I spent a few hours in the town of Messina on the Island of Sicily which is separated from mainland Italy by the Strait of Messina. I reached Messina by cruise ship and managed to spend a few hours in town, near the port. Messina can also be reached from the mainland by train.
Early in the day I managed to catch a glimpse of the Italian Mafia:
I’m just joking – it’s just a family celebrating a wedding at a church close to the Port in Messina.
Messina is a beautiful and traditional town that looks like it possesses rich culture and history.
The town is lined up with an number of great looking street-side cafes.
Particularly tasty are the granitas which originated in Sicily but are now offered throughout Italy and the Torta di Gelato (ice cream in a bread roll).
I had a coffee flavoured drink but the granita is also popular in strawberry, almond and mandarin.
There are a few sites to see close to the port but be cautioned that if you visit on a Sunday (like I did) most of the attractions and restaurants are closed during siesta (from 1 – 5pm).
An interesting sight entering / leaving the Port of Messina is the tall statue of Madonnina, which looks great when it is lit-up at night.