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Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico)

Piazza Duomo, 98122 Messina, Sicily, Italy
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Ranked #1 of 27 Attractions in Messina
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Even without all parts working, this was a nice little show. Great sound and characters. Funny little man up there though-maybe helping it work...

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G.g
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27 reviews 27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Watching the clock never gets old! Everytime we take the ferry to Sicily I always plan to visit. My son loved all the movement and music..

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Pebble Beach, California
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91 reviews 91 reviews
54 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We happened to be there at noon to see the show. Having been thus fortunate, I can say that I would not have planned my day around this event. It is kind of a giant cuckoo clock, only with gilded lions that roar and roosters that crow. Fortunately, if you arrive at a time anywhere close to noon, you can... More

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Erding, Germany
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37 reviews 37 reviews
16 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

We enjoyed dinner looking onto the Bell Tower and Astronomical clock as the sun went down. A lovely end to a beautiful day before crossing the straights to the mainland.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is one of the most beautiful tower in Europe, the astronomical clock is fabulous. An incredible machine that every day at noon takes life. The statues in the tower come alive to tell the story of the city.

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Melbourne, Australia
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220 reviews 220 reviews
119 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

On a hot August day we waited close to 30 minutes for the Bell Tower display at 12 noon; fortunately we found somewhere mostly shaded. Whilst you can probably see the tower display from anywhere in the square it is better to be directly in front of it because all the action takes place in the front. The clock display... More

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Livingston, New Jersey
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14 reviews 14 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Great attraction - if you can - find someone or some information that explains the different symbols of the clock- it will give you more context-

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Phoenix, Arizona
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298 reviews 298 reviews
166 attraction reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

If you happen to be nearby at noon when things move around, I would probably stop to watch it for a few minutes. I would not plan anything around it though. As the one reviewer said, it is not always on time. For cruise ship passengers, you can see the tower but a building blocks the lower part.

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Holland
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30 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

It was a must seen place in Messina. We were there on time as it would happen at 12:00. But......nothing happened. Suddenly, at 12:20 the lion and the cockerell were doing their trickes, but then it stopped. End of the show. Worst bell tower performance I ever saw.....

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Caerleon, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Be there at noon because you can see the statues move - You will hear the lion roar and then all the statues move around. The Astrological clock is really cool to see as well.

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