Messina, the strait city, is one of the ports of Sicily.
Situated along the sea, it represent one of the biggest connection points between dry land and Italy’s largest island.
Messina was originally called Zancle, borrowed from a Sicilian word that meant scythe in homage to the shape of the natural harbor of the city. Messina is in a sense a city known for better or for worse. In 1908 it was devastated by an earthquake-tsunami that is still considered one of the most catastrophic natural phenomena of the twentieth century. Many of the wonders of Messina were seriously damaged and partially reconstructed; in particular the Cathedral was enriched with the organ and the bell tower. Inside the basilica is the second largest organ in Italy after Milan and the third in Europe, an extraordinary instrument, the protagonist of a rich concert season not to be missed if passing through town. Next to the cathedral’s bell tower is the largest mechanical clock and astronomical complex in the world, which at midday comes alive with figures representing the battle of the Sicilian Vespers (1282), and that re-echoes in the sky the lion's roar and rooster crow. In the evening, Messina comes alive with the beach establishments, beach bars and discos to dance and have fun.
The surroundings are amazing, you can choose to relax on the huge beach on the Gulf of Patti, very suitable for families
, or engage in hiking and exploring the wonderful Nebrodi park. From nearby Milazzo it is possible to sail to the beautiful Aeolian Islands
, while just a few kilometers further south how can you not be seduced by Taormina
, the pearl of the Mediterranean!
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