Whether it’s a long vacation or just a few days, the lovely town of Milazzo (click here to book a ferry) in Sicily, offers a wide selection of beautiful and interesting places to visit, not to mention the costs that it is among the largest in the region.
Starting by its geographical position, it can already say that Milazzo is an important city from a tourist point of view. In fact it is from this location that you can sail to reach the Aeolian Islands.
Starting from the Levante Riviera where you will find the port, heading towards Capo Milazzo and Punta Messina, thus making the rounds of the peninsula to reach the Riviera di Ponente, you can admire the coast which offers a rocky ridge where are crashing the beautiful waves. But also you will be enchanted by the view of the beautiful, long sandy beaches.
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However, the city itself is interesting in so many ways, especially historical and cultural: all the oldest part (we are talking about people who lived here already is located in the high zone) is in the hilly side, while new settlements has been developed over the years on the coast.
The medieval castle overlooks the city. It was built by the Normans and later renovated and enlarged first by Frederick II, and later by the Spanish. It has a beautiful fourteenth-century portal with side towers.
Near the fortress there is the Old Cathedral, which has been built in perfect Sicilian Baroque style. Continuing the ancient town, still partially surrounded by walls erected by the Spaniards, you come to the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary, made in the sixteenth century. It can be seen near the church the remains of the convent which was once the seat of the Holy Office and the Inquisition. After this site you will find the Sanctuary of Saint Francis, where you can admire the Madonna and Child by the artist Domenico Gagini.
Arriving in the newer part of town the visitor will be welcomed by the New Cathedral, built in the 30′, which houses, among other things, everything that was part of the Old Cathedral.
The town lies on the peninsula until the tip called Capo Milazzo, where there is a lighthouse, which also offers a splendid view. Near Capo Milazzo there is the cave with the shrine of St. Anthony. It is said that the Saint took refuge here after a shipwreck.
Staying on he tip of the peninsula, in the western part, meaning in the proximity of Punta Messina, there is the pool of Venus, or Lake of Venus. It is a natural sea water pool, made up of circular rocks. We get down a stone staircase of over 200 steps, but the effort is rewarded with a pleasant water temperature and by the spectacle of which you can enjoy, especially at sunset, with the background of the Aeolian Islands visible in the distance.
On the rocky ridge there are also several caves, some visible only from the sea; the biggest is certainly the cave of Polyphemus, which is located just below the Castle. There are also the Cave of Gold and, near Punta Messina, a small cave called “The Woman Leg.”
Not far from Milazzo, more exactly 12 km away, you can visit the town of Saint Lucia del Mela, full of monuments to admire, such as the Bishop’s Palace, the Cathedral and the Castle which dates back to the fourteenth century.
The biggest attractions of Milazzo remain always its clear sea and its fantastic beaches.