Messina-Aeolian Islands Guide

The Peloritani Mounts top

Monti Peloritani

The peloritani are a mountain range that spread over the north-east side of the island reaching its highest point at Montagna Grande (1374 m). Of particular interest is Monte Scuderi (1253 m) easily accessible from Itala, a village perched on the Nebrodi mountains, with a valuable eleventh-century Arab-Norman church (photo).

Fiumedinisi is a picturesque village on the southern slopes of the Peloritani mountains. Slipping into the woods with some difficulty, you can reach the ruins of a medieval castle.

Monti Peloritani

Monte Dinnamare (1124m) just above Messina, is a point from which you can see the two seas: the Ionian to the east, the Tyrrhenian to the north. But most of all, it is a bottle-neck, I mean one of the most important resting places in the world regarding to the birds migration. During springtime the observation of birds of prey going up from Africa to Northern Europe is one of the most fascinating events and curiously less popular in Sicily.

Portella Mandrazzi (1125 m) is an extreme woody step that marks the boundary between Peloritani and Nebrodi mounts. It's a stone's throw from the town of Novara di Sicilia, beautiful village of Peloritani. In his countryside, in the village of San Basilio, the prehistoric cave of Sperlinga.

In the northwestern part of Peloritani, the medieval village of Castroreale, with its characteristic streets made of sandstone, deserves a visit. A stroll through the historic center is recommended.


The coast from Sant’Alessio to Messina top

Il litorale da Sant'Alessio a Messina

Sandy beach equipped with excellent facilities. In the village of Scaletta Zanclea there is a castle complete with old cannon balls (photo).


Messina top


Messina is the Sicilian town nearest to Italy, from which is only 3.2 km. Here is the northern tip of Cape Peloro. Messina has a history of earthquakes that three times (the last in 1908) have flattened it.

Punta del Faro (photo) is a symbol of Messina. Its lighthouse lies on Cape Peloro, and seems to welcome or see off those who come or leave Sicily.

The Cathedral lies in the historic center, built by the Normans. Its latest refurbishment reveals the medieval design. Approached the beautiful bell tower.


Opposite the cathedral is a symbol of the city, the sixteenth-century fountain of Orion (photo), which represents the mythical giant, founder of the city, with his dog Sirius. Extremely smooth and elegant has been described as the most beautiful fountain in the Europe of the sixteenth century.


An important step is the Regional Museum of Messina that among the various works has two works by Caravaggio: the Resurrection of Lazarus (photo) and The Adoration of the Shepherds.

Messina has a monumental cemetery, which is the second in Italy after Genoa. The Liberty architecture is of very good value as the lush vegetation.

The strategic location of Messina has meant that the town had several military installations. Probably the most important of all is the sixteenth century Forte Gonzaga on the hilltop site of Tirone.


The "Pignolata" top


It 's a typical cake of Messina, consisting of a pile of pine cones with chocolate or white frosting with lemon. very good.


The Archipelago of the Aeolian Islands: Alicudi, Filicudi, Lipari, Stromboli, Salina, Panarea, Vulcano top


UNESCO world heritage, is a paradise tucked into the northern sea of Sicily. Seven Islands (Alicudi Filicudi, Lipari, Stromboli, Salina, Panarea, Vulcano) of mythological time. They are easily accessible, especially from Milazzo, with ferries and hydrofoils.

The volcanic phenomena, especially the ones of Stromboli (photo), made them famous throughout the world, as well as the characteristic buildings with white columns on the balcony outside: the puleri.


Lipari, the largest of them, has an important archaeological museum. the islands are the realm of pristine beauty that has made it the destination of many travelers. Panarea was literally stormed by rich yacht owners and various personalities. In Alicudi and Filicudi, small and wild, we seem to revive the time of Robinson Crusoe. Vulcano is famous for its volcanic mud. All the islands are also very famous for the capers (photo) and Malvasia, a fortified wine.


