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Explore the northwestern corner of Sicily, a province of scenic beauty that excites with its hillside towns, ancient heritage, medieval churches and beaches.

Messina is a large Sicilian province known for its gorgeous coastline, historic landmarks and proximity to Mount Etna, Europe’s tallest volcano. Explore ancient Greek ruins and medieval churches, go hiking on the Aeolian Islands and relax on beaches or in secluded coves.

With only a few miles separating Messina from the Italian mainland, the province’s capital, also called Messina is often the first port of call for many visitors. But it is so much more than a gateway to the rest of Sicily.

Stay a while to explore its historical attractions. Go to the Cathedral of Messina, which dates back to the 12th century. Gaze up at the astronomical clock in the bell tower and watch the mechanical figures perform scenes from the city's history at noon. The cathedral stands on the Piazza del Duomo, which also features the 16th-century Orion fountain.

While you are based in the city, take the short drive along the coast to the Torre Faro. Climb the 1,250 steps to the top of this former electricity pylon for stunning views of the Messina Strait.

If your stay in Messina’s capital has given you a taste for history, discover more of the province’s past at the hillside town of Taormina. Go to its ancient Greek amphitheater which was also used by the Romans after they conquered the town. Today, it’s also a concert venue. From this spot, as in many other place in Taormina, you can enjoy wonderful views of Mount Etna.

For some relaxation during your time in Taormina, stroll through the beautiful gardens of Giardini della Villa Comunale. Then stretch out on the beaches below the town.

Make your way to another hillside destination, the medieval village of Novara di Sicilia. Tour its old churches and look out to the Aeolian Islands off Sicily's northeastern coast. Take a ferry over to the archipelago and hike along its extensive trails, go bird watching and scuba diving.

To experience Messina's ancient history and natural beauty, come by ferry or train from mainland Italy or fly into Catania Airport.


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Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina C$110
Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina

Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina

Via Bagnoli Croce, Taormina
     
    4.0
    of 5, from 264 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in the historical district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Parco Duca di Cesaro and Greek Theatre. Lido Mazzaro is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

    Hotel Villa Paradiso C$218
    Hotel Villa Paradiso

    Hotel Villa Paradiso

    Via Roma 2, Taormina
       
      4.3
      of 5, from 526 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in City Centre, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Villa Comunale Garden and Greek Theatre. Lido Mazzaro is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.

      Hotel Villa Belvedere C$509
      Hotel Villa Belvedere

      Hotel Villa Belvedere

      Via Bagnoli Croce 79, Taormina
         
        4.7
        of 5, from 356 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Taormina, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Parco Duca di Cesaro and Greek Theatre. Lido Mazzaro is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

        Villa Diodoro Hotel C$244
        Villa Diodoro Hotel

        Villa Diodoro Hotel

        Via Bagnoli Croci 75, Taormina
           
          4.1
          of 5, from 230 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Located in the heart of Taormina, this romantic hotel is steps from Parco Duca di Cesaro and Greek Theatre. Lido Mazzaro is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

          Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo C$771
          Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

          Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

          Via Teatro Greco 59, Taormina
             
            4.8
            of 5, from 69 reviews
            5.0 out of 5.0

            Located in City Centre, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Palazzo Corvaja and Greek Theatre. Lido Mazzaro is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

            Hotel Il Piccolo Giardino C$163
            Hotel Il Piccolo Giardino

            Hotel Il Piccolo Giardino

            Salita Lucio Denti 4, Taormina
               
              4.1
              of 5, from 283 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              This family-friendly Taormina hotel is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Taormina Roman Odeon and Greek Theatre. Lido Mazzaro is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

              Atahotel Capotaormina C$329
              Atahotel Capotaormina

              Atahotel Capotaormina

              Via Nazionale, 105, Taormina
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 442 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Atahotel Capotaormina is 3.5 km (2.2 miles) from the Ancient Theater of Taormina, the second largest of its kind in Sicily. Taormina - Giardini Train Station is 1.5 km (1 mile) away. A free shuttle goes to the old quarter, where guests can see the Porta di Mezzo clock tower and Piazza IX Aprile.

                Panoramic Hotel C$202
                Panoramic Hotel

                Panoramic Hotel

                Via Nazionale 196/b, Taormina
                   
                  4.7
                  of 5, from 235 reviews
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Spisone Beach and Lido Mazzaro. Greek Theatre is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

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