Messina, Tindari and Arabic Castle
This is a full day excursion; we will pick you up from your preferred location, and take the scenic coastal road towards Messina. We stop at the fantastic Sanctuary of the Montalto Madonna, offering probably the best views in Messina; take in the Cathedral and of course the Astronomical clock. We proceed to Tindari; on arrival lunch is possible, your driver will advise depending on your requirements. Our last stop will be at Calatabiano’s castle.
Known as the gateway to Sicily, Messina is just a few kilometres from the Italian mainland, hemmed in by the Peloritani Mountains to the rear, this big, bustling city has wide boulevards and elegant turn-of-the-century buildings.
Historical monuments are few as the city was practically razed to the ground by an earthquake in 1908; further devastation took place by mass bombings in WWII leaving very little remains of its architectural wonders. Its Cathedral is one of Sicily’s finest and the Bell Tower is worth a visit.
Tindari was one of Sicily’s last Greek Colonies and is home to the legend of the black Madonna.
The sculpture of the Virgin and Child in citron wood is said to have reached Tindari in the 8th Century and is still worshipped today.
After visiting the sanctuary you will have the opportunity to wander around the Greek ruins and admire the majestic views of the Tyrrhenian Sea.
We cut through internal roads taking in various Sicilian villages en route to the Arabic castle. The Arab-Norman castle of Calatabiano has been beautifully restored, offering breathtaking 360 degree views of the Alcantara Valley, Mount Etna and Taormina. On arrival you will be greeted by a tram ready to whisk you up the side of the cliff this short journey will take you to the top of the castle.
We will head back to your desired drop off location with an all-important ice cream stop. Please note: This is a private excursion with a dedicated driver and vehicle, entrance fees to archaeological sites ARE NOT included in the cost. All of our excursions and tours have been organised for pick up within a 10km radius of Taormina and Giardini Naxos. We would be more than happy to quote for pick up outside this area. On receiving your booking we will contact you to arrange pick up location, time and address or any special requirements you may have.