Messina: 2-Hour Walking Tour
- Private group
- Duration: 2 hours
per group up to 54
Take a memorable journey along the Coast of Gods from Tropea to the charming town of Pizzo, while enjoying sublime views over the Tyrrhenian sea. Absorb the knowledge of your guide as you explore one of Vibo Valentia's most beautiful areas. Step into the unique Church of Piedigrotta, which is built into the local landscape, giving it its name, meaning 'at the foot of the cave'. Marvel at a stunning collection of stone sculptures. Wind your way through the atmospheric alleyways and characteristic stairwells of Pizzo, as you navigate your way to the grand central square, Piazza della Republica. Jump back into the fifteenth century as you visit Aragon Castle, where the King of Naples was imprisoned and sentenced to death. Spoil yourself among the colorful gelaterias and gorge on the local delicacy, Tartufo (truffle) ice cream.
Your tour starts from Piazza del Duomo, where you can admire the Fountain of Orion which was built in 1500 by a disciple and collaborator of Michelangelo Buonarroti. Represented within it are the four rivers, and the upper basin is decorated with verses in Latin. Afterwards, you will visit the magnificent cathedral dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta. Built in the Byzantine era and expanded at the time of Swabians, it was destroyed in 1254 during the funeral of King Corrado IV (son of Frederick II Hohenstaufen), before being later rebuilt in 1908. You will encounter Renaissance decorations, Baroque decorations, and finally those of the 1900s. You will also view various statues, marbles and mosaics, copies of the original versions which are now lost. The façade is decorated with multi-colored bands and embellished with marble and 14th century reliefs. The outside of the 90-meter-high and...
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