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Atahotel Capotaormina
Atahotel Capotaormina

Via Nazionale, 105, Taormina 98039

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4.4 out of 5 (385 reviews)

Atahotel Capotaormina is 3.5 km (2.2 miles) from the Ancient Theater of Taormina, the second largest of its kind in Sicily. …

£478
Hotel Villa Paradiso
Hotel Villa Paradiso

Via Roma 2, Taormina 98039

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4.2 out of 5 (424 reviews)

Located in the heart of Taormina, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Villa Comunale Garden and Greek Theatre …

£69
Hotel Isabella
Hotel Isabella

Corso Umberto I, 58, Taormina 98039

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4.1 out of 5 (207 reviews)

Situated in the historical district, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chiesa Santa Caterina and Greek Theatr …

£68
Hotel Continental
Hotel Continental

Via Dionisio, 2/A, Taormina 98039

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4.2 out of 5 (173 reviews)

Located in the heart of Taormina, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Badia Vecchia and Greek Theatre. Lido Mazzaro is …

£55
Villa Regina
Villa Regina

Punta San Giorgio di Castelmola, Castelmola 98030

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4.1 out of 5 (134 reviews)

Located in the heart of Castelmola, this townhouse accommodation is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Church of San Nicolo di Bari and 2.7 …

£43
San Domenico Palace Hotel
San Domenico Palace Hotel

Piazza San Domenico 5, Taormina 98039

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4.6 out of 5 (179 reviews)

Located in the heart of Taormina, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Church of San Domenico and Greek Theatre. Lido …

£204
NH Collection Taormina
NH Collection Taormina

Via Circonvallazione 11, Taormina 98039

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4.6 out of 5 (190 reviews)

Centrally located in Taormina and overlooking the Ionian Sea, NH Collection Taormina is within a 5-minute walk of Corso …

£151
Hotel Il Piccolo Giardino
Hotel Il Piccolo Giardino

Salita Lucio Denti 4, Taormina 98039

3.0 out of 5.0
4.1 out of 5 (224 reviews)

This family-friendly Taormina hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Taormina Roman Odeon an …

£54
Sant Alphio Garden Hotel & Spa
Sant Alphio Garden Hotel & Spa

Viale Apollo Archegata, Giardini Naxos 98030

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3.7 out of 5 (102 reviews)

Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Recanati Beach and Lido l'Aurora Celeste. Archaeologica …

£75
Sporting Baia Hotel
Sporting Baia Hotel

Via Lungomare Schiso, 6, Giardini Naxos 98035

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3.2 out of 5 (79 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Giardini Naxos hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Archaeological Museum and Lido l'Aurora Celeste …

£53

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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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