For online reading regarding Messina, check the reviews and tips of many travelers to the region right here .

Frommer’s Messina information can be found online
.  What is unfortunate about this site, however, is that for some reason the authors behind the web content are inexplicably down on the city, and this unjustified distaste colors their advice and constrains the amount of information contained in the section on the city.  That said, the phone numbers and establishment descriptions, whether for dining or sightseeing, are most helpful and are worth a one through.

The text the company puts out, Frommer’s Sicily , is much better.  Offering a map aid as well as 347 pages regarding trips on the island, including visits to historic Messina, make this and Lonely Planet Sicily practically unbeatable guides for the Messina traveler.