Sicily (Messina), Italy

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Messina has played a major role in European history since its founding as a Greek colony in the 8th century B.C. During the Roman Empire, the city was a major port and commercial center, during the Middle Ages, Messina was the major port of departure for Crusaders. History has also left its scars: a massive earthquake leveled much of the city in 1908 and the World War II campaign for Sicily devastated Messina. Yet Messina emerged from that devastation with some of its historic treasures intact, including the 12th-century Annunziata dei Catalani Church. Messina is also your gateway to the rugged beauty of southeast Sicily, from the seaside resort of Taormina to Mt. Etna.

Between the fall of Rome and the 1861 unification of Italy, the Arabs, the Normans, the Germans, the Spanish and the French ruled Sicily.

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  • Mt. Etna Mt. Etna

    Europe's tallest and most active volcano has erupted over 130 times in recorded history. Enjoy views of the summit as well as the town of Catania, buried by an eruption over 300 years ago.

  • Taormina Taormina

    This has been a coastal resort town since Roman times. You'll find remnants of its Greek and Roman history, a fine medieval quarter and castle ruins, and many modern shops and restaurants.

  • Greek Theater Greek Theater

    Built in the 3rd-century B.C, with some alterations made during the Roman era, this ancient theater in Taormina is still perfectly conserved. It's still used today for concerts and classical productions.

  • Corso Umberto Corso Umberto

    Eager to please, surprise and delight, this main thoroughfare in Taormina is the perfect place for shopping, people watching and much more. Picturesque lanes above and below the Corso are interesting to explore.

  • Messina/Duomo Messina/Duomo

    Marvel at this 12th century cathedral, originally built in Norman times. Then see the world's largest astronomical clock that springs to life every quarter hour and a grand display at noon.

  • San Michele Winery San Michele Winery

    Perched on the slopes of Mt. Etna, San Michele Winery is a notable producer of Sicilian varietals including the famous Murgo wines. Tour the winery, then, enjoy a sample of its delicious fruit of the vine.

  • Tour sites at guest's discretion Tour sites at guest's discretion

  • Gival Jewelry Factory Gival Jewelry Factory


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