Messina & The Riace Bronzes

    From € 68

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    Duration

    From 7 to 8 hours

    Overall Driving Time

    From 2 to 3,5 hours depending on pick up location

    Highlights

    Enjoy Messina's most famous attraction: the astronomical clock tower
    Be enchanted by the dramatic views of the Straight of Messina
    Experience a romantic 25-minute ferry ride
    See the most beautiful Greek bronze statues in the world
    Relax and indulge in the beautiful sicilian countryside as you are comfortably driven in our luxury vehicles.
    Get commentary from our expert drivers who are very passionate about Sicily and its unique history and culture.
    Full Description

    On this full day trip we will head towards the gateway of Sicily: Messina ,the city of the Strait. Don't be afraid to be eaten up by the ancient Greek sea monsters Scylla and Charybdis since nowadays they are peaceful monsters!

     

    Our first stop is at the shrine of Cristo Re that was built on the ruins of the Matagrifone Castle, where a tower is still visible. The temple, built in Baroque style, dominates the city with its large dome and contains the remains of 1288 fallen soldiers of World War II. From the vantage point, you can enjoy the amazing view of the Strait and the sickle-like shape of the city's natural harbour.

     

    We will then move onto Piazza Duomo to see the 12th century Cathedral and its bell tower that remarkably holds the largest astronomical clock in the world. Every day at noon the animated mechanical statues narrate important events of civil and religious history of the city.

     

    After watching this amazing attraction we will embark our car on a ferry to reach the the italian peninsula. The 25-minute ride will give you just enough time to get out of the car and head up to the deck to enjoy this memorable and romantic moment.

     

    Upon arrival in Reggio Calabria, you can have lunch at one of the local eateries along the promenade overlooking the Sicilian coast. Then it will be time to enter the museum to finally admire "the most beautiful Greek bronze statues in the world, to the point that not even in the museum of Athens there is anything like that",  as Salvatore Settis, a scholar of recognized international fame, declared. The halo of mystery surrounding the statues, the gorgeous blending of classical beauty and strong virility that was achieved in the Bronzes will even leave the most demanding traveller astonished.

    Included

    Luxury air conditioned Mercedes vehicle or similar
    All local Taxes, gasoline, highway/parking tolls, driver's meal
    Pick up and drop off right on the dock or place of stay
    English speaking Driver for the day at disposal
    English speaking licensed Tour Guide
    Lunch
    Gratuities are at client's discretion
    Admission fees where required unless otherwise specified