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"Messina, Sicily" Messina by tualborn

Messina Travel Guide: 130 reviews and 388 photos

Messina ancient City

Having been to Palermo several times with cruise ships, this was my first time in Messina, a cruise stop on our Carnival MAGIC ship. First place we stopped was Duomo Square, and soon walked to a very old looking pottery shop. Bought some of the wall pottery. Did NOT go on the Godfather tour, like all the other tourists from the cruise.

The Treasure of Messina

A museum with the most gorgeous gold art. The portrait of the black Virgin is displayed as well as a wall hanging with the millions of pieces of jewerly donated to the Church over the centuries is displayed in a case as well.

The wonderful coffee shops

Touring any city in Europe is great, but one quickly gets tired of the walking. Luckily almost on every corner is the proverbial "coffee shop" for the coffee the hubby for the beer and bathroom.....

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Interesting comparison with Palermo
  • Cons:Kind of a cold standoffish city
  • Last visit to Messina: Sep 2011
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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