NephroCare - Omega Centro Dialisi srl - Messina

Messina and the "Land of the three Promontories"

Few places in the world can compete with Sicily, a land of incomparable beauty and cultural wealth, a crossroads of ancient civilizations. Mild climate all year round, beaches among the most beautiful in the Mediterranean, pristine seabed, paradise for divers and naturalists, active volcanoes including Stromboli and Vulcano, fertile territory dotted with olive trees, vineyards, lush citrus groves of the Conca D'Oro and fascinating cities with a baroque face make Sicily one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Itineraries of great landscape interest await hikers of all abilities and ages: from the salt marshes of Marsala and Trapani, to Palermo nestled on a large inlet at the foot of Mount Pellegrino, from the Zingaro Nature Reserve, to the golden beaches of Cefalù with the imposing Norman cathedral up to penetrate the hinterland of the Madonie Park reaching the territory of Catania and then go up to the slopes of Etna and take the path that leads to Taormina, pearl perched in the splendid bay of the Bay of Naxos.

Our NephroCare-Omega dialysis unit is looking forward to welcoming the travelling HD patients during all the year round: we believe that patients today have the right to the best possible quality of life: by leading an existence as close to the norm, even fully enjoying the possibility of dialyzing safely on vacation. Our centre is located on a hill near the motorway junction and not far to the cruise ship docks. A transport service to and from the unit, upon request can be provided.

The centre offers two shifts, one at h. 07:00 am and one at h. 13:00; During dialysis snacks, coffee and water is offered. Free WI-FI and personal TV with headphones available on each dialysis chair.

Activities & Sights

Messina and the legends of the Strait

The waters of the strait between Messina and Reggio Calabria have in the past been the scene of ancient legends: from Scylla and Charybdis, the Maga Circe, to the myth of the fairy Morgan. Messina, the gateway to Sicily, is today a lively modern city, rebuilt almost entirely after the earthquake that hit it in 1908. In the historic centre, the only part of the city that survived the natural catastrophe comprises the marvellous Justinian period Cathedral dedicated to Saint Maria, the sixteenth-century Orion Fountain and the Astronomical Clock. Of great value are the Byzantine Church of the Santissima Annunziata dei Catalani and the Gothic one of Santa Maria degli Alemanni up to the imposing eighteenth-century Calapi-D’Alcontres Palace.

A few steps from the Duomo, you should take a look at the Palazzo del Monte di Pietà, and the Shrine of Christ the King, which stands imposing sixty meters above sea level and in Norman times expanded to the Castle of Rocca Guelfonia, home of Richard the Lionheart. Another highlight is the Gothic and Romanesque sanctuary of Montalto, dedicated to the Madonna delle Vittorie, with two twin bell towers and a precious sixteenth-century crucifix.

Facing the sea, the Fountain of Neptune and the Madonnina di Porto used to welcome the sailors who entered the port in ancient times.

 

Messina, between culture and folklore

Messina has a lively past, starting from a Greek colony, later being the main port of the Roman Empire and subsequently becoming a rich bourgeois city during the Renaissance. Damaged by an initial earthquake in 1783, devastated by the earthquake of 1908 and battered by the bombs of the Second World War, it again found the strength to rise and put spotlights on its glorious past.

Experience the figurative art of Messina from the 12th to the 18th century, being preserved in the “MiBACT” archive: paintings, sculptures, works of art and decorative artefacts including works by prestigious authors such as Antonello Caravaggio are kept inside of its rooms.

No less valuable is the Regional Museum where you can admire the five panels of the polyptych "Madonna with San Gregorio and San Benedetto" by Antonello da Messina. In the Vittorio Emanuele Theatre, visitors can admire the neoclassical forms, the ceiling which has been exquisitely painted by Renato Guttuso and a seasonal program of theatrical works, lyrical and dance shows.

Finally, the Feast of the Annunciation with two large equestrian statues of the warrior Griffin and the noble lady Mata as well as the folk festival Vara, a large allegorical chariot celebrating the triumphal entry of Charles V in Messina, finished with incredible fireworks, are two cultural highlights not to be missed.

