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Over the centuries, Messina has been coveted for its wonderful natural harbor and strategic location on the easternmost tip of Sicily, the closest point to mainland Italy. From atop a scenic promontory, you will have the opportunity to see what has lured visitors and conquerors for centuries. Then, continue to the cathedral, where according to legend, England's king Richard the Lion-Hearted worshipped in 1190 at the beginning of the Third Crusade. One of the cathedral's highlights is its unusual astronomical clock. Proceeding along the Via Garibaldi, you will come upon the 12th century Catania Church and the ornate Teatro Vittorio Emanuele, which was originally built in 1852. While Messina contains a number of historic buildings of architectural significance, it more renowned for being a bustling, modern metropolis, having been substantially rebuilt following earthquakes and, more recently, heavy Allied bombing during World War II.
Please note: This tour includes a moderate amount of walking. The tour is available to wheelchair guests with a collapsible wheelchair, and are able to make their own way on and off the coach and have a companion to assist them. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Light-weight clothing; comfortable, flat walking shoes; sun cap and sunscreen are suggested.
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