Piazza Del Duomo
Messina's one great sight is the Norman Duomo, one of Sicily's finest cathedrals, or at least a faithful replica of one of Sicily's...
Fontana di Orione
The pale marble Fontana di Orione (1553) depicts a lounging Orion, the mythical founder of Messina. The fountain was constructed by...
Fontana del Nettuno
Where Via Garibaldi spills into Piazza dell'Unità d'Italia, is one of Messina's great fountains, the 16th-century Fontana del Nettuno...
Osteria Del Campanile
With its warm wooden interior and prime location – just behind the Duomo – this cosy hostelry is a good bet for classic coastal cuisine....
Piazza Del Duomo information
Outside the Duomo, you can't miss the 60m campanile and its incongruous astronomical clock, said to be the world's largest. Built in Strasbourg in 1733, it strikes at noon, setting in motion a procession of bronze automata that sets off a comical roaring lion and crowing cockerel. Climb the tower to see the enormous figures up close.
Facing the tower, the marble Fontana di Orione (1553) commemorates Orion, the mythical founder of Messina, while nearby on Piazza Catalani, the 12th-century Chiesa della Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani is a fine example of Arab-Norman construction.