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Messina (Sicily), Italy

Messina is in the northeast of Sicily, Italy. It's a 3rd largest city on the island.

Messina ([mesˈsiːna], Sicilian: Missina, Greek: Μεσσήνη/Μεσσήνα) is known as the door of Sicily. Situated only 5 km across the Strait of Messina to the region of Calabria on the mainland, Messina has served as the gateway for the busy traffic between Sicily and the mainland over the centuries. With its seaport shaped like a sickle, Messina has always been a trading city.

Tourist Information - Piazza della Repubblica, 1 (Palazzo Satellite), ☎ +39 090 7723728, e-mail: infotur@comune.messina.it. M W 9:00-13:00 15:00-18:30, Tu Th 9:00-13:00 15:00-17:00, F 9:00-13:00. The office provides information and support to visitors to the city about logistical information, places to visit, timetables of means of transport, etc.

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Messina (Sicily), Italy

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Messina is in the northeast of Sicily, Italy. It's a 3rd largest city on the island.

Messina ([mesˈsiːna], Sicilian: Missina, Greek: Μεσσήνη/Μεσσήνα) is known as the door of Sicily. Situated only 5 km across the Strait of Messina to the region of Calabria on the mainland, Messina has served as the gateway for the busy traffic between Sicily and the mainland over the centuries. With its seaport shaped like a sickle, Messina has always been a trading city.

Tourist Information - Piazza della Repubblica, 1 (Palazzo Satellite), ☎ +39 090 7723728, e-mail: infotur@comune.messina.it. M W 9:00-13:00 15:00-18:30, Tu Th 9:00-13:00 15:00-17:00, F 9:00-13:00. The office provides information and support to visitors to the city about logistical information, places to visit, timetables of means of transport, etc.

Climate

Messina has a subtropical Mediterranean climate with long, hot summers with low diurnal temperature variation with consistent dry weather. In winter, Messina is rather wet and mild. Diurnals remain low and remain averaging above 10 °C (50 °F) lows even during winter. It is rather rainier than Reggio Calabria on the other side of the Messina Strait, a remarkable climatic difference for such a small distance.


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Messina (Sicily), Italy: Port Information


Most cruise liners dock at the Port of Messina. It will take you only 2-3 minutes to reach the main street on foot. 
You can get to the train station on foot (10 minutes) if you want to explore Taormina.

Smaller liners can anchor in Giardini Naxos. Passengers are transported ashore by tender boats. Usually, cruise lines provide shuttle service to Taormina (20 minutes). Besides, you can take a local bus or a taxi.

Get around Messina (Sicily), Italy


By bus
  • ATM (Azienda Trasporti di Messina) (the bus hub is at the Piazza della Repubblica, in front of Stazione Centrale). It provides bus services for the city. 
Bus 79, terminated at the Istituto Marino most north-eastern tip of the island, perhaps is quite a useful one. It makes stops at the Duomo, the Museo Regionale, and out to Torre Faro.

By tram
In addition to a bus system, Messina has a light rail system.
  • Tranvia di Messina. The line runs mostly parallel to the shoreline from Bonino Zir terminus at the Gazzi district towards Piazzia Respublica at the city center (with the connection to the Messina Centrale railway station) then towards Muse terminus at the Annunziata district. It takes about 40 mIn. to reach its one end from another (approx. 7.7 km). Trams are scheduled with 10-15 min. interval.

 

What to see in Messina (Sicily), Italy


  • Cathedral Tower - A must-see for visitors with an amazing clock show every day at 12:00 (noon)!
  • Cathedral

    - A Gothic style cathedral which dates back to the 12th century. The cathedral suffered serious damage in the 1908 earthquake and was restored between 1919 and 1920. During the Second World War, Allied bombings destroyed part of the Cathedral, which was rebuilt in 1943.
  • Fountain of Orion - Next to the cathedral.
  • Old Town

Novara di Sicilia - Located in the province of Messina on the northern side of Mt. Etna, this picturesque medieval town is nestled in the mountains overlooking ancient Tyndaris and Abacaenum. It is the archetype of a typical medieval town, with its friendly and accommodating people who speak a distinctive dialect.

