Milazzo Sicily is a place of ancient foundation, which has nothing to envy to the other cities of the island in terms of prestige and history. It has been an important town thanks to its strategic position along the northern coast of Sicily. It has been continuously inhabited up to the present day and it preserves, between its streets and its places, the traces of the civilizations that have shaped it over time. By sea and land, Milazzo Sicily offers breath-taking views, while the view ranges from sea to land and vice versa.
The city of Milazzo is not only a well-known seaside resort but also a historical gem, with a timeless ancient charm. It is a necessary stop for those who love to relive the historical atmospheres that vary from the Greek period to the medieval one. From the long panoramic terrace of “Capo” (the cape), you can admire the nearby Aeolian Islands archipelago and immerse yourself in nature following its paths while overlooking the sea. The exploration of its shores full of caves and secret bays can offers spectacular views that -extending even below the sea level- are full of life and beautiful seabed. Milazzo Sicily owes a lot to tourism, especially in summer its wonderful coastal stretch is one of the longest in Sicily.
You will be surprised by visiting the historic centre of Milazzo Sicily, full of noble palaces and churches from the seventeenth century with incredible facades. Do not forget to get lost in the alleys of the houses built just below the Milazzo castle.
Milazzo castle: the most beautiful attraction of Milazzo Sicily
Castles always arouse a not indifferent fascination in those who observe them: they are the tangible echo of past. They transport us to a time in which different cultures and people were intertwined. As a result of this diversity -achieved mostly by battles and wars- we were left with this amazing heritage and an important historical memory.
Milazzo Sicily held a prominent place in ancient times due to its strategic position in the mirror on the Tyrrhenian Sea. Visitors can take a trip back in time, all the way to the eleventh century, exploring the Fortified Citadel (commonly called Milazzo Castle). In fact, when the territory came under Norman control, Alfonso of Aragon built a mighty wall characterized by circular towers.
The visit of Milazzo castle is a journey in the past that starts from the most recent architecture -the Spanish walls of the sixteenth century- and culminates in the historic Norman construction. Walking among towers and ramparts you can see small streets, trapdoors, slits, storm drains, gunboats, cisterns, a guillotine door, and secret passageways.
The Milazzo castle covers a surface of over seven hectares and represents the largest fortified citadel of Sicily. It stands on the top of the “Borgo” where the first weekend of each month is held an antiques market.
What to see inside the fortified citadel of Milazzo Sicily? Here is a short list:
• The ancient cathedral
• The Benedictine monastery
• The beetle
• The Aragonese gate and the Aragonese ring
• The Swabian belt
• The garden of the prison
• The keep Listen to the storyteller who will entertain you and your children with his masks and then head to the atrium with the well, the hall with the gigantic fireplace and the tower: a surreal landscape awaits you, a steep staircase leads to the panoramic terrace of the “Mastio”, in the highest part of the whole site, from where you can enjoy a breath-taking 360° panoramic view of Milazzo Sicily.
Excursions in Milazzo Sicily
Milazzo Sicily is in a short distance from the beautiful Tyndaris, so if you are not tired yet, we suggest you to explore Tyndaris, the Greek and Roman village and the black Madonna: do not miss the Greek theatre overlooking the sea and the archaeological area with the remains of a village, the baths and the “basilica”. For a perfect photo go down to the bar on the corner of the square, the view will be truly unique. To explore these two enjoyable tourist destinations with our guides, choose the Milazzo Sicily & Tindari tour.
Milazzo Sicily is also a strategic point to enjoy the Aeolian Islands archipelago in summer time, an important tourist destination that every year welcomes countless visitors. There are frequent ferries and hydrofoils that tour the Aeolian Islands so you can enjoy a one-day-cruise to Panarea & Stromboli volcano to get a taste, or enjoy a 6 days Aeolian Islands tour to immerse yourself completely in the charming and romantic Aeolian atmosphere. Look at our tours, book the one you like more and enjoy the magic of these wonderful places