🇬🇧 Discovering Messina and its province

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🇬🇧 Discovering Messina and its province

Churches

The Protomotive Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta or Cathedral of Messina, is the mother church and cathedral of the archdiocese of Messina-Lipari-Santa Lucia del Mela. It rises in the historic center of Messina, with the facade and the bell tower overlooking the large Piazza del Duomo.
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Kathedrale von Messina
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The Protomotive Cathedral Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta or Cathedral of Messina, is the mother church and cathedral of the archdiocese of Messina-Lipari-Santa Lucia del Mela. It rises in the historic center of Messina, with the facade and the bell tower overlooking the large Piazza del Duomo.
The Messina astronomical clock, part of the city's cathedral, was built by the Ungerer company of Strasbourg in 1933. It is integrated into the church tower (rebuilt at the beginning of the century after the earthquake), of which it is the most characteristic element.
Astronomical Clock of the Cathedral of Messina
The Messina astronomical clock, part of the city's cathedral, was built by the Ungerer company of Strasbourg in 1933. It is integrated into the church tower (rebuilt at the beginning of the century after the earthquake), of which it is the most characteristic element.
This magnificent neo-baroque religious building is a very important place for the city of Messina, as it contains the remains of 1,288 fellow citizens who fell during the Second World War. In addition to visiting the Upper and Lower Churches inside, we recommend that you linger on the incredible view of the panorama of the natural harbor and part of the city of Messina.
Sacrario Cristo Re
This magnificent neo-baroque religious building is a very important place for the city of Messina, as it contains the remains of 1,288 fellow citizens who fell during the Second World War. In addition to visiting the Upper and Lower Churches inside, we recommend that you linger on the incredible view of the panorama of the natural harbor and part of the city of Messina.
This church is characteristic for its positioning, survived the earthquake of 1908, it is located at a lower level than the rest of the city.
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Church of Saint Mary of the Announcement 'dei Catalani'
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This church is characteristic for its positioning, survived the earthquake of 1908, it is located at a lower level than the rest of the city.
One of the finest examples of Gothic art in the Mediterranean.
Chiesa di Santa Maria Alemanna
48 Via Santa Maria Alemanna
One of the finest examples of Gothic art in the Mediterranean.
Place of worship, fascinating for its position overlooking the sea and solitary.
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Sanctuary of the Madonna of Dinnammare
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Place of worship, fascinating for its position overlooking the sea and solitary.
Do not miss the visit to the Black Madonna of Tindari.
Basilica Santuario Maria SS. del Tindari
Do not miss the visit to the Black Madonna of Tindari.

Monuments

Here you can see, in the period of August, Mata and Grifone. The giants of the Messina legend.
Comune di Messina - Palazzo Zanca
110 Via San Camillo
Here you can see, in the period of August, Mata and Grifone. The giants of the Messina legend.
Villa Romana Terme Vigliatore Messina
262 SS113
By an unknown author, this eighteenth-century palace is among the very few buildings that survived the 1908 earthquake. In addition, it is also the only remaining example of an elegant building once inhabited by the aristocratic class of the city.
Palazzo Calapaj-d'Alcontres
By an unknown author, this eighteenth-century palace is among the very few buildings that survived the 1908 earthquake. In addition, it is also the only remaining example of an elegant building once inhabited by the aristocratic class of the city.
The second fountain made in Messina by Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli (sculptor very close to Michelangelo), after that of Orione in Piazza Duomo.
Fontana di Nettuno
The second fountain made in Messina by Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli (sculptor very close to Michelangelo), after that of Orione in Piazza Duomo.
"The most beautiful fountain of the European sixteenth century", was defined by the art historian Bernard Berenson, and in fact it is a work of uncommon beauty, of great significance and strong emotional impact.
Fontana di Orione
"The most beautiful fountain of the European sixteenth century", was defined by the art historian Bernard Berenson, and in fact it is a work of uncommon beauty, of great significance and strong emotional impact.
O Madonnina del Porto. The monument, consecrated and inaugurated by Archbishop Paino on 12 August 1934, was blessed and illuminated in the same afternoon by Pope Pius XI, connected from Castelgandolfo, thanks to a special ultra-short wave radio system developed by Guglielmo Marconi.
Madonna of the Letter
O Madonnina del Porto. The monument, consecrated and inaugurated by Archbishop Paino on 12 August 1934, was blessed and illuminated in the same afternoon by Pope Pius XI, connected from Castelgandolfo, thanks to a special ultra-short wave radio system developed by Guglielmo Marconi.
World famous, a striking building in a spectacular location.
