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Messina Guide


Located 145 miles east of Palermo, at the foot of the Peloritani mountains, is the island of Messina. Three miles from the mainland, it is Sicily's third most populous city. Flattened by the war and rebuilt, it remains one of the most modern and bustling cities in southern Italy.

Explore Messina

There are numerous historical sights in Messina such as the Duomo, locatd on the Piazza del Duomo, which is definitely worth seeing. Messina is still today an beautiful architectural place, even after the effects of WWII and a devastating earthquake.

In town on the Viale della Libertà, is the Museo Regionale. Located in a former silk mill and dating from 1914, it is one of Sicily's best museums, and is home to a collection of art from the 15th to 17th centuries. There’s a garden at the back of the museum that displays some beautiful statues.

There are also plenty of places to find traditional Sicilian cuisine in Messina. On Plaza Municipio 4, is the restaurant Il Due Sorelle, which offers local food. Around the Plaza del Duomo are a scattering of cafes and pubs that stay open until the early hours of the morning.

An easy bus ride from Messina is Mortelle, the city's beach resort, lying 12kms north of the city. Mortelle opens onto some fine beaches, and in the evening it flourishes until late at night with loud music and energetic youths.


Getting to Messina shouldn’t pose a problem. The closest airport is located on the Italy's mainland in Reggio di Calabria. The airport, Svincolo Aeropoerto, lies south of Reggio. A bus will take you from the Stazione Centrale in Reggio to the airport.

By car, travel south along the A3 towards Reggio di Calabria, taking the exit at Villa San Giovanni. From here there is a ferry which can take cars across the Straits of Messina. Prebook car hire before travelling to Messina to avoid airport queues on arrival, and to get the best deals. Choose a car from over forty rental companies and be eligible to our optional extras including children's booster seats and chairs and also GPS.

Frequently asked questions

Is the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by at this location
  • Alamo Rent a Car
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Ecovia Rent
  • Europcar
  • Hertz
  • Maggiore
  • National Car Rental
  • Sicily by Car
  • Thrifty

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