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Walk from Holland America cruise port to Astronomical Clock

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Sydney, Australia
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Walk from Holland America cruise port to Astronomical Clock

We are fairly fit seniors just wanting to walk from the Holland America seaport in Messina to the Piazzo Duomo to see the astronomical clock, the fountain and what we can see in 1-2hrs on foot. Is the walk reasonably easy and could we do the museum with the famous paintings as well? We want to relax on board our cruise ship during the afternoon due to a heavy schedule of excursions each side of Messina.

Is there a good street map of Messina?

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for Messina, Bratislava
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1. Re: Walk from Holland America cruise port to Astronomical Clock

Hello! The Cathedral and Piazza Duomo are at walking distance, less than 10 minutes walking. Be there at noon to see the Astronomical clock in action, it is considered as one of the largest in the world. You could also visit the "Tesoro del Duomo" (Cathedral treasure).

The other main sight, The Regional Museum, (With paitings by Caravaggio and Antonello da Messina) is far from the port but you can esaily get there by tram.

Here a Map planetware.com/map/messina-map-i-mess_c.htm

There's also City Sightseeing Messina: www.messina.city-sightseeing.it/eng/index.htm and in these threads you could find some more useful information

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187889-i2142-k396…

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187886-i343-k2536…

Edited: 6:06 pm, December 07, 2012
Sydney, Australia
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2. Re: Walk from Holland America cruise port to Astronomical Clock

Many thanks RRosario7 - you have answered all my questions, and so promptly. Thanks again. Morgymay

Here & There
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for Sicily, Taormina
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3. Re: Walk from Holland America cruise port to Astronomical Clock

Welcome to Sicily Morgymay!

You might also find this interactive map of Messina useful - Click on attractions and zoom in.

frommers.com/destinations/destinationmap.cfm…

Vagabonda

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4. Re: Walk from Holland America cruise port to Astronomical Clock

Also in the vicinity of the Duomo, and not to be missed is the Chiesa dei Catalani - down via Lepanto to the right of the cathedral (as you face it) and across Via Cesare Battisti. Alas, it is invariably kept closed, but it is undoubtedly one of the most photogenic sights in Messina.

Another potentially worthwhile site of interest and only 100m from the Duomo is the medieval street excavations behind the Town Hall. Head down the road to the left of the Duomo and just across the Via Consolato del Mare is an entrance with a small blue sign - doing its best not to give itself away. There's a small museum inside and it opens into the excavations behind the Comune.

Also interesting might be the Chiesa degli Alemanni - not far away in Via Sant'Elia (off Via Garibaldi). It is empty, but architecturally and historically interesting. It is also usually open.

Here & There
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5. Re: Walk from Holland America cruise port to Astronomical Clock

These would be lovely to see if time permits, but depending on your arrival and departure times in Messina, and with only 1-2 hours, the Duomo and Il Tesoro del Duomo as well as the Orologio Astronomico at noon are your top priorities. And then if time permits, perhaps take a taxi to the Museo Regionale for a quick glimpse of the masterpieces by Caravaggio and Antonello da Messina.

Vagabonda

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