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Hotel Royal Palace

Hotel Royal Palace

Via Tommaso Cannizzaro, 3, Messina 98123

4.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (137 reviews)

Located in the heart of Messina, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sant'Elia Church and Church of Santissima Annunziat …

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Europa Palace Hotel

Europa Palace Hotel

S.S. 114 Km 5,470 - Località Pistunina, Messina 98125

4.0 out of 5.0
3.6 out of 5 (52 reviews)

Situated in Messina, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Stadio San Filippo and within 6 miles (10 km) of Sant'Elia Church and …

£42
Hotel - Residence La Residenza

Hotel - Residence La Residenza

Via 27 Lulgio, 115, Messina 98123

4.0 out of 5.0
3.5 out of 5 (93 reviews)

Located in the heart of Messina, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of University of Messina, Church of Santissima …

£34
Villa Morgana Resort & Spa

Villa Morgana Resort & Spa

Via Pompea Consolare 1965, Messina 98100

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (11 reviews)

Located in Capo Peloro, this hotel is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Pylons of Messina and 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Horcynus Orca. Regional …

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B&B Cairoli

B&B Cairoli

Piazza Cairoli 65, Messina 98123

3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Messina, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Sant'Elia Church and Church of Santissima …

£62
Hotel Sant'Elia

Hotel Sant'Elia

Via Primo Settembre, 67, Messina 98122

3.0 out of 5.0
3.4 out of 5 (17 reviews)

Located in the heart of Messina, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Sant'Elia Church and Church of Santissima Annunziata …

£60
B&B Emme

B&B Emme

Via Giuseppe Natoli 61, Messina

4.6 out of 5 (15 reviews)

Situated in Messina, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Sant'Elia Church, Church of Santissima Annunziata dei …

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Garibaldi R&B

Garibaldi R&B

Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 108, Messina 98122

3.0 out of 5.0
4.6 out of 5 (30 reviews)

Situated in Messina, this townhouse accommodation is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani, …

£70
Town House Messina

Town House Messina

Via G. Bruno, 66 ang. (Piazza Cairoli), Messina 98123

1.0 out of 5.0
4.3 out of 5 (20 reviews)

Situated in Messina, this bed & breakfast is within a 10-minute walk of Sant'Elia Church, Church of Santissima Annunziata dei …

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Hotel Vmaison

Hotel Vmaison

Viale Europa 59, Messina 98122

4.0 out of 5.0
4.5 out of 5 (4 reviews)

Situated in Messina, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Basilica Santuario di S. Antonio, Church of Santissima Annunziat …

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Pocket Guide: Messina

Messina is the gateway to Sicily, the first sight visitors see when they’re travelling from mainland Italy. The ancient city of Messina was colonised by the Greeks and has seen invaders come and go. If you’re arriving from the port at Reggio Calabria, you’ll see the graceful sight of the soaring white column of the 16th-century Forte del Santissimo Salvatore greeting you as you pull into harbour.

A devastating earthquake in 1908 flattened most of Messina’s historic architecture, and bombing in the Second World War severely damaged much of the reconstruction. The Messina you see now is a city of wide boulevards and elegant buildings from the early-20th century, and its marina is a pleasant place for a stroll and to watch the ships come in.

Things to Do in Messina

Messina’s reconstructed cathedral is one of the loveliest in Sicily. The Duomo, built by the Normans in the 12th century, has one of the largest organs in Europe and dominates the wide expanse of the Piazza del Duomo, and its bell tower holds one of the world’s largest astronomical clocks. Just in front of Messina Cathedral is the huge white-marble Orion Fountain, the intricately carved work of one of Michelangelo’s students in the 16th century.

Head to the seafront where another 16th-century fountain, the Neptune, stands guard over the Piazza dell’Unità d’Italia. To complete your tour of Renaissance art, peruse the impressive collection over 14 rooms of art and sculpture, archaeology and Medieval art in the Museo Regionale.

Where to Stay in Messina

There’s a hotel in the Messina region to suit every budget. Choose anything from homely, family-run B&Bs to grand international hotels with pools. You could find yourself in one of the lively coastal resorts on the Ionian Sea, with beaches only a few steps away. Or you might prefer a farm stay, where you are served delicious home-grown produce in a relaxed atmosphere.

Where to Eat in Messina

Swordfish is a major part of restaurant menus in Messina and the surrounding region, as the fish is found in abundance in the Straits of Messina, which separate Sicily from mainland Italy. Look out for traditional Sicilian pasta dishes, such as spaghetti with sardines, or tuck into a thin-crust pizza made in a wood-fired oven.

What to Do in the Messina Region

Head south to the popular town of Taormina, Sicily’s most famous resort and home to a breath-taking ancient Greek Theatre. Take the cable car down to Baia di Mazzarò and spend the day at the beach, or head along the coast to the bustling resort of Giardini Naxos, with the longest beach in the region.

If you go west of Messina, towards the historic port town of Milazzo, you’ll be able to catch a ferry to the Aeolian islands in the Tyrrhenian Sea. While you’re there, you’ll see the smouldering volcano of Stromboli erupt every 20 minutes – a spectacular sight.

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