Visiting the Island of Sicily, Italy

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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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Zaid is an intrepid traveler from South Africa that has traveled to all 7 continents. He loves to explore new destinations, experience new activities and go off the beaten path.

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