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Teatro Antico di Taormina
1 Via del Teatro Greco
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World famous, a striking building in a spectacular location.
It bears the name of a hermit dedicated to silence and prayer but has an origin that evokes scenarios of war and devastation. Fort San Jachiddu is just one of about twenty buildings overlooking the Strait of Messina, designed to monitor and strike the enemy in one of the strategic places in the Mediterranean. Modern Scylla and Charybdis that would have given no respite to the opponent, is now a place that speaks a different language, an oasis of infinite peace and beauty.
Fort San Jachiddu Ecological Park
It bears the name of a hermit dedicated to silence and prayer but has an origin that evokes scenarios of war and devastation. Fort San Jachiddu is just one of about twenty buildings overlooking the Strait of Messina, designed to monitor and strike the enemy in one of the strategic places in the Mediterranean. Modern Scylla and Charybdis that would have given no respite to the opponent, is now a place that speaks a different language, an oasis of infinite peace and beauty.
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Castello di Milazzo
18 Sal. Castello
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Museums

The fort is very impressive from the outside, which can only be visited on specific days. Check online when it is open to the public if, in addition to seeing the outside, you are also interested in the internal visit.
Forte Cavalli - Parco MUSEO
The fort is very impressive from the outside, which can only be visited on specific days. Check online when it is open to the public if, in addition to seeing the outside, you are also interested in the internal visit.
The museum itinerary follows the different artistic eras in chronological order: Middle Ages Renaissance Mannerism Six hundred Eighteenth century Nineteenth century. Here you can discover some works by: Antonello of Messina Caravaggio Annibale Carracci Mattia Preti Girolamo Alibrandi Vincenzo Catena Francesco Lauran
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Museo Regionale di Messina
465 Viale della Libertà
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The museum itinerary follows the different artistic eras in chronological order: Middle Ages Renaissance Mannerism Six hundred Eighteenth century Nineteenth century. Here you can discover some works by: Antonello of Messina Caravaggio Annibale Carracci Mattia Preti Girolamo Alibrandi Vincenzo Catena Francesco Lauran
An evocative place, full of outdoor installations.
Fiumara D'Arte
An evocative place, full of outdoor installations.
Museo del Grano di San Filippo Superiore

Where and what to eat

Absolutely to try the messinese focaccia. What taste? Definitely traditional and the norma!
Forno Cannata
144 Via Nazionale
Absolutely to try the messinese focaccia. What taste? Definitely traditional and the norma!
Very good granites!
Bar Milano
1 Via Roccamotore
Very good granites!
Fantastic ice creams and granitas, you won't be able to resist the pistachio taste!
Bar De Luca
208 Via Nazionale
Fantastic ice creams and granitas, you won't be able to resist the pistachio taste!
Here you can dine with sea view at fair prices, braciole di pesce spada (swordfish chops) are delicious!
Ristorante La Vela
Km 13.500 SS114
Here you can dine with sea view at fair prices, braciole di pesce spada (swordfish chops) are delicious!
If you want a good sushi à la carte or simply an after dinner cocktail for a romantic and relaxing evening, this place is perfect for you.
Grecale
124 Via Canalone
If you want a good sushi à la carte or simply an after dinner cocktail for a romantic and relaxing evening, this place is perfect for you.
You must try the pizza alla norma here!
La Napoletana
You must try the pizza alla norma here!
For an exquisite pizza in a characteristic village this is the right place.
La Napoletana
For an exquisite pizza in a characteristic village this is the right place.
Here it is almost all fried, as per tradition, you will find the best Arancini and Pidoni in the city, indulge yourself!
Rosticceria Famulari
143 Via Cesare Battisti
Here it is almost all fried, as per tradition, you will find the best Arancini and Pidoni in the city, indulge yourself!
Pidoni specialists, typical Messina street food.
Portella Castanea - bivio Salice
Pidoni specialists, typical Messina street food.
Ideal for breakfasts.
Miscela d'Oro - Sicilia 1946
5 Piazza Cairoli
Ideal for breakfasts.
Ritrovo Narciso
51 Piazza S. Caterina Valverde
Very good pizza and italian cuisine.
Datterino
14 Viale San Martino
Very good pizza and italian cuisine.
Cantina Solferino
31 Via Solferino
Excellent sushi, delicious cocktails. Suitable for both dinner and after dinner.
Kajiki
112 Via XXVII Luglio
Excellent sushi, delicious cocktails. Suitable for both dinner and after dinner.
Excellent bar for an aperitif or after dinner.
Capo Peloro Resort
Excellent bar for an aperitif or after dinner.
