Messina Travel Guide

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Messina is small attractive region that envelops the north-eastern region of Sicily and is located at a distance of 5 kilometers from the Messiana Straits towards the Calabria region. The Messina Travel Guide gives travelers exhaustive information on the history and characteristics of the region along with places to see and the best accommodation options.

History and Description

Messina was a flourishing port town for several centuries during the Greek colonization era in Siciliy. The region remained under the spotlight for its increasing economic, cultural and political dominance in the 17 th century. Throughout the middle years, the town was a major departure point for the European knights heading towards Crusades. The streets of Messina are famously lined up with enchanting churches and cathedrals along with other Gothic architectural structures. If you are an archeology enthusiast with a penchant for medieval art appreciation, Messina is a good visit for its intricately designed edifices and ancient art. Messina was also condemningly titled “The City of Ghosts” due to the destruction that was caused by the Allied bombardment, the deadly bubonic plaque and numerous earthquakes that have destroyed several parts of the town forever.   

Attractions

The Norman Cathedral is a famous town attraction that is flocked by visitors for its Romanesque Gothic appeal and rich historical legacy that dates back to the twelfth century era. Visit Chiesa SS. Annunziata dei Catalani to view stunning white stone column architecture and the famous Don Juan statue along with fine geometrical motif detailing. Another must visit destination is the Fontana di Nettuno, a fountain that is erected at a strategic intersection that can be easily accessed from all corners of Messiana. Head to Museo Regionale, an extraordinarily well-stocked and maintained provincial museum that exhibits classic 17 th century art and works preserved from the 1908 earthquake.

Food and Accommodation

Al Parino is good for its Messinese-style cuisine and beef variations that are served in huge portions. Casa Savoia is a nice old-fashioned eatery that specializes in swordfish preparations. Piero is a town favorite and serves full-bodied Italian fare with their signature dish being the lip-smacking spaghetti with crab meat. Other good dining choices include Le Due Sorelle, Pasticceria Irrera and Jolly Restaurant dello Stretto – a trendy in-house hotel restaurant that lets you wine and dine in style amidst a scenic backdrop. For accommodation head to Siclily Hotel, Liberty Hotel or the more upscale Hotel Royal Palace and Hilton Hotel Portarosa Messina.

Messina will bewitch travellers with an eye for ancient asthetics and old world charm inducing architecture and streets.

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