Even though Milazzo is edged on the eastern side of the town with refineries and a bustling dock, which may make visitors lose interest in Milazzo, the town should be given time as it has some really good spots to visit. The attraction the city exerts is mainly connected with being the gateway to the Aeolian Islands. However, the Spanish headquarters and the isthmus sticking to the north which displays a scenic beauty with its rocky coves beckon tourists.
What to See and Do
Castello di Milazzo (Picture 2) was built on a strategic setting by Frederick II in 1239 and later enlarged by Charles V of Aragon. The castle is situated where the Greek’ s acropolis lay, where the old town grew up, and where the Arab-Norman citadel sat. The quadrangular tower belongs to the period of the Arab domination in Sicily. The city was once hemmed in by the castle ‘s walls within where the city life developed. These walls together with five round bastions were built in the 15th century when the crown of Aragon held power. From these walls a magnificent vista of the bay and the Aeolian Islands can be admired. In the 16th century the larger external towers were added. The castle played a role as citadel rather than a defensive building. The Duomo Vecchio, which was once the cathedral built in 1607, is housed in the castle, as well as a Benedictine convent and the ruins of the old town hall, Palazzo dei Giurati. A stroll around this site is regenerating for its flowery grounds. Salita Castello will take visitors to the castle through the Spanish quarters full of character. The castle is currently a National Monument of Italy.
A ride along Strada Panoramica provides excellent views of the unpolluted uneven coast to be enjoyed by car. A boat trip can be hired to surround the rocky cape to Baia Tonno. The lighthouse lies where the isthmus ends. It makes a starting point to take a stroll to the Santuario Rupestre di San Antonio da Padova, a church made of rock, right by the sea.
Another beautiful place that should not be missed is the Sanctuary of St. Francis of Paola.
Capo Milazzo is an excellent setting for swimming. There is a long pebbled beach at the end of Via Colombo to enjoy the Sicilian sun.
Where to Eat
Il Covo del Pirata is an outstanding restaurant in Milazzo, reason why you should make reservations for it is very popular. The pizza parlour housed on the ground floor has an excellent service.
Seafood delights are served at Al Pescatore by highly efficient staff. Among the recommended dishes is the swordfish roulade stuffed with breadcrumbs.
Salamone e Mare serves a wide variety of tasty seafood dishes. A precious seaview charms guests for the restaurant is situated jutting out over the water.
Washington Bar offers good drinks, very good nibbles and excellent gelato accompanied by a view of people strolling by.
How to Get to/away
BY BUS: there is service from/to Messina (length: 1 hour, every hour, Mon-Sat from 6.30 am to 8 pm), leaving from Piazza della Repubblica, as all the intercity buses.
BY FERRY: from Milazzo there are ferries leaving to the Aeolian islands and Naples.
BY TRAIN: from / to Palermo ( length: 2 ½ hours, services: 2 an hour). From /to Messina (length: 45 minutes, services: 10 a day ).