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Messina Travel Guide: 92 reviews and 205 photos

20th Century City

Although, Sicily was founded by the Greeks in the 8th century BC as animportant cultural center, it became the "breadbasket" of the Roman Empire. Until 1860 when it became part of Italy, Sicily was occupied by Arabs, Normans, Germans, Spanish and French.

There was a major earthquake in Messina in 1908, and the city was repeatedly bombed during World War II. Thus, when you visit you see a 20th century city.

The photo shows us coming into the harbor at Messina.

Messina's Cathedral, Santa Maria degli Alemanni Church while largely destroyed by the earthquake, has been rebuilt along the original 13th century lines. The Bell
tower has an astronomical clock.

There is an original Crusader's church constructed in the 12th century., the Annunziata dei Catalani Church. Supposedly Richard the Lionhearted attended this church.

Messina is connected to the mainland by a ferry service.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Interesting to walk around. It is also the gateway to Taormina.
  • Cons:It is a port that is rarely visited.
  • In a nutshell:Enjoy it when there.
  • Last visit to Messina: Oct 1993
  • Intro Updated Apr 4, 2004
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