If Messina had another name it would be Calamity. Over the years the Sicilian city has changed hands more times than you can count on your fingers, with everyone from the Byzantines and the Greeks to the Normans and the Spanish demolishing and rebuilding it. Factor in plagues, earthquakes, floods, revolution and World War bomb raids, and you’ve got a story worthy of a primetime news slot. So it’s fair to say there are plenty of sights to put on your to-do list. On this trip, things kick off with a city tour. Your guide will give you the lowdown on the history as you tick off the must-sees, before your drive continues along the island’s north coast. Later, back in the city centre, you’ll stop-off at Messina’s most famous sight – the reconstructed Norman cathedral where Richard the Lionheart worshipped en route to a 12th-century crusade. While you’re there you’ll pop into the café in front of the cathedral for a little light refreshment before heading back to the ship.
- SUITABILITY Little physical activity.