“Do you know the land of lemon trees in bloom, where golden oranges shine through the dark leaves, the blue sky blows a gentle wind, the myrtle is quiet and the laurel is excellent, do you know it?” This is what Goethe wrote after visiting the “Lady of the Strait“, nestled in the Monti Peloritani, embraced by the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian, where nature is a hymn and everything harks back to ancient myths and legends.
Our Lady of the Letter watches over the beautiful natural harbour that over the years has made the fortune of this city. So well positioned in the centre of the Mediterranean, Messina is the gateway to Sicily, a door that opens up and lets you enter a wonderful world, made up of seven volcanic islands, the ultimate tourist destination.
The Aeolian Islands:Lipari, the largest and most populated;Vulcano, where Anna Magnani performed; Salina, with its pane cunzatu; Panarea, with its nightlife and jet set; the wild Stromboli, chosen by Rossellini for the famous film with Ingrid Bergman “Stromboli (Land of God)”; and finally Alicudi and Filicudi, small unspoiled paradises.
Visit the Duomo of Messina, with the largest astronomical clock in the world
Purify your skin with the mud baths of Vulcano, a veritable open air spa
Watch dolphins playing in the Strait from Capo Peloro
Admire the view from Mount Dinnammare in the Peloritani range
Visit the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Tindari
Climb up to the peak of Stromboli to admire its volcanic activity up close
Take a walk to the lakes of Ganzirri, then stop for dinner at one of the many seafood restaurants
Taste the "pignolata" at bar Irrera, a historic and tasty meeting point of Messina
Dedicate a sweet moment to tasting a Malvasia on the island of Salina
Swim in the Pool of Venus at Capo Milazzo