When travelling to the Island of Sicily, most people will first dock at the port of Messina. This city is located on the north eastern side of Sicily and lies in close proximity to the mainland of Italy. As the third largest city in Sicily, Messina has a population on 237,000 and its main sources of economy are cruise tourism, its large shipping ports and agricultural produce.
This part of Sicily has seen forms of human settlement since ancient Greek times and throughout history, it has served as an important port and gateway to the Mediterranean sea and Italy. In 1783, records show that an immense earthquake devastated a large portion of the city and it took an age to rebuild. Today Messina is still a thriving port and hugely important for the economy of Sicily and Italy. Combining a favourable year round climate together with a host of historical buildings, this is a fantastic first place to explore on your Sicilian adventure.
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