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“A nice place to stop for a rest.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico)

Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico)
Piazza Duomo, 98122 Messina, Sicily, Italy
090675175
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Ranked #1 of 27 Attractions in Messina
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Landmarks
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Adelaide, Australia
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“A nice place to stop for a rest.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

The bell tower and astronomical clock are situated in a small piazza that is also home to the restored Messina cathedral and a picturesque fountain. The piazza is located no more than three minutes walk from the cruise ship terminal.
Unfortunately we were not in the piazza at 12 noon to see the clock in full operation but its figurines were still an impressive sight even in their stationary state. The bell tower and the cathedral were also impressive both from an architectural and an artistic point of view.
The piazza is a draw card for tourists as it is also the base for a tourist "train" that travels the roads to show visitors the sights of Messina and there are several small cafes and snack bars in the vicinity.
Well worth a visit whilst you are in Messina. A nice place to stop for a rest and a break from your busy tourist activities.

Visited June 2013
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Kaiserslautern, Germany
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“Worth the 3 Euro - got to see inner workings”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

Well worth the price - we were the only ones in the tower. Well-written descriptions of all levels in 3-4 languages (Italian, English, German, one more?) and very interesting to see from the inside.

Visited October 2013
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Piney Flats, Tennessee
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“It was Late in the evening:”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

After a long day trip to Sicily we stopped by in time to see the bell Tower in Messina, it and the fountain were beautiful. We even saw the figures move to chime the bells

Visited September 2013
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Deerfield Township, NJ
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“It was ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

The clock was okay but I didnt think that it was to special compared to other sights in Italy. The plaza where the clock is located has a mini train that takes you on a tour of Messina.

Visited September 2013
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“Great visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

Bought a ticket inside Cathedral which also covered the cost of walking up the Bell tower. Easy walk we have walked up many a bell tower and nearly gave ourselves heart attacks but this is a reasonable modern tower and the steps were not so steep. We saw all the statues before the noon performance where most of them move - the lion roared very loud and the bird crowed, great fun and you must be there at 12.00 pm to catch the 'show'.

Visited September 2013
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