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Make a holiday rental villa or accommodation in Messina, Sicily your home away from home

As you arrive into Sicily from the port, the skyline of Messina will be the first sight of the island you get, and you will not be disappointed to see it! Although the town has been the victim of a disproportionate number of disasters, from large earthquakes to Allied bombing raids during WWII, there is still much to interest visitors.

Things to do on holiday in Messina, Sicily

Messina is now made up of wide streets and low rise buildings to try to guard the town from future disasters, but wandering around the town from your accommodation in Messina is a great way to get your bearings and discover a little about the town upon your arrival. The marina is most interesting part of town, although the paved Piazza del Duomo and the associated restored medieval cathedral are well worth a visit. To investigate the long history of the town, and see some of the artefacts removed from various wreckages, the Museo Regionale holds an extensive array of artefacts.

If you are lucky enough to be able to find holiday accommodation in Messina during the second week of August, you will be able to revel in the Feast of Assumption or Ferragosto, when a towering carriage is led through the streets, and completed with a huge fireworks display in the evening.

It is often suggested that the best way to explore from a holiday rental in Messina is by hiring a car rental and taking independent day trips to some of the more famous locations on the island like the active Mount Etna or the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. There are also a huge number of quite, secluded beaches all around the island where you can have a swim and soak up the sun in peace.

One of the best things about visiting Messina accommodation is the combination of modern facilities and traditional food. There are many great restaurants that serve authentic local dishes, which are absolutely delicious, especially when accompanied by a glass of wine from the vineyards surrounding the town.

Places to holiday in Messina, Sicily

Palermo is among the best beach resorts in Sicily. It is a lively resort town, offering all the facilities you could wish for on a beach holiday, without the extensive throngs of holiday makers to contend with.

Surrounding Sicily are the Aeolian Islands, a string of 7 volcanic mountains that have broken the surface of the Mediterranean. The islands are natural wildernesses, surrounded by warm waters and littered with some staggering natural sights.

Weather in Messina, Sicily

Although climatic conditions can be fairly unpredictable, summer temperatures average around 30°C, perfect for relaxing on the beach or taking a slow stroll around the town. Winter temperatures very rarely dip below 10°C, although sea breezes, whilst perfect for sailing and windsurfing, can make it feel colder.

Flights to Messina, Sicily

There is an extensive bus and train network on the island, so getting to any of the self catering accommodation in Messina from either Catania (CTA) or Palermo (PMO) should not cause any problems. Alternatively, you can get a ferry from the tip of mainland Italy, Calabria (use the ports of Villa San Giovanni and Reggio di Calabria), direct to Messina.

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                                                                                                  Great place

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  The flat is on two floors, lovely garden overlooking the sea, great view, fabulous shared swimming pool, excellent swimming in the sea from a private area at the base of the cliff, all very clean and well maintained, nice restaurant a short walk away.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 06-Aug-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                  A pretty house with amazing views.

                                                                                                  5 of 5
                                                                                                  We stayed 4 nights in Gianfranco's house and it was better than the description with private parking( a godsend in Taormina), the house was clean and beautifully decorated and styled. Gianfranco was a very attentive host and made sure we had everything we needed, provided good suggestions and useful information about the area. We especially liked the outside area which was very pretty and surrounded by fruit trees and obviously the views of Etna were perfect from the patio. We thoroughly enjoyed our short stay.
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 03-Aug-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                  Very peaceful and bigger than you think!

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                                                                                                  Just returned from a week in this lovely villa. Incredibly spacious and well presented. Big bedrooms and the games room in the basement ( although windows/doors to driveway so very light and airy) was a huge bonus. Not only was it the coolest place in the house but it kept us all entertained with the pool table, darts and table football and to top it off a little bar!!! This area also had a sitting room area, kitchen area with fridge, bed settee and bathroom. The ground level was a delight. The kitchen/living area was a fabulous space On arrival a bottle of wine/water and a bowl full of fruit which was a lovely gesture. The amount of marble in the house not only looks stunning but is very welcome to cool down your feet on a hot day. The two bedrooms upstairs are again, very well furnished with huge bathrooms plus the utility room. The outside space is deceiving as good use was made of the area, even if the house was full which ours was, you could always find a space to relax. The pond waterfall and outside lighting were all on timers so no effort required at all. The pool area is fantastic! We hired a car from the airport but parking is no problem at all if there are different families sharing. The house is in a very safe locked gated community. They are not many restaurants in the area but we went to Al Feudo which as you come out of the gate at the end turn left for approx 0.5mls on the right. You can park at the bottom and walk up to the restaurant the views are stunning. Typically british we were there at 7.30pm it looked closed but it wasn't the food was lovely so it became our local. We drove there as walking looked a little dangerous!! Small supermarket 5 mins away but much better one 10 mins away ask Morena! We also drove to Giardino Naxas one evening and ate at Lido La Romantica. The food was lovely and it is set on the beach. Parking at 7.30pm was fine busy later. I think that there is public parking during the day in the centre somewhere but we find it so went to Taormina. We parked in the car park at the bottom of the cable car 10Euros for the day and then paid for 5 sunbeds in Lido Plage opposite... we shouldn't have bothered talk about packed in like sardines 15 euros each for the bed!! We wished that we had bought a umberella and sat with the locals, beach stoney though. We ate at Ristorante Castelluccio ( turn and walk left as you come out of cable car park) very nice. Would recommend this villa you will not regret it!
                                                                                                  • Review Submitted: 19-Jul-2016
                                                                                                  • Date of Stay: Jul 2016