La Terrazza
57 Via Lago Grande
Bar La Ruota - Caffetteria Panini
Sunset
Very good, ideal for groups of friends.
Vecchie Mura
15 Via Consolare Pompea
Very good, ideal for groups of friends.
We recommend tasting the famous granita with brioche here, you will not regret it.
Gelateria Graniteria Eden
3 Via III Palazzo
We recommend tasting the famous granita with brioche here, you will not regret it.
Excellent granita with brioche.
Bar Noviziato
Excellent granita with brioche.
Bar in a beautiful location overlooking the sea, all very good!
Bar Nice Recupero S.a.s. Di Recupero Viola E C.
Bar in a beautiful location overlooking the sea, all very good!
Delicious cannoli!
Pasticceria del Corso
173 Corso Cavour
Delicious cannoli!
Here cannoli and pastries in general are very good.
Pasticceria Lorino
42 Viale Boccetta
Here cannoli and pastries in general are very good.
Both the bar and the patisserie part are very good
Pasticceria Camarda dal 1952
63 Viale Annunziata
Both the bar and the patisserie part are very good
Ideal for eating croissants until late at night.
Cornetteria Sweet Temptations
119 Via XXIV Maggio
Ideal for eating croissants until late at night.
Croissants, brioches, slushes and panini di cena (litterally "dinner sandwiches", butter sandwiches, with sesame to eat like this or to be stuffed as desired, both sweet and savory).
Sottosanti
32 Via Uberto Bonino
Croissants, brioches, slushes and panini di cena (litterally "dinner sandwiches", butter sandwiches, with sesame to eat like this or to be stuffed as desired, both sweet and savory).
Lido Blanco Beach Club
506 Via Consolare Pompea
Venue for autumn, winter and spring. Highly recommended for pizza!
L'Orso
12 Via Pasquale Calapso
Venue for autumn, winter and spring. Highly recommended for pizza!
Summer home of the restaurant of the same name. Highly recommended for pizza!
L'orso
Summer home of the restaurant of the same name. Highly recommended for pizza!
It is a secular wood of the highest ecological, naturalistic, faunistic and environmental value and is one of the oldest woods in Sicily. Geomorphologically it boasts an exceptional environmental diversity, ranging from clayey sediments to limestone rocks. Various ridges and differences in height dot the forest of hills such as Pizzo Castelluzzo, Serra Castagna, Pizzo Daniele and Pizzo Galera. Malabotta is an ecosystem made up of centuries-old plants, including the “Patriarchs of the Wood” centuries-old oaks with trunks over two meters in diameter. In addition, the vegetation is also composed of Turkey oaks, beeches, chestnuts, holly, holm oaks and various other species. The undergrowth passes from humid environments, to the prairie literally covered in spring by the Wild Peony (Paeonia officinalis), to drier and more rocky environments, where hawthorn, wild rose, thorny sparzio and other shrub species grow.
Riserva Naturale Orientata Bosco di Malabotta. Rocche D'Argimusco.
It is a secular wood of the highest ecological, naturalistic, faunistic and environmental value and is one of the oldest woods in Sicily. Geomorphologically it boasts an exceptional environmental diversity, ranging from clayey sediments to limestone rocks. Various ridges and differences in height dot the forest of hills such as Pizzo Castelluzzo, Serra Castagna, Pizzo Daniele and Pizzo Galera. Malabotta is an ecosystem made up of centuries-old plants, including the “Patriarchs of the Wood” centuries-old oaks with trunks over two meters in diameter. In addition, the vegetation is also composed of Turkey oaks, beeches, chestnuts, holly, holm oaks and various other species. The undergrowth passes from humid environments, to the prairie literally covered in spring by the Wild Peony (Paeonia officinalis), to drier and more rocky environments, where hawthorn, wild rose, thorny sparzio and other shrub species grow.

Discovering natural places

The Alcantara Gorges, also called Larderia Gorges, are located in the Alcantara Valley in Sicily where the Peloritani mountain range ends between the municipalities of Castiglione di Sicilia and Motta Camastra. The peculiarity of the gorges is the structure of the walls, created by basaltic lava flows (poor in silicon but rich in iron, magnesium and calcium). The lava then cooled very quickly creating pentagonal and hexagonal prismatic shapes, which recall the molecular structure of the materials that constitute it.
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Gole Alcantara Botanical and Geological Park
5 Via Nazionale
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The Alcantara Gorges, also called Larderia Gorges, are located in the Alcantara Valley in Sicily where the Peloritani mountain range ends between the municipalities of Castiglione di Sicilia and Motta Camastra. The peculiarity of the gorges is the structure of the walls, created by basaltic lava flows (poor in silicon but rich in iron, magnesium and calcium). The lava then cooled very quickly creating pentagonal and hexagonal prismatic shapes, which recall the molecular structure of the materials that constitute it.