Milazzo top


Starting point to visiting the Aeolian Islands, Milazzo is a beautiful city especially in its historical center, where the Castle, the ancient walled city and the village will leave you breathless with their beauty. The ancient castle (probably of Arab origin) was declared a national monument. In 1608 within it was built the cathedral of Milazzo, the ancient cathedral today. Milazzo is characterized by a strip of land that stretches in the Tyrrhenian Sea for 8 km.


Tindari top


Historical site of the fourth century BC. It is located 268m above sea level. archaeological excavations have unearthed a beautiful Greek theater with sea views, an agora, mosaics, pottery, and a fascinating section of the Roman city walls. Today, where once was the Agora, is a very important shrine of the Black Madonna, venerated in Sicily. By the sea below are visible the so-called lakes of Tindari (photo), beautiful lakes embroidered around the beach.


The coast from Messina to Capo D’Orlando top

Il litorale da Messina a Capo d'Orlando

Beautiful coastline where the mountains falling into the sea create a picturesque landscapes. Of particular beauty are the beaches that from Falcone reach Capo d'Orlando producing one of the most evocative areas of Sicily Seaside. Tindari, Marina di Patti, Capo Calavà (photo), Gioiosa Marea have unforgettable sun and sea.


The Nebrodi top


The mountain range of the Nebrodi occupies the northern part of Sicily. there is rich vegetation and delightful towns of typical mountain character and the influence of the sea. It’s because the sea is always present in this land, then giving a sense of openness, depth ... even in a typical woodland (photo) like the one of the Sicilian mountains. Monte Soro (1847 m) is the highest peak of the Nebrodi. There are many ways to visit the area, contact me for more details. A final secret: at worst, even in this geographical context, in half an hour you can reach the sea.

Alcara li Fusi: town of ancient foundation, is dominated by the imposing fortress of Castro, where the golden eagle nests on the peaks, in one of the most dolomite scenario in Sicily.

San Fratello: is a charming village where, in addition to an archaeological site of considerable importance (Apollonia), there are several monuments such as the sixteenth-century library of the convent of SS Assunta. In this town people still speak a dialect that dates back a thousand years: the gallo-italic, from Norman time!

From San Fratello a splendid road, one of the most beautiful in Sicily, reaches the heart of the mountain range till its highest peak (Monte Soro, 1847m). Here, among fairy-tale forests, you’ll meet wild pigs, hares, wild boars ... This road ends its run near Cesarò, another picturesque village of the Nebrodi.


San Marco d'Alunzio: beautiful town of ancient foundation (at the entrance of the town are the ruins of the Temple of Hercules, photo), famous for its Penelopes (embroideries). The hinterland is a delightful maze of small churches meeting romantic stone houses with a beautiful red color with streaks of blue-gray.

Floresta: it is the highest village in Sicily with its 1275m of altitude. Completely surrounded by the park of the Nebrodi , covered in snow in winter. In this territory the river Alcantara springs.


Mistretta: another ancient town, perched at 1000m, has beautiful sandstone buildings dating back at all eras, making it one of the most characteristic villages of Sicily.

Acquedolci: although being almost entirely to the sea, Acquedolci is a village of the Nebrodi Park. What makes it a great visit is its prehistoric site: the cave of San Teodoro, where were found the remains of animals such as dwarf elephants, bears and deers. human skulls Were also found here, including the one of the famous Thea (photo), a Sicilian of 15,000 years ago.


Capo d'Orlando top

Capo d'Orlando

Old town (photo), lying by the sea, with beautiful landscapes, created by the Nebrodi that seem to precipitate from the top producing evocative images for the visitor.


Santo Stefano di Camastra top


Village famous for its pottery, a major attraction for travelers in Sicily. The pottery of Santo Stefano range from bright orange to the simple sugar paper. Inside the village also has beautiful arabesque settings.


Tusa top


A little bit of sea and a little bit of mountain, Tusa is unusual. Almost halfway between Tusa and Tusa Marina is the most important archeological site of Alesa (photo).


The coastline from Capo D’Orlando to Tusa top


Beautiful coastline that runs through many of the countries we have described. The highway 113 (photo) joining Messina and Palermo represent an amazing drive and the best way to appreciate the scenic beauty of Sicily.

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