This was the best day of the entire trip. We had met friends on the ship who had a referral for a tour guide. We happened to be in Messina when the G7 Summit was going on, so a bunch of ship excursions had been cancelled. Our tour guide was incredible. First, he brought us up to Mount Etna, which was kind of active while we were there, and then to Taormina to a beach for lunch, where we luckily saw the fighter jets doing a show for the G7 and got to drive past where the meeting was being held as the leaders were eating lunch, and after that, he brought us down to Savoca and Forza d'Agro where the Godfather was filmed.
We stopped for some cannoli siciliani at what is apparently the best place for them in Sicily or Italy (I forget what it was called), then a little tour of Messina, and then back to the ship.
It was incredible.
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