Best things to do in Messina and sightseeing in Messina
Taormina - Messina
Idyllically perched on a rocky promontory high above the sea, Taormina has been the most popular tourist destination in Sicily for a couple of hundred of years and is one of my favorite places to head to in the early evening when the sun is setting and you get this amazing view… Beautifully restored medieval buildings, breathtaking views around every corner and a giddy network of winding streets strewn with shops, bars and restaurants makes it a great place for a stroll around, with an authentic Italian atmosphere. At the very back of the town lies a Teatro Greco. As the name suggests its a Greek theater estimated to of been built around the 3rd Century. The views from the theater are spectacular, taking in a (usually) smoking Mount Etna and the Bay of Naxos down below. As an additional extra 18km north of Taormina likes Forza D’Agro the filming location of the Godfather. Worth a visit if your in the area!
Chiesa del Carmine - Messina
The Carmine Church became the second most favourite spot of archaic religious excellence in my trip to Messina. When I had heard from a local in that bus that it is indeed one of the most favourite places of worship in this city, little did I know what he had meant until I actually saw it from my own eyes. The Greek cross that stood was evoking in itself, while the chapels in the lateral part of the Church just added to its beauty. As per me, the Santa Maria de Carmine was the most elaborately and traditionally decorated parish for the ongoing Parade.
Cathedral of Messina - Messina
This was the terminal point for me where I decided to get off the bus, and wander off into the parade. However, what first caught my attention was what stood right in the middle of this square in Messina- a beautiful and archaic Clock Tower. And what amazed the most was how the entire procession stopped just a few seconds before the clock struck 12, with the afternoon sun shining upon us all. And what followed this proved that this was a true mechanical and astronomical masterpiece as the bell door opened up and Ave Maria played in the background, with Jesus on a cross at the end of those few reveling minutes. For me there couldn't have been a better start to my journey through age old doors of the Cathedral of Messina. As I entered, I was enamored by not just its religious craft but the miracles made by man's creativity and art under the influence of medieval European culture. Whether it was the timber ceiling or the absolutely marvelous paintings, it was truly an awe-struck moment of my trip!
Fontana di Orione - Messina
The Orion Fountain was what completed my trip into a true Italian experience! Fountains, that represented four rivers of the past over which you could wish on, was standing right before me and I couldn't decide which one was my favourite moment, the Bell Tower or this Orion Fountain. Beautiful reliefs and scultptures were carved in true Italian finesse which were a treat to my eyes. Yet the way the fountain was designed, I was too excited to throw my coin and wish on the sparkling waters of Fontana di Orione.
Vulcano - Messina
Vulcano is famous for its mud baths (‘fanghi’) and its still smoking main crater. Depending on the wind, you might be immediately hit by the characteristic sulfurous smell coming from the hot springs. (Smells of rotten eggs! Yuk!) A swim in the shallow shores on the beach is also good fun, with thermal hot water seeping through the rocks bubbling to the surface. Its almost like a natural jacuzzi. Although I would advise to bring water shoes here as the rocks can be quite slippery and sharp. There’s a shower on the beach if you want to have a rinse and the sulfur smell sticks to your skin! Its 1 Euro for about 60 seconds. There also isn’t a great deal of choice in restaurants. We bought a small packed lunch with us anyway and 2 bottles of water with us in a backpack!
Lipari - Messina
Most people on their first visit to Sicily tend to stick on the mainland as there is already so much to see! However if you have some time or are visiting Sicily for a second time I highly recommend a day trip to some of the Aeolian Islands. Most day trips leave from Milazzo. We took a day trip to the islands of Vulcano, Lipari and Salina. These small islands are somewhat unspoiled and are very much steeped in history, myths and legends and some have great beaches. Most day trips will drop you off at one of the ports on the islands. Getting around is fairly simple, you can walk around the ports and small towns easily however we hired a moped so we could see as much as we could in the short 3 or 4 hours you have on each island. It allowed us to get to some remote beaches and drive through some of the small picturesque towns.