Messina of Natural Parks and Protected Reserves: Discovering the Nebrodi Mountains and Etna Park

With its dense areas of forests, steep peaks and green pastures from the heights, the Nebrodi Mountains retain the pristine aspect of lost millennial Sicily and are the ideal starting point for wonderful trekking routes. The discovery of the territory continues towards the slopes of Etna, with its steaming and often snow-capped peak, a huge and threatening presence that stands out on the Ionian coast, from Messina to Catania.

Over the centuries Etna it has been an inexhaustible source of myths and legends including the Cyclops Rocks, the coast of Aci Trezza, Homer’s Odyssey: take a tour circumnavigating the volcano through the Circumetnea railway and pay a visit to the still steaming crater. Moving into the sea, not to be missed, the tour to the small volcanoes’ islands of Aeolian archipelago: from Alicudi and Filicudi, to Stromboli, Panarea and Lipari, up to Salina and Vulcano.

Sun & Beaches: Messina, the land of the Cyclops

Between Brolo and Testa di Monaco, crossing citrus groves and dense vegetation of Mediterranean scrub, there are two wonderful natural coves characterized by long golden sand beaches, bathed by clear crystalline waters. A short distance away, Capo Cavalà  is worth a visit for lovers of wild nature and trekking with a beautiful pebble beach set in an inlet protected by two rocky peaks Furthermore, you should visit the coast that stretches from Patti to Tindari including Marinello beach, which is particularly appreciated by families with children and lovers of relaxation. Capo Alì, about twenty km from Messina, is a long pebble beach and a privileged destination for young people and snorkelers.  The marvellous seaside area of Ganzirri with the characteristic lakes Pantano Grande and Pantano Piccolo is the destination for an increasing number of tourists every year thanks to the thriving trade in fresh and delicious fish products.

Finally, Capo Peloroor Punta Faro build the northern tip of Sicily, the area closest to Italy. Located here is Mortelle, the favourite resort of the Messina residents thanks to the numerous beaches and the variety of seaside bars, pizzerias and restaurants where you can spend pleasant evenings caressed by the sea breeze.

An adventurous holiday: river trekking and body rafting

The spectacular Alcantara Gorges, a protected Regional Park between the provinces of Catania and Messina, are worth a visit for its impressive lava walls sculpted by water, its delightful beach and the wonderful hiking trails that line the bank of the river through citrus groves and panoramic points of immense scenic beauty.

From the Mitogio Bridge to Mount Miramare or along the Larderia Gorges to the Botanical Park, there are numerous personalized itineraries to discover a unique territory. For the more adventurous, don't miss the river trekking and, in the warmer seasons, body rafting.

Tindari, the city of Dionysius of Syracuse

Tindari, located in the municipality of Messina, once was a Syracusan colony founded by Dionisio of Syracuse. Today it still impresses tourists with the majestic traces of its 4th century Basilica, the imposing access to the agora and the ancient spas and tabernas of the first century B.C.

Furthermore, the protective walls with doors and towers and the Roman amphitheatre, built using the conformation of the hill, are very impressive. On the acropolis stands the Sanctuary of the Black Madonna which was completely rebuilt after being sacked by Saracen pirates.  You should also not miss  a visit to the cave of the marvellous Marinello beach, from where a sorceress lured sailors with their sweet song A handful of kilometres from Tindari, the wonderful beach of Capo d'Orlando attracts visitors with fine sand that mixes with the sea and the green of myrtle, juniper and tamarisk bushes.

