Messina, as well as being an important port and connection between the island and the coast of Calabria, is rich in history and culture. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Sicily, and for this reason it has a troubled past, made up of conquests and battles between peoples who have always tried to dominate it to have more power.
Messina offers a lot to visit, the museums, the cathedral and the historic center are full of history and art. The Duomo, the Fountain of Neptune and the Sacrario Cristo Re are three fundamental steps to take. If you want to discover the city from a different point of view, there are boat trips and excursions around the city.
From Messina it is easy to reach the villages and attractions on the east coast of Sicily. In a day it is easy to reach and visit Taormina, one of the most evocative villages of the island. Other destinations to reach starting from Messina are Milazzo, famous for "the pool of Venus" and Tindari which houses a unique nature reserve.
Did you know that in Messina you can visit the largest astronomical clock in the world? It is located right in the bell tower of the Cathedral Basilica. In Messina you can also see the second largest organ in the world, also located inside the Cathedral of the city.