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Messina [4] is in the northeast of Sicily, Italy. It is only 5 km across the Straits of Messina to the region of Calabria on the mainland.

Cathedral tower

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By boat[edit]

There are at least hourly ferries to Villa San Giovanni on the mainland and also several hydrofoils each day to Reggio Calabria.

Some days, visitors arrive by cruise ships... most frequently in the summer season. Ships often berth right downtown, within an easy walk to a popular piazza, dominated by the clock tower (pictured), and which is served by many tour buses and a hop-on/hop-off double-decked bus offering a modest overview of the waterfront portion of the city.

By train[edit]

Messina is Sicily's link to the main Italian train network. Long distance trains from Rome and Naples cross the Straits of Messina by ferry and continue on to Palermo and Catania. Regular regional trains also run to Milazzo, Cefalu, Taormina and Syracuse.

By bus[edit]

Long-distance buses stop in Messina, linking Rome and Naples to Catania and Palermo. Regular buses also run to Taormina and Milazzo (for the Aeolian Islands).

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Novara di Sicilia - Located in the province of Messina on the northern side of Mt. Etna, this picturesque medieval town is nestled in the mountains overlooking ancient Tyndaris and Abacaenum. It is the archetype of a typical medieval town, with its friendly and accommodating people who speak a distinctive dialect.

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Visit Torre Faro, the former electricity pylon over Messina Strait. It is a 224 metres tall lattice tower, which is today an observation tower with an observation platform on 200 metres. Unfortunately you have to walk 1250 steps up and down, but the great view on the huge structure and the good view over Messina Strait is surely worth it! [5]

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The best pizza in town is Pizza Capitano just off Piazza Cairoli. The owner is a little gruff however the wood oven gives an authentic Sicilian flavor. Its also excellent value and is always busy especially during Series A football matches when the atmosphere reaches fever pitch.

  • Al Gattopardo, Via Santa Cecilia, 184, +39 090 673076.  edit
  • Bacco, Via Cernaia, 15, +39 0090 771420.  edit
  • Momento Ristorante, Via Mario Giurba 29, +39 090 6409781.  edit

For visitors there for just a day, look for family pastry store that offer cannoli... a genuine Sicilian treat.

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For a taste of Irish authenticity drop into Dockers near the cruise mooring area.

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  • [6] Flats with different sizes all provided with kitchen fridge and washing machine for a simple but good stay, they are located in the north part of the city, perfect for spending your holiday.


  • La Residenza Hotel Messina, Via XXVII Luglio 115 Messina, +39 090 77631, [1]. Double €100-€200 Single: N/A.  edit
  • Hotel il Mulino, Via A. Doria, 46, Capo D'Orlando, Ph. +39.0941.902431 Fax +39.0941.911614 [7]. Among the hotels in Capo d'Orlando, the Hotel Il Mulino boasts a privileged position: overlooking the sea on the beautiful sandy beach in the centre. The hotel is about 200 meters from the pedestrian area and about 300 meters from the train station.
  • Liberty Hotel, Via I Settembre, 15, Tel.: + 39 090 6409436, Fax: + 39 090 6409340 [8]. Situated in the heart of Messina, NH Liberty, built in 1930, and newly renovated. It's position makes it ideal for business stays as well as holidays. There is another NH hotel in Messina [9] if this one is full.
  • Il Parco degli Ulivi, Contrada Romeo, Villafranca Tirrena, +39 090.3379529 (, fax: +39 090.3379528), [2].  edit
  • Tourist Village Capo Calavà, C.da Capo Calavà, Gioiosa Marea, Ph. +39.0941.302501 Fax +39.0941.301188[10]. Directly on the beach and in the heart of a verdant park with a piano bar, discotheque, miniclub, restaurant, wellness center, business center, and 280 comfortable rooms. Prices start from 420€ per week.


  • Hilton Hotel Portarosa Messina – Complesso Turistico Portorosa, Furnari. [11]. Telephone +39 0941 802 500 • Fax +39 0941 802 555. Luxury four star hotel outside the city with private beach, spa centre, windsurfing and sailing class, plus a Congress Centre for the ideal business meeting just a two steps away from the Sicilian Sea.
  • Hotel Royal Palace In the heart of the commercial centre, 200 meters far from the station. The restaurant "Lo Scrigno" offers a refined service and the best dishes of the cuisine of Messina and Sicily and selected specialties of the National cuisine as well.
  • Grand Avalon Sikani Resort & Residence Sicily, Contrada Licari, Goioiosa Marea, +39 0941 301100, [3]. Features 119 guest and family rooms wit sea view of the Aeolian Islands. Private beach. Located in the Northern Coast of Sicily (Goioiosa Marea) very near Messina. Facilities: A/C, infinity swimming pool, sea-view solarium, running center, spa & wellnes center, banquet facilities, conference centre.  edit
  • Villa Luca Messina – Contrada Muti 1, Sant'Agata Militello. [12]. Telephone +39 0941 702394• Fax +39 0941 701383. Relaxing country house located on the edge of Messina, immerse in a fantastic green area with a swimming pool. The Villa Luca offers 12 guest rooms, one for disables, with private bath and breakfast included. Double and twin rooms €65; triple and family 92.

Get out[edit]

  • Mount Etna - Europe's highest active volcano
  • Taormina - charming hillside town and one of Sicily's main tourist resorts
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