Milazzo is located at the base of a promontory situated between two bays, the one of Milazzo on the east and the one of Patti on the west, in a strategic place on the north-eastern coast of Sicily. It is a charming tourist town with 10 kms. of beach just in front of the Aeolian Islands, famous among other things for the naval battle of Caio Duilio (Punic Wars) and the Garibaldi fight (July 1860), full of valuable historical and architectural artifacts. Its extension goes between the village on the slopes of the Castle, the walled city and the modern lower town.
Among the many monuments to admire we find the magnificent Castle, a national monument, the numerous churches of great interest over the old town, the fishermens' area of Vaccarella, the modern streets of downtown for shopping. In the ancient village (Spanish Town) there are the Church of San Rocco (1575), the Church of the Immaculate Conception (1640), the Church of SS. Salvatore (1616), the Church of Our Lady of the Rosario (erected in the sixteenth century and seat of the Inquisition until 1782), the Church of St. Joseph (1565) and finally the recently restored Shrine of St. Francis of Paola. This is the only shrine of the saint in Sicily, and was built between 1464 and 1446. Continuing towards Capo Milazzo we find, in addition to the Church of the Trinity (1810-1813), the rock shrine of St. Anthony of Padua. Located at the end of the promontory, it is a veritable refuge in a cave where the saint took shelter after being shipwrecked on the coast in January 1221. In the district of Vaccarella you can admire the Church of Santa Maria Maggiore, built between 1610 and 1621. There are also the Church of St. James the Apostle (1434) and the Church of the Madonna del Carmine (1574-1577). In the area facing the long west coast stands the Church of St. Papinus Martyr (fourth century) where, according to tradition, it was brought here in 580 AD from the faraway Armenia.
By plane: Airport of Catania Fontanarossa at Km. 130,00
By car: Highway A20 Messina-Palermo - Exit: Milazzo/Isole Eolie
By train: Station FS of Milazzo at 2 kms.
By pullman : Direct connections with Palermo - Messina - airport of Catania
By hydrofoil/Ferry: Direct connections with Napoli, Messina, Reggio Calabria, Palermo
Milazzo is today a reality full of attractions and a real points of interest able to satisfy every need during your stay. The life of the town is built around its major points of attraction, the center and the beautiful promenade (3 kms. walk from the port to the typical area of Vaccarella, with the fishing boats) and the Borgo Antico, at the foot of the majestic Castle with its narrow streets and stairways.
And do not forget the beautiful promontory, full of coves and beaches, and its extreme offshoot of Capo Milazzo from which you can enjoy an unforgettable view of the Aeolian Islands.
During the summer the beach activities focuses on the 10 kms. of beaches and its free amenities that lead up to the slopes of the promontory of Tindari, home to the famous shrine of the Black Madonna, a pilgrimage site.
Milazzo is full of typical restaurants and clubs where you can spend relaxing hours in good company or listening to good music. It is possible to make all sports related to the sea: fishing by boat or from the beach, scuba diving, sailing, surfing, water skiing, and so on. From Milazzo you can also make exciting mini-cruises and excursions, not only to the nearby Aeolian islands, but also to Tindari, the Nebrodi and the Peloritani mountains, Taormina, the volcano Etna and Catania.