Museo Regionale

Museo Regionale information

Messina , Italy
Viale della Libertà 465
+390 90 36 12 92
adult/reduced €8/4
Opening hours
9am-7pm Mon-Sat, to 1pm Sun
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Set for expansion in late 2016, Museo Regionale houses a considerable art collection. Top billing goes to the San Gregorio (St Gregory) polyptych by local boy Antonello da Messina (1430–79). Although in pretty shabby condition, its five panels are wonderfully figurative. Scan the walls for da Messina's Madonna con bambino e santi (Virgin with Child and Saints), as well as two splendid works by Caravaggio (1571–1610): L'Adorazione dei pastori (Adoration of the Shepherds) and Risurrezione di Lazzaro (Resurrection of Lazarus).

To get here, pick up a tram at Piazza Cairoli and take a ride up the sickle-shaped harbour. Halfway along, you'll see the 16th-century Fontana del Nettuno (Neptune's Fountain) in the middle of two busy roads, and the colossal golden statue, the Madonnino della Lettera , towering over the port. Carry on to the end of the line for the Museo Regionale.