Messina - The gate to Sicily
Messina is mentioned as the gate to Sicily. Throughout its thousand years old history, the city has always been an important trading port on the Mediterranean Sea. Its unique historical heritage has left a great impression - in spite of its turbulent fate - on the Northern Sicilian town's scene.
Messina was founded by the ancient Greeks during the Greek colonization of the Mediterranean. Later, the Romans, the Byzantines and the Arabs, the Normans, the Swabians and the Anjou rulers left their cultural and architectural imprint on the region just as the once so frequent earthquakes and wars. Unfortunately, the latter two destroyed part of the architectural monuments of the city, so there are ruins in really bad condition although professionals working on their preservation when there are funds for all the work. The modern Messina is characterised by wide roads and short buildings - with a lot of interesting and unique street festivals, celebrating the cities rich history.
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