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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
  • Beautiful Taormina & Mt. Etna
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Castelmola & Taormina
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Food & Wine Trails: Mt. Etna, Taormina & Villagrande Estate
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • 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
  • Mt. Etna 4x4 Expedition
    Most Active or StrenuousRegent ChoiceMeal
  • 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

Beautiful Taormina & Mt. Etna

Moderate Activity/Walking Regent ChoiceMeal

Duration: 9 hours

Tour Code: MNA-004

Graced with an extraordinary natural setting and a delightful medieval character, Taormina has inspired visitors for centuries, including novelist D.H. Lawrence, who wrote Lady Chatterley's Lover here.

Your guided walking tour will take you along Taormina's narrow roads past the famous Palazzo Corvaja, one of many well-preserved palaces in this Sicilian resort town. Next, you will explore the famous Greek Theater, which dates back to the 3rd century B.C. It was rebuilt by the Romans in the 2nd century A.D. and is still used for summer performances. The view from the top of the theater is one of the most breathtaking and most photographed in all of Italy with a sweeping panorama of Mount Etna, Sicily's precipitous east coast and the Calabrian coast.

Continuing along the road to the famed Etna, you will stop for a traditional Sicilian lunch and then ascend a winding mountain road, traveling past picturesque villages to the volcano's gaping crater, which stands more than 6,000 feet above sea level.

Please note: This tour includes a significant amount of walking over uneven surfaces and can be strenuous at times. The tour is not available to guests who utilize a wheelchair or those with mobility concerns. Light-weight clothing; comfortable, flat walking shoes; sun cap and sunscreen are suggested.