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All reviews black madonna beautiful church the bus worth a visit per person madonna di stained glass car park greek ruins stunning views church offers surrounding area sanctuary hill parking sea mosaics
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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 you catch a taxi.
Very close to the harbour there’s the Duomo (the mother Church) and the Piazza Duomo (the square by the Church). You don’t need to spend much time here, maybe 60 to 90min. At the piazza there is an astronomical clock tower and a marble fountain Fontana di Orione.
The drive to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of Tindari may take 45min. It’s 60km away from the harbour, but the road is winding at times. Spend 90min here. As the previous contributor said, the views are spectacular.
Within walking distance from the Sanctuary, you will find Greek archeological ruins. Maybe another 90min.
An alternative to the Sanctuary could be a drive to Gole Alcantara (a river with waterfalls and some small lakes) and / or Taormina. They are both about an hour’s drive from the harbour, but you need a minimum visiting time of 3 hours at each location.
You are able to swim in the lakes of the Gole Alcantara, if you are up to it (entrance tickets bought on location).
Taormina is a very much a tourist destination, with many shops and piazzas with equally breathtaking views. At Taormina there are also ruins of a Roman amphitheatre.