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Messina Vacation Packages

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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Panoramic Hotel C$333
Panoramic Hotel

Panoramic Hotel

Via Nazionale 196/b, Taormina
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 245 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Isola Bella and Lido Mazzaro. Greek Theatre is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

    Hotel Villa Ducale C$376
    Hotel Villa Ducale

    Hotel Villa Ducale

    Via Leonardo Da Vinci 60, Taormina
       
      4.9
      of 5, from 166 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Taormina, Hotel Villa Ducale is on the outskirts of the historical center and close to the Saracen Castle. The Greek Theatre, the Archaeological Museum, and the Duomo are nearby.

      Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina
      Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina

      Hotel Ariston & Palazzo Santa Caterina

      Via Bagnoli Croce, Taormina
         
        4.0
        of 5, from 289 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 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

        Villa Carlotta C$449
        Villa Carlotta

        Villa Carlotta

        Via Pirandello 81, Taormina
           
          4.9
          of 5, from 178 reviews
          4.0 out of 5.0

          This family-friendly Taormina hotel is located in the historical district, within a 15-minute walk of Parco Duca di Cesaro and Greek Theatre. Lido Mazzaro is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.

          Caesar Palace Hotel
          Caesar Palace Hotel

          Caesar Palace Hotel

          Via Consolare Valeria, Giardini Naxos
             
            4.1
            of 5, from 107 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            This family-friendly Giardini Naxos hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Giardini Naxos Beach, San Marco Beach, and Archaeological Museum. Recanati Beach and Norman Castle of Calatabiano are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Bay Palace Hotel C$125
            Bay Palace Hotel

            Bay Palace Hotel

            Via Nazionale 248, Taormina
               
              3.7
              of 5, from 174 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Spisone Beach and Lido Mazzaro. Greek Theatre is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) away.

              Atahotel Naxos Beach
              Atahotel Naxos Beach

              Atahotel Naxos Beach

              Via Recanati 26, Giardini Naxos
                 
                3.9
                of 5, from 95 reviews
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Nestled on the beach, this Giardini Naxos hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Recanati Beach, San Marco Beach, and Giardini Naxos Beach. Archaeological Museum and Norman Castle of Calatabiano are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo C$860
                Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

                Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

                Via Teatro Greco 59, Taormina
                   
                  4.8
                  of 5, from 72 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  This family-friendly hotel is located in the city center, within 1 mi (2 km) of Chiesa Santa Caterina and Greek Theatre. Lido Mazzaro is 1.3 mi (2.2 km) away.

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