Protected natural area of ​​the Sicilian Region established in 2001. It occupies an area of ​​68.12 hectares and falls under the management of the Province of Messina. Within the Reserve Territory there are two seaside villages of great cultural as well as environmental richness: Torre Faro and Ganzirri. The Capo Peloro Lagoon is also a site of international importance, included in the UNESCO Water Project of 1972, and a site of national importance recognized by the Italian Botanical Society. More than 400 aquatic species live within the nature reserve, of which at least ten are endemic.
Riserva Naturale Orientata Laguna di Capo Peloro
Protected natural area of ​​the Sicilian Region established in 2001. It occupies an area of ​​68.12 hectares and falls under the management of the Province of Messina. Within the Reserve Territory there are two seaside villages of great cultural as well as environmental richness: Torre Faro and Ganzirri. The Capo Peloro Lagoon is also a site of international importance, included in the UNESCO Water Project of 1972, and a site of national importance recognized by the Italian Botanical Society. More than 400 aquatic species live within the nature reserve, of which at least ten are endemic.
Getting to the path leading to the waterfall is quite simple. From the Messina ring road, take the "San Filippo - stadium" exit, turn right after the ENI refueling and follow the signs for the "village" of Santa Lucia, then for San Filippo Inferiore and finally for San Filippo Superiore. Try to take the road that runs along the right bank of the river and not the left one, which seems to have been hit by a bombing. At the end of the village, continue along the road parallel to the river for a couple of kilometers. The road is a bit run down but can be traveled by car without too much difficulty until the start of the route. Before starting a private road (in the mosaic of the photos we have inserted an image of the exact point) it is necessary to leave the asphalted path and take the path that runs along the San Filippo stream, along whose course there are old water mills, active until the 1950s and now abandoned. Since the San Filippo Torrent is essentially a torrent, the flow of water, both in the riverbed and in the waterfall, can vary a lot during the year. In periods when the rivers are fuller, the waterfall gains in spectacularity, but the path to reach it becomes complicated, as it is necessary to ford the river several times. The waterfall is quite close, just over a kilometer away from the paved road, so if you want to stop here without exploring the rest of the valley, you don't need much breath, but the path still presents some difficulties. In fact, there is no aided path but a barely mentioned track, where you often have to jump over the water with a good jump. It is necessary to equip yourself with suitable shoes, perhaps a nice climbing stick to help you in the more complicated passages and - just in case - a dry change if some jumps are shorter than necessary. The most difficult point is the one that leads right to the base of the waterfall, but a charitable soul has planted a nice piton to which a rope is attached to help you climb. Under the waterfall there is a fairly large and comfortable space to rest and enjoy the show. Climbing and free climbing enthusiasts can have fun with some apparently not too demanding walls.
Cascata di San Filippo Superiore
Getting to the path leading to the waterfall is quite simple. From the Messina ring road, take the "San Filippo - stadium" exit, turn right after the ENI refueling and follow the signs for the "village" of Santa Lucia, then for San Filippo Inferiore and finally for San Filippo Superiore. Try to take the road that runs along the right bank of the river and not the left one, which seems to have been hit by a bombing. At the end of the village, continue along the road parallel to the river for a couple of kilometers. The road is a bit run down but can be traveled by car without too much difficulty until the start of the route. Before starting a private road (in the mosaic of the photos we have inserted an image of the exact point) it is necessary to leave the asphalted path and take the path that runs along the San Filippo stream, along whose course there are old water mills, active until the 1950s and now abandoned. Since the San Filippo Torrent is essentially a torrent, the flow of water, both in the riverbed and in the waterfall, can vary a lot during the year. In periods when the rivers are fuller, the waterfall gains in spectacularity, but the path to reach it becomes complicated, as it is necessary to ford the river several times. The waterfall is quite close, just over a kilometer away from the paved road, so if you want to stop here without exploring the rest of the valley, you don't need much breath, but the path still presents some difficulties. In fact, there is no aided path but a barely mentioned track, where you often have to jump over the water with a good jump. It is necessary to equip yourself with suitable shoes, perhaps a nice climbing stick to help you in the more complicated passages and - just in case - a dry change if some jumps are shorter than necessary. The most difficult point is the one that leads right to the base of the waterfall, but a charitable soul has planted a nice piton to which a rope is attached to help you climb. Under the waterfall there is a fairly large and comfortable space to rest and enjoy the show. Climbing and free climbing enthusiasts can have fun with some apparently not too demanding walls.
