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Sicily Messina is a great city in Italy, located more exactly within the Sicily region, in the province of Messina, being the capital of the province at the same time. The history of Sicily Messina goes back to the 8th century BC, when it was founded by Greek colonists and named Zancle. Now, Sicily Messina is an important economical, cultural and agricultural center. According to the 2011 census, Sicily Messina has a total population of 241,310 residents and spans on a total area of 81.5 square miles (211.2 sq km), making it the third largest city on the island. When coming here, you will surely be charmed by Sicily Messina.
Top Attractions within Sicily Messina
Religious sites. Being an Italian city, Sicily Messina has numerous religious sites and buildings, notably the Cathedral of Messina, Church of the Annunziata dei Catalani, Santa Maria degli Alemanni, Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Carmelo, and Sanctuary of Montevergine.
The Fountain of Orion is one of the main landmarks of Sicily Messina. The fountain is located right next to the Cathedral and dates back to 1547, when it was built by Giovanni Angelo Montorsoli. Other fountains you can visit when in Sicily Messina are the Fountain of Neptune, Senatory Fountain, and Quattro Fontane (The Four Fountains).
The Regional Museum is a great cultural institution in Sicily Messina which you should definitely visit if you want to learn more about the city's culture and traditions. The museum puts on display a wide array of historical items and artworks, including paintings by Caravaggio and Antonello da Messina. Another noteworthy museum is the Museum of popular culture and music (Museo di cultura e musica popolare dei Peloritani).
Porta Grazzia is an old city fortress-like gate dating back to the 16th century, when it was built by Domenico Buindo and Antonio Amato. The gate of the "real cittadella di Messina" still exists today in the harbor.