Definitely you have to head over to Piazza Duomo and check it. The campanile holds the largest astronomical clock in the world and it is full of animated mechanical statues that put on quite the show at noon. Worth seeing.
Right around the corner from the Piazza there is a little “pasticceria” that has some of the best canolis.
You can also head up to Mt. Etna; it's not too far away. There's also some wineries up there, try them.
Arriving by boat you can already see the beautiful Madonna in the port. In the main square you will find two of the four monumental fountains that defined the boundaries of the crossroads in the direction of the beautiful Cathedral.
The vantage points where you can see the Italian peninsula are a lot and while looking try to discover the ancient fishing swordfish. Keep your eyes on the boat, really unique pieces.
The beautiful Mount Etna and the charming hilltop town of Taormina are the main steps for those who want to move to the surroundings. The Etna Natural Park reveals the Silvestri Craters and you can climb to the top of Monte to see the lava flows and observe an incredible view from the volcano.
Taormina is a beautiful town with a perfectly preserved Roman-greek theater... it is one of the most ancient ruin across Italy.
Enjoy the Aeolian Islands: UNESCO has recognized as a world heritage site, not just for natural beauty, but also for the care and attention with which the islanders have taken care of the environment, protecting it from invasive man’s actions.
The features of the Aeolian contain all the characteristics of an earth moved by volcanoes, from the sea and wind, carved and painted. Unique in its form and smells, unique in its tastes and sounds.
The Aeolian Islands are seven: Lipari, Vulcano, Panarea, Salina, Alicudi, Filicudi, Stromboli; five smaller islands: Basiluzzo, Dattilo, Lisca Nera, Bottaro and Lisca Bianca.
The vegetation is typically Mediterranean with patches of olive trees and vineyards and a large number of birds.
Vulcano is the island nearest to the coast. Its history consists in sudden eruptions that forced its inhabitants to be evacuated. Today volcanic activity is insignificant and consists of fumaroles, easily visible in different parts of the island, making the landscape fascinating... not to be missed.
Panarea is the smallest island of the archipelago, the environment and the diverse fauna, Stromboli is the only one where volcanic activity is active and eruptions are repeated on average every 15/20 min. A Filicudi recent studies have dated the lava in the center of Zucco Grande in more than 1 million years old, making it the oldest place of the archipelago.
One of the ancient traditions of Messina is fishing for swordfish that underlies the cuisine of Messina. The recipe tastier is undoubtedly that of the swordfish "in gghiotta" with onions, capers, celery and tomato sauce, also great on the grill with oil dressing, parsley, garlic and lemon.
The typical Sicilian tradition permeates Messina, you can find excellent cannoli with ricotta and pasta "ncasciata", with meat, salami, cheese and eggplant.
Excellent vegetable soups and wild fennel seasoned raw: do not miss a stop in "Casa Savoia" restaurant very typical and surprising.
One of the most beautiful parks in the province is Nebrodi Park, the largest natural park in the region. Divided into four zones A, B, C, D with different restrictions and prohibitions to preserve the natural beauty of the park. The landscape is asymmetrical and shaped in a unique way. The experts could bring up to the highest peak, that of Monte Soro (1847 m).
Various places to visit: Serra Melo, Lake Scream Quattrocchi, Lake Zillo, S. Croce di Santo Stefano, Mill of the City of Caronio, Source Nocita, Villa Miraglia, Lake Maulazzo, Source Acquafridda.
Discover all ecofriendly accommodations in the province of Messina: fulfill the dream of sleeping in an Eco House at the foot of Etna, or lazing by the rustle of the crystalline seas lapping the Aeolian Islands, under the roofs of photovoltaic B&B of Messina.
Author: Angela Sebastianelli
Cover photo: The hangman house in Messina, photo by Marco Crupivia Flickr
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