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Beautiful inside

I am not a huge fan of Churches, but this one is impressive . Beautiful Stations of the cross... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fran C
Fleet, England, United Kingdom
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Interesting Sanctuary

There is quite a scenic road to arrive at the bottom of a hill were you will need to park. A bus... read more

Reviewed 5 September 2018
Stephen B
Zurrieq, Malta
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Legend has it that the Black Madonna statue fished out of the sea has healing powers; a visit to this picturesque church just may prove it to you.
Piazza Quasimodo, 98066 Tindari, Patti, Sicily, Italy
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You have to park in the car park in Tindari village and pay to get the bus up the hill to the sanctuary €1 per person the bus drops you 5/8 ths of the way up the last 100 meters up hill you have to...More

Thank Jon W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I am not a huge fan of Churches, but this one is impressive . Beautiful Stations of the cross, adorn the walls. Closed during lunch. Grab a coffee and cake at bar Tindari.

Thank Fran C
Reviewed 5 September 2018 via mobile

There is quite a scenic road to arrive at the bottom of a hill were you will need to park. A bus takes you up the hill and you make the final track on foot. The sanctuary is relatively new and has very nice mosaics...More

1  Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 30 August 2018

I have always enjoyed visiting that church.We have been at least 4 to 6 times over the last 41 yrs.This year I found out that we had to bus up the hill.The shopping at the bus lot is very reasonable and I know because I...More

Thank jackieandjoer
Reviewed 19 August 2018

I grew up hearing about the Miracle that happened in Tindari hundreds of years ago but visiting the Sanctuary and seeing the waterline where it was said that a baby had fallen from great heights to its death but instead the waters parted around the...More

1  Thank Grace R
Reviewed 6 July 2018

My husband and I were on the MSC Seaview last month and opted for a tour of Tindari and the Sanctuary of the Madonna di Tindari. We totally enjoyed our time with Margarita who not only showed us the beautiful basilica but the Greek ruins...More

Thank annsemeslynch
Reviewed 28 April 2018 via mobile

Messina not worth a visit. Nothing to do or see. Unkept and ugly in places. So many beautiful places to visit in Sicily

Thank dinacar
Reviewed 7 April 2018

You can see this place from afar sitting high above the surrounding area. The cathedral is special with the black madonna and the legend about her, but allow yourself also to enjoy the wonderful light through the many large glass mosaiks. Next to the cathedral...More

1  Thank Mona N
Reviewed 20 March 2018

A lovely looking church set high up in the hills above Patti that overlooks the water. A wonderful inside but if you explore you will find an even older church attached to its side. Outside there are also roman ruins with amphitheatre. Well worth the...More

Thank Judi M
Reviewed 23 January 2018

The church has a special place in the hearts of Sicilians because of the presence of the Black Madonna. Even if the church itself is nothing special,artistically speaking,just the view from the heights of the coast and the sea beyond are worth the climb.

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2 August 2017|
Response from rondi3 | Reviewed this property |
Their website says the sanctuary is closed from 12:30 to 14:30 for the mid-day break, and at 19:00 for the night, although it stays open until 20:00 in July and August. It opens every day at 6:45.
Theresa Z
19 July 2015|
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Response from Alfred F | Reviewed this property |
It all depends on how much time you have ashore. Assuming that you will be arriving at Messina harbour early in the morning and will be departing late afternoon, the following would be a possible itinerary, provided that... More
Alakananda M
11 June 2015|
Response from macman1940 | Reviewed this property |
Your cheaper option is the 2 hour train from Palermo to Tindari for $12-$15. The bus takes 5 hours and costs $44.