Europe and the Mediterranean

Messina

Messina in Italian; Missina in Sicilian

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Directions

BY AIR

Palermo Airport – Punta Raisi

Other nearby airports:

  • Reggio di Calabria Airport (on the mainland)
  • Trapani Airport – Birgi (in Sicily)

BY SEA

  • The port of Messina, in Sicily, is connected by ferry to Villa San Giovanni (6 km), Reggio di Calabria  (10 km) and Salerno

BY LAND

  • Motorway to Palermo (224 km) and to Catania (95 km)
  • Connection by train to Palermo and Catania

Currency

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Where to sleep

Tourist office

98122 MESSINA – Via Calabria, is. 301 bis ang. Via T. Capra. Tel. (+39) 090 67 42 36

To visit

Sights

  • Several archaeological sites, Greek and Roman
  • Duomo Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta
  • Church of l’Annunziata dei Catalani (12th century)
  • Montalto Sanctuary, built on 13th century ruins; magnificent views
  • Temple of San Francesco de Assisi (13th century)
  • Church of Santa Maria Alemanna (13th century)

Museums

Messina has 38 museums, including:

  • Antiquarium: remains of the Greek colony of Tindari: tel. (+39) 094 136 90 23
  • Antiquarium Villa Romana: residence and the remains of Roman baths: tel. (+39) 094 136 15 93
  • Regional Museum: designed to preserve the cultural heritage of Messina after the earthquake of 1908

Also…

  • Medieval church of Santa María della Valle, in the outskirts
  • Theatre Vittorio Emanuele II, neoclassical
  • Municipal Cemetery or Gran Camposanto
  • Monte Dinnammare (Peloritani): panoramic views
  • Mount Etna (3.340 m) visible from the strait

Do not forget

  • According to Roman mythology, Neptune opened the Strait of Messina with a blow of his trident
  • The most terrible earthquake of the history of Messina, followed by a tsunami, occurred in 1908 and caused 80.000 deaths
  • Messina is a university city

More information

http://www.comune.messina.it/benvenuti.html
http://lasicilia.es
http://www.turitalia.com/pueblos_de_italia/messina/messina.html  
http://www.tripadvisor.es/Tourism-g187889-Messina_Sicily-Vacations.html

 
 

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