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Legend has it that the Black Madonna statue fished out of the sea has healing powers; a visit to this picturesque church just may prove it to you.
Piazza Quasimodo, 98066 Tindari, Patti, Sicily, Italy
+39 0941 369003
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Reviewed June 10, 2019

Pretty drive to the church and interior is interesting but I'm not sure that it's worth the extra trip unless it's convenient or your truly interested in the history of this particular Madonna.

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed May 25, 2019 via mobile

Hello my Friends, I come back in my wonderful Sicily, with my Friends pedalling from Patti to Tindari Sanctuary. Then a great Granita.

Date of experience: May 2019
24  Thank micheleaQ8239JH
Reviewed April 25, 2019 via mobile

A absolute must do when in the neighbourhood. Makes you feel humble to see what our ancient forefathers achieved. Hard to imagine how all this work has been done just by hand.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank 731michielp
Reviewed April 22, 2019

Lovely church nice ceiling. Stunning views from square in front looking out to the sea. Took the bus up from the car park which cost 1 Euro, walked down.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank JudithTintern
Reviewed April 2, 2019 via mobile

A truly beautiful church with ornate ceilings as you might expect but the mosaics and stained glass windows are a sight to behold. Tindari was quiet and it was like we had this place to ourselves. Very special and well worth a visit.

Date of experience: April 2019
2  Thank janea201
Reviewed November 3, 2018

Located between Cefalu and Messina it is convenient to visit from either location. Parking is available and a bus will bring you to the Sanctuary. The church offers great stained glass and wonderful frescos. The black Madonna is the real highlight, steeped in folklore.

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Anthony H
Reviewed October 6, 2018

You have to park in the car park in Tindari village and pay to get the bus up the hill to the sanctuary €1 per person the bus drops you 5/8 ths of the way up the last 100 meters up hill you have to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Jon W
Reviewed October 3, 2018 via mobile

I am not a huge fan of Churches, but this one is impressive . Beautiful Stations of the cross, adorn the walls. Closed during lunch. Grab a coffee and cake at bar Tindari.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank FranC706
Reviewed September 4, 2018 via mobile

There is quite a scenic road to arrive at the bottom of a hill were you will need to park. A bus takes you up the hill and you make the final track on foot. The sanctuary is relatively new and has very nice mosaics...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank stephenbD4369NB
Reviewed August 30, 2018

I have always enjoyed visiting that church.We have been at least 4 to 6 times over the last 41 yrs.This year I found out that we had to bus up the hill.The shopping at the bus lot is very reasonable and I know because I...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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August 2, 2017|
Response from rondi3 | Reviewed this property |
Their website says the sanctuary is closed from 12:30 to 14:30 for the mid-day break, and at 19:00 for the night, although it stays open until 20:00 in July and August. It opens every day at 6:45.
Theresa Z
July 19, 2015|
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Response from Alfred F | Reviewed this property |
It all depends on how much time you have ashore. Assuming that you will be arriving at Messina harbour early in the morning and will be departing late afternoon, the following would be a possible itinerary, provided that... More
Alakananda M
June 11, 2015|
Response from macman1940 | Reviewed this property |
Your cheaper option is the 2 hour train from Palermo to Tindari for $12-$15. The bus takes 5 hours and costs $44.