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Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico)

Piazza Duomo, 98122, Messina, Sicily, Italy
+39 090 675175
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Piazza Duomo, 98122, Messina, Sicily, Italy
+39 090 675175
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Just about 15 minutes to 12 the square starts to fill up with people, everybody wants to see the giant tower clock operational and as promised there is a lot to see and hear, like a giant Coo cook clock all the elements get in...More

Thank Tanja H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you go to Messina you must visit this site - located in the city centre. This is one of the oldest astronomical clock in Europe. It is better than Prague's clock. It is definitely suggestive.

Thank Hermes C
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We were actually at Santuario della Madonna di Montalto looking over the city when we heard a very loud lion roar several times, followed by rooster crows and then music! It wasn't until we went back to Piazza del Duoma that we saw the clock...More

Thank jaspvs
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Messina is a pretty port with a stunning Duomo and Campanile. At midday you see a lovely display of clockwork icons. It is worth a visit and giving it just 15 min s from start to finish.

Thank drag0n1234
Reviewed 16 August 2017

We took a tour bus from our ship to see this clock tower attraction. It was one of the most cultural experiences to be there and see and hear the lion at the top of the clock roar, the apostles turning one by one, a...More

Thank CarolinaE5247ZH
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Spectacular Clock with lots of moving parts some move every 15 mins and at 12 lunch time there are a lot of movements going on for 10-15 mins.

Thank family52
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Apparently the biggest mechanical clock in Italy this impressive structure stands in a cobbled square right next to the cathedral. At noon it puts on a show for the visitors when all it's mechanical characters do-there-thing and dance around like a giant demented cuckoo clock.

Thank machinmad
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

If you are in Sicily, you have to see the Astronomical clock at 12pm. The Lion roars, the chicken clucks and the statues hit the bell. It's an amazing site where the whole town stops for 10 minutes to listen.

Thank James Y
Reviewed 1 August 2017

Ensure you are there for noon when the animated starts. Stand across for the tower to get the best view and take it all in. If you are too near you do not get the impact. It lasts for 10 minutes or so. Very good....More

Thank JohnH3759
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

The tower and church beside are absolutely stunning. I wouldn't pay to go to the top of the Bell Tower again though. It wasn't worth it. Definitely need to see the bell at noon though. Church has remarkable architecture

Thank Candice O
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Ken G
1 April 2017|
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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
Rita D
23 August 2015|
Response from Josy172 |
The Cathedral Sunday masses are at 9am, 11am, 12.15am, 6pm
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