Messina and its Museums

Alfredo TrimarchiArt and Museums, History and Culture, Messina

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Messina and its Museums

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Starting from the historical center of Messina, the first visit is expected at the Regional Museum of Messina where you can find exposed works of art of of extraordinary artistic beauty including the “Resurrezione di Lazzaro” and “Adorazione dei pastori” created by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and two of the most important works of art of Antonello da Messina: the “Polittico di San Gregorio” and the “Madonna con il bambino”.
Second stop of the tour is the Museum ” Messina in the 20th century” prepared in a fireproof gallery projected by the War Department, realized in 1940. The first part of the bunker – which develops in four rooms where were located the offices of the Prefecture, Police station, UNPA, fire departiment and Paramedic nurse -has been readapted also with an permanent exhibition of objects dating back to the same historical period.
In the other rooms it is possible to visit two exhibitions of weapons, uniforms and military objects of the period between 1900 and 1945, including all the elements that characterized the landing of the anglo-american troops. The guided tour will continue with the visit of the palace of the Mountain of Mercy, realized in 1619, which even today can be admired in all its splendor evoking from the mists of the past stories of misery and greatness, luxury and poverty, Baroque life and death; the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary art of Messina;
In the end you will visit the Museum of Rare and Ancient weapons, a significant selection of heirlooms exposed in the welcoming locals of the city of Messina specially equipped for it.


What to bring:
Identity card, camera and video camera. Cash and credit card, sunglasses and suntan cream.

What to wear:
It is recommended to wear comfortable shoes, a hat and light and comfortable clothes.


Terms of purchase
Booking with payment by bank trasfer, paypal, credit card or cash on the same day of the tour.

Cancellation Policy

Discover Messina reserves the right to cancel the tour, not later than seven days before the chosen date, only in case of failure to achieve a number of 4 participants. In that case we will refund the complete amount within 48 hours from the notification of cancellation communicated by e- mail.
In case of annulment of the excursion by the customer not later than 48 hours previous to the chosen date for the tour the entire amount will be refunded. If the tour will be annulled 48 hours before the date of the excursion to the customer it will be deducted 30% of the amount.


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  • Service active all year
  • 5 Hours
  • Start point: Discover Messina Office or the Port Terminal
  • End point: Returns to original departure location
Included in the price
  • Transport by air-conditioned bus
  • Professional guide
  • Walking tour
  • Live commentary on board
  • Discover Messina Travel Assistance
  • Liability Insurance
  • Entrance ticket to the Regional museum of Messina
  • Entrance ticket to the Museum “Messina in the 20th century”
  • Entrance ticket to the palace of Mountain of mercy
  • Entrance ticket to the Gallery of Modern and Contemporary art
  • Entrance ticket to the Museum of Rare and ancient weapons
Excluded from the price
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Tips and personal extra
  • What is not being specified in “Included in the price”
Additional information:
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Adult pricing applies to all travellers.
  • Adult pricing applies to all travellers.
  • May be operated by a multilingual guide.
  • There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if the minimum number of passengers is not reached (4 people) to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Meals and drinks not included.
  • Cellular number required.

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