Natural park with a suggestive view, ideal for a packed lunch or a day with family or friends immersed in nature.
Parco Ecologico San Jachiddu
Natural park with a suggestive view, ideal for a packed lunch or a day with family or friends immersed in nature.
Located under the sanctuary of Tindari, it is an extraordinary natural reserve that deserves to be discovered.
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Reserve of the Lakes of Marinello
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Located under the sanctuary of Tindari, it is an extraordinary natural reserve that deserves to be discovered.
What to do and what to visit: Rocche del Crasto. It is located between the municipalities of Alcara Li Fusi and San Marco d’Alunzio. It is a rocky massif on the sides of which griffon vultures and golden eagles nest. Catafurco waterfall. One of the most beautiful points of the Nebrodi Park. It is a jump of about thirty meters of the San Basilio stream. The waters of the waterfall rise in the so-called Marmitta dei Giganti, a natural cavity carved into the rock where it is possible to swim. Mistretta waterfalls. In total, the water jumps are seven. The largest of these is the Pietrebianche Waterfall, more than thirty meters high. Bosco della Tassita. Fifty hectares of wooded area located in the territory of the municipality of Caronia. The wood is famous for the presence of ancient Taxus baccata. Monte Soro. It is the highest peak in the entire Nebrodi Park. Once you reach the top, you will enjoy an incomparable view: you will see the Aeolian Islands, the Serra del Re, the Peloritani mountains, Etna, the Erei mountains, the Madonie. Lake Biviere. In the territory of the municipality of Cesarò. It is a large body of water surrounded by beech trees. Lake Biviere is the habitat of numerous species of birds. Maulazzo lake. It is located on the slopes of Mount Soro. It is an artificial lake built around the 1980s by the Forestry. Routes There are three main itineraries to visit the Nebrodi Park: 1. DORSAL OF NEBRODI Route divided into three stages. First stage: from Serro Merio to Portella dell’Obolo, 21 kilometers to be covered in six hours. Second stage: from Portella dell’Obolo to Miraglia Refuge and Portella Maschio Morta, 24 kilometers to be covered in six hours. Third stage: from Portella Female Dead to Portella Dagara, 25 kilometers to be covered in seven hours. 2. PATH OF THE SOURCES Route of 18 kilometers in the territories of the municipalities of Bronte and Maniace. To be covered in seven to eight hours. 3. ROCCHE DEL CRASTO Here you can choose from three other itineraries. The first: from Portella Gazzana to the Malirò spring. The second: from the Lemina Bacco district to San Marco d’Alunzio. The third: from the Malirò spring to Portella Gazzana. Activities The main activities that can be carried out at the Nebrodi Park are: trekking, canyoning, environmental education, guided tours and excursions. For more information and to book excursions, visit the page with the list of subjects who can carry out excursion activities in the Nebrodi Park. Without forgetting the Nebrodi adventure park, one of the most important adventure parks in Sicily: to spend a day immersed in nature and having fun with the little ones. The official site is Nebrodiadventurepark.it.
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Parco Naturale Regionale dei Nebrodi
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What to do and what to visit: Rocche del Crasto. It is located between the municipalities of Alcara Li Fusi and San Marco d’Alunzio. It is a rocky massif on the sides of which griffon vultures and golden eagles nest. Catafurco waterfall. One of the most beautiful points of the Nebrodi Park. It is a jump of about thirty meters of the San Basilio stream. The waters of the waterfall rise in the so-called Marmitta dei Giganti, a natural cavity carved into the rock where it is possible to swim. Mistretta waterfalls. In total, the water jumps are seven. The largest of these is the Pietrebianche Waterfall, more than thirty meters high. Bosco della Tassita. Fifty hectares of wooded area located in the territory of the municipality of Caronia. The wood is famous for the presence of ancient Taxus baccata. Monte Soro. It is the highest peak in the entire Nebrodi Park. Once you reach the top, you will enjoy an incomparable view: you will see the Aeolian Islands, the Serra del Re, the Peloritani mountains, Etna, the Erei mountains, the Madonie. Lake Biviere. In the territory of the municipality of Cesarò. It is a large body of water surrounded by beech trees. Lake Biviere is the habitat of numerous species of birds. Maulazzo lake. It is located on the slopes of Mount Soro. It is an artificial lake built around the 1980s by the Forestry. Routes There are three main itineraries to visit the Nebrodi Park: 1. DORSAL OF NEBRODI Route divided into three stages. First stage: from Serro Merio to Portella dell’Obolo, 21 kilometers to be covered in six hours. Second stage: from Portella dell’Obolo to Miraglia Refuge and Portella Maschio Morta, 24 kilometers to be covered in six hours. Third stage: from Portella Female Dead to Portella Dagara, 25 kilometers to be covered in seven hours. 2. PATH OF THE SOURCES Route of 18 kilometers in the territories of the municipalities of Bronte and Maniace. To be covered in seven to eight hours. 3. ROCCHE DEL CRASTO Here you can choose from three other itineraries. The first: from Portella Gazzana to the Malirò spring. The second: from the Lemina Bacco district to San Marco d’Alunzio. The third: from the Malirò spring to Portella Gazzana. Activities The main activities that can be carried out at the Nebrodi Park are: trekking, canyoning, environmental education, guided tours and excursions. For more information and to book excursions, visit the page with the list of subjects who can carry out excursion activities in the Nebrodi Park. Without forgetting the Nebrodi adventure park, one of the most important adventure parks in Sicily: to spend a day immersed in nature and having fun with the little ones. The official site is Nebrodiadventurepark.it.
