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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

  • Astronomical clock Interesting

    Piazza del Duomo I - 98100 Messina

    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..

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  • Musée régional Interesting

    Via della Libertà 465 I - 98100 Messina

    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..

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  • Duomo

    Piazza del Duomo I - 98100 Messina

    The cathedral, founded by Roger II at the end of the 12C, was almost entirely destroyed by the earthquake in 1908, then burned in 1943. It has now regained its Mediaeval appearance, following extensive rebuilding work.

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Hotels Messina

  • Hotel Residence Empedocle Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Via Felice Bisazza 89 I - 98122 Messina

    Prix Prices from : 36 €

    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..

  • Hotel Touring Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Via Nicola Scotto 17 I - 98123 Messina

    Prix Prices from : 40 €

    Set in Messina centre, Hotel Touring is next to the train station and 10 minutes' walk from the harbour. It offers reading and TV lounges, a bar and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. The Touring Hotel features bright and spacious rooms. Each on..

  • Hotel La Residenza

    Via XXVII Luglio 115 I - 98123 Messina

    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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