Messina is called the door of Sicily: the city of Scylla and Charybdis, the hunter Orion and the Fata Morgana, one of the favorite harbors from pirates, the culprit of the beginning of the Punic Wars, the victim of the plague of the fourteenth century and the devastating earthquake of 1908.
The city of mixed traditions: Our Lady blesses while Neptune protects it from the whims of the sea.
I like to start the tour from Guelfonia Rocca, from where you have views of the harbor and over the city, or from Harbor- the heart of Messina.
The Walking Tour for Messina includes an explanation of the main monuments:
- The Shrine of Christ the King,
- Madonna di Montalto,
- Harbor of Messina (Madonna della Lettera, San Raineri, Forte San Salvatore, Citadel Spanish)
- Cathedral of Messina,
- Fountain of Orion,
- Palazzo Calapaj d’Alcontres,
- Statue of Don John of Austria,
- Church of the Catalans,
- Fountain of Neptune.