The San Rizzo Hills are pleasant hills that rise gently from the sea and dominate the city of Messina. They are part of the Peloritani mountain range and are located in their eastern portion. The reliefs are on average between 800 and 1000 meters high, up to 1130 meters at the summit of Dinnammare. From the lookout in front of the Sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna of the same name, you can enjoy a wonderful view that ranges from Capo Peloro to the province of Catania, but above all of Messina with its characteristic sickle-shaped port and the Strait. Looking out from the opposite side, however, you can see the Aeolian Islands, the sanctuary of Tindari, the promontory of Milazzo and towards the south the summit of Etna. Not far from the city center it is therefore possible to find yourself in an oasis of greenery and pure air where you can spend days immersed in the luxuriant nature, for a picnic or even just for a walk in the woods. There are several equipped areas where you can stop, one above all is that of Musolino on the road that leads to the Sanctuary of Dinnammare.
Colli San Rizzo Hiking Experiences
The San Rizzo Hills are pleasant hills that rise gently from the sea and dominate the city of Messina. They are part of the Peloritani mountain range and are located in their eastern portion. The reliefs are on average between 800 and 1000 meters high, up to 1130 meters at the summit of Dinnammare. From the lookout in front of the Sanctuary dedicated to the Madonna of the same name, you can enjoy a wonderful view that ranges from Capo Peloro to the province of Catania, but above all of Messina with its characteristic sickle-shaped port and the Strait. Looking out from the opposite side, however, you can see the Aeolian Islands, the sanctuary of Tindari, the promontory of Milazzo and towards the south the summit of Etna. Not far from the city center it is therefore possible to find yourself in an oasis of greenery and pure air where you can spend days immersed in the luxuriant nature, for a picnic or even just for a walk in the woods. There are several equipped areas where you can stop, one above all is that of Musolino on the road that leads to the Sanctuary of Dinnammare.
The small distance from the coast sometimes, due to the tide, vanishes, making it a peninsula. Also called the "pearl of the Mediterranean", the name was coined by the German baron, Wilhelm von Gloeden, who spread the artistic value of the island all over the world. Donated in 1806 by Ferdinand I of Bourbon to Pancrazio Ciprioti, mayor of Taormina, it was purchased in 1890 by Florence Trevelyan who enhanced it by building a small house and planting rare precious essences. He planted non-native species and rare shrubs there. The island was then inherited by the lawyer. Cesare Acrosso, grandson of Salvatore Cacciola, husband of Florence Trevelyan. In 1954 it was bought for 38,000 ₤ by the brothers Leone and Emilio Bosurgi, who built a village with 12 autonomous residences and a tiny swimming pool disguised among rocks and plantations, in order to cheer and host their entrepreneur and banker friends. The Bosurgi family owned Sanderson, a historic citrus processing company from Messina. The bankruptcy of this in 1982 paved the way for the sale by judicial auction of the family assets which guaranteed the company's debts with sureties. Among these assets there was also Isola Bella with its villa. A first auction was therefore set for October 17, 1984 with a base of five and a half billion lire and a minimum raise of one hundred million, but it went deserted. Meanwhile, the institutions moved to protect the islet. On 8 October 1984 the Sicilian Region, at the request of the Municipality of Taormina, the Regional Department of Cultural Heritage declared Isola Bella a monument of historical and artistic interest of particular value as an "isolated example of unicum as a naturalistic, historical value and cultural ”, subjecting it to protection restrictions. The decree regarded the island as a "natural monument". A new auction on March 6, 1985, despite the fact that the base had been lowered by 20%, saw no buyers show up. In 1990 the island was finally purchased by the Department of Cultural Heritage of the Sicilian Region. In 1998 a nature reserve was established, managed by the WWF, then by the Province of Messina and recently passed under the management of CUTGANA, the environmental protection center of the University of Catania. With the establishment in 2010 of the Archaeological Parks, the management, use, protection and enhancement of Isola Bella are currently the responsibility of the Archaeological Park of Naxos.
