Milazzo with its port is the starting point for all those who wish to visit the Aeolian Islands. To that end here you can book boat tours from Milazzo to these magnificent little islands.
In Milazzo, on the other hand, there are also some really nice places to see; let’s find out which ones.
1. Capo Milazzo
One of the things to see in Milazzo is the tongue of land that points toward the Tyrrhenian Sea, Cape Milazzo. It is a corner, or rather a tip of paradise, a place that has fortunately been spared from wild concreteo. Since 2019 it has even become a protected marine reserve.
Here you can follow a walking trail throughout the reserve, walking through olive groves and prickly pear trees, skirting the sea and admiring the view of the Aeolian Islands in the distance. But as often happens in Sicily, as indeed a little throughout Italy, here not only natural beauties await you, but a lot of history and obviously good food.
How to get there and what to see
First of all, the advice is to make this small trip in the afternoon, mainly for 2 reasons. The first is that the sunset here is very beautiful, the second is that it is really so hot in summer. Also bring some fresh water, sneakers and / or beach shoes with you. The route is not that strenuous, but still you need to be equipped. To get there, it is recommended to take the provincial road SP72bis, which from Milazzo arrives at Capo Milazzo, along the sea. Here the view, unlike the other road that passes through interior streets, is much more impressive. Proceed by ‘car to the Sanctuary of St. Anthony at Capo Milazzo and park your car.
The shrine is literally dug into the cave and was at the time a small shelter, later transformed around the 16th century into a full-fledged church. The name comes from the Portuguese missionary Fernando Martins de Bulhões, who became St. Anthony of Padua. The preacher was traveling with his ship from Africa and due to a storm, he found refuge in Capo Milazzo.
Inside the reserve
Once you have visited the sanctuary, you can return to the main road and walk towards the Capo Milazzo reserve. After a few steps you will find the directions and you will have to walk a small road between the typical prickly pears and olive groves.
Simply follow the path surrounded by nature and after about 20 minutes, you will find yourself in the beautiful Pool of Venus with the Aeolian Islands in the background. Here you can finally cool off, relax and sunbathe, or turn around and discover beautiful corners surrounded by nature.
Unfortunately, at some point you will have to slowly return and leave this beautiful place. But before doing so, go and see the remains of the sighting tower of Phoenician origin (It is located near the pool of Venus, in the path that runs along the sea). To return you can also follow the path right in front of the tower and then walk a few meters from the sea.
2. Milazzo Castle
The second thing to see in Milazzo is the castle. It is located in the fortified citadel of Milazzo, which is the largest in Sicily with its 7 hectares of extension. Just think that more than 6,000 years of history are enclosed within its walls! In fact, prehistoric, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Arab, Norman, Swabian Spanish, Austrian and English settlements have been found here.
Unfortunately there is not always a guide available, but the citadel has recently been restored and the services have also improved. You can then also walk around without a guide (Calculate at least 2 hours) and inform yourself through the signs provided. Also recommended to visit the sea museum, where the skeleton of a sperm whale found on the beaches of Milazzo is put on display, and the storyteller’s workshop.
Tip from Topsecretsicily: If you wish here you can book a guided tour of the castle and the wonderful Tindari.
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