Messina Travel Guide

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  • Small boats around Ganzirri lake
    Small boats around Ganzirri lake
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  • The spectacular view over Messina
    The spectacular view over Messina
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Messina Things to Do

  • TRAIN RIDE TO TAORMINA

    We are on the Train bound for Taormina. It isn't very full, so we take a window seat where we can view the Ocean. We pass through suburbs, some of them not very good, gradually, we leave them behind and start passing countryside.The Trainline, hugs the side of the Ocean most of the way, and we do have nice views, but nothing spectacular. The...

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  • CHIESA DI SANTA CATERINA CHURCH

    This Church had quite an impressive look! Inside, I thought was worth a quick visit, as there was a nice Marble Font, and some other decorative pieces.It may be a little daunting going in, as either side of the entrance door, were two Beggar's wanting money.

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  • Messina Cathedral clock action figurines

    I suggest that you walk to the square in front of Messina cathedral and watch the action with the moving figurines finishing with the sounding of a cock starting at 12.00pm sharp.This would be something interesting even for the kids.enjoy.

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  • MOUNT ETNA SIGNALS A VISIT

    One place to see a smoldering volcano and sometimes a very active one is on Sicily. Mount Etna reigns supreme as the mover and shaker of Sicily. You can go to the base of the latest lave flows and even a restaurant and tourist shops will await you. Standing 10,991 feet high and considered the most documented volcano for eruptions in the world,...

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  • Il Campanile

    The Campanile has been much reworked but maintains its civic centrality and Norman design topped by 4 pinnacles, a central spire, and clocks.Wishing to make a strong religious and community statement, in 1933 Bishop Paino commissioned a Strasbourg firm to build an astronomical clock and automata on selected religious themes with tasteful...

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  • Il Duomo

    After its 2nd destruction in WWII, the determined Messinians rebuilt the Duomo in the Romanesque style used by Roger II in 1160, incorporating as many original fragments as they could find and using original plans. An example of this are the horizontal bands along thr facade of carving and tilework. Be sure to examine them and try to figure them...

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Messina Hotels

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  • Scilla e Cariddi B&B

    I have not been a guest here, but comments from people I know are positive. I visited the place...

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  • Green Manors Country Hotel

    Borgo Porticato, Castroreale, Messina, Sicily, 98053, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

  • Oasi Azzurra Village

    Via Lungomare, 42 98162 S.Saba (MESSINA), Messina, 98162, Italy

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Messina Restaurants

  • Great seafood

    Very interesting area for fresh food restaurants, around the shores of the Ganzirri pond. There are lots of good restaurants and one cannot mistake!

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  • I ``Rustici``

    You can`t stay in Messina and taste the rustici. They are any kind of fried or oven cooked ``arancini`` (riceballs), pidoni (filled up with cheese, spinaci...) mozzarella in carrozza (mozzarella covered with breadcrumb and fried) and etc yummy lekker high calories food. Very cheap, around 1-2 Euros a piece, it fills you up for the all day!

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  • I ``Rustici``

    You can`t stay in Messina and taste the rustici. They are any kind of fried or oven cooked ``arancini`` (riceballs), pidoni (filled up with cheese, spinaci...) mozzarella in carrozza (mozzarella covered with breadcrumb and fried) and etc yummy lekker high calories food. Very cheap, around 1-2 Euros a piece, it fills you up for the all day!

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Messina Nightlife

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    by isolina_it Written Feb 2, 2004

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    The town is full of pubs and cafes where people meet from 9 pm on, at outdoors tables and just for a chat on the nearby square La Dolce vita is right in the Piazza del Duomo and is very lively.
    Useless to mention the quality of coffee or icecream or cornetti. One place or other at regards doesnt make any difference ;)
    It is difficult to mention which pub is better because trends in Messina change frequently so, just ask around what is the best place of the moment when you are there.

    Dress Code: Not too much sportive - looking like, usually trendy and ``clean``with a taste of italian style, naturally.

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Messina Transportation

  • TAXI TOUR OF MESSINA/TAORMINA

    Taxis are not a bad way to go from one site to another within an hour's drive. Messina, Sicily is the port city where a lot of cruise ships dock and cruise tours do cost an arm and a leg, per person. Try a local taxi instead. A taxi will charge you per taxi, not per person, and will even tell you how much more for a little tour on the way to where...

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  • TRAIN TO TAORMINA

    We wanted to go to Taormina, but how. Well, there were quite a few choices.....Taxi.....very expensiveBus....Quite reasonable, but many stops on the wayTrain...Which is what we decided on and took.We walked from the Cruise terminal to the Train Station at Piazza Della Republica. We went to the ticket office and bought return ticket's, then just had...

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  • FERRIES

    Located next to Stazione Maritttima, is the busy Ferry Terminal. Ferries from Sicily connect to the Italian mainland at many Cities.The shortest route is from Messina to Villa San Giovanni in Calabria. There is an office at the Port in Messina, so you can buy your ticket there, no need for reservation's.Ferries leave around the clock, 24 hours a...

