Messina lies on the western coast of the Straits of the same name and looks onto them with the scythe-shaped peninsula of San Ranieri, which forms a large natural harbour.
Due to the closeness of the Peloritani mountains, the city has developed along the coast for more than 30 km as far as Cape Peloro. The highest point in the municipality is Monte Dinnamare rising 1300 m asl.
Also known as the gateway to Sicily, the ancient Zancle experienced different dominations over the millennia and was destroyed by two earthquakes, the last of which, in 1908, razed it to the ground.
But these tragedies did not erase its glorious past: for centuries Messina had been a major Mediterranean city, a flourishing port and the richest city in Sicily, vying with Palermo for the title of Capital of the Realm.
A short drive away, the hinterland of Messina offers a number of top-class attractions: to the south of the city, don’t miss world-famous Taormina, ideal for an exclusive holiday; driving up the northern coast you will come to Milazzo, Capo d’Orlando, Castel di Tusa and Tindari, offering beautiful beaches and natural and archaeological heritage. Fronting this stretch of coast, the Aeolian Islands are the ideal destination for a seaside holiday against a unique backdrop. Leaving the sea behind you, you will be surprised to discover that this land of fishermen also has a wealth of forests: the Nature Park of Nebrodi is the ideal venue for a relaxing holiday in contact with nature.