 Taormina, a landscape "created to seduce the eyes, the mind and the imagination" (G. de Maupassant)

“Tauromenion” or Taormina was the first Greek colony in Sicily founded in the 4th century BC, is still synonymous with glamor, elegance and good taste. Its enchanting buildings hidden among alleys and small squares perfumed with flowers surrounded by lush gardens, colourful boutiques and picturesque streets dotted with trendy clubs, luxurious hotels and ancient houses lead to views of breath-taking seascapes. Also the Roman Baths, the Cathedral of San Nicolò, the Church of Sant’Agostino, which stands out on the wonderful Piazza IX Aprile, and the Baroque Church of San Giuseppe with the famous Clock Tower are attractive landmarks. Taormina also offers an immense variety of internationally renowned cultural and artistic events such as Taormina Arte, Taormina Film Fest and the TaoBuk.

Finally, the marvellous Ancient Theatre’s stage is famous for hosting world-renowned artists such as Liz Taylor, Cary Grant, Marlon Brando and, recently, Richard Gere.

A few kilometres from Taormina, Giardini Naxos is the destination of the international jet set and famous all over the world for the soft velvet beaches adjacent to the marina that extend up to Capo Taormina and Isola Bella.

For archaeology enthusiasts, a visit to the large archaeological area with its museum is highly recommended.

Accommodation

Sicily, a welcoming and hospitable land

Countless farmhouses with a unique and special charm, among expanses of vineyards and olive groves, fragrant almond and citrus fruit, where you can savour the tasty cuisine of Sicilian tradition. Equally appreciated, the delightful holiday homes for rent in the main tourist resorts as well as the numerous accommodations in tourist villages perfectly equipped to guarantee a holiday by the sea, sport and fun. The choice of charming family-run hotels, a few simple and tastefully furnished rooms, is almost limitless, allowing you to enjoy a holiday at an affordable price without sacrificing an intimate and welcoming atmosphere pampered by the famous Sicilian hospitality. There is no shortage of unique and sophisticated places aimed at the most demanding tourism such as Eco Resorts, Wellness Centres and Five-Star Hotels set in wonderful contexts or like luxury homes built in ancient guesthouses and bagli with unique and special charm equipped with wonderful pools set in the green Mediterranean scrub

Culinary & Culture

Good morning with coffee granita and brioche with tuppo

Sicilian gastronomy, the perfect combination of numerous historical and geographic influences and dishes from distant lands, makes use of natural ingredients of excellent quality, fruit of the abundance of an extraordinarily fertile land bathed by fish. In Messina the day begins with the classic coffee granita with cream in which to soak the "brioscia col tuppo", a very soft leavened dough flavoured with citrus and vanilla. There are many delicacies with a sweet and sour taste such as "pasta with sardines or with sea urchins", "caponata", "cassata", marzipan with which the masterpieces of the Martorana fruit are made, and the famous cannoli filled with ricotta, candied fruit and chocolate.

Sicilian cuisine is tasty, delicious, faithful to the peasant tradition and respect for the territory: rich dishes cooked with local fish, anchovies, tuna, bottarga and swordfish are accompanied by the delicious side dish of fennel, juicy red oranges and extra virgin olive oil DOP, superb cheeses including ricotta, caciocavallo or pecorino.

First courses often include rich pasta and vegetable such as "pasta alla Norma" whose taste is enhanced by fragrant capers and garlic.

Legumes, chickpeas, lentils, pistachios and sweet almonds are often the ingredients of robust snacks of the ancient Palermitan tradition of "street food" including the famous "arancine" delight of rice of Arab origin, "bread and panelle", "Pani cunzatu", the "sfinciuni", the "stigghiole" and for the strongest palates the "pani ca 'meusa".

The fragrant Grecanico, the full-bodied Nero D’Avola, with a robust and fruity taste, the intense Donnafugata, the traditional white d'Alcamo and the amiable Marsala liqueur are just some of the excellent wines, perfect for any occasion and palate.

Equally known are the dessert wines, excellences in Europe, such as the delicate and enveloping "Moscato and Passito di Pantelleria", and the fruity "Malvasia di Lipari". Perfect snack on hot summer days, the unique and inimitable "Sicilian granita".

Despite we know that all of these specialties would be very tempting, please do not forget to stick to your diet, having just small bites or sips of these succulent temptations!

Amenities

  • TV
  • Free WiFi
  • Snacks
  • Transportation

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