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Isola Bella
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The small distance from the coast sometimes, due to the tide, vanishes, making it a peninsula. Also called the "pearl of the Mediterranean", the name was coined by the German baron, Wilhelm von Gloeden, who spread the artistic value of the island all over the world. Donated in 1806 by Ferdinand I of Bourbon to Pancrazio Ciprioti, mayor of Taormina, it was purchased in 1890 by Florence Trevelyan who enhanced it by building a small house and planting rare precious essences. He planted non-native species and rare shrubs there. The island was then inherited by the lawyer. Cesare Acrosso, grandson of Salvatore Cacciola, husband of Florence Trevelyan. In 1954 it was bought for 38,000 ₤ by the brothers Leone and Emilio Bosurgi, who built a village with 12 autonomous residences and a tiny swimming pool disguised among rocks and plantations, in order to cheer and host their entrepreneur and banker friends. The Bosurgi family owned Sanderson, a historic citrus processing company from Messina. The bankruptcy of this in 1982 paved the way for the sale by judicial auction of the family assets which guaranteed the company's debts with sureties. Among these assets there was also Isola Bella with its villa. A first auction was therefore set for October 17, 1984 with a base of five and a half billion lire and a minimum raise of one hundred million, but it went deserted. Meanwhile, the institutions moved to protect the islet. On 8 October 1984 the Sicilian Region, at the request of the Municipality of Taormina, the Regional Department of Cultural Heritage declared Isola Bella a monument of historical and artistic interest of particular value as an "isolated example of unicum as a naturalistic, historical value and cultural ”, subjecting it to protection restrictions. The decree regarded the island as a "natural monument". A new auction on March 6, 1985, despite the fact that the base had been lowered by 20%, saw no buyers show up. In 1990 the island was finally purchased by the Department of Cultural Heritage of the Sicilian Region. In 1998 a nature reserve was established, managed by the WWF, then by the Province of Messina and recently passed under the management of CUTGANA, the environmental protection center of the University of Catania. With the establishment in 2010 of the Archaeological Parks, the management, use, protection and enhancement of Isola Bella are currently the responsibility of the Archaeological Park of Naxos.
Located in the city center, this place offers the opportunity to take a dip in the greenery and admire different species of plants and trees. It is well maintained, well cared for and whoever prepares the service there is really kind.
University Botanical Garden
1 Viale Principe Umberto
Located in the city center, this place offers the opportunity to take a dip in the greenery and admire different species of plants and trees. It is well maintained, well cared for and whoever prepares the service there is really kind.

Walks and trails

Located about 1 km from the crossroads of the Four Roads (Portella Rizzo) and winds for about 1000 meters. The route, easy to follow and with a reduced elevation excursion, is suitable for everyone. It starts from Forte Puntal Ferraro and, crossing different forest environments, arrives at the road to Camaro, near the former “Principe di Piemonte” colony and the equipped area below the Madonnuzza church. The path was designed to bring the visitor, especially children, closer to the themes of the forest and its respect through knowledge. The illustrative signs, one for each letter of the alphabet, are representative of the animal or plant species present on site. Opposite the entrance to the Abc path is the fallow deer area, built by the Forestry Property, which houses a community of about 70 fallow deer and is located close to Fort Ferraro, one of the forts built in the Umbertine era. Source Sicilian Trame.
Sentiero dell'ABC
Located about 1 km from the crossroads of the Four Roads (Portella Rizzo) and winds for about 1000 meters. The route, easy to follow and with a reduced elevation excursion, is suitable for everyone. It starts from Forte Puntal Ferraro and, crossing different forest environments, arrives at the road to Camaro, near the former “Principe di Piemonte” colony and the equipped area below the Madonnuzza church. The path was designed to bring the visitor, especially children, closer to the themes of the forest and its respect through knowledge. The illustrative signs, one for each letter of the alphabet, are representative of the animal or plant species present on site. Opposite the entrance to the Abc path is the fallow deer area, built by the Forestry Property, which houses a community of about 70 fallow deer and is located close to Fort Ferraro, one of the forts built in the Umbertine era. Source Sicilian Trame.
