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The portal to Sicily

Escape to Messina a vibrant port town with expansive sea views.

Perfect for soaking up the best of Sicilian culture, Messina is crammed full of interesting museums. Spend the morning wandering around one of the museums, take a seat in a traditional Sicilian restaurant for some delicious cuisine and top it all off with a shot of limoncello. Only a little further afield is the magnificent Mount Etna which still billows smoke on certain days and is great for exploring the volcanic region of Sicily. Whether you are a culture vulture who wants to enjoy a slice of Sicily or want to experience Sicilian nature in all its glory, a Messina holiday is ideal for you.

Things to do in Messina

Messina holidays are unforgettable as the region has so much to offer. There is truly something for everyone as the Tyrrhenian coast is brimming with coastal resorts for those seeking to relax in the Sicilian sun while the surroundings of Mount Etna provide numerous hiking and walking trials for the adventurous.

The restaurants in Messina serve traditional fresh food which is delicious. Trattario da Mario is a prime example of this as it is a big hit with the locals and serves seafood which is inexpensive but very tasty. A wide array of antipasti dishes is on offer in this popular haunt to tempt any traveller.

The holiday that awaits you in Messina will be full of adventure and new experiences. It is a Sicilian holiday with more so book with loveholidays now and start planning your Italian getaway!

Messina - extraordinary architecture in a wonderful setting

The town of Messina is ripe for exploration. Stroll through the narrow streets and grand piazzas as the locals go about their daily business. Visit the Duomo, a fabulous Sicilian cathedral and marvel upon its impressively carved altar and expansive interior. If you are peckish after the sightseeing, head to Pizza Capitano for an authentic, wood oven-baked pizza. The medieval town of Taormina is only a short distance away from Messina and must be visited. Taormina is a beautifully preserved town which sits on the serene Amalfi coast and showcases some spectacular views of the ocean. It also boasts an amphitheatre, the Greek theatre and is the perfect place for a day trip from Messina.

Messina holidays - a cultural haven

Messina holidays are ideal for families, friends or couples alike as there is so much to do and see. The Museo Regionale holds a stunning art collection and is must see for aspiring artists and inquisitive visitors alike. Perhaps the most famous piece of the collection is the San Gregorio Polyptych which dates all the way back to the 15th century – so make sure you don’t miss it!.

The campanile at Piazza Del Duomo cannot be missed as it stands at a towering 60 metres and houses one of the world’s largest astronomical clocks. You should gather in the square before noon as when the clock strikes a spectacular show ensues complete with a roaring lion, a crowing cockerel and dancing villagers. It is also possible the climb up the winding staircase of the tower to experience panoramic views of the town.

As a more quirky way to experience the town, Segway tours of Messina are on offer. These three hour tours let you see all the sights Messina has to offer including the spectacular marble fountains and provides a fun alternative to the usual bus or walking tours.