Take the ferry to Milazzo and discover a town of Messina, at the northern coast of Sicily, with rich history and great views of Mount Etna and Aeolian Islands!
Milazzo is mostly known as the gateway and the steering point for the islands of the Aeolian Archipelago. Although it is a small town in the metropolitan city of Messina, in Sicily, it has a long and important history dating back to the Neolithic era, with many cultures that have inhabited it over the centuries having had a noticeable influence on its architecture and culture in general. Milazzo is situated on a promontory that stretches across the Tyrrhenian Sea, has numerous beaches located along a marina, a medieval Norman castle located within the circular "walled city" with walls dating back to the 16th century and a beautiful old center ''Borgo antico'' with many churches. Inside the castle there are very important monuments such as the old cathedral ''Duomo'' and the ''Palazzo dei Giurati''. The truth is that many travelers pass through the town of Milazzo to travel to the Aeolian Islands and get to know their vineyards, not knowing that the town itself has its own coastal vineyard. Milazzo is a destination that, although small, has a lot to offer the visitor, natural beauty, history, great food and places that will reward him with a stunning view of the Aeolian Islands and Mount Etna.
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Milazzo ferry routes
From Milazzo, the ferry routes are mainly to the Aeolian Islands, Stromboli, Rinella, Vulcano, Lipari, Salina, Alicudi, Panarea, Filicudi & Ginostra, but also to Italy's mainland (Naples & Vibo Valentia) and to Sicily (Palermo and Messina).
More specifically the Milazzo ferry routes are:
- Milazzo - Lipari: all year round with daily morning and evening crossings and an average trip duration from 55 minutes to 1 hour and 35 minutes
- Milazzo - Stromboli: all year round with multiple daily connections and the trip duration ranging from 1 hour and 10 minutes to 4 hours and 55 minutes depending on the ferry company and the vessel
- Milazzo - Vulcano: all year round with multiple daily connections and the trip duration ranging from 40 minutes to 1 hour depending on the ferry company and the vessel type
- Milazzo - Salina: all year round with many daily connections to both ports of the island, Rinella and Santa Marina. The trip duration to Rinella port is from 1 hour and 20 minutes to 2 hours and 30 minutes while to Santa Marina port the trip lasts from 1 hour and 25 minutes to 2 hours and 35 minutes
- Milazzo - Panarea: the connection to the smallest of the Aeolian islands are on a daily basis throughout the year and the journey lasts from 1 hour and 25 minutes to 3 hours and 30 minutes depending of the ferry company and the vessel
- Milazzo - Filicudi: this connection operates daily throughout the year and the journey time ranges from 2 hours and 15 minutes to 4 hours
- Milazzo - Alicudi: this connection operates all year round, not on a daily basis, with approximately 5 weekly connections and the journey time ranges from 2 hour and 45 minutes to 5 hours and 10 minutes
- Milazzo - Naples: this route connects Sicily with Italy with about 3 weekly connections and a journey time of about 16 hours. Timetables may change depending on the season so we advise you to check through our online booking engine for updated information
- Milazzo - Vibo Valentia: this connection is seasonal from June to September with approximately 2 weekly crossings and a journey time of 4 hours and 30 minutes
- Milazzo - Messina: this crossing is performed only during the high season only ,from July to the end of August. The journey time is about 4 hours and 20 minutes
- Milazzo - Palermo: this route operates up to 7 times each week with sailing durations around 5 hours 15 minutes
Port of Milazzo
The port of Milazzo is located at the beginning of the cape of a peninsula of about 8 km (4.31 nautical miles) that extends into the Tyrrhenian Sea and consists of two piers where ships depart and dock. Milazzo is a hub that connects Sicily with the Aeolian archipelago. There are daily departures by speedboats and hydrofoils from Milazzo to the Aeolian islands, and in the summer months there are more departures when demand is particularly high. There are many services available on the Port of Milazzo, such as ticket offices, regional tourist service, Milazzo tourist office,bars, restaurants, taxi service, rental of cars, scooters, bicycles, boats and garage area.
