What to do and see in Province of Messina, Italy: The Best Places and Tips

August 1, 2017 Joeann Galban

Messina (Italian: Provincia di Messina; Sicilian: Pruvincia di Missina) was a province in the autonomous island region of Sicily in Italy. Its capital was the city of Messina. It was replaced by the Metropolitan City of Messina.
Restaurants in Province of Messina

1. Ancient Theatre of Taormina

Via Teatro Greco 1, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy +39 0942 23220
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Ancient Theatre of Taormina

The view of Mount Etna and the sea beyond is absolutely superb at Taormina's 10,000-seat ancient Greek Amphitheater, which was erected in the third century BC and expanded by the Romans.

Reviewed By Judi M - Trafalgar, Australia

Walked around this massive Greek theatre. Would have liked to see a performance in it as I am amazed that all these old open air relics are being used again while being restored.

2. Chiesa Madonna della Rocca

Via Madonna Rocca | Salita Castello, Taormina, Sicily, Italy
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4.5 based on 210 reviews

Chiesa Madonna della Rocca

Reviewed By AJ S - Northampton, United Kingdom

A delightfully charming and moving church to sit for a moment in peace. Plenty of interesting history too.

3. Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico)

Piazza Duomo, 98122, Messina, Sicily, Italy +39 090 675175
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Bell Tower and Astronomical Clock (Orologio Astronomico)

Reviewed By Borzov - Rijeka, Croatia

The sixty meters high tower was built in the 16th century and completely rebuilt in 1908 after the earthquake. The clock was installed in 1933 by the Ungerer company of Strasbourg and it is still one of the greatest astronomical clocks in the world. Every day at noon there is a 12-minutes long show that includes the lion roaring, a rooster crows and a procession of golden statues that represent the course of human life, the days of the week and biblical scenes. On the south side of the tower you can see the moon phases, the Planetarium and the perpetual calendar.

4. Piscina di Venere

Via Sant'Antonio, 98057 Milazzo, Sicily, Italy
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4.5 based on 538 reviews

Piscina di Venere

Reviewed By Les N

we walked from the old town to visit, it's an hours walk or a bus can get you most of the way. the Piscina di Venere is amazing, once down next to the pool it is secluded and quiet. We visited in the morning and had the place to ourselves until 1pm when there was a small crowd heading down as we left. there is quiet a steep stair case down to it, and the 'beach' is very rocky. Didn't get a chance to swim as the sea was rough and the pool was a bit turbulent. Even without the swim it was very nice to sit and read in the quiet

5. Piazza IX Aprile

Piazza IX Aprile, Taormina, Sicily, Italy +39 0942 23243
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Piazza IX Aprile

Reviewed By Marianne P - Chicago, Illinois

The most romantic spot in Sicily! The Piazza is surrounded by great restaurants. Entertainment was part of the piazza. When I was there, two Sicilians were playing music on their instruments. Outside one of the restaurants, a piano player was entertaining guests and those passing by. The piazza was the sea and Mt. Etna in the background. Truly a little piece of heaven.

6. La Vara

Messina, Sicily, Italy
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4.5 based on 177 reviews

La Vara

Reviewed By Crissy5266 - Messina, Italy

Have lived here in Sicily for many years but had never previously seen La vara of the duomo. Took visiting family and it was well worth the visit. Would strongly recommend to any one visiting Messina or indeed any part of Sicily.

7. Riserva naturale orientata Laghetti di Marinello

Spiaggia di Oliveri, 98066 Oliveri, Sicily, Italy
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4.5 based on 312 reviews

Riserva naturale orientata Laghetti di Marinello

Reviewed By Tramx - Holland

I think that it is a perfect place to see birds om migration. By the end of June, it was just hot and empty. The location of these small lakes however is very good.

8. Spiaggia Capo Calava

Gioiosa Marea, Sicily, Italy
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4.5 based on 143 reviews

Spiaggia Capo Calava

Reviewed By christine L - Morristown, New Jersey

Not crowded, great restaurants on the beach, had a water trampoline for sunning and jumping- grottos to swim into and rocks to jump off

9. Duomo di Messina

Piazza del Duomo, Messina, Sicily, Italy +39 346 973 3560
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4.5 based on 970 reviews

Duomo di Messina

This Cathedral, a fine example of Sicilian Norman architecture, has retained its original medieval lines even after a long history: built under Roger II, consecrated in 1197, destroyed in the 1908 earthquake and rebuilt.

Reviewed By Borzov - Rijeka, Croatia

The Cathedral of Messina dates back to the 12th century, but it was thoroughly restored in 1920 due to the serious damage in 1908 earthquake. The apsidal area is constructed in the Norman style and the three portals of the facade are decorated in the Gothic style. The Cathedral is a burial ground of King Conrad IV and many archbishops.

10. Italian Opera Taormina

Via Don Bosco, 98039, Taormina, Sicily, Italy +39 340 642 6230
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4.5 based on 482 reviews

Italian Opera Taormina

Embark on an extraordinary journey with the most famous arias and duets from the greatest Italian operas. Enjoy music from operas such as Le Nozze di Figaro by W.A.Mozart, La Traviata by G.Verdi, Madame Butterfly, Tosca, and La Bohème by G.Puccini and Elisir d'Amore by G.Donizetti, interpreted by professional singers who have performed in the most important Italian and international Theaters, performed with piano accompaniment. The evening will be held in the Cine Teatro 'San Giorgio' where you will be offered a drink and can take in an extraordinary Panorama view of Taormina

Reviewed By H1CAJ - Cookham, United Kingdom

During September we visited the Italian Opera in Taormina and given the fact that tickets were sold at 30 Euros each, we were pleasantly surprised.......
The mix or arias sung were less known but very enjoyable nonetheless as the soprano was excellent. The tenor was 'good' but clearly slightly inexperienced as in our opinion, his vocals are yet to fully develop.
At the interval, we were delighted to find that 'refreshments' (included in the ticket price) we served on a lovely balcony (overlooking the square below) - these included a glass of bubbly!!
An excellent evening had, I can only recommend a visit to Taormina Opera as a great way to spend an evening whilst in town - Enjoy!!

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