What to do in Messina (Sicily), Italy


  • ​​Museo regionale di Messina, Viale della Libertà 465 (tram terminus "Museo"), ☎ +39 090361292. Tu-Sa 9:00-19:00, Su 9:00-13:00. Collections of medieval art and modern works particularly marked: altarpiece of San Gregorio by Antonello da Messina, Resurrezione di Lazzaro (Raising of Lazarus), Adorazione dei pastori (Adoration of the Shepherds) by Caravaggio. 
  • Orto Botanico (Orto Botanico "Pietro Castelli" dell'Università di Messina), Piazza XX Settembre, ☎ +39 090 391940, e-mail: ortobotanico@unime.it. M-F 8:00-12:00. Admission free.  
  • Teatro Vittorio Emanuele II, Via G. Garibaldi. 
  • Pilone di Torre Faro (take bus 79 to the Torre Faro at the most NE tip of Sicily). It's one of two Piloni dello Stretto, decommissioned electricity pylons across Messina Strait. They were built in 1957 to support the 220kV power line over the Strait of Messina. It is a 224 meters tall steel lattice tower, which is today an observation tower with an observation platform 200 meters high. Unfortunately, you have to walk 1250 steps up and down, but the great view on the huge structure and the good view over Messina Strait is surely worth it! And while you're in Torre Faro, might as well visit the nearby active Capo Peloro lighthouse. 
  • Lakes of Ganzirri and Faro, at the Capo Peloro Lighthouse area north of the city, in the north-eastern tip of Sicily. You can reach the two lakes by taking bus number 79 from the ATM bus terminal (Parcheggio Cavallotti) close to the train station. At the lakes, the extraordinary marine landscapes are an awe-inspiring sight. It is also the site for the northern tower of the planned, twice-approved and twice-canceled, Strait of Messina bridge (which locals hope will never be built) and the decommissioned Pylon of Torre Faro. Moreover, the lakes are the right place to have very good fish, seafood, and many other Sicilian specialties.

What to eat and drink in Messina (Sicily), Italy


The best pizza in town is Pizza Capitano just off Piazza Cairoli. The owner is a little gruff however the wood oven gives an authentic Sicilian flavor. Its also excellent value and is always busy especially during Series A football matches when the atmosphere reaches fever pitch.

  • Al Gattopardo, Via Santa Cecilia, 184, ☎ +39 090 673076.
  • Bacco, Via Cernaia, 15, ☎ +39 0090 771420.
  • Momento Ristorante, Via Mario Giurba 29, ☎ +39 090 6409781.

For visitors there for just a day, look for family pastry store that offers cannoli... a genuine Sicilian treat.

Drink

For a taste of Irish authenticity drop into Dockers near the cruise mooring area.

Shopping in Messina (Sicily), Italy


  • Coin Shopping Centre
There are many art galleries, souvenir shops, designer shops, small boutiques - well, Messina can be deservedly considered a shopping destination.

Safety in Messina (Sicily), Italy


As in most of Italy, you should be aware of pickpockets. The well-known mafia almost never attacks tourists. 

Language spoken in Messina (Sicily), Italy


Natives of Sicily speak Sicilian, an ancient Romance language that is a separate language from Italian. About 30% of that Sicilian vocabulary originates from the Arabic language.

Most Sicilians are proficient in Italian, and modern schools teach English to students. Be advised that when traveling to small villages, some of the older residents may not speak Italian (they will usually understand though).

Even though Italian is the national language, Sicilian is still very alive in Sicily. They may say "Comu ti senti?" ("How are you feeling?") The normal question is "Come stai?" ("How are you?")

LOCAL TIME

10:11 pm
August 24, 2019
Europe/Rome

CURRENT WEATHER

26.94 °C / 80.492 °F
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27.35 °C/81 °F
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Wed

27.14 °C/81 °F
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