©

Giardini Naxos trip planner

Create a fully customized
day-by-day itinerary for free

Build your own package
+ Add destination
2 adults
Adults
- +
Teens
- +
Kids
- +
Close

Giardini Naxos

3.8
Giardini Naxos is a comune in the Metropolitan City of Messina on the island of Sicily in southern Italy. It is situated on the coast of the Ionian Sea on a bay which lies between Cape Taormina and Cape Schisò. Since the 1970s it has become a seaside-resort.Ancient NaxosFounded by Thucles the Chalcidian in 734 BC, Naxos was never a powerful city, but its temple of Apollo Archegetes, protecting deity of all the Greek colonies, gave it prominence in religious affairs. Leontini and Catania were both colonized from here. Hippocrates, tyrant of Gela, captured it in 494 BC. Its opposition to Syracuse ultimately led to its capture and destruction in 403 BC at the hands of Dionysius the tyrant, after it had supported Athens during that city's disastrous Sicilian Expedition. Though the site continued to be inhabited, most activity shifted to neighbouring Tauromenium.In 1544, following the raids by corsair, Kheir-ed-Din, several military buildings were constructed to protect Cape Schisò from the Barbary pirates who continued to attack and plunder the coastal villages. These were Schisò Castle which was rebuilt from an earlier 13th-century castle, Schisò fort, and Vignazza Tower. The latter is a quadrangular watchtower which served to patrol the coast south of Port Schisò; if any pirate boats were sighted, the observers inside the tower could alert the villagers and neighbouring watchtowers by sending out smoke signals. Vignazza Tower is located in the Recanati area of Giardini Naxos. Giardini Naxos is in Province of Messina. Plan your vacation with our Italy day trip planning app and discover the best things to do in Giardini Naxos.
Create a full itinerary — for free!
  • Build a plan

    Tell us where and when you
    want to go, we will build
    the best sightseeing itinerary
  • Refine it

    You have complete flexibility on your destinations and itinerary
  • Book as a package

    Use our travel agents to get
    package savings and hassle free booking
  • Enjoy your trip!

    Enjoy our 24x7
    on-trip assistance

Popular things to do in Giardini Naxos

View all ›
4.9
Duration:3​h 30​min
4.0
Duration:4​h
4.0
Duration:1​h 30​min
3.7
Duration:4​h

Side trips from Giardini Naxos

4.1
Duration:1​h 30​min
4.2
Duration:1​h 30​min
4.6
Duration:1​h
4.3
Duration:8​h

Hidden gems in Giardini Naxos

3.6
Duration:1​h 30​min
1.8
Duration:1​h 30​min
3.1
Duration:1​h 30​min
3.0
Duration:4​h

Kid-friendly things to do in Giardini Naxos

1.0
Duration:1​h 30​min
2.2
Duration:1​h 30​min

Historic Sites in Giardini Naxos

3.5
Duration:1​h 30​min
2.3
Duration:30​min

Shopping in Giardini Naxos

3.0
Duration:1​h 30​min