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Sep 15, 2013 - In the Godfather’s Footsteps

We arrived in the Port of Messina, Sicily around 8:00 am and by 8:15 we were in our coach heading out on our “In the Godfather’s Footsteps” shore excursion. The excursion took us to two very old and beautiful Sicilian villages which were used in the movies “The Godfather”. We enjoyed a scenic drive in our tour bus along the coast south of Messina until we arrived at the village of Forza d’Agro about 1200 feet above sea level. Our bus driver did an excellent job negotiating the bus around numerous switch backs and hair pin curves. Once we...

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Sep 14, 2013 - A spot of shopping, mosaics and a mega mega drive

JOSH:5 days ago we drove from Molfetta down to San Giovanni. San G is the edge of the Italian Mainland. We took a 20 minute ferry ride over to Sicily. We ate our (crap) dinner on the boat ride. I had a pizza and a arancini. An arancini is basically deep fried rice stuffed with meat. We arrived and got in trouble for taking to long to leave. We left the boat and arrived in Sicily. We got to our caravan park at about 11 o'clock. We found the park on their website and it looked so amazing. We arrived and quickly realised it wasn't, at least...

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May 6, 2013 - East Mediterranean Cruise2 - Navigator of the Seas

Day 2 – 6 May Messina, Sicily -- Technical issues had our conference session shifted a day, so we were lucky to have the whole day in Messina. Shared a large taxi with some in our group and off to Taormina ... set high on the hill, an ancient walled village with narrow streets and overhanging buildings (reminded us of ‘The Shambles’ in York, UK). Lots of little shops, eateries, and gelato A tourist haven. Great views and picture taking opportunies. Getting there – the road wound round and through the mountain to: 32 tunnels and return: 26...

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May 6, 2012 - The barge!

Thought I would add the barge, to pinpoint on the map, that we did not take a ferry from Naples, but we took the train through Salerno, and numerous other cities in arriving at our destination! Xxxooo.....overall, the train was not bad, a whole lot cheaper when you are carrying luggage, and you must bring snacks!

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Mar 5, 2012 - Messina via Pozzallo, Catania, & Taormina

Wiki Info Messina Taxi to ferry...lightening/thunderstorms & buckets of rain, even hail! Raymond, one of the 4 brothers who run the hotel, drove us to the ferry. He said he'd gotten up early to find the way there because there were many road closures due to repairs/road construction. Ferry was very mod and even showed a Bean movie - a 007 takeoff, rough seas to begin but ended in sun & smooth sailing. In Polazzo, Italy where the ferry landed we boarded a bus to Catania (we could buy the ticket on the ferry since it was part of the ferry...

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Oct 1, 2011 - Messina

Messina:  okay, not much too tell, except the coach trip was long anddaboringasthe Siciliannnnnnnnaaatranslatorwassaveryyyyyyysinggasongginganddadifficlulttahforrametounderstanddah.   She didn't stop talking for four hours.   Messina was nice...and was more or less a stop to say it was a port call.  We were the very last people to re oars the ship.    Our dinner guests are Gary and Roberta from Ohio and Dennis and Elaine for the U.K.  Dennis and Elaine are pub managers and are on their 22nd cruise.   Gary and Roberta are tied with...

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Jun 17, 2011 - Sicily then Pompei

We woke up Thursday morning past the “toe of the boot” off Italy on the island of Sicily. The ship pulled up to the dock vs. anchoring off shore which meant easy access without waiting for the tender. After the morning workout regime was complete we showered up and struck out for our day of exploring. Although the city of Messina was at our feet we elected to go up the mountain to Taormina. And were we ever rewarded for that extra effort – Taormina must be the poster town for every photo of Italy you’ve ever seen. It is built into the...

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Jun 16, 2011 - Messina, Sicily

June 16, 2011 The Wind Surf arrived at the dock in Messina, Sicily at 8:00 a.m. It was going to be nice to debark onto the pier instead of the warm confined tender ride in. We had breakfast with Penny and our American friends and commiserated over the Canucks 4-0 blow out loss of game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. Penny had stayed until the final buzzer with the other diehards in the Lounge while Brenda and I slept through it. Possibly even more disappointing was the news that trickled in about the small band of idiots that conducted a minor...

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Sep 27, 2010 - Greetings from Messina, Sicily!

The ship wasn't due to dock in Sicily until 2 PM, so we slept in for a little while... at least until room service showed up with breakfast. I tell you, when we go home, I am really going to miss those breakfasts on the balcony. After breakfast, we decided to head up to the pool and claim our spot. It was kind of overcast this morning, and actually the forecast was calling for some light rain later on in the day. It was also a little cooler than usual, so we did not end up going into the pool. We took the time to put together a blog entry...

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May 3, 2009 - Messina, Sicily

Today "Ernie's Terrific Tours" is heading to Sicily. More specifically, we arrived in Messina this morning and headed out at 8 am for Mt. Etna and the town of Taormina. Our group is growing. Today Bob and Diane did their own thing, but we were joined by Maylin and Jay, and Joan & Dean of Lake Las Vegas as well as the other "regulars". Our guide is of Sicilian ancestry, but raised Australian. So we have a guide named Giuseppe, that talks like an Aussie. Our first stop was to be Mt. Etna. The guide started in with his talk as soon as we left...

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Aug 2, 2008 - The home of my ancestors

So, I don't even have any pictures of Sicily. We arrived in Calabria around 6 in the morning and took a ferry across to Messina, Sicily. We then had a cab driver (who was very funny, although we didn't know what he was saying) drive us from one pier to another. After many calls (hundreds of dollars I was to find out), I learned that the cruise ship wouldn't be in Messina until noon. We had four hours to kill, but all of our baggage and were both exhausted. So, we just sat at the train station. Well, I slept on and off between Alex's...

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Graduation Trip 2008

Apr 18, 2008 - Sicily

We docked in the port of Messina and took a bus tour through the city (3rd largest in Sicily). The cathedral was built in 1200 but destroyed by an earthquake in 1908 and again by bombing in World War II. The Cathedral’s clock tower is famous for being the largest astronomical clock in the world. Each day at noon, the bells toll, the clock’s figures rotate about and the song Ave Maria plays. We also toured Tindari, a small village poised on a cliff overlooking the straight of Messina which separates Sicily from mainland Italy. Tindari was...

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