The setting to Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, the city of Messina will captivate you with its citrus breezes and strawberry ices, all the while taking you back to Greek and Roman times. The city’s Regional Museum will give you a detailed account of Messina, and the beaches of Taormina with its crystal clear waters will make it impossible to leave. The central Duomo is to see, while the Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery hosts works by Guttuso, Rotella, and Boetti. The culinay traditions are vast so try swordfish rolls, products from the Nebrodi Mountains and desserts such as the Pignolata. Start the day with a typical breakfast of ‘granita’ and croissants.

Nearby: Eolie Islands Taormina