Trekking Sicily, the Pools of Venus of Milazzo: route and difficulty

byVerónica Crocitti
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All you need to know about the Piscine di Venere di Milazzo and how to reach them on foot via a trekking path.

For lovers of trekking, excursions and paths that wind through breathtaking landscapes, thePools of Venus of Milazzorepresent an unparalleled path. After all, the wholeSicily, from east to west, is full of itineraries for all tastes… just discover them.

The path of the Piscine di Venere winds through the area ofMilazzo, municipality in the province ofMessina, and the itinerary, with bright and evocative colors, begins exactly in the hamlet ofCapo Milazzo. It is a relatively short route accessible to all, which has the Belvedere square as its starting point, from which it is already possible to see an incredible glimpse of the entire Capo Milazzo promontory and theSan Antoni Bayor. On the top of the latter also stands the beautiful brick-red sanctuary which was erected in 1221 in honor of the saint who landed here.

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The Ponente Nature Trailit is famous all over the island for its very particular “target”. After traveling about 1 kilometer of road, among prickly pears, olive trees and brooms, in fact, you reach the famousPools of Venus. These natural brackish lakes are a sight that fills the eyes and the heart.The Piscine di Venere represent asymmetrical rocks which, due to their conformation, have created a sort of backwash into which the tide brings the water. Immerse yourself in these coves, surrounded by carved rocks, while the so-called winds in the backgroundstairway to Heaven next to the cliff called "il Artichoke", it is a more unique than rare emotion. From here it is also possible to see the Aeolian Islands standing out in the distance, in particularVolcano, Lipari, Salina and, on the clearest days, also Filicudi eAlicudi.


The Ponente Nature Trail begins inBelvedere square, along a small road marked by a special sign (impossible to go wrong!). After walking about 200 meters along a path surrounded by prickly pears, you come to an iron bar. Even there there will be a sign ready to show you the way, don't worry. After passing the barrier, you enter a different landscape, where the road is surrounded by olive trees, while the lighthouse stands silently behind you.

Ponente Nature Trail
Ponente Nature Trail

Continuing you will soon find yourself taking your first steps along arocky stairway literally nestled between rocks and stretches of broom. It is the so-called Stairway to Heaven, from the top of which you can see thePools of Venus, the Aeolian Islands and truly unique panoramas of sheer cliffs and waves crashing on the rocks. You will reach the lakes after about 200 meters, following the indications, and there you can enjoy a bath of pure relaxation.

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On the way back, you can decide whether to follow in the footsteps of the outward journey or deviate and take the path that runs along the entireSan Antonio Bayand which passes by the old fishing village. I advise you to walk towards the latter. It is relatively short (about 15-20 minutes on foot) and comes out just below Piazzetta Belvedere from which you started. Continuing along the path, you will also pass at the foot of thesanctuaryerected in honor of Sant'Antonio and from the small village which was once the favorite home of the local fishermen.


The length of the path is about 2 kilometers (about 1 kilometer up to the Piscine di Venere), including the return that passes through the path of the Baia di Sant'Antonio. No special training is required as the route is easily accessible to all. I always recommend a pair of comfortable shoes, trekking shoes if possible, a hat and light clothing… with a bathing suit underneath! The difference in altitude is about 135 meters and the general difficulty is low.

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Ponente Nature Trail


To reach the Sentiero Naturalistico di Ponente and the Piscine di Venere it is necessary to go toMilazzo. If you are by car, from Messina or Palermo, you will have to take the A20 motorway and take the Milazzo exit. From there, just follow the signs towards the Asse Viario, and then follow it to the end. You will find yourself in the center of Milazzo. Continue towards the port (ships and ferries leave for the Aeolian Islands from here) and, passing the village, first take via Addolorata and then via Sant'Antonio. A few more minutes by car and you will finally reach Piazzetta Belvedere. Don't worry because there are still signs with directions forCapo Milazzo un po’ ovunque!

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