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Messina Shopping

  • Fashion all over

    Messina is a town where people like to dress well. In the city centre, particularly shops around Piazza Cairoli and the avenue ``il corso`` you can find a lot of shops for clothes and shoes in particular, as well as 2 general commercial places and other beauty and jewelry shops. There are even more shops along the paths of the avenue and unless...

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  • honey

    Near the Silvestri Craters, there are various stands selling flavored honeys and nut creams. They all offer samples and they are delicious! You really have buy some to take home with you. Strawberry honey, orange honey.pistachio cream, almond cream A variety pack of four small jars was 7 euros

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Messina Local Customs

  • Sicilian Horse Carts

    The cart creator's art is almost a lost one, kept alive by the diligence and dedication of just a few talented craftsmen --at once carpenters, ironsmiths and artists. In the carts paintings, Sicilian kings and knights stride alongside legends like Roland --the Italians' Orlando. Normans fight Moors and Sicilians combat Angevins. In centuries...

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  • Typical traditional local clothes

    Here is an example of longdated folklore clothe, women may still wear it during local celebrations or dance festivals. Isnt it charming?!

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  • Colapesce legend

    Colapesce was a young man who lived in the sea with the fish.The king of Sicily hearing the story of this boy wanted to test him and for this reason he threw one of his rings into the sea asking Colapesce to get it and to describe everything that was at the bottom of the sea. Colapesce went and said that Sicily was based on three columns, whose the...

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Messina Warnings and Dangers

  • TRAFFIC

    Cars and Scooter's, yes, they do scoot along at a pretty quick pace. I did read that you had to be "brave" to drive in these Towns, and by watching the going ons of the traffic, this would not be an understatement!We had to be very careful crossing the roads, either on Pedestrian crossings or at Traffic lights. It was very hard to walk in lots of...

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  • Attention shoppers!

    This is just a warning for shoppers! The stores in Messina or may be in most of Italy were open from 10-1 or 2 and break for two or three hours, then re-open from 4-8. This picture was taken at 4:30 pm and some of the stores were still closed. It’s the Italian way of doing business.

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  • Highway tunnels

    A few tunnels on the highway that connects Messina to its neighbourhoods and to other villages have the exit warning just on the curve. That`s so stupid and dangerous that you have to take care about taking the right exit at the right moment.ATTENZIONE!

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Messina What to Pack

  • Summer and winter packing clothes

    I think the better period for a tourist is from May to July, September is perfect too. Early spring is still very changeable with possible windy storms or sudden hot days, while later July and august is really really hot and trip can turn unpleasant.Summer: cotton clothes and t-shirts, shorts, sandals and naturally a range of nice...

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  • be prepared

    Be prepared. The weather is different on top of the volcano. It was a hot,sunny ,clear day at the bottom of Mt Etna....at least 40 c, when we visited .As we made are way towards the top, it became much cooler and quite cloudy. I am guessing about 17c. If it is spring or autumn when you visit, I would definately bring a jacket.....even if it is...

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Messina Off The Beaten Path

  • MADONNA DELLA LETTERA

    We passed by the 20 foot high, Golden Madonna Della Lettera as our ship came into the Harbour. She is known as the protector of the Harbour and stands on top of one of the tall tower's in the Fort.I could see a large inscription: "Vos et ipsam civitatem benedicimus" which translated means... ("We bless you and your city").The harbor statue was...

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  • Fresh Fruit and Conversation

    Messina is a large port city, the gateway to Sicily from the mainland of Italy, with the port filled with water vessels from the rowboats to the large cruise ships, but walk a couple of blocks inland and the streets come alive with homes, businesses, and vendors of food. I always find the fruit vendors carts are most helpful to satisfy the thirst...

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  • LA MADONNA DELLA LETTERA, MESSINA,...

    Situated in the harbor of Messina, in the Falcata Zone, stands the old fort walls with a large inscription " Vos et ipsam civitatem benedecimas" ( We bless you and your city) written on the side with a tower that rises to a large statue of the "Blessing Madonna", the protectress of Messina who legend has it gave a letter to the people of the city...

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Messina Sports & Outdoors

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    by isolina_it Updated May 5, 2004

    There are many sporting clubs and organizations that allow you to sail in the Strait of Messina, and during nice breeze days it can be very funny considering the cold current of the strait and the clear landscape between Sicily and the mainland

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Messina Favorites

  • SICILIAN CART [CARRETTO SICILIANO]

    How lucky was I! I was walking the streets of Messina, when I noticed this ornate, colorful style of horse drawn cart heading towards me. Quickly, I whipped my camera out of its bag, and managed the two photo's I have. I never expected to see one in the city, I thought they would be out in the country more!The carts were introduced to the island by...

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  • The sicilian Granita

    All the sicilian ice shops that respect themselves are able to offer you their most typical summer products, in one, 100, 1000 different tastes! From the classical and inevitable lemon one, to that of almond and coffee, the strawberries granita, of kiwi or mint, to finish with the granulate perfume of the jasmine or roses. In summer, with the...

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  • the Trinacria

    The word or term Trinacria means "triangle" as for the shape of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean. The Greeks called it Trinakrias, the Romans called it Trinacrium, meaning "star with 3 points". Today its known as Sicily, or Sicilia in Italian. Below is a mosaic of the trinicria which dates back to the 3rd century BC. The photo...

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