How to reach the port of Milazzo
As for how to reach the port of Milazzo, this is possible either by car, bus or train. More specifically:
- From Messina: take the exit to Milazzo and Aeolian islands
- From Catania: heading towards Messini and then exit towards Milazzo - Aeolian Islands
- From Palermo: by heading towards Messina and then exit towards Milazzo - Aeolian Islands
There is a very frequent bus connection (about every 1 hour) from Messina to Milazzo with the Giuntabus bus and the journey time is about 50 minutes. There are also routes to Milazzo and with the Sicilian public transport service.
There are regional trains that depart from:
- Messina Centrale to Milazzo with an average frequency of about 30 minutes with the ride ranges from 20 to 30 minutes
- Catania Centrale to Milazzo with an average frequency of 60 minutes with travel times ranging from about 2h to 3h
- Palermo Centrale to Milazzo with a frequency that varies between 1h and 2h and the travel times to range from 2h30min to 3h30min
Please visit trains to Milazzo to book your transportation.
Vacations in Milazzo
Vacations in Milazzo offer everything a traveler is seeking in a travel destination, beaches, beautiful monuments, an amazing castle and a beautiful picturesque old town of medieval origin and most importantly the access to get to know the Aeolian Islands since it is the port of departure to them! The medieval town of Milazzo is located along a small peninsula and is of particular interest since in its old part there are many important buildings, monuments and churches.
Walking around the fortified citadel of the city, the visitor will walk along the beautiful streets of the Spanish quarter to reach the top of the castle to enjoy the unique view of the Aeolian Islands. Leaving the old town the visitor will head to the more modern part of the city to reach the most lively part of it, the port area, where there are many restaurants and hotels.
Milazzo is definitely more than a starting point to the Aeolian Islands! It is a quiet destination for those who want to walk in the depths of history and escape from the hectic pace of their everyday life. It has beautiful beaches, delicious food and hospitable residents ready to introduce the visitor to their place and their traditions.
Milazzo is a city worth getting to know as it has numerous historical monuments many of which are located along the cape of Capo Milazzo. Below we give you the most important places to visit in the city of Milazzo:
- Castello di Milazzo: is a castle and an acropolis dating back to the Neolithic era and is located on top of a hill overlooking the town of Milazzo in Sicily
- Capo Milazzo: is a thin peninsula northeast of Sicily stretching into the Tyrrhenian Sea and the city of Milazzo is located in the center of the peninsula
- MuMa Museo del Mare Milazzo: is located in the Castle of Milazzo, created in response to the death of a whale in 2017 due to an illegal fishing net.Visitors with the help of interactive educational videos will become aware of anthropogenic impacts on marine life and review the relationship between man and the sea through science
- Capo Milazzo Marine Protected Area: created in 2019 , is the newest in Italy. Around the northern end of the magnificent rocky cape, the dive sites display enormous biodiversity
- Antiquarium di Milazzo: is a 16th-century museum that includes 10 rooms with treasures dating from the Neolithic to the Byzantine era, which were gathered during seven decades of local archaeological excavations. The collection is strong in domestic ceramics and funerary urns, with an emphasis on the Greek and prehistoric periods. It is located under the castle, in the defensive barracks Quartiere degli Spagnoli
- The Cathedral of Santo Stefano Protomartire: is the patron saint of the city and is the largest of the churches of Milazzo. It is located in the Piazza Duomo of Milazzo
- San Papino Church: is a church in Milazzo situated nearby to Piazza San Papino and Chiesa Cristiana Evangelica
- Chiesa della Candelora & Chiesa di Sant'Agata: both churches are important works of skilful local craftsmen active between the 15th and 16th centuries, you will have the opportunity to admire a series of works of art created by some of the most famous artists of the time who worked in Sicily (Montorsoli, Gagini, Calamech)
