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The history of Messina has always been connected with the sea and the strait that separates it from the Italian peninsula, from the time of the Greeks, who chose the area in the 8C BC because of its natural port, right up to the Second World War, when the Allies bombarded the town in order to regain control of the strait of Messina. Even today, the main attraction of the city remains its magnificent bay.

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Tourist attractions Messina : Things to see and do

  • Alongside the Dome, there is a 60m high bell tower containing an astronomical clock, made in Strasbourg in 1933, with moving figures showing the time, the days and the main periods of life. At midday, all of the figures move to accompany the music of..

  • Regional museum of Messina Interesting

    Via della Libertà 465

    The regional museum displays works that date back to the Byzantine and Norman periods, and works by local artists, including a polyptich by the great Sicilian artist, Antonello da Messina. You can also see paintings by Caravaggio, dating from his vis..

  • Fontana di Orione

    Piazza del Duomo

    At the centre of the piazza del Duomo, this elegant, Florentine style 16C fountain is the work of the Tuscan, Montorsoli. Constructed in commemoration of the opening of an aqueduct, it represents four rivers: the Tiber, the Nile, the Ebro and... the ..

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Hotels Messina

  • Hotel Residence Empedocle

    Via Felice Bisazza 89 I - 98122 Messina

    The Empedocle offers bright rooms with satellite TV, air conditioning and private bathroom. The Cathedral is 900 metres away, and the Political Sciences Faculty of the University of Messina is just around the corner. All rooms at Hotel Residence Emp..

  • Europa Palace Hotel Four stars Four stars Four stars Four stars

    SS 114 Km 5.400 I - 98125 Messina

    Prix Prices from : 40 €

    Europa Palace Hotel offers free parking and air-conditioned rooms with LCD TV. It is 700 metres from the Messina Sud-Tremestieri exit of A18 Autostrada Messina-Catania/Siracusa-Gela motorway, and 900 metres from the Messina S. Filippo exit of the the..

  • Hotel La Residenza Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Via XXVII Luglio 115 I - 98123 Messina

    Prix Prices from : 49 €

    Hotel La Residenza is centrally located in Messina, a 10-minute walk from the Cathedral. The hotel offers air-conditioned rooms with a flat-screen TV. A simple Italian breakfast with juice and hot drinks is served daily. Set in a historic building, ..

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Restaurants Messina

  • La Sirena Quite comfortable restaurant 

    via Lago Grande 96 I - 98122 Messina

    Situated on Ganzirri lake, this trattoria serves only local fish, such as roulades of swordfish, needle-fish and clams. The dishes are simple and unfussy but full of flavour.

  • Piero Comfortable restaurant 

    via Ghibellina 119 I - 98123 MESSINA

    Since1962 the same proprietor has managed this classic and elegant restaurant, recently renovated; seafood specialities, but salads and meat dishes are also available.

  • La Durlindana Comfortable restaurant 

    via Nicola Fabrizi 143/145 I - 98123 Messina

    Behind the courthouse stands this recently opened restaurant. The kitchen is in full view and the original interiors have been embellished by a well-designed internal courtyard with veranda and patio. Regional-style dishes and wine.

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