Itala is part of the charming province of Messina. It was conquered by some of the most important civilisations who occupied the island such as the Siculi, Sicani, Arabs, Byzantine and Normans.
The village of Itala has ancient origins dating back to the Greek domination. Thanks to some important archaeological digs, today it is possible to explore the incredible variety of civilisations who occupied this area such as the Siculi and Sicani, the Arabs, Byzantine and Normans. The current old town centre was founded around a Monastery built by Roger the Norman in 1090.
The most important monuments of the village are:
the Arabic Norman Church of Saints Peter and Paul, built in 1093 by Count Roger the Norman after he destroyed Arabs in a bloody battle; the Church and Convent of Santa Venera, erected in the 17th century; the Church of Madonna del Piliero, which is a typical example of Spanish church; the Church of Madonna della Catena, located in the small hamlet of Borgo, was built in the 16th century.
People live here:
It is famous for:
the painter Giovannello by Itala,
one of the greatest agronomists of the century 19th century, Pietro Cuppari (1816-1870)
Sagra del Pane, food festival
How to get there:
Get on A18 to Catania, exit Tremestieri
From the Messina Central Station, get the Interbus to Itala Marina
Get on A18 to Messina exit Roccalumera. Take SS114 exit Itala Superiore
Le Giare Hotel
Antica Badia Ristorante
9 Piazza Badia, Itala, Me 98025
Ph.0039 090 952348
Villa Pietra Rossa
Nizza di Sicilia