"How beautiful Missina is who javi villages in muzzu, Cumia is lu jaddruzzu who is supra at all". These are the verses of an ancient popular nursery rhyme that perfectly convey the idea of ​​the location of the Cumia villages: a natural balcony over the Strait and the city of Messina.
Sentiero Via Mariae
"How beautiful Missina is who javi villages in muzzu, Cumia is lu jaddruzzu who is supra at all". These are the verses of an ancient popular nursery rhyme that perfectly convey the idea of ​​the location of the Cumia villages: a natural balcony over the Strait and the city of Messina.
About 2,430 km long, it is included in the Saponara Forestry Property, it starts from Portella Croce Cumia, on the road to Dinnammare, just past the gate of the Ziriò nursery, from which it takes its name and crosses various forest environments. The arboreal mantle, which makes up the forest cover of the area, is characterized by the dominance of the maritime pine and the chestnut tree governed by coppice. There are, even if to a lesser extent, the stone pine, Aleppo pine, black pine, Douglas (Pseudotsuga menziesii) and Robinia, located in the impluvial network. The undergrowth is characterized by elderberry plants, brambles and ferns. The areas covered by Mediterranean scrub are represented by heather (Erica arborea), charcoal broom (Cytisus scoparius), Spanish broom (Spartium junceum) Cistus (Cistus salvifolius) and young specimens of Holm oak (Quercus ilex), Downy oak (Quercus pubescens) and Greater Ash (Fraxinus excelsior). Halfway through the path, the path overlooks the Tyrrhenian coast and the Peloritani chain, offering a panorama that goes from Monte Scuderi, passing from Etna, Rocca Novara, to the Gulf of Milazzo up to the Aeolian Islands. During the spring and autumn season it is possible to admire the extraordinary and uniform flowering of the cyclamen, which covers the surface of the soil like a pink mantle. The historical testimonies linked to the mountain are given by a building, now in ruins, used during the last world war as a powder keg and by tunnels used as shelters. In the middle of the woods there are pits where snow was accumulated and stored to be used as ice in the summer. In the place, for over 50 years, the Forestry Administration has managed the only forest nursery in the province of Messina, an important reservoir of plants used to reforest state-owned land. The path, whose path ends in a ring, offers visitors numerous observation points of the wooded landscape. Each observation point is marked by the presence of signs which, in addition to reporting the name of the species, the classification and the characteristics that allow its recognition, provide detailed descriptions and curiosities.
Punto Panoramico - Sentiero guidato Ziriò
About 2,430 km long, it is included in the Saponara Forestry Property, it starts from Portella Croce Cumia, on the road to Dinnammare, just past the gate of the Ziriò nursery, from which it takes its name and crosses various forest environments. The arboreal mantle, which makes up the forest cover of the area, is characterized by the dominance of the maritime pine and the chestnut tree governed by coppice. There are, even if to a lesser extent, the stone pine, Aleppo pine, black pine, Douglas (Pseudotsuga menziesii) and Robinia, located in the impluvial network. The undergrowth is characterized by elderberry plants, brambles and ferns. The areas covered by Mediterranean scrub are represented by heather (Erica arborea), charcoal broom (Cytisus scoparius), Spanish broom (Spartium junceum) Cistus (Cistus salvifolius) and young specimens of Holm oak (Quercus ilex), Downy oak (Quercus pubescens) and Greater Ash (Fraxinus excelsior). Halfway through the path, the path overlooks the Tyrrhenian coast and the Peloritani chain, offering a panorama that goes from Monte Scuderi, passing from Etna, Rocca Novara, to the Gulf of Milazzo up to the Aeolian Islands. During the spring and autumn season it is possible to admire the extraordinary and uniform flowering of the cyclamen, which covers the surface of the soil like a pink mantle. The historical testimonies linked to the mountain are given by a building, now in ruins, used during the last world war as a powder keg and by tunnels used as shelters. In the middle of the woods there are pits where snow was accumulated and stored to be used as ice in the summer. In the place, for over 50 years, the Forestry Administration has managed the only forest nursery in the province of Messina, an important reservoir of plants used to reforest state-owned land. The path, whose path ends in a ring, offers visitors numerous observation points of the wooded landscape. Each observation point is marked by the presence of signs which, in addition to reporting the name of the species, the classification and the characteristics that allow its recognition, provide detailed descriptions and curiosities.

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From 3rd April 2022 free admission every 1st Sunday of the month.
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Forte Cavalli limited opening

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The beaches are sometimes sandy, sometimes pebble, if you are not used to walking or entering the water on the stones we recommend that you bring your water shoes.
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We provide all the household linen and some beach equipment that you find in the photo gallery (beach tent, fins, games, etc. ...), at the moment beach towels are not included.