Living in the island till the Spanish exile of 1492, the Sicilian Jewish community was one of the most important in the Mediterranean area and was well integrated within the local component.
We'll start our tour in the centre of Messina and its ancient Jewish quarter. Here, we visit the Norman Cathedral- with its latin iscription against the Jewish city- community and the beautiful Palazzo Penso- Jewish family heritage. Then, we go to the Regional Archeological Museum that, amongst its artistic treasures, has a Hebrew synagogal inscription of unestimated linguistic value. After the tour of Messina, we will drive south up to the rocky city of Taormina. Here, you'll visit the most impressive monument of the city: the Greco-Roman Theatre. It has the finest site of any theatre in the world and one of the most striking monuments of antiquity. In the antiquarium, we'll see Greek inscriptions demonstrating the Jewish presence in the city since the classic age. Later, walk to the site of the Jewish quarter and the mediaeval convent of S. Domenico.
Tour type: private shore trip from Messina/ Giardini Naxos/ Catania ports of call.
Chauffer- driven. On demand we can provide English speaking driver/ guide and/or licensed tour guide.
Time duration: 7 hours
Driving time: from Giardini Naxos 45 minutes, from Catania and Messina 1 hour
Departure time: on demand
Meeting place for cruisers: Port of call pier: The guide/ driver will hold a sign with clients' name.
Tour cost: depends on the services requested (driver, English speaking driver, licensed tour guide, driver/guide). Please ask for a quote