the ornate Teatro Vittorio Emanuele. Messina is also the starting point for a day trip to the peak of breath-taking Mt. Etna-Crateri Silvestri.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Hidden Sicily – “in the Godfather’s Footsteps”
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Highlights of Messina
    Light Activity /WalkingMinimal Activity Required
  • Highlights of Taormina & Greek Theatre
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Mount Etna
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Mount Etna and Off-Road Ascent
    Most Active or StrenuousMeal
  • Sicilian Wine
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Taormina and Greco-Roman Theater
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Taormina and Mount Etna
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Taormina and Sicilian Vineyard
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal
  • Taormina, Lava River & Wine Tasting
    Light Activity /Walking
  • The Cape of Tindari
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • The Land of the Godfather
    Light Activity /Walking
  • Tindari
    Moderate Activity/Walking

Hidden Sicily – “in the Godfather’s Footsteps”

Light Activity /Walking

Duration: 4 1/2 hours

Tour Code: MES-004

On this delightful tour of Sicily, you'll visit some of the picturesque locales in which scenes from two of The Godfather movies were filmed.

Depart for a brief drive through the center of Messina, then along the highway and coastal road to Santa Teresa, the largest coastal town between Messina and Taormina. From there, you'll travel inland to Savoca, a lovely old village nestled between two hills. The private house at the entrance of Savoca is called Bar Vitelli, which displays a collection of local artisan tools and photographs taken when Francis Ford Coppola was in this area shooting scenes from The Godfather, Part II. Inside the Cappuccini Church's catacombs, you'll see a crypt with 37 standing, fully-clothed and mummified bodies of friars and nobility from the 18th and 19th centuries. Next, begin a slow walking tour along the village's uphill-sloping main street. View the Chiesa Madre, Santa Lucia, San Michele and Immacolata Churches built in the 15th-16th centuries, along with magnificent vistas over the valley. Remains of the Norman Castle can also be seen.

Continue on for a 20-minute drive to Forza d'Agro, a charming little village overlooking the coastline and Arab-Norman castle of Capo Sant'Alessio. In 1990, Al Pacino and Sophia Coppola came here to shoot scenes from The Godfather, Part III. From the main square, circular steps lead up to the Gothic-Catalan portal in front of the 15th-century Church of St. Agostino, or Triade.

Afterward, you'll rejoin your coach for the drive back to the ship, passing the Baroque Chiesa Madre along the way.

Please note: This tour involves approximately 20 minutes of slow walking, including steep, uphill roads, and 30 steps to descend and ascend the catacombs.