B&B Don Gaspano
Antonino Torre, 27, Messina, 98042, Italy
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Main interesting sites at Messina
Hi to everyone!
We'll be coming to Messina for a day with a Criuse Liner, i would like to visit Messina by walk from the harbour. Any help to show interesting sites in the vicinities where to spend the day. Don't mind to walk certain distances bu there's a limit mates!! Thanks in Advance!!
Re: Main interesting sites at Messina
you are very lucky as all the interesting sights in Messina are in the port area and very close to each other. You can have a nice walking tour, alone or with a guide.
I don't know how long you are staying but uou could visit: The Cathedral (free admission entrance ), The Fountain of Orion, Church of the Annunziata dei Catalani (free admission entrance, if available), Cairoli Square, Courthouse (Palazzo Piacentini), University buildings, Town Hall (Palazzo Zanca), Monte di Pietà Palace, Vittorio Emanuele II Theatre, Neptune Fountain, Cristo Re Church(free admission entrance, if available) where you can enjoy the wonderful view of the Strait.
You could also visit the "Tesoro del Duomo" (Cathedral treasure) and Tower Bell (entrance fee 3€) and the Regional Museum, with some paitings by Caravaggio and Antonello da Messina. Entrance fee is 2,50€, it's a bit far from the port but you could easily get there by tram.
Let me know if you need other information.
I hope you enjoy Messina.
Re: Main interesting sites at Messina
Don't miss La Madonina
Travel Tips for Messina
""Fata Morgana"" mirage
Most famous of all mirages is the Fata Morgana, seen over the Strait of Messina between Italy and Sicily. This mirage, named for the legendary sorceress Morgan le Fay, takes the form of weird castles, which rise from the sea and change their shape, towering into the air or compressing themselves into a thin line. The Fata Morgana is a complex mirage, probably formed by looming and a combination of superior and inferior images. Changing layers of air distort and magnify the image of the cliffs and houses on the opposite shore. The houses turn into the turreted castles of the sorceress. Similar mirages in other places are also given the name Fata Morgana.
This is where the bridge should start
In Italy, we've talking about the famous bridge over the Messina strait for the latest 30 years! Nobody seems to be able to take a final decision as there is a mixture of technical problemes (eartquake prone area, environmental impact...), social problems (temporary job creation vs. strong mafia-influenced environment) and economical problems (is it really worth to save 30 minutes in crossing by bridge while the mototrways network on both sides is so poor?)
Anyway, this is the point where the pillar should be, by the Sicilian side - very close to Ganzirri.
Chiesa dei Catalani
The church of the "Annunziata dei Catalani" stands on one of the most historically important sites of the Straits. Nearby, there was once the Byzantine shipyard, guarded by the fortress of Castellamare. The church was built between 1150 and 1200 on the remains of a pagan temple dedicated to Neptune. It is an interesting example of how various architectural styles were added to a late Byzantine construction typical of those built by the Basilian Order of monks. The blind loggias and the play of colour created by the exterior stonework, along with the two-tone arches of the interior and the elongated layout of the church, are all indications of Islamic and Byzantine influence, and also reflect contemporary architecture on mainland Italy.The original lenght of the naves was almost double their present length: they were shortened and the facade was redone following a flood in the Middle Ages, wich caused the front section of the church to collapse. The church has been known by the name "Catalani" ever since the 16th century, when the senate of Messina gave it to the powerful guild of the Catalan merchants. The guild made it their headquarters and placed the coats of arms of Catalonia on the main entrance. The great difference in height between the ground level of the church and that of the surrounding streets and buildings is due to the piles of rubble caused by the eartquake of 1908, which were later levelled for reconstruction.
piccolina's new Messina Page
Only two days in Messina, at the end of holidays...But i hope to come back again...i can not forget this nice town with wonderful people, always helping us in everithing we needed..
work in progress.....
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