Visiting the Island of Sicily, Italy

Posted by Zaid November 16, 2013 3 Comments 5405 views

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.

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Early in the day I managed to catch a glimpse of the Italian Mafia:

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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.

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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.

Sicily Granita

 

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).

Most people take tourist busses further out of town to see more famous attractions, particularly the villages and other attractions related to the filming of  “The Godfather” movies.

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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.

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There are 3 Comments

  1. - December 5, 2013
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    We love Italy and have been many times, but never to Sicily. Heard about the train going on a ferry and now we must go. The pictures look great!

    • - December 5, 2013
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      Yeah – it’s really a nice, laid back island. I haven’t experienced it, but I did check out this video of the train being loaded onto the ferry to Sicily (see from 2 mins, 45 seconds) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aJXprbRYcos Amazing!

  2. - June 14, 2017
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    nice pictures. thanks for sharing this beautiful place with us. which is the best time to go there?

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