Rated as one of Italy’s most beautiful villages, the hilltop Montalbano Elicona offers scenic streets, sweeping vistas, and a charming feel. Discover the village’s history and highlights on this full-day tour from Messina. Travel via air-conditioned minivan to Montalbano Elicona and relax as your guide takes you to medieval landmarks and charming village sights, stopping for a taste of local cuisine along the way.
We will start our adventure from Messina where our staff will welcome you and we will guide you along the Tyrrhenian coast describing you the villages that we will cross and the Aeolian Islands that you will be able to see from the bus during our way to Montalbano.
After almost 1 hour and 40 minutes we will reach our destination stopping in a local small cheese factory where the owners will receive us for a quick tasting of the famous “provola di Montalbano”- a spun paste cheese made with cow milk.
Once our short break will end we will continue with the visit of the village, having a relaxing walk on the tinny medieval streets, discovering important monuments such as the Church of Saint Catherin and the Church of Saint “Niccolò il vespro”, as well as the stately castle, which was created as a defensive garrison on a pre-existing Arab-Byzantine fortress, in a territory crossed by ancient military and commercial routes.
At the end of our visit we will stop in a restaurant situated at the back of the castle of Montalbano where we will have the opportunity to taste typical products such as local cheese, salami, sweets and also the wine of the house.
Our day-trip will end up with the return in Messina with a short stop in the panoramic point of the city from where you can admire the historical center, the Ionian coast, and the mainland.