- Palazzo Dei Marchesi D’Amico: is a recently renovated 18th century palace that was the residence of one of the richest families of Milazzo. Today it houses the Municipal Library with an impressive collection of books from the 16th century and is a venue for conferences, exhibitions and cultural events! The rooms are luxurious, with 18th century interiors and frescoes from the early 20th century. The façade is beautiful and has details of decoration of porolithic stone
- Pool of Venus: is a cove located at the most extreme point of Capo Milazzo and is accessed by a picturesque monmouth. It looks like a coastal crystal pool, surrounded by rocks
- Illusion Ville Museum: is a museum where you can discover amazing optical illusions while interacting with them
- Walk to Borgo Antico (Old town): is a typical medieval quarter that has been recently redeveloped.The old town includes the medieval quarters of Milazzo, and is best known for its religious buildings
- Walk in the Spanish quarter: very beautiful district located outside the castle walls with colorful houses
- Tindari sanctuary: is an important pilgrimage destination because of the statue of the black Madonna it contains
- Tindari ancient city: was founded 2500 years ago, and the theater, basilica and parts of the town can still be visited
Beaches of Milazzo
- Ponente Beach: composed of small white and polished pebbles maybe the most famous of Milazzo, and best equipped, suitable for those looking for relaxation
- Vaccarella Beach: is located in a fishing area, and is characterized by the large number of boats standing along the shore
- Croce di Mare: a preferable beach especially by locals!A part of this beach is sandy while the other part is pebbled and at the end there are rocks with a small statue of Madonnina
- Paradise Bay: very beautiful beach with a sandy seabed and nice clear waters
- Renella Bay: a small beach of fine white sand and incredible view to the Aeolian islands
- Tono Bay: is one of the most impressive beaches of the city and is located in the western part of the city. It is a straight beach that towards the end ends in a ridge with cliffs. It is definitely one of the most beautiful in the city
- Pool of Venere: is an inaccessible beach but it is worth visiting for the spectacle you will see. It is a sea bay between rocks that reach the sea
- Lido La Fenice: is a stony beach, very organized beach with clear waters
Hotels in Milazzo
Hotels in Milazzo vary from small cute boutique hotels, B&B hotels, but also some luxury hotels for those with a higher budget for their stay.
Some hotels worth visiting depending on your preferences are the following:
- Hotel Cassisi: an extremely elegant hotel located in the historic center of Milazzo, a short walk from the small tourist port and the ferry embarkation point for the Aeolian Islands
- Hotel Petit: is a two-storey building with a beautiful terrace overlooking the port and is located 500 meters from the important monuments of Milazzo
- Locanda del Bagatto: is a 3-star accommodation with modern furniture located just 5 minutes from the town center and a short distance from the Spiaggia di Ponente beach
- Hotel Milazzo: is a 4 star hotel with modern rooms with private balconies just 500m from the harbor
- B&B Al Duomo Milazzo: especially preferred by couples, fully equipped with a beautiful view of the city and less than 1 km from the port of Milazzo
- Upper - Boutique Hotel: located 200 meters from the port of Milazzo and less than 1 km from Baia del Tono Beach, it offers many services and beautiful rooms with terraces in all units overlooking the city. An à la carte breakfast is served every morning at the bed and breakfast
- Ngonia Bay: features a restaurant, a seasonal outdoor pool, a shared lounge and a garden with a view in Milazzo. It is about 80 meters from Baia del Tono Beach and 3.6 km from the port of Milazzo
- Eolian Milazzo Hotel: Just a 10-minute walk from Castello di Milazzo Castle and 1 km from the center of Milazzo, it offers elegant suites with balcony, design furniture and two outdoor pools. Capo Milazzo Beach is 200 meters away. The 25-meter swimming pool with hot tub is next to the sun terrace on the seafront, equipped with sun loungers and umbrellas. There is also a five-a-side football pitch and a tennis court