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Messina : Michelin's recommendations


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..

  • 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..

  • 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 Royal Palace

    Via Tommaso Cannizzaro 3 I - 98122 Messina

    Relax in the spacious, comfortable rooms of Hotel Royal Palace, set just 100 metres from the rail station and the ferries to the Italian mainland and the Aeolian Islands. An underground garage is available on site. Each room has either large windows..

  • Hotel Residence Empedocle Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Via Felice Bisazza 89 I - 98122 Messina

    Prix Prices from : 40 €

  • Hotel Touring Three stars Three stars Three stars

    Via Nicola Scotto 17 I - 98123 Messina

    Prix Prices from : 35 €

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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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