Inhabited since the Neolithic period, Milazzo is a picturesque town on the north-east coast of Sicily. It originated as the Ancient Greek outpost of Mylae and is believed to be the place where Ulysses was shipwrecked in Homer’s “Odyssey”. Today, it’s a popular base for exploring the rugged beaches and coves of the Capo di Milazzo.
Things to do in Milazzo
Dominating the townscape is the Castello di Milazzo, which was originally built by the Normans and expanded by the Swabians. Designed as a fortified citadel, it features defensive walls and a commanding keep that’s surrounded by several square-shaped towers. Marvel at the Duomo Vecchio and the ruins of the Palazzo dei Giurati while enjoying the sweeping views across the bay.
Occupying the castle is the MuMa - Museum of the Sea, which explores mankind’s links to the ocean through science and art. It was created following the death of a sperm whale off the nearby Aeolian Islands and the reconstruction of its skeleton. The museum’s exhibits include interactive displays and multimedia installations, as well as virtual reality experiences.
Milazzo lies on a thin peninsula that extends into the Tyrrhenian Sea, with a whitewashed lighthouse dominating its tip. Follow the coastal hiking trail that leads to the Pool of Venus, a rock-framed sea pool that’s perfect for swimming. Stretching to the south is the Capo di Milazzo Beach, which is particularly magnificent at sunset.
Getting around Milazzo
Milazzo is around 35 minutes’ drive from Messina, which is connected to mainland Italy by regular ferries. Ferries also travel from the Milazzo Port to the Aeolian Islands and Naples. Catania Fontanarossa Airport is just under two hours away and has flights to destinations across Europe and North Africa. The centre of Milazzo is compact enough to explore on foot.