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Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico)

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Piazza Duomo, 98122, Messina, Sicily, Italy
+39 090 675175
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 26 March 2010

My husband and I found ourselves unexpectedly in Messina when our cruise ship had a change of port. Having done no research, I quickly turned to trip advisor, even with the astronomical internet fees on board ship. We found the clock tower by following the...More

17  Thank jojotn
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 9 July 2013

Just returned from a 12 day cruise where we traveled from Venice to Barcelona. Messina was hands down our worst experience. The streets are very dirty and the service is poor. the buildings are covered in graffiti, which we unfortunately found to be very common...More

4  Thank tanddintampa
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All reviews at noon ave maria bell tower astronomical clock lion roars takes about minutes amazing spectacle moving figures amazing site sound effects vendors selling quarter hour town square piazza duomo beautiful church the main square cruise port
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Reviewed yesterday

Even if you don't go inside this amazing church, it is worth a look or two from the outside. I wish we would have been there at noon to experience it. It is a short walk from the cruise port and close to other architectural...More

Thank OnYourMarkTravel
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This tower has been there for centuries and it’s mechanical Lions that roar every hour, below is a Cock, and other statues that moves in every story have meaning. I just can’t believe we stood and watched the whole process and I cannot remember the...More

Thank windav2014
Reviewed 6 days ago

We sailed into Messina and it was about 15 minutes from the cruise ship. You can't miss the clock tower in the central square when the action starts the volume from the lion is tremendous most unexpected and the other features are quite enchanting. It...More

Thank Joyceinc
Reviewed 1 week ago

Make sure you go before 12.00 noon because that is when the action kicks off. The clock is quite impressive and the Cathedral next door, though not a must see, is reasonable. These two attractions are really the only things worth seeing in Messina so...More

Thank alexpratt46
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing clock to watch at noon. It is best if you have the information about the clock so you will be watching for the right movement at the right time. You can find an information brochure for 1 euro at the clock...More

Thank ginab08
Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to walk to this area from the ship. Something to see when you visit Messina. Church is nearby so you can do both.

Thank mokar1987
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What was good--it was unique and told the story of Messina on one clock. I imagine it took a lot of time and energy to build it. Sadly, I must be too Disney-ized, but this thing was like watching the clock at It's a Small...More

Thank Brad J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Amazing show, the statues from the Bell tower are moving and makeing different noises. I was impeessed of the lion part. Many people in the square makeing pictures and recording. I think is the main attraction in Messina.

Thank umflatila
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

You must be here for 12 Noon when the bell tower puts on such a display - enjoyed by all ! Worth the wait - expect crowds though and people trying to sell you souvenirs ! A must see destination !

1  Thank MaxD859
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

Everyone that come in Prague should visit this Astronomical Clock. The show is performed from 9am to 9pm ad it last for almost a minute. In my opinion is a little overrated but it’s surely a good show and a awesome attraction. You have to...More

Thank massiadvisor93
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Response from Josy172 | Property representative |
Yes there are some bars in the square
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Response from brightscot | Reviewed this property |
It was in Messina. Sorry for delay in getting back to you. Just back from New Orleans