On this excursion to Gesso and Castanea, we'll explore the most rural Sicily. We'll get to know these charming villages, discover their links with the U.S. First Lady Jill Biden and visit the historic center of Messina.
Messina, Gesso & Castanea Excursion
At the time of your choice, we'll meet at Via I Settembre. From there, we'll board a minibus, leaving Messina behind for the village of Gesso, about 30 minutes away.
Once we arrive at our destination, we'll head to the Peloritani Museum of Culture & Popular Music. As we walk through the different rooms of the exhibition, we'll check out musical instruments and utensils that were once used by the rural populations of Sicily. We'll also learn about the ties that connect the family of the U.S. First Lady Jill Biden to this place.
Of course, we can't leave Gesso without first visiting its church and discovering the town's wine-making tradition. We'll discover how the local wine and oil are made and even be able to taste the exquisite honey of this village.
Afterward, we'll return to the minibus and make our way to Castanea delle Furie, a place that became of great interest to the order of the Knights of Malta. We'll reveal why on the tour! We'll also admire the town's main religious temples, such as the Church of the Santissimo Rosario or the Church of San Giovanni Battista.
Before we say goodbye, we'll go on a tour of Messina. We'll delve into the history of the city as we admire the exteriors of the Cathedral and the Church of Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani. We'll also visit a viewpoint that offers an incredible panoramic view of the city - an incredible vantage point to check out the Sacrario di Cristo Re (Votive Temple of Christ the King) and the Church of Montalto!
After six hours of excursion, we'll end the activity back at the starting point.
This excursion is also available for those arriving on cruise ships. In this case, you must indicate the name of the ship when booking. We'll be waiting for you at the disembarkation area half an hour after the scheduled arrival time of the cruise.
|Adults||Children 6-12 years old||Children under 6 years old|
|Tour in English||
Tour in English
Children 6-12 years oldUS$ 36.50
Children under 6 years oldFree
Please check local restrictions before traveling. All of our services comply with recommendations to avoid the spread of Covid-19.
The activity takes place with a guide that speaks in English, although it may occasionally be done in two languages.
Transport by minibus
English speaking guide
Entry to the Peloritani Museum of Culture & Popular Music
When to book?
You can book up until 24 hours before the activity as long as there are still places. Book now to guarantee your spot.
Type of voucher
Electronic. Show the voucher on your phone.
Not wheelchair accessible.
All services published on Civitatis are carried out in accordance with our Sustainability Code.
No printing of documentation required.
Frequently asked questions
Q - How to book?
A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.
Q - Is a minimum number of participants required?
A - This activity requires a minimum of 4 participants. Should this number not be reached, we'll get in touch with you to offer alternatives.
If you have any other questions